Not Martha

thing I’m knitting: Lace Ribbon Scarf begins

the pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty
the yarn: Rowan 4 Ply Cotton in Shale (145)
the previous entries: 1

I’ve finally started working on the Lace Ribbon Scarf. I switched from bamboo needles to some thrifted plastic dpns of unknown material which I’ve looped elastic bands around the ends of to create short straight needles for the time being. They are bendy and far, far more comfortable to work with than the bamboo. This is important because this yarn is terrible to work with. It’s like knitting with cord. Which is, of course, what I was asking for when I bought fingering weight cotton yarn. Happily, the pattern is enough fun that I’m not going to abandon the scarf yet, I’m curious to see if the yarn-as-a-scarf is soft enough to wear. The project is easy enough to memorize, hard enough to stay interesting, small enough to travel with, and doesn’t require any gadgets. Perfect for coffee shops and airplanes. [Read more →]

· comments [13] · 05-24-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: done!

the pattern: Central Park Hoodie
the yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy in Charcoal (#13)
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

I sprinted to the finish line and it’s done! It’s not perfect but I’m very happy with it. The pattern was great, the yarn was great, the final sweater is soft and fuzzy and pleasingly warm. [Read more →]

· comments [10] · 05-19-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: planning the button band

the pattern: Central Park Hoodie
the yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy in Charcoal (#13)
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I have knit the hood. I decided to go ahead and bind off the stitches along the back of the neck (the pattern calls for them to be left live) for more stability. After weaving in the ends there is a stable line of bound off stitches that goes from one shoulder, across the back of the neck and to the other shoulder.

After toying with the idea of learning to graft to make the hood seam I decided, screw it, and did a three needle bind off. [Read more →]

· comments [15] · 05-7-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: seaming and swearing

the pattern: Central Park Hoodie
the yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy in Charcoal (#13)
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The CPH pattern calls for you to knit the hood before setting in the sleeves but I wanted to get that part over with so that when I get to the point where I’m finally finishing the button band I don’t have any more work to do, because I think that would just about kill me. [Read more →]

· comments [12] · 04-29-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: finding the right hole

the pattern: Central Park Hoodie
the yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy in Charcoal (#13)
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4

Thank yous go out to Maria and KarWar who left comments on my last sweater post, they both suggested a buttonhole that I’m smitten with. KarWar pointed me to a page at Lanna Grossa with a few buttonholes for ribbed button bands, suggestions are for both 1×1 and 2×2 ribbing. I’m using the one from the second to last picture, it’s the same technique Maria suggested. [Read more →]

· comments [3] · 04-23-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: abusing a test swatch and my first buttonholes

the pattern: Central Park Hoodie
the yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy in Charcoal (#13)
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3

I put a test swatch through some trials to see if it would make a difference after being blocked. I made the swatch like one of the center fronts with the idea that I could use it to test the button banding as well.

Here is my swatch before:

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· comments [7] · 04-21-2008 · categories:knitting ·

free Readers’ Choice Interweave knitting patterns

The Readers’ Choice Award Winners have been announced and five Interweave Knits patterns are available to download for free (free!). Get it now because it’s only available for a little while. The patterns included are the Cable-Down Raglan by Stefanie Japel, Nantucket Jacket by Norah Gaughan, Sunrise Circle Jacket by Kate Gilbert, Tweedy Aran Cardigan by Norah Gaughan, and the Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark.

· comments [6] · 04-16-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: four of six

the pattern: Central Park Hoodie
the yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy in Charcoal (#13)
the previous entries: 1, 2

The CPH is moving right along. [Read more →]

· comments [9] · 04-16-2008 · categories:knitting ·

thing I’m knitting: the Lace Ribbon Scarf

the pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty
the yarn: Rowan 4 Ply Cotton in Shale (145)

I’ve gathered my supplies for the Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty, I hope it works out using cotton. The Rowan 4 Ply Cotton is pretty, it’s like 1/4-scale yarn. [Read more →]

· comments [14] · 04-4-2008 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: The End.

I was so excited to be finished with my light gray Ribby Cardi that I forgot to include a few notes for posterity. So, here is a final wrap up: [Read more →]

· comments [9] · 03-30-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: progress and practicing the principles of JKTI

the pattern: Central Park Hoodie
the yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy in Charcoal (#13)
the previous entries: 1

It’s true what they say, the CPH pattern manages to be fast and interesting. This sweater is coming along very quickly, it’s luxuriously, thrillingly satisfying. Especially for very slow knitters like myself. [Read more →]

· comments [9] · 03-29-2008 · categories:knitting ·

my third sweater: the Central Park Hoodie

I’ve started knitting the Central Park Hoodie which (you already know this if you knit) is a very popular pattern. It was printed in the Fall 2006 Knitscene magazine but you can purchase a downloadable pattern at the Knitting Daily store that comes with expanded sizes and corrections. (More on the corrections in the next post.) [Read more →]

· comments [9] · 03-27-2008 · categories:knitting ·

I’m knitting another sweater: Finished. Yes, really.

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

I have thoroughly annoyed myself with how long it took me to get the zipper into this. I finished the actual (re) knitting back in mid-February but couldn’t seem to find the energy for the amount of focus it takes to put the zipper in. Happily I managed to get it last weekend and it’s FINALLY OVER. [Read more →]

· comments [13] · 03-25-2008 · categories:knitting ·

links: craft

Adhesive Hold It Strips for putting stuff other than paper into three ring binders, how useful! at Bluelines.

After buying some essential oils, how do I use them as cologne? at Ask Metafilter.

I like Moop stuff, on Etsy.

Sew Mama Sew, fabric store to keep in mind

Felted Stone Rug taken from the Pebble Carpet, I think I like this even better than the Pom Pom rug in Craftivity, via Craftzine

Adorable Knit Strawberry Baby Rattle, over at Blue Arts.

Oudh – the sweet smell of tradition at Gulf Weekly. I wonder if this is the scent that comes on some imported fabrics?

Jen wrote to me asking about a wolf doll with a see through stomach that could eat other characters, which I kindasorta remembered. Happily it wasn’t hard to find: the See-through Predator was made by Lizette Grecco, and you can see a video of her son operating on it at Daddy Types. Awesome.

Knitting stuff found on Ravelry:

Ceallach Dyes Summer Cotton yarn, fingering weight.

KA bamboo circular needle set, #5 to #15

Bamboo Sister interchangeable circular needle set, #5 to #10, thumbs up at Knitter’s Review

Cabin Fever Cotton Tweed, partly acrylic, the natural and brown colors look great when knitted, DK and Aran

· comments [12] · 03-20-2008 · categories:craft · knitting ·

knitting, some notes

I’m currently paused between projects. I merely have to install the orange zipper in the freshly lengthened gray Ribby Cardi. I feel shameful having a sterotypical unfinished object sitting there, staring at me, reminding me about itself being unfinished.

In the mean time I’ve been swatching some yarns I picked up at a fire sale at Hilltop Yarn in Seattle. [Read more →]

· comments [23] · 03-18-2008 · categories:knitting ·