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Finished this for [personal profile] marleigh. It's someone else's edit of a sweater that appeared on Ravelry, replacing the paper dolls in the original with Totoros. The yarn is interesting - two sorts of British sheep plus alpaca. So it has the sort of fluffy-soft lofty alpaca feel, but with an underlying strength from the wool. Very nice for petting, and quite light.

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Hey, I can use sock yarn doubled for baby sweaters!    First bonus: it's a reasonably hard wearing and washable but still comfy.  Second bonus: I collect way too much sock yarn and this uses stash instead of buying new yarn.

I still miss Windsor Button for final button-picking - etsy has a lot of lovely buttons, but trying to figure out what will match is a lot more speculative.

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Blue-black knitted cabled hat A Christmas hat for Brian. Jared Flood makes very nice hat designs; here, the cabling deals well with the decreases in a way that many don't. The yarn is one of the Sundara yarns I got when I subscribed to their yarn party for a year, a silk/merino blend. Fun to work with, and nicely soft.
Brown hat with ear flaps and swirly colorwork Another Christmas hat, this one for Jan. He made the mistake of admiring a previous hat in this pattern, so I put it on the list for later. By the time I made it, I think he had forgotten. Oh well. :) Also, it came out a little large; the last one came out a little tight, so I tried to size it up, but it sized a little too up. Also oh well.
Dark blue socks with ruffled cuffsThe ruffles were a little tedious to put together and weave all the ends in, but they came out really cute. I also am very fond of the colorway - dark blue overall but with jewel toned color.Close-up of color work
Striped yellow socksThe yarn is from White Birch Fiber Arts, one of my favorite etsy yarn dyers. The pattern is "Bow Ties are Cool", and I did it completely wrong nearly all the way to the heel ("kb" meant "knit below" rather than "knit back"). Rather than rip back, I unraveled one column of stitches at a time and picked them back up with a crochet hook - tedious, but less frustrating than doing the whole leg again (especially when knitting two at a time).
Blue-brown socks with a tilted cable patternMaelstrom! There were a couple of places where the pattern wanted to rotate on the needles, which is always a pain in the neck for knitting two at a time, but I think I have the hang of it finally.


Finally, a whole bunch of pussy hats. The last handful of them I traded for donations to the National Center for Trans Equality, but once spring came and winter hats were less necessary, I've moved to other projects. (But the offer still stands, if you wanted a hat and never got one.)

three pussy hats two pink pussy hats three pink pussy hats One pink pussy hat with a "nc" Non-Compliant logo in black Two light pink pussy hats, one with black stripes Two dark pink pussy hats, one with light pink trinity stitches Two pink pussy hats, one with dark pink trinity stitches and one in three-color tweed A hot pink pussy hat with "love is..." in black Three pink pussy hats in various textured patterns Three pussy hats, one light pink with dark pink stripes, two dark pink with light pink embellishments
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Huh. It's orange-themed.

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I'm getting close to done with the recent Big Project of Doom, but I got digressed by a couple of Very Small Projects.
(Huh, I can stop outsourcing my images?  Keen!   Nope, it doesn't seem to like embedding more than one image.)

Two "kawaii potatoes" for my niece.   The brown one was first, before I realized that kawaii potatoes are definitionally pink, so I made it potato-colored.   The second one was after I was (very politely) informed that I had done it wrong. :)   Then there was apparently some angst over the idea that she might have to choose between them.   Because, you know, I have so many other people clamoring for kawaii potatoes.   (I shouldn't say that.  Last time it led to Octopus Wars).



Then a tea cozy (well, I guess that's not the official name) for [livejournal.com profile] shumashi. It's kind of slippy on the glass, but hopefully will be less so on paper.   (Those are leaves.  It looks pretty neat for the amount of easy it was.)

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This is the last of my extra-bonus-vacation knitting; back to normal output again now.
Pictures behind the cut )

Dreambird

Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:29 pm
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Another finished project!



I made this shawl a while ago for Heidi, and it was a fun pattern to play with, so I ended up picking up some more yarn to make another. Amusingly, the original was made from "sea silk" and this one is from "milk", both biosynthetics (though I guess sea silk has a lot of actual silk in it too, plus the biosynethic seacell). There are a lot of weird things people are making yarn out of nowadays.

cellulose:rayon
seaweed:seacell
casein:does not have a cute name yet? "milk protein yarn"
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Being on vacation involves a lot of knitting. :)





The sock pattern is "Smaug" - you can't see the cable very well here, but they have twining kind of serpentine cables, seen here. The pattern was very firmly three-needle, and I am very firmly two-circular, which led to some problems, and some accidental misreading led to some other problems, so I ended up ripping back more than I like to, but they worked out in the end. I've made socks with the wrapped stitches before, and it's a really nice effect to break up multicolor yarn, but it also works well for "dragon scales".

The cowl was a kit - they came in a bunch of color combinations all named for classic leading ladies - this one was Dorothy Lamour. Here's me attempting to model it. It's soft and warm and poofy and pretends to be mink, and would probably work well under a non-zipper coat. (I would not trust zippers to zip up over it). Is this anyone's One True Awesome Winter Cowl that they want?
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Finished two projects in my new vacation time! One small, one large:




The rainbow socks were a convenient travel project. They're worked two at a time from opposite ends of the yarn ball, so the stripes are actually reversed between socks, but you don't really notice unless you look closely, and even if you do look closely, you probably don't care.

The blue cable sweater took ALMOST EVERY SCRAP OF YARN that the pattern required. I had to switch to using leftover sock yarn to sew the sleeves in, though I probably should have done that for the whole sewing up instead of using sweater yarn, because it didn't hold up well to being used for sewing. It's a woolen-spun yarn, not worsted-spun, which means that instead of the fibers being mostly parallel, they're kind of jumbly. This makes it loftier and warmer than the corresponding weight of worsted yarn, but it also makes it a lot more fragile.
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Two entries in the category of "making things that sound cold to make [livejournal.com profile] mathhobbit grumble", these are Frozen fingerless gloves, for [livejournal.com profile] harrock to wear when Ingressing in the less-than-deep of winter, and Snow Dancer socks, probably for a Christmas present.



I've slacked off on posting for a while; a lot of my life has been eaten by the recent reorg Agile Transformation at work, which I'm sure those of you standing near me have heard quite a lot about already. A sad comment to Facebook about empty chairs and empty tables (I think we just hit "30% have quit", plus moves) apparently caused a cousin (who I haven't seen in decades) to call my mom in a panic. I like my new co-workers (especially including my padawan), but I miss the ones who have gone, and there are a bunch of Things that I just get bitter about. And it's kicked my workaholic impulses into overdrive, because my Stuff is Never Done. (More sensible people than me keep telling me to stop doing that, because it muddies the "we are falling behind" signal, but I hate hate hate having to be the person who left you waiting for three days while they didn't bother to answer your question...)
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The green socks have a true double spiral for the heel - this was interesting to do, though it took me until about halfway through the first heel to get it right. After the heel, it was kind of boring, but they knit up fast. They do fall into the Marleigh Sock Type of non-matching, which is fun to do once in a while. This used up the second half of the green yarn, which was used for these socks, also spirals. There seem to be more spiral socks this year than the usual.

The pink socks are called "mystik spirals", but that's only because most people only model them from the front, where it looks like the slantways part is spiraling around the foot. It's actually more like two parallelograms, as is clearly visible in the side view like this. This was more fun to do, both because I really liked the yarn color, and because the slantways bands were just interesting enough without being difficult.



Grey socks

Mar. 25th, 2015 07:58 am
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I am almost sorry to be done with this yarn - Anzula Squishy - which is indeed squishy, and soft, and just a little thicker than most sock yarn, not enough to mess up the gauge but enough to make the fabric comfortably cushy. Grey for New York City, where it came from. The pattern is Pointelle, from one of Cookie's books, which means it's interesting (asymmetry! lace!) on top of the standard flap-and-gusset, which is generally my favorite construction.
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I've made several toddler/baby hoodies before, but this is a different pattern, with basketweave stitch instead of colorwork for the border. Bulky yarn, in one of the really saturated Madeline Tosh dark reds. I like basketweave stitch a lot - it has a very striking woven look, and isn't difficult at all. I've finally gotten used to the step of "figure out how large the buttonholes are, then search etsy for good buttons", which is not as convenient as going to Windsor Button is, but I suppose it will do.   (I suspect I've complained about buttons for every sweater that has them for the past couple of years now.   Ten years from now, I will still be mourning Windsor Button, and I would probably give directions with "turn right at where the Johnny's Foodmaster used to be" if one ever gave directions any more.)



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Yay for vacation knitting! I made the legs for the purple socks a little short because I was worried about having not enough yarn (Sundara has lovely colors, but the length is a little scant, and also there are more slubs than I approve of). I quite like the diagonal pattern; I may do this again, though it's a little tricky for two at a time knitting. The rainbow socks are called "Pessimist's Rainbow", and I love the colors - the rainbow is bright, and the blue between the rainbows is a nice tonal variegation that could be a colorway in its own right. The scan kind of maxed out the yellows by focusing on the blue, oh well. The pattern is a simple toe-up, but it has a heel flap, which I appreciate.



The rainbow socks were my current knitting-at-work project, so now I don't have a project for the all hands meeting today, oops. I guess I'll just have to sit quietly like everyone else.

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These were fun to do. I was too cautious to make them two at a time, and by the time I'm making the second sock, I'm kind of in a mood to be done. Happily, I seem to be able to channel this "argh, bored with this" into powering through rather than tossing it aside - second sock, my nemesis, I will defeat you!
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A cheetah disguise for Woofies! Or else a yellow mushroom! Hoods always take more yarn than I expect them to; I ran out before I could make ears. The spots are done with needle felting, which lets them be more random and varied than stitching them in. I think that worked well, though the rest of the costume is not my best stuffed-animal tailoring.

And a pair of socks for Aedlin, who apparently felt left out that she did not get handknit socks for Christmas. I think normally you are supposed to be older than four before socks are the thing you want, but Aedlin has always been surprising.

We had Armistead Family Christmas extra-early instead of extra-late this year; there were a couple of other family-visiting side quests (visited Dad up at Clear Lake, and my Aunt Margee in Marin, who I haven't seen for over a decade), so we didn't manage to visit any of of the other Californians (sorry!). It ended up being extra-rainy - good for the locals, less fun for vacation, and Google Maps was very exciting as it steered us around various semi-flooded sections of 101. Aedlin was particularly enthusiastic about hanging around with and imitating her older cousins, though she was a little more cautious about leaping from the balcony of one floor onto the sofa below than they were.
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These are Christmas presents, done in reasonably sufficient time. For cold Minnesota winters. Actually, a lot of my Christmas presents for my mother-in-law have been winter knitting. I am apparently still a little traumatized.

Anyway, thrums (twists of unspun wool caught in the knitting at regular intervals, to stuff the mittens with soft warm insulation) were interesting to work with, though the instructions for these particular mittens left quite a lot to be desired, especially given that one bit was "make thrum about the size of the sample" and the kit had no sample. There were two different ways to twist the wool in, one way that made larger bumps and one way that made smaller bumps. The purple mittens demonstrate the larger bumps - they kind of make me think of Daleks. Sadly, I think they may become ratty very quickly once they start being worn. But that shouldn't stop them from being warm.




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Look, more socks! Also, I have been playing around learning Drupal. "Knitting Project" is a content type. I'm trying to decide whether I actually want to copy all the knitting photos over, or if a proof of concept is enough. Actually maintaining two different parallel constructions is kind of annoying, and the static pages are easier to port somewhere else, but the Drupal Cloud is free storage. Maybe the thing to do is copy enough to be an interesting database, and then play around with more views, so I have incentive to learn more things.
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I bought a book (my first knitting ebook) about intarsia in the round. The trick is very clever, and about halfway through these socks, I came to the realization that it doesn't matter where you think the round marker is. That is, I use two circular needles, and I could start with either one, because instead of being a spiral, it's really eight little sub-spiral pieces, and the last one is tucked under the first one, like a folded-together cardboard box top.

The advertisement was "making intarsia easy", and I have to say that it doesn't really do that. Keeping eight bobbins semi-untangled is not easy, regardless of the clever trick.

Flaw one: I should have used a thicker yarn with size 2 needles. It said fingerweight, but for me, it came out a little flopsy. Flaw two: due to some sortof counting error, one toe is a little longer than the other. This never happens with two-at-a-time, but managing sixteen bobbins would have been even more pesky (and two-at-a-time isn't good for patterns where you have to shift the needle boundaries).

But... they really are cool looking.

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Anyone who is psyched to (some time next year or so) get a medium lightweight gradient sweater going between a color and black? I contributed to a kickstarter for a yarn dyer I like, and get a sweater's worth of yarn out of it. If this sounds like something you would want, let me know and let me know what color you like best (of the nine small colors in the page below, not the "maple" color).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1882887336/fibrofibers-expansion-more-nightfall-for-everyone
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