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I am experimenting with different toe up sock patterns, and I should document results.

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts Simple Socks pattern is cool, but not good for regularly striped yarns, because the short row heels and toes are not symmetrical. The crochet cast on is better for me than the cast on given in the book.

With my stripey yarn, I tried another toe up cast on: the cast on given in the Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I don't like it - it's fiddly and non-intuitive, and hard for me to do.

I would like to try Judy's Magic Cast On, and the cast on given by elann and knitty.

I will edit this post as I have more info.
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  • Heel and toe of sock in one color, the rest in another
  • Solid sock foot, patterned leg
  • Patterned glove fingers, the rest solid
  • Modular scarf
  • Wristers/pulse warmers
  • Crazy mismatched socks

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I have looked at every ravelry group there is, to date.

Ravelry groups may be broken up into these categories:
-designer/book
-hobby
-pet (including breed)
-location
-language
-shop
-podcast or blog or magazine
-fandom (i.e. book/movie/TV/actor/singer)
-sports teams
-college
-KAL
-support (e.g. autism, special needs, anxiety)
-other groups somewhere else (lj/yahoo)
-object types (scarf, mittens, bags)
-profession
-name (e.g. Carol, Jennifer)
-techniques (stranded, lace, in-the-round)
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I have been "blah" lately, and withdrawnish, so I haven't been posting.

That Michael Pollan books seems to fit nicely with the French Women Don't Get Fat book, which I am reading, and hoping to implement. The problem is that it seems to take so much time - learning what quality ingredients are, how to cook them, and how to savor the meal. I sometimes favor the food energy in, don't make me think about it method of eating, and this will be a big change. I'm sort of leery of it, yet fascinated.

I did 18 points of damage in one blow, as a 3rd level rogue on Saturday night. Way cool! (Crit hit, flanking sneak attack bonus)

I found the socks I'm working on for E., my baby blanket yarn (Lion Pound of Love), my missing tapestry bag that T. gave me and I have been looking for, and my nostepinne. They were all under the mending. I wanted to start doing some of my enormous pile of mending last Sunday, but was overwhelmed, so I embroidered instead.

I started a pi shawl on Saturday night, because I had not found the above yet, and I needed something brainless to knit during the game. In the Knitter's Almanac, the first lace pattern for the pi shawl, the decreases do not lean in the directions I want, and it took me a while to figure that out.

I am also reknitting the shrug collar, think I need to retoe some socks at a shorter foot length, and have decided to frog my first pair of socks, since I like the yarn a lot, but do not wear them because they are kneehighs, and do not stay up.

Major organizing project: ravelry: is going okay. I need to upload pictures, and sort out my groups, and I should be done.

This is a pretty good Austen fanfic recommended by someone at ML.

I had a problem with an Amazon.com order, and I talked to their customer service, which was a pleasant experience!
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Cross stitch started:
-Daffodil bowls (small, on linen)
-Daffodil bookmark (I think?0
-Poppy and cornflower needlebook and scissors keep (needs finishing, if nothing else)
-R. & M.'s wedding sampler
-Hardanger bookmark (needs finishing)
-Gigantic urn project (over 40 colors, I've been working on it for something like 10 years)

Knitting started:
-Pi shawl in sock wool.
-Slit up the front Cottage socks for E. I finally found them, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to get the edges not to curl. I may just rip these back, and make some nice slippers for E.
-Shrug - the neck ribbing was too tight, so I ripped it out, and will re-pick up the stitches and redo.
-Adjust the length of my cottage socks, since they're too long in the foot and I feel like I'm going to trip.

Sewing:
-L.'s dice bag
-M.'s dice bag
-M.'s furoshiki
-Various dresses
-Bloomers
-Roumanian blouse

Things to start soon:
-T.'s baby blanket
-crochet ball
-another knitted ball
-E. & T.'s cross stitch for the wedding


No wonder I feel overwhelmed!

Why I make

Jan. 16th, 2008 10:47 pm
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(Watching an episode of Craft in America.
I admire the skill that these people have, the knowledge, the ability. They are all making a living making, and that is beautiful.)

I learned to cross stitch in the summer of 1989, and since then, I have taught myself several other forms of embroidery. I learned to sew in high school. The Girl Scouts taught me to crochet in second grade, but I forgot how til my first year of grad school. I got obsessed with crochet then, and a friend taught me how to knit, and I really never went back to crochet. Since then, I've also learned to tat, and will learn to spin and weave as well. At some point, I'd like to play with temari and kumihimo, and braiding, and small loom weaving.

I make because I don't like sitting still, and it gives me something productive to do with my hands.

I make because I like making something.

I knit because it's in my genes - my mother's mother was a knitter, and a very good one too.

I tat because my father's mother tatted - it's one making I know she did, and I only found out years after her death.

Knitting and tatting connect me to my family, on both sides, in some profound way that I really don't have the words for.
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I finished a pair of wrist cuffs, to keep me warm, especially when typing or knitting. They're from a old Piecework from 2002, in fingering sock wool on 00 needles. Nice enough.

I also made a very small scarf - an accent scarf, really, suitable for showing off a fancy pin. This was in a cotton flame yarn. I don't really like flame yarn; now I know.
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Has anyone but me noticed that a lot of the knights' chainmail in Monty Python and the Holy Grail appears to be garter stitch, spraypainted silver?

Downslope

Oct. 15th, 2007 09:12 pm
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I tend to cycle up and down, not in any manic-depressive way, but for a week or so I will be energetic, and then for a similar amount of time, not so energetic. I'm on the downslope now, and I have a lot of things to do for school, so I am expecting my posting here and elsewhere to drop off for a bit.

In other news, I finished the punchneedle Christmas present for a friend of mine; I need to do the finishing and framing on several of these, but I'll do that in a month or so. I'm almost done with my aunt's embellish-this-printed-picture embroidery, which I started about 10 years ago. I will bring it to her for Thanksgiving.

I want to spend some time knitting soon. I need to seam up the sleeve of my shrug, and knit on the collar, then I am done. Then, I will finish the thick, warm socks I am modifying for my friend who has an ankle brace. Then I can start something new, which will probably be a sweater. My first sweater.
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A nice one is here.
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School just restarted, and I'm feeling swamped. Does anyone else want to post on the next few chapters of The Golden Compass? I'll link from here if you let me know. (Also, I may post more chapters together, rather than one post per chapter, just to keep myself sane.)

[livejournal.com profile] italianbd I couldn't get your email to work. The book is here.

[livejournal.com profile] marafish, take a look at the cardigan here. I have the pattern, and it's mostly squares with seaming. Maybe a good first non-scarf to try?
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I made up this knitting pattern a few years ago, when I messed up something else in a scarf for my dad.

Repeat is 8 stitches over 12 rows.
Each row will repeat from one end to the other.

1- K4, P4
2- repeat 1
3- K1, P2, K1, P4
4- repeat 3
5- repeat 1
6- repeat 1
7- K1, P2, K1, P1, K2, P1
8- repeat 7
9- repeat 1
10- repeat 1
11- repeat 3
12- repeat 3
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Bernat's organic cotton and Lion Brand's organic cotton look like good substitutes for each other.

I am not sure either would be a good substitute for elann.com's Sonata, but that is fairly inexpensive anyway.

50 g of a THIS yarn is THIS many meters:

Nature's Choice Cotton (Lion) 55.3 m
Lion Organic Cotton 75 m
Bernat Organic Cotton 77 m
Elann Sonata 106 m
Paton's Grace 125 m
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well, since this blog is titled Fibergeek!, I guess I should blog a little on the fiber in my life.

I finished the wedding sewing in time, and the skirts and chemises looked good on everyone. The wedding was good, too - yummy food, lots of fun, no major upsets.

I am currently knitting a shrug, and I ripped out half of what I'd done, in order to knit it to fit my body. I am actually trying the thing on as I go, in order to make it fit me properly. It's kind of fun - this is one of the larger knitting projects I've ever taken on.

On the bus to and from work (yes, I commute by bus at least some of the time, and carpool the rest.) I find that tatting is great. It folds very, very small, and fits into a 2.5" by 0.25" by 1.25" box in my purse, which is really cool

I'm not taking on anything else; working with what I have keeps me busy enough.
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So, I'm knitting a shrug using Caron yarn and pattern. It was too big, by a lot, and I didn't have enough yarn to finish it. I have now ripped back to the arm length I want, and I'm ignoring the desired back width. I can always do something like make the circular collar bigger, or pick up a panel and lengthen the back, I suppose. It's very exciting, because I have a mindless project to work on.

I have finished the chemises and skirts for the wedding on Saturday. Thank goodness!

I'm planning to use August to focus on the schoolwork much harder than I have been, catch up on already started projects, and clean and organize the house.
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I'm trying to blog all the stuff I've been meaning to blog over my lunchtime at work, which explains posting in the middle of the day.

Last fall, at the Knox Farm Fiberfest, I purchased a big bunch of green handdyed singles, and even more naturally brown singles. I will be making my first sweater out of them. It will be a plain, top-down raglan in the round. I also got a Plymouth Sister bamboo needle interchangeable set, which I love.

I like Dominoes, and hun got me a double 15 set last summer. :)

I disassembled the thrummed mittens from a few years ago, because I had 1/4 of a mitten made, and didn't really like thrumming, plus I lost the pattern. I skeined the wool, and then put it in a clean dishpan with some Eucalan wool wash, and hot water, and left it overnight. In the morning, I rinsed it well in cold water, and hung it to dry. Presto! Good as new, and will be used in a pair of wristers!

Lionbrand is re-introducing their Cotton Ease (worsted weight, 50% acrylic, 50% cotton) line, and they have a new organic cotton line too. I would like to play with these, but I need to knit from stash first for a while.

Geta are really cool Japanese wood sandals. Here's how to make them!

Local Harvest can help you find farmers' markets, organic food, and community farmers near you. If you're concerned about sustainable eating, it looks like a decent resource.

I have a lot of books on tea and how it's grown, and I am reading one of them, but it is on hold while I obsess about lace knitting.
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Sorry it took so long; I think I said I'd do this about 6 months ago.

Get worsted weight cotton (Lily Sugar & Cream, Lion Cotton or Kitchen Cotton, same dif) and a pair of suitable needles. Needle sizes will range from 8 to 10, depending on how tight you want your dishcloth to be. Cotton will tighten up when it is washed, but also does expand when you get it wet.

Cast on 4 stitches.
For every row, K2, YO, K to end, until you have about 40 stitches on the needles, or the piece has the diagonal length you want.
After that, for every row, K2, YO, K2tog, K to end, until you have 4 stitches on the needle. Cast off.

This will make a slightly hexagonal dishcloth. For more square, cast on fewer stitches, and cast off when you have fewer stitches.

Other sources of dishcloth patterns - google for them! Many people spend a lot of time making pretty dishcloth patterns.
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The ever popular Knitty always has trendy patterns, and every issue has at least something interesting to knit. The articles can be interesting. Published 4x per year.

Magknits has less polished patterns, but often has something cool. Published 12x per year.

Spindilicity is a place for handspinners who spin to knit. Not as many patterns, lots of spinning info. Published 4x per year.

The Online Digital Archive of Weaving and Related Topics is a thorough and comprehensive site for weavers, with many old books scanned to pdf form. It also has knitting, tatting, crochet, inkle weaving, bobbin lace and other laces, and embroidery. Why does a CS department host a weaving site? Because of jaquard looms, of course! (The site was started by Ralph E. Griswold. R.I.P.)

The Antique Pattern Library is a great place for patterns and books in a variety of needle techniques. All are out of copyright.

Canadian Living sometimes has nice patterns.

The Anti-Craft has a lot of weird stuff. Very goth. Quite cool.

Spun Magazine is now defunct, but still has interesting things to knit in its archives.

quick #2

Nov. 2nd, 2006 12:43 pm
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I got Elizabeth Zimmerman's books Knitting Workshop and Knitting Around. I just wish I had the time to read them. Her books are like a conversation with a comfortable friend. I know have all the EZ books that I want! (Knitter's Almanac and Knitting without Tears are the other 2.


Emerald Shoyeido -very nice scent.


Edited to remove magazines list.

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