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Friday, August 31st, 2007
1:44 pm
Itty bitty knitty
Bug Knits has some of the most mind boggling knitting I have ever seen. It would be astounding full size but this is all 1/12th scale(except for the pieces that are smaller).

cross posted to my journal

Current Mood: awed
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
1:39 pm
When fandoms collide
I- it- uh- well just go look.


Cross posted to my own journal
edited for the right link

Current Mood: Oh my.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
1:45 pm
I have a new hobby- Casting on
I'm cross posting this in my personal journal where, since they are not knitters they will roll their eyes.

But since you are knitters, you'll understand.

When you've splurged and bought a set of Lantern Moon number one dpn in rosewood, rolling your chair back to find the itty bitty needle you've just dropped is a nerve wracking experience.

And knitting with lace weight alpaca on the size .00006 needles- well I'm thinking about breaking out the Optivisor.

*three rows before screwing up, now that's progress.*

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
6:23 pm
I am seeking enlightenment in the form of a sweater.

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
12:40 pm
Sexy Knitting
Violet Blue writes a column on sex for my favorite news site, SFGate. Today, her post was about sexy knitting, a couple of people who have books out with sexy knitting patterns. It's a great article. Read it here. Link is worksafe.
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
8:33 pm
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
10:45 pm
omg this is the best thing ever: whaddup, my knitta?
If you are in this community, you clearly need to check this out:

Knitted Graffiti
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
3:38 pm
Looking for some info
OK Now I'm here I've got some questions..
1. I've been trying to recreate an Icelandic hat for a number of years. It is similar to a tam w/ a wider cuff. It's a circular tube with a final decrease for the top, but after years of trying to do the flare by changing needles sizes, I beginning to think that it was more likely originally formed by blocking. If anyone knows of this technique would like some help.
2. Need to have size/age to inches conversion for hats. My niece is starting to outgrow my patterns and I have nothing between toddler and adult for sizing.
3. Does anyone know of a good source for Navajo rug yarn (it makes the best gloves and mittens) short of going to a trading post on the Reservation?
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
3:53 pm
Hey ladies (and gents, if any)
An LJ buddy of mine wants to start a free online knitting and crochet pattern website, à la knitty.com. She's looking for submissions, so if you have something you've been plotting, let her know.


Current Mood: friendly
Monday, October 24th, 2005
6:47 pm
RE: Yarn Storage
How is the best way to store yarn? Ive heard everything from bins because you dont want the moths to get it, to open because the yarn needs to breathe? Ive finally opened mine up for air and staked it but now im worried about bugs/moths!? Is that even a rational fear?

Thank you all in advance for the replys :)
Knit on

Current Mood: worried
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
10:27 pm
Bitte! Any help greatly appreciated
I want to make cowl for my 18m on circ's (because they take the children outside and force them to place at daycare), but im at a loss, what size needles should I use?

Thanks again!

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, September 15th, 2005
12:10 pm
gauging problems
Ok. I need some help or a suggestion from fellow knitters or something. I recently started swatching before my projects (I swatched for the cardigan I haven't finished putting together and I swatched for the dishrags I'm currently making for my mom).

My problem is, now that I swatch, I have to go down two full needle sizes to obtain gauge. What exactly am I doing wrong here?

Does this mean I'm destined to never make anything from a pattern requiring smaller than a #2 US needle? Is there a way to stop needing such a smaller needle than the pattern (and most of the time the yarn manufacturer) recommends?

Please someone tell me what I can do to stop the weirdness of my gauge.

**On a side note, because I saw it mentioned here before, I bought the Loop-d-Loop knitting book with my last gift card at work. It is awesome. It's very much more an inspiration book for me than a pattern book, but I like looking at the creative things a knitter can do with string and two sticks. I very much recommend this book, if for no other reason than to have it sitting on your bookshelf to look at for ideas.
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
12:14 am
something I found
I think I love this boy.
Hardcore knits

Current Mood: creative
Saturday, August 6th, 2005
5:32 pm
Here are a coupla books I thought I'd share with all fellow illumiknitters/crochet corps members. I picked them up after work last night. They are so funny.

Knitticisms and Other Purls of Wisdom by Kari A. Cornell

At Knit's End: Meditations for Women who knit too much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Both of these books are super funny. And they give you good tips (comebacks) for why you need more yarn, why knitting is good for you, why someone can stop you from fiber-work when they pry the needles/hooks/yarn from your cold dead hands, etc.
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
5:56 pm
Thursday, July 21st, 2005
4:20 pm
Ok, so not much to update about the shrug. I completed the back and am now working the front left and right panels simultaneously. My sister's waiting to see what mine looks like before she decides if she wants me to make her one as well. I am modifying the pattern a bit, though. I decided I like the kitchener stitch so much (ever since I taught myself and saw how nice a seam it creates) that I didn't bind off the shoulder stitches. I am also toying with shaping the sleeves a bit since they are just straight rectangles according to the pattern. We'll see.

In the mean time, I got two of those roll brim crochet hats made out of one ball of Lionbrand Suede, plus I had enough left over to make some crocheted flowers for Abby's hat, which was nice.

I may have my first paid knitting gig coming up soon. I got a voicemail the other day from my best friend from college. She wants me to knit dishrags and potholders for her mom in specific colors (I assume to match the new kitchen, or whatever). She said she'd pay for all yarn plus about $5/item. I know, I know, depending on knitting speed, that's less that minimum wage, but still, I'm gonna get paid to do something I ENJOY!!!
Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
8:36 am
more potter.
I just made 7 Harry Potter scarves for our store's Midnight Magic Party (ms. princessjezabel, are you still working at your Borders? If so, you know what hell those are). one each of all the house color combos, then three more of Gryffindor. I'm making more on my trusty knitting machine to sell...I've got about 4 orders for them now. Mine aren't quite as long, though. They came out about 77" long and 5 1/2 wide, not counting fringe. the original 7 are hand knit in the round for extra warmth (2 layers = cozy) and because I liked the more professional look of stockinette...I just used cheapo red heart yarn and they came out fabulous.

here's my brother modeling one of the finished products:

I'm now also working on a pair of cute knit mary jane slippers. They're knit completely in one piece, so no annoying assembly required. I've had to restart them like 4 times, though, because I keep losing track of what row I'm on, and I need to remember because there's a lot of exacting sort of stuff in the pattern (the heel requires a bunch of wrapping & turning). Grrrr. I will triumph!
Monday, July 18th, 2005
2:36 pm
I finished my "harry potter" scarf late last week. It's 11 feet long and I don't ever want to have to recreate it for anyone again. It took forever, even though I used a thicker yarn (Lionbrand Jiffy in Wine and Lemon). I have several people interested in me making them one, but I'm more interested in teaching them HOW to MAKE one THEMSELVES. It was so simple, just cast on, garter stitch, change colors, bind off. I think I can teach just about anyone that. I gave teh scarf ot my sister since she likes HP and will be going to ISU where the colors will look nice at a football game.

Last night I made my sister a crocheted hat out of Lionbrand Suede. It turned out well. I have about three more rounds left on a second matching one (since I'm trying to see if I can get two hats out of one ball).

Then I'm going to attempt the shrug from knit.1 magazine made out of Lionbrand Incredible (in Purple Party). I have to knit more loosley than I am totally comfortable with for this project.

That is an update on all of my current projects at the moment. Anyone else?
Monday, July 11th, 2005
4:41 pm
If you are a yarn/fiber snob, you don't have to read this
I don't know if anyone posts in here anymore, but I thought I'd give a heads up to anyone who might come wandering by. I picked up knitting magazine a while ago and I'm really really exciting about it and wanted to share it with fellow knitters. It's called Knit.1 and put out by Vogue Knitting. However, for the knitter-on-a-budget (me) and the knitter-without-a-decent-LYS (me again!), this knitting magazine has projects made exclusively of Lion Brand yarn. Yay! A whole magazine of knitting and crocheting projects made out of yarn I can readily find! And they are fun, hip projects as well, with a variety of knitting levels to choose from.

Another heads up. Debbie Stoller (author of "Stitch 'n Bitch" and "Stitch 'n Bitch Nation") is putting out another Stitch 'n Bitch book in January, only it's going to be about crochet! It will be called "Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker". I'm excited that there will be some fun projects in crochet to try as well as some decent crochet instruction (I learned, but there are still things I can't quite figure out from my old crochet techniques book).
Friday, February 25th, 2005
4:00 pm
Oh, oops. One more thing to update about in illumiknitti.

I was at Hobby Lobby today to buy my cotton yarn (cheapest there) and saw they had really really expanded their yarn collection. Joy! I'm pumped b/c there was a ton of stuff there that was 20-50% natural fiber (including wool, merino wool, and rayon). So despite the fact it is all the commericial stuff (Lion Brand, Patons, Red Heart, etc.), there was some new and exiting stuff there to browse through.

Anyway, another question struck me. Wool can be put in the dryer on "fluff" or "air only" cycles, right? Obviously no heat, but just the air cycle wouldn't hurt or shrink it, right? B/c I was thinking, if you accidentally take your wool scarf into a bar without thinking and it comes out all stinky and smokey, what else could you do with it?

Ok, now I'm really off to launder and knit.
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