Knitting Monkey


FOs! New FOs!!!

I can finally post pics of the mermaid socks, the modular scarf, and the Laura Jane Bear! I am actually over half-way done with Evelyn Clark's Peace Shawl in black Merino laceweight, but I do not have pics of that yet.

Here are the mermaid socks:

These were done in Schoeller Stahl Disco in the colorway "Veracruz." The pattern is from Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks, Warm Feet.

Here is the modular knit scarf from Modular Knits:

This was all acrylic of various sorts from the nearest Joanns. I think it's a mix of Caron and Red Heart. The pattern is from Iris Schrier's Modular Knits.

And here is the Laura Jane Bear. Here she is upright:

...and here she is resting on my husband's guitar. This is the round-tummy shot:

She was made in Bernat Cottontots ("Pretty in Pink") and some plain white cotton from my stash. The nose is knitted with embroidery floss and sewn on. I can now report that the baby liked her bear and kissed and hugged it when she saw it. She did like the ears and kept grabbing and chewing on them. So far the bear has held up - which is surprising since I am a lousy sewer. This pattern is from MagKnits. The only modification I made was to put the purl side out on the body and the stockinette side out on the tummy and paw patches and inner ears. I thought this would hide seam lines better and it seems to have worked out well.

My progress on the raglan cardigan has been nil. I think I should try knitting a cardigan from a pattern before I try making one up as I go along. Then maybe I would have a better idea of the shaping that needs to occur. I still need to order an argyle sock pattern, but I am seriously strapped for funds. The good news is that I remembered the sock pattern website I was looking for: Grace Ennis.


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Lotsa knitting, but no posting

Well, I finished the mermaid socks. By finished I mean off the needles, but I have to darn in the yarn ends. I am nearly done with one pink and white Laura Jane Bear for my baby niece. I have to wash the pieces, sew it together and then stuff the body. I was thinking of knitting the teddy and Chloe (the niece) a matching sweater or baby poncho. As someone said at school "What happened? I thought you were a practical girl!" I guess the baby knitting bug finally caught up with me. Their clothes are tiny, cute and fast. Normally I am immune from thinking infants are cute and hence avoid knitting for them. But, I finally think a baby can be cute now. Well, also I didn't know any infants previously. Anyway, I wanted to make a teddy bear and I know Chloe won't know what it is or care and will probably drool on it and rip it's ear off, but at least I will have had fun.

I also started the argyle socks I am supposed to finish by Christmas, but I foolishly thought they would be okay to do in worsted weight. Worsted weight in argyle is for sweaters and not socks, so now I have a legitimate excuse to by some nice sock weight yarn and perhaps a pattern specifically for men rather than trying to wing it from a hodgepodge of women's patterns and pattern generators. I don't have a good candidate in mind, although there was a website devoted entirely to 1940's era men's sock designs that I really really wish I could find right now. Not only did it have argyle and variants of argyle but it had tiki intarsia and other fun themes.

I also finished another project! I made my mom a scarf from this book: Modular Knits by Iris Schreier. I really like this book as I am all about the unusual knitting techniques. Modular or domino knitting is a fun and interesting technique, but what Iris has done is to reverse the structure of modular knitting so that the pieces are built outwards, thus enabling you to knit a continual garment without constant casting off and on. The scarf is for Christmas and started as a car project to entertain me on a three hour drive. Since my mom lives in a snowy climate, it will actually be useful for her.

Once again, I have no pictures. You will just have to imagine amongst yourselves.


Draw a House?

This is fun drawing exercise/personality test:
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Knitting Olympics

Three more days...should I join in? I currently have a sweater and the mermaid socks on the needles. If I can finish my mermaids by then, I can cast on for the argyle socks I planned to knit next as a Christmas gift for my father-in-law. would necessitate a last-minute trip to the yarn store. ;)

I saw this:
and decided to try it myself.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.
My words of wisdom were: "The funerary equipment was of the usual type, as is evidenced by small tables and vessels, as well as fragments of hashish-burners."

The book: Art of the Steppes: The Eurasian Animal Style by Karl Jettmar. Methuen & Co.: London, 1967.

As to the raglan I have been working on. I have one sleeve knit almost to the elbow. I don't actually know if I am doing this right. I got tired of doing the raglan yoke back and forth and decided that if I cast on about 15 stitches under the arms, I could commence to knitting the sleeves circularly. Basically, I am adding a diamond-shaped underarm gusset knitted from the center out. I picked up an knit from a crochet chain of 15 stitches. This seems to have worked and I have decreased down the "extra" added on my sleeve already. When I get ready to do the body I will undo the crochet and pick up the live stitches to knit with the body.

This seems like it will work. Of course, I also added short-row bust darts in what seemed like an appropriate place on the yoke. I hope those blend a little better once I have the body knitted.



Well, I am working on the Mermaid Socks from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet." I had this brilliant idea that I would stop doing the spiraling on the bottom half of the feet (ie the sole) so that it would be smooth and longer wearing. Since the stitch count remains the same each row, I just stopped doing the pattern on one half of the sock.

So I am knitting along for about an inch and a half and then I notice that my sock is skewed. It literally is developing like a 45 degree angle. Now I know why the spiral pattern continues all the way around the sock. Doh! I tried frogging which was a big mess. I couldn't figure out how to frog this particular I unknit the inch and half back down to the heel. Since I'm in grad school and only work on the socks on the bus, this was a weeks worth of work. Bah. I am done and can resume knitting with the pattern running all the way around the foot.

In other news, my cardigan is coming along and I have about 7 inches done! The leaf pattern is showing up nicely now and I had to join in a second ball of Woolease. When I buy more batteries I can post another picture.


This is what I am currently working on: a top-down raglan cardigan. I am using up my stash of woolease that I bought when I first started knitting about 9 years ago. I intended to make my husband (then boyfriend) a sweater and started four or five different times before finally making him the red gansey below. Now I have all the blue woolease left. This picture is of the right front panel that has a twining leaf cable motif. That blob in the center is my first leaf, nearly completed.

I really need to straighten up my knitting on this one. I have laddered down and reknit this section a couple of times since I read the chart wrong. More than once. :P The pattern for the cable is from "The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting" by Debra Mountford.

The pattern for the cardigan is basically: Using crochet cast-on, crochet a chain long enough to fit around my neck. Divide into five parts (2 for front, 2 for sleeves, 1 for back) and increase each part every other round. Knit until it's long enough. Join into tubes for sleeves. Knit those until they are long enough. Knit the body until it's long enough. Knit in the Twining Trees pattern on the back. Do some kind of edging. Add buttons and reinforce button band if necessary. Sew in ends. Wear. You can probably tell I hate swatching and like to figure out stitch number from crochet chains. :)

I like to knit all in one piece. The special property of knitting as a fabric is that it can be shaped as you are creating the fabric itself, so why not take advantage of it? Thus, I tried to figure out crochet steeking so I could knit this in a big tube an then cut up the front. Unfortunately, I think I did the steeking right, but woolease is not suitable for hand-steeking being largely acrylic. Or, I could just be doing the steeking wrong. The central parts of my swatches held really well, until I yanked on it really really good and then the ends at the hems popped out and the swatch began to unravel.

I decided I didn't want to risk it on a finished garment, so I am knitting back-in-forth. At least I have finally gotten relatively fast at continental purling. I can knit "backwards" too, but my purling is still faster. For clarification, I knit right handed in continental, with my yarn wrapped twice around my left index finger.Posted by Picasa

Here is an absolutely terrible picture that shows off the texture quite well. Just pretend that it's technicolor on purpose... Posted by Picasa

Here is my favorite project to date - my Muted Musician's Gansey for my husband. The sweater is not sparkly, his white shirt just shows through. This is a pretty accurate replication of the color. Posted by Picasa

Here's my coffee cozy on an actual coffee cup. The color is VERY off. It's actually a dark purple instead.  Posted by Picasa

Here is my completed coffee cozy. See my first post from 9/13/04 for the pattern. The purple is richer and darker, and the novelty yarn matches better in real life.  Posted by Picasa

Here's the phone attached to my purse. The holder works really well. To attach it, loop the holder through the i-cord strap around the handle of your purse.  Posted by Picasa

Here's the cell phone holder I made. See my 10/03/04 post. I never wrote the pattern down, but this is roughly what I did. I knit a small garter stitch rectangle in the main color. I knit it so that it would fit the bottom of my phone. When it fit, I stopped. I then picked up stitches around the rectangle and joined them so that I could knit circularly. I switched to mosaic garter stitch in three colors and kept going until the bag was big enough to cover my phone. I then bound off three of the top "edges" of my bag and knit a back flap. I did the shaping by decreasing until I liked the way it looked. I applied a garter stitch edging to the front flap and made a strap out of I-cord. I put my phone in and figured out where the antenna needed to come out. I pried apart my knitting here (meaning that I jammed the antenna between the stitches), marked the spot and stitched around the impromptu hole to strengthen the edges. I did the same thing for the buttonhole on the front, but my button fell off and I haven't replaced it.  Posted by Picasa

Here's the toes on the regia socks. They are the bosnian garter stitch toe from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet." Posted by Picasa

Two unfinished socks. These will be short socks as I will run out of yarn. They are the leftover Regia Ringel (?) from another pair of socks I made and gave away. Posted by Picasa