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April 11th, 2005
03:10 pm

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Clapotis, Modified
I'm knitting Clapotis, but with an extra stitch added at each edge so that the last stitch on each row is a plain knit or purl stitch and not the purl front & back or knit front & back the pattern calls for. (Those are the next-to-last stitch on each row instead.) This makes the slipped edge MUCH more attractive, IMHO. I'm also purling the knitted stitches to be dropped, which keeps the thing from curling quite so much, and also makes putting in markers unnecessary.

I'm almost done with the set-up increase rows, and so haven't yet even gotten to the straight rows! Andrew, who was nice enough to take these pictures at a wedding reception we just attended, called it a knitted speedo. But, he's also the hooligan who brought you pictures of marshmallow peep jousting, so what does he know? :-)


Modified Clapotis beginning Modified Clapotis beginning

4/11/05 -- Knitty's Clapotis, but with extra stitches so the slipped stitch border looks good.
Modified Clapotis Edge Modified Clapotis Edge

The edge of the Clapotis modified to add extra stitches so the slipped stitch border looks good.

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March 22nd, 2005
01:29 pm

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Maroon Shawl, Shapely Tank, Bunny!
Most of my knitting energy for the last month has been focused on a shawl out of maroon mohair/wool/nylon blend. It has pockets and follows a pretty easy pattern. It's knit up one side and down the other, starting with 50 stitches and increasing to 100 before decreasing again. It's stockinette with a 6-stitch garter border to keep it from rolling. I'm back down to around 65 stitches wide after increasing, and then there's about 30 rows of 50-stitches wide on the other side. Plus the pocket.

I picked up the pattern as a leaflet from Stitches West. It's a nice enough pattern, but if I do it again, I'll make some changes, I think. For one thing, the increases and decreases are every right side row, with no pause between the last increase and the first decrease. This makes the fabric kind of bowl-shaped in the middle back, while the rest of it lies flat. It needs a short row here and there to create some ease, I think.

I'm quite anxious to finish it up and start a shapely tank for myself. It's taken a while to figure out what to do about yarn for it, but I realized recently: I have a grey sweater I bought to take apart (not the one you like so much, Sarah, one of the other two). It is cotton/rayon, and is beautiful yarn knit into an ugly sweater. It's also a couple of sizes too small for me, but it has very long sleeves, so there should be enough yarn. I can't wait to rip it apart and wash and hang the yarn. Hooray!

Meanwhile, I'm knitting a square in hopes of making it into a bunny for a friend's baby shower. Whee!

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January 18th, 2005
06:24 am

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Pictures of FOs
Briana was kind enough to bring the hat I knitted her for her birthday back to me so I could get a picure of it:
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And I just made Sarah a Happy Hat for Christmas.
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I love square hats like this. Most patterns have them knit flat, but they're easier done in the round with a three-needle bind-off. The Happy Hat in particular is as easy as can be: a couple of rows of ribbing, and then just knit till you're done. They look adorable on, too; even Sarah's incredibly stylish grandma thought hers was cute and not too silly.

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December 25th, 2004
01:23 pm

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Reciprocal Friending and this Journal
I don't know if I've explained my reasoning behind not reciprocally friending people with this journal. I plan on posting ALL of this journal as public entries. That way, I can only friend knitting communities / knitting blogs. They'll be not only my default view, but also the default view for anyone who looks at this journal's friends page.

So, by not friending you back on this journal, I've made it so you can get your extra knitting blog fix whenever you want by checking out http://www.livejournal.com/karebyknit/friends.

And I can read your journals via my main journal.

Just thought you might want to know.

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01:17 pm

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Test of photo posting
With the help of the cam phone, I've finally gotten around to taking a couple of pictures of knitting. The user icon, and the link below are from the phone and taken in the sun, so they're brighter and more washed-out than they are in person, even after minimal color correction in iphoto.

Mainly, this is a test of the process, but look for more pictures of knitted things on this journal.

Here's the in-progress picture of the blue scarf knitted almost entirely in the dark.

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December 21st, 2004
05:56 pm

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Knitting in the Dark
I've reached a strange milestone in my knitting existence: I finished a scarf that was knitted primarily in the dark. I cast on just before we went to see The Incredibles, knitted the entire time I watched the movie. I knitted while riding in cars quite a bit, and then did another major chunk while watching kineticphoenix perform in The Princess Bride.

It's nothing challenging, of course. It's a 2x2 rib made with Angel Hair, a sadly now-discontinued really soft yarn from Joann Fabrics. It's a trendy narrow scarf, only 14 stitches wide on size 11 needles, 12 stitches of rib and a border stitch on each side. I'm doing the border stitches by slipping the last stitch of each row purl-wise, then knitting the first stitch of each row. Quite nifty.

Of course, I made mistakes. I think about 9 total. But dropping columns of ribbing to fix mistakes is terribly easy. Knitting is basically sideways single crochet. I made 6 mistakes in one row early on in The Princess Bride, by getting off a stitch on my ribbing. By the time I noticed, they were more than a foot back in the scarf, but fixing them took only about 15 minutes all told... much faster than ripping it out and re-knitting.

The scarf, once finished, served as a fabulous gifty for someone I was having trouble figuring out a christmas gift for. It's so lovely, I wanted to keep it, so I hope she likes it. :-)

This all worked so well, I think I'm going to always keep a scarf-in-progress around for knitting in dark rooms and giving to people as gifts. I'm so glad they're trendy at the moment, especially when knit in really soft or really funky yarns.

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November 1st, 2004
05:53 pm

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Knitting Right Along
I've been grooving right along on my knitting lately. Last week, I made a cute little pumpkin hat. I started with the idea of your basic roll-brim hat knit in stockinette stitch in the round, and added 6 purl stitches evenly spaced around the hat to segment it like a pumpkin. That took a bit of experimentation, because it turned out that those 6 stitches were enough to keep the brim from rolling until I figured out to knit a few rows before starting the purls, so it would roll properly. After knitting the body of the hat, I started decreasing on either side of the purl stitches, slanting away from the purls to making it continue to look like a segment. I finished it up with a green i-cord stem.

Now I'm knitting myself some black wool socks. I'm using the wacky two socks knit on the same tiem on two circular needles method. So far, I'm liking it. The complexity is more than made up for by the fact that, when I'm done with the knitting, both socks will be done. It's so demoralizing to finish a sock and then realize that you have to knit another one just like it.

To start these, I used the twisted german cast-on method. This cast-on is a pain -- it took me a very long time to learn it, and it doesn't flow anywhere near as evenly as the standard long-tail cast-on method. But the result is so beautiful that I'll probably use it all the time from now on.

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October 7th, 2004
12:18 pm

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Hooray! A Hat!
I finished a hat I made for dryadgrl's birthday. Her birthday was 2 weeks ago, so I'm not doing so bad, relatively. :-) It's the big square Fat Hat from Hip to Knit -- if you look in the book on Amazon, you can see it knitted in lime green on the 3rd or 4th page. dryadgrl's is a reddish purple.

I'm so glad she likes it! I need to get a picture of it, for my knitting records. :-)

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September 16th, 2004
12:50 pm

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Yep, I'm a Dork
I've always got several knitting projects going -- don't you? This time, it's a scarf and cap for winter. I've been meaning to make a Slytherin scarf (told you I'm a dork!) for quite a while, but I couldn't really decide what to do with it. Copying the movies, as so many have done, is an idea that doesn't impress me. No self-respecting snotty pureblood would have a scarf knit in stockinette from scratchy acrylic. I've been scoping out yarns for most of the year, drooling over fine and fancy mohair.

And then I realized: it's not the material but the stitches that are the issue. With an idea from someone on one of the knitting LJ communities, I've been designing cabled snake patterns for the scarf. And Knitty's lovely cabled Coronet pattern will do nicely for the scarf.

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August 10th, 2004
01:27 pm

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Knitting Stuff
Despite the lag in posting, I'm still knitting. I'm currently knitting on my first sweater, a "techno cosy" for my PDA, and boa scarves/accessories. Three seems to be a good number of projects to be knitting on at once. One is way too few; I get bored of it and stop knitting for a while.

I'm hoping to do a lot of new stuff for Burning Man. The little blue scarf I was going to knit for Bryan will probably become a big blue see-through dress. I've also got an idea to do "feather-less boas" to give to people -- I can teach people to finger-knit. Should be groovy fun.

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