Thursday, December 01, 2005

Dobby Hat

I wanted to knit something in order to celebrate the new Harry Potter movie, but I didn't have any Gryffindor colors lying around (or cash to buy some), so I devised this Dobby Hat. Everybody loves Dobby. I don't know about you, but I most definitely loved Hermione all that much more when she tried to liberate the house elves through knitting. The second photo shows the hat's true colors.

Here's the pattern!

Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic), 1 skein MC (Light Periwinkle), 1 skein CC (Burnt Orange)
U.S. size 8/5 m.m. straight needles
tapestry needle

One size fits is quite stretchy.

17 stitches and 23 rows = 4" in stst

Co 70 sts. In MC, knit in k4p4 ribbing patt for 25 rows. In CC, 5 rows stst. Decrease row (RS):* sl 1, ssk, k until last 3 sts, k2tog, sl1. P 1 row. Rep from * 9 more times; 54 sts. In MC, p 1 row. *sl 1, ssk, k until last 3 sts, k2tog, sl 1. P 1 row. Rep from * 6 more times; 39 sts. In CC, sl 1, ssk, k until last 3 sts, k2tog, sl 1. P 1 row. Rep from * 9 more times; 20 sts. In MC, p 1 row. *Sl 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, sl 1. Rep from * 6 times more; 5 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a nice long 2-3 foot tail. Pull the tail through the remaining 5 sts and pull very very tightly. Use remaining tail of yarn and tapestry needle to seam up the back of the hat using mattress stitch.

And then you'll have you a Dobby Hat! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Yarn hair?

I definitely want to try this. See, this is why I love LiveJournal, even moreso than Google. You can find anything on LiveJournal. In this case, I found a tutorial on how to make your own felted yarn hair extensions. Here is a picture of her results:

Oh man. As soon as I get a job where I won't get fired for having cool hair, I will totally try this. However, the job I have now...yeah, they're not too partial to red dreds. (I work at a froufrou cafe in Downtown Chicago. They are very into teh "only pretty and nice girls work here" image.)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A four day scarf.

Yeah, that whole thing about posting an FO that wasn't a scarf?

Lies. All lies.

Draping here before you is my four-strand braided cable scarf (see this post on how to make a four-strand braided cable). I finished it in four days. I have been a very nervous and jittery girl. It is knit in some worsted virgin wool I had lying around.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The AntiCraft

We were deep in the clutches of a weeklong absinthe binge when the Divine Hand of Brilliance touched us in an inappropriate place. When this vision came, we knew we must create a haven for all the sinister crafters of the world. No more would we be cowed into silence by cheerful scrapbook stickers. Never again would we be forced to gleefully execute a sweater of intarsia puppies. The green fairy had blessed us with an exotic vision we were powerless to deny. We madly scrambled for pen and paper with which to compose our opus. Finding none, we took up our knitting needles and carved text into the walls. With an old tube of Vamp we illustrated our glorious creation. Upon release from the hospital, we returned to our lives with renewed direction and embarked upon this project with the fervor of a snake-kissing Pentecostal who has an anti-venom kit.

Click here for more of AniCraft's Antifesto.

This website is too fabulous.

I especially love Bad Juju, Eternal Embrace, and Snowball's Chance in Hell (which is entirely too clever).

I promise, promise, promise that soon I will have an FO post that isn't a scarf. Promise.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Four-Strand Braided Cable

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In order to overcome my extreme boredom over the VK simple cardi, I decided to make a little four-strand braided cable sample to add to my wall-o-fiber (I take all of my gauge swatches, stitch swatches, etc. and tack them onto my wall. Photos will come later). The four-strand braid is a simple, classy cable that always looks great. Here's how it's done:

CO 20 sts.

ROW 1 (RS): p4, k12, p4
ROW 2 (WS): k4, p12, k4
ROW 3: p4, k12, p4
ROW 4: k4, p12, k4
ROW 5: p4, *slip three sts on cable needle and hold in front, k3, k3 off of cable needle* rep from * once, p4
ROWS 6-9: rep rows 1-4
ROW 10: p4, k3, slip three stitches on calbe needle and hold in back, k3, p4

rep rows 1-10 until desired length.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Knitty's Titties

I am in awe of Beryl Tsang, the creator of the Tit Bits pattern for She sure took her lemons and made lemonade! Ms. Tsang was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 and lost her right breast. Post-surgery, her search for a prosthetic was a whole new kind of hell to go through. She spent day after day in medical boutiques and supply stores, only finding disappointment. "When I got home, I put on my new titty and bra and promptly broke into tears," she writes. "The titty reminded me of raw liver, while the bra resembled the suspension system of my 1995 Volvo."

So what did she do? Why, what any good knitter would do, of course... she sought consolation in her stash. While pawing through her balls of yarn, she was struck by an ingenius idea. She knittied her some titties!

What an empowering and wonderful project. Not only does it encourage healing through the process of knitting, but women can make themselves a prosthetic that is actually comfortable, let alone practical and cute.

Women can order Tit Bits off of her website (they have everything from Everyday Tits to Floosie Tits), or make their own using the Knitty pattern.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

I couldn't help myself.

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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