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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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bored to tears.

I am working on the simple cardi from the fall VK issue (from the One Sweater Four Ways article).

Jesus H. Christ.

I started it in August, and it's still only about half done. It is so boring. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I will never, ever make patterns this simple ever again, unless I absolutely fall in love with a yarn that needs to be admired on its own without fancy stitching or intarsia. I feel like I'll stab my eyes out with my 5mm's out of boredom if I don't just hurry and finish the damn thing. I've come to the conclusion that if I'm aching for a simple cardi/raglan, I'll buy one... and save my time for wearable art.

Of course, I say this now. By next week I'll find another sweater at a department store that I can't live without, but I know I could make better (with better yarn, nicer seams, better shaping, neater stitches............)

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Bulky Irish Hiking Scarf

While my dad was in the hospital for triple bypass surgery, I sat in the waiting room and finished this scarf, along with the back and half of a side of a simple raglan cardi (phew!). My twin and I sat there all day and then spent the night, so that was a whole lot of knitting time! (Dad did great, by the way. He's home now, and recovering with amazing speed. Katie, my twin, is working on an afghan for him which should be done fairly soon, since he feels chilly a lot of the time.)

I loved the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern so much that I decided to make it in some bulky-weight yarn I had lying around for a super-duper huge scarf for those Chicago winters... For those of you that are non-Chicagoans, our winters can last anywhere from 5-7 months, and are blisteringly cold and windy. The only modification that I made to the pattern is that I only have two cables instead of three, otherwise it would be waaaaay too wide. True, it is meant to be a schlumpy scarf... but not that schlumpy.

Photo credit goes to the Pops.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Glam slam?

I don't mean to all of a sudden turn into a You Knit What spin-off, but I find the "sneak peak" patterns for Vogue Knitting's new issue to be highly disappointing. First of all, the ones that are even close to cute would only be flattering on a rail skinny model. Don't get me wrong, I love it that "Victoriana" is in this year, especially with the new Tim Burton movie and everything... But, unfortunately, I am what one might refer to as a bit...well...svelte challenged, and the whole look is completely hopeless on my figure. It tends to lean a little more towards "hi I'm an old granny" instead of the preferred "I'm so skinny and macabre that I look like I really DID die in 1902." However, if you are teeny-tiny-itsy-bitsy, you really ought to make this and this just to show us all how incredibly cool you are. This is really the only one that I think is too cute for words, and it is definitely "my style," but again, it would only look good on a slight frame.

As for the rest of the patterns? Simply awful. Ugly intarsia + bad shaping + ugly lace pattern does not (notnotNOT) equal a pretty sight. And while I'm totally impressed by the model's rockin' hunting horn, what the frig is this? Wait folks, this one is not for weak stomachs: oh my god, it's a novelty yarn horror! Noooooooo! I loved last season's issue with all of the wonderful gypsy/romantic styles and fiber exploration (they had a pattern for the only successful Koigu garment I've ever seen), and this is just........BLAH.