Monday, June 19, 2006


Knitted Ferrari

Student Knits Her Own Ferrari

Art graduate Lauren Porter knitted a Ferrari sportscar for her honours degree at Bath Spa University.
The classic red bodywork consists of 250 squares of garter stitch made by Lauren and 20 family members and friends.
The windows are V-shaped stocking stitch, while the details are crochet and the badge is embroidered.
It's all supported by a steel frame which Lauren, 22, of Greatham, Hants, welded herself.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Bunny Sweaters

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Honestly, I'm not obsessed with animal sweaters.  They just sort of keep finding me on the internet!  I wonder if the bunny is wearing an outer angora sweater?  (from cute overload)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Goat Sweaters

As if the sheep sweaters I posted a while back weren't enough, here are goat sweaters, including a pattern to knit more for your own flock:
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Another use for plastic bags

At our house, most plastic bags get "re-used" on dog walks. But we generally have a surplus, because friends without dogs save their bags for us. Here's an idea of what to do with those extras: Crochet sandals. I wonder if I could develop a knit pattern for something similar?

More info is available on Craftster
Sandal crocheted from plastic grocery bags

Instructions for making "yarn" out of plastic bags are here


Friday, March 24, 2006


Garden Progress - week 2

As of Sunday night, two weeks after the first wave of planting, only 16 seedlings had yet to sprout. Nine of those are the alpine strawberry. Two are lavenders. Two are chocolate bell pepper. Two are rosemary. Can't remember the other two. . .

Click on the photo below for a better view of the 60+ baby plants so far.

I also bought an avocado tree on Sunday. Home Despot had Haas treelings for under $20. I've been wanting an avocado for a long time, but unable to find some of the specific varieties I was seeking. So, for now, I'll be happy with this. (Now I just need to get it planted in one of my wooden barrels before it gets too unhappy with its roots jammed into the 3 gallon bucket it came in!)


Giant Knitting

This rug (below) was handknitted from the wool of 18 merino sheep as part of the Flock project . A comment on another blog says that the artist used custom made needles about 2 meters long.

What I want to know it, how did they spin wool so huge? Also, how does one run a v acuum cleaner over cables?

Giant Knitting Needles

Rug Detail

Rug Perspective

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Wool sweaters for lambs

From the thistlecovefarm blog


Anyone who knows me has not doubt that if I had lambs, they'd wear sweaters too!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Why Knot?

Flash Your Stash is coming up on April 1st. I'll be out of town that day, but I think I can still participate if I compose my post ahead of time. I wonder if I'll be appalled at how much yarn I have already amassed?

Why Knot? FlashStash For The Love Of Maude

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


It's all Portuguese to me. . .

I'm feeling the inklings of wanting to knit again. And I've begun re-reading the patterns for projects I've already got yarn for. And also looking around on the internet for additional inspiration.

I found this site in Portuguese, and I sure wish I could read Portuguese to learn the details about the great things in Dina's blog

Monday, March 20, 2006


Seedling update

Overnight, 3 pepper plants and one more artichoke sprouted. That makes 50 seedlings, and 26 remaining pots of dirt. It started raining like crazy here this morning. So the newly planted peas should get plenty of water.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Garden progress - week 1

Seeds were planted one week ago today in peat pots, and incubated with plastic hoods while sitting on a seedling heat mat. The seeds in the black tray on the left have yet to sprout, and are still covered with the hood when not posing for photos. The close-up on the right features the tomato and basil seedlings.
Seedlings Tomato and Basil sprouts

Bottom left are peppers and herbs. Bottom right are the zukes, cukes, gourds, squash, and pumpkin. If you look closely, you'll see that a few of these sprinters are beginning to show their first true leaves. While the smaller seedlings are still sitting on the heat mat, but outside of the hood, I've removed the bigger-leaved plant tray from the heat mat to try and prevent them from getting too "leggy".
Peppers and Herb sprouts Cucumber, Zuke, Squash, Gourd, Pumpkin
Three varieties of peas were planted directly into the ground today. Before planting, I soaked the seeds in water and innoculant. I'll post a photo as soon as there's any green showing above ground.

Saturday, March 18, 2006



I've been slacking on both knitting and blogging. But I think that's about to end. I finished the bear hood last night. Photos to come. And I'm fired up to resume work on the FSM hat.

Also, I'm going to put up some photos of my other current hobby: gardening. I've been spending time each day gazing at my new little seedlings as each pops out of its tiny cup of soil.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Top 100 books

When work calms down again, I'd like to peruse this list of the top 100 books from TNNA.

In the meantime, I'll keep dreaming.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Continental road block

Last weekend I took a class in Continental knitting. I thought the class was great, and learned the basics of knitting in a new way. Though it feels awkward, I know that with practice, this technique could be a much faster way to knit. It would be especially more efficient on projects that involve a lot of ribbing, such as Tubey, or the wrist warmers that are in my queue.

But somehow, it's put a major mental block on my knitting. I was just getting the hang of doing all sorts of things the other way. And I'm loathe to take so many steps back, even if eventually they'll lead to giant steps forward.

So I'm on a bit of a hiatus right now.

Hopefully, I'll snap out of it soon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


. . . Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle

I need a $120 bath robe like the proverbial fish needs a bicycle. Nevertheless, I think these leopard, giraffe, and zebra robes I saw in a magazine I picked up in Dulles airport today are wonderful!

This, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with knitting. But neither did my day today.

Monday, February 13, 2006


TKGA Conference in Oakland - 4/20-23, 2006

I've been trying to decide whether to attend the Stitches West event in Santa Clara this coming weekend. I'd like to go see what all the hype is about. But I've also got a lot to do around the house that weekend. And I was trying not to buy any more yarn for a while.

If I don't make it this weekend, maybe I can go to the Spring TKGA Conference in Oakland instead. It's April 20-23. More info is here.

stitches west 2006 logo TKGA logo


Knitting Adventurer

Knitting Adventurer
You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer.
You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Tubey math

My quantitative side got the better of me, and I whipped out my calculator to see how many stitches were involved in this sweater. I'm making the medium size. The cross-back portion is 60 stitches per row, 6 rows per inch, and 21.5 inches long. 6 * 21.5 * 60 = 7,740. Each sleeve is supposed to be 20 inches from the join. I'm not planning to do the increases below the elbow, so I'll assume that they stay constant at 60 stitches per row. So sleeves are 2 * 60 * 6 * 20 = 14,400. The body will be 184 stitches around and 18.5 inches long, so that's another 184 * 6 * 18.5 = 20,424. Grand total: 42,564 stitches in a hypothetical Tubey!

At 8.5 inches of the back, I'm around 3,060 stitches, or 7% done. I'm flying to the East Coast for a business meeting this week, so hopefully I'll get a lot of knitting done on the plane.


More Tubey

I did something strange knitting on my BART ride home yesterday, and it took most of last night to fix it. I finally gave up on tink-ing and just unraveled to a row below where the problems were. After a productive morning commute today (finished 7 whole rows!) the back shrug portion is now 8.5 inches long. I'll have to post a photo soon.

I have noticed a couple of imperfections in the yarn. In one spot, it looks like one of the four plied strands must have broken, and was tied back together in a knot. In another spot, it's puffy and fuzzy and about 3 times the normal thickness of the yarn, as if two ends were spliced by finger felting. I wonder if this is normal, or if my first ball of cashmerino aran is just a bad one? Neither is too noticeable in the finished knitting, because I tried to manipulate the yarn so that the imperfections show up on the wrong (purl) side.

Monday, February 06, 2006


slowly but surely

More progress on the bear hood: Both I-cord ties are attached and ends woven in; Inner ear pieces have ends woven in and are attached to the outer ear pieces. Outer ear pieces have ends woven in. Just need to position and attach the ears to the bonnet.

Tubey's back now measures 7 out of 21 inches before I start working the sleeve in the round.

Friday, February 03, 2006


Tubey progress

As I previously reported, I had my doubts about the crochet cast-on. I don't doubt that it works. Rather, I doubted that I was doing it right. So I knit a smaller test swatch and discovered that the way I was knitting probably wouldn't work.

Then I unraveled the 15 stitches I'd painstakingly cast on and started again. This time I just picked up loops along the crochet chain. Then on my second pass I knit the first stitch into each of those loops. That seemed to work on my test swatch, so off I knit.

I've got about 3 inches done on the "shrug" portion of the back. Since I'm making the medium size, I've got 18.5 inches to go before I begin knitting in the round to form the sleeve. I'll try to post a photo over the weekend. . .

Thursday, February 02, 2006


This is your brain on knitting

Knitted brain by Karen Norburg

The photo above is from The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art And, unfortunately, the artist, Karen Norberg, did not make a pattern, according to another blogger who stumbled upon this treasure first. And if you look closely in the photo above, you'll see that the pink u-shape in the center is actually a zipper. Here's another view when it's zipped together:

Dorsal view with labels

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


got gauge?

Progress on two fronts last night:

First, I've now completed the first 5 repeats of the heart pattern on the Hearts scarf. Since I totally disregarded the yarn specified in the instructions and just cast on using some burgundy chenille in my stash, my scarf is coming out quite different. It's narrower, and will require more repeats than the pattern calls for. My current plan is to knit 12 repeats of the pattern for each half and then probably 6-12 inches of stockinette stitch bordered by the two stitch border that runs along the rest of the pattern. So I'll estimate 300 total rows of knitting. That means I'm 1/6 done!

Second, I swatched for gauge for Tubey. Using the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran called for in the pattern, and size 7 needles (instead of size 8 as specified in the pattern), I was able to achieve the indicated guage. And this yarn is really great to work with after wrestling with the chenille for the scarf project.

Now I'm working my way through figuring out the crochet chain provisional cast-on. I checked out several sources online that I found by doing a google search for "knit provisional cast on crochet". The instructions at The Knitting Fiend made the most sense to me, and her diagram made it clear where the stitches should go.

After creating my crochet chain with waste yarn, I've been using the crochet hook as my left hand knitting needle. With the crochet hook, I pick up my sweater yarn through the crochet chain back loop. Then I use the size G crochet hook in my left hand and my size 7 knitting needle in my right hand to knit the first stitch. That's my interpretation of "pick up and knit". It's a laborious process. I've only cast on 15 of the required 60 stitches so far. And I still don't fully *trust* that the unraveling of the chain to reveal live stitches with which to knit the other direction for the second sleeve will work. I think I'll make a test swatch with about 10 stitches tonight and see how that part works before I invest any more time in this method that I'm so unfamiliar with.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006



I've got a scarf that was one of my first knitting projects. It's a simple garter stitch scarf in an Artfibers ribbon yarn called Harlequin. I Artfibers Harlequin Color 04originally bought 3 spools of it (99 yards/ 50 grams/$11.50) and only used two, since that made the scarf almost long enough. I was originally going to return the unused spool. But after wearing the scarf a few times, I've decided that it's just a bit short. So I think what I will do is pick up stitches on either end of the scarf and add a border of several rows of elongated stitches and yarn overs. Wish me luck. . .

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