omorka: (TARDIS Reflections)
See what happens when I stop paying attention to Knitty?

Not your mother's Doctor Who scarf

My only complaint is that it's probably not big enough for me - it's on the border between scarf and shawlette, and should probably be one repeat longer on each end to fit my fat shoulders. Fixing that is probably going to be a pain in the ass, so I'll have to knit one first to get a feel for it first. Still, nothing short of awesome.
omorka: (TARDIS Reflections)
See what happens when I stop paying attention to Knitty?

Not your mother's Doctor Who scarf

My only complaint is that it's probably not big enough for me - it's on the border between scarf and shawlette, and should probably be one repeat longer on each end to fit my fat shoulders. Fixing that is probably going to be a pain in the ass, so I'll have to knit one first to get a feel for it first. Still, nothing short of awesome.
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
I have a pattern for a cardigan that I think might actually look okay on me, and with minimal finishing (I suck at sewing). Unfortunately, I have a 51" bust, and the largest size of the pattern is a 50" - and it's meant to be worn with a couple of inches of positive ease.

Is is possible to deliberately not get the recommended gauge, such that the difference in the gauge given in the pattern and mine will resize the pattern? For instance, suppose the original gauge was that 16 stitches in the patten = 4". To get 50", one would need 200 stitches. If, instead, I deliberately chose needles that gave me a gauge of 16 stitches = 4.25", then theoretically that would give me 53 1/8". Does that actually work, or am I missing some technicality that would render the finished fabric unsuitable for the intended use? I realize the knit fabric itself would be slightly looser than the original garment if I just use the suggested yarn.

*sigh* This would be easier if people would just make a larger spread of sizes to begin with. I know too many fat knitters to believe that all the designers are sticks.
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
I have a pattern for a cardigan that I think might actually look okay on me, and with minimal finishing (I suck at sewing). Unfortunately, I have a 51" bust, and the largest size of the pattern is a 50" - and it's meant to be worn with a couple of inches of positive ease.

Is is possible to deliberately not get the recommended gauge, such that the difference in the gauge given in the pattern and mine will resize the pattern? For instance, suppose the original gauge was that 16 stitches in the patten = 4". To get 50", one would need 200 stitches. If, instead, I deliberately chose needles that gave me a gauge of 16 stitches = 4.25", then theoretically that would give me 53 1/8". Does that actually work, or am I missing some technicality that would render the finished fabric unsuitable for the intended use? I realize the knit fabric itself would be slightly looser than the original garment if I just use the suggested yarn.

*sigh* This would be easier if people would just make a larger spread of sizes to begin with. I know too many fat knitters to believe that all the designers are sticks.
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
Which part is supposed to be the "feather," and which part is supposed to be the "fan"?

I've made three pieces using this pattern, and I still can't tell. I hope that doesn't mean I'm Doing It Wrong.
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
Which part is supposed to be the "feather," and which part is supposed to be the "fan"?

I've made three pieces using this pattern, and I still can't tell. I hope that doesn't mean I'm Doing It Wrong.
omorka: (Fiber Crafty)
Woohoo, my sock yarn has arrived! Now I just have to brave the size 0 needles . . . *shudder*

Also picked up some for some exploded-lace crochet projects. I haven't been doing much crochet lately, but these are a bit different from some of the stuff I've done previously - big things with lots of open space, kind of like the filet-crochet pentacle shawl (which I still need to take a photo of and put up on Ravelry).
omorka: (Fiber Crafty)
Woohoo, my sock yarn has arrived! Now I just have to brave the size 0 needles . . . *shudder*

Also picked up some for some exploded-lace crochet projects. I haven't been doing much crochet lately, but these are a bit different from some of the stuff I've done previously - big things with lots of open space, kind of like the filet-crochet pentacle shawl (which I still need to take a photo of and put up on Ravelry).
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
I have had neither cause nor particular desire to join in the Cory Doctorow hate that much of my flist engages in - until someone linked to this post.

Now, I'm not a published writer, but I know a little about knitting, and his comment about "the hint" - which is TOTAL CRAP - just knocked me off my chair. Where the hell did he get that? There's only one place you can start in a piece of knitting, and it's where the working yarn ends!

Now he's in the same category for me as Michael Crichton, after he claimed a human female was homecoming queen at Rice in the opening of Jurassic Park. :-/
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
I have had neither cause nor particular desire to join in the Cory Doctorow hate that much of my flist engages in - until someone linked to this post.

Now, I'm not a published writer, but I know a little about knitting, and his comment about "the hint" - which is TOTAL CRAP - just knocked me off my chair. Where the hell did he get that? There's only one place you can start in a piece of knitting, and it's where the working yarn ends!

Now he's in the same category for me as Michael Crichton, after he claimed a human female was homecoming queen at Rice in the opening of Jurassic Park. :-/
omorka: (Default)
Let me preface this by saying that I never wear socks. Ever. Stockings, sometimes, and tights if it's cold enough, but the closest I get to socks is knee-high hose. I own six pairs of actual socks, and every single one of them was given to me by someone else.

However, I've been given several books on knitting socks, or general knitting books including sock patterns, and several of my online knitting friends seem to be way into sock knitting. Now, I'm not a process knitter; I knit for the final object, not for the inherent joy of learning a new technique. So it seems a wee bit silly for me to take up sock knitting when I don't particularly like socks.

But I like sock yarn. I'm a big fan of fingering-weight superwash merino. And there's not a whole lot else to do with it. It's not thick enough for a hat, and I have enough laceweight to take care of my forseeable shawl needs. So I need to do something with it. And one of the reasons I don't wear socks is that I have feet that are short front-to-back, normal width at the heel, and wide across the ball of the foot. Storebought socks are invariably too long, and often either bind oddly at the ball of the foot or sag at the heel. Possibly I might be more willing to wear socks I knit to fit.

So, henceforth, the Great Sock-Knitting Poll:

[Poll #1322086]
omorka: (Default)
Let me preface this by saying that I never wear socks. Ever. Stockings, sometimes, and tights if it's cold enough, but the closest I get to socks is knee-high hose. I own six pairs of actual socks, and every single one of them was given to me by someone else.

However, I've been given several books on knitting socks, or general knitting books including sock patterns, and several of my online knitting friends seem to be way into sock knitting. Now, I'm not a process knitter; I knit for the final object, not for the inherent joy of learning a new technique. So it seems a wee bit silly for me to take up sock knitting when I don't particularly like socks.

But I like sock yarn. I'm a big fan of fingering-weight superwash merino. And there's not a whole lot else to do with it. It's not thick enough for a hat, and I have enough laceweight to take care of my forseeable shawl needs. So I need to do something with it. And one of the reasons I don't wear socks is that I have feet that are short front-to-back, normal width at the heel, and wide across the ball of the foot. Storebought socks are invariably too long, and often either bind oddly at the ball of the foot or sag at the heel. Possibly I might be more willing to wear socks I knit to fit.

So, henceforth, the Great Sock-Knitting Poll:

[Poll #1322086]
omorka: (Fiber Crafty)
Got my package from [livejournal.com profile] colorwhirl's Destashing-For-Charity event. Now have one lovely ball of a light-spring-green laceweight yarn in a merino-silk blend; a ball of black-with-copper Glitterlash; a cone of fairly thin orange-gold cotton; and three hanks of microfiber ribbon in a really striking cream-to-pewter varigation. The last is currently pondering whether it is willing to try to become a cute top for someone of my size, coloration, and sheer rotundity, or whether it refuses such indignities, in which case I will need to find something else to do with it. The green laceweight is perfectly happy to become one of a number of lace shawl patterns I have lying around, but is laughing at all of my needles, as none of them are fine enough to hold it rightly unless I double-strand it with something. And the Glitterspun is looking at my silly witch hats and demanding to become part of one of those, which I will be happy to do with it - but that's a far back burner project. (The cotton is being amiable but indecisive. It will probably become at least one pair of fingerless gloves later on, but I don't know what else it will find its way into.)
omorka: (Fiber Crafty)
Got my package from [livejournal.com profile] colorwhirl's Destashing-For-Charity event. Now have one lovely ball of a light-spring-green laceweight yarn in a merino-silk blend; a ball of black-with-copper Glitterlash; a cone of fairly thin orange-gold cotton; and three hanks of microfiber ribbon in a really striking cream-to-pewter varigation. The last is currently pondering whether it is willing to try to become a cute top for someone of my size, coloration, and sheer rotundity, or whether it refuses such indignities, in which case I will need to find something else to do with it. The green laceweight is perfectly happy to become one of a number of lace shawl patterns I have lying around, but is laughing at all of my needles, as none of them are fine enough to hold it rightly unless I double-strand it with something. And the Glitterspun is looking at my silly witch hats and demanding to become part of one of those, which I will be happy to do with it - but that's a far back burner project. (The cotton is being amiable but indecisive. It will probably become at least one pair of fingerless gloves later on, but I don't know what else it will find its way into.)
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
I don't know if this is just hysterically funny, or if I actually want to make one: the AntiCraft's Bat Shawl.

I'd probably have to add the sixth row to wear it myself.

Does [livejournal.com profile] appleang knit?
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
I don't know if this is just hysterically funny, or if I actually want to make one: the AntiCraft's Bat Shawl.

I'd probably have to add the sixth row to wear it myself.

Does [livejournal.com profile] appleang knit?
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
Cobweb is off the blocking pins and done! Once again, I'm too lazy to actually put in the photos, so here are some links. The shiny stuff in the first two photos is some foam insulation board that I bought instead of actual knitters' blocking board 'cause I was cheap, and blocking on the family bed is not an option. (I have since obtained a futon that I could technically use, but it still seems less than ideal.)

So I bought three skeins of that lovely, soft Madil Kid Seta in that silver-grey color when I started this thing, back in August '04. (Yes, I've been working on it that long. No, I haven't been working on it continually for that long.) I don't remember when I ran out of the first one. I ran out of the second one with perhaps six yards left just before the edging started - and then I couldn't find the third skein. I turned my stash boxes upside-down, I plowed through every bag and bin that had anything yarn-related in it - it just wasn't there. Finally I decided I was misremembering getting the third skein, and berated myself for making such a n00b error as to underbuy yarn. I returned to the LYS where I'd bought it, hoping to myself that getting the wrong dye lot wouldn't be so terrible if it were just the edging - and discovered that they no longer carry Kid Seta at all. (They had two lonely little balls of it in a cranberry-red, and that was it. Mind you, they weren't clearancing it out; they're too cheap for that. They just hadn't ordered any more in months, and didn't plan to ever do so again.) So I picked up a ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a color that was pretty close, but not close enough that it looked like I was just color-blind and couldn't see that they were different. It's a soft grey, too, but it's a golden-grey. In natural light, the effect of the rim of one around the body of the other faintly resembles sunlight from behind a fluffy cloud. It's pretty, although not what I had planned for. Unfortunately, the Rowan yarn has a distinctly different texture, despite identical fiber content - it's noticeably pricklier and less flowing. Maybe their silk content is scroopier or something.

I had about a third of the applied i-cord left to go when I found the last ball of the Kid Seta sitting in one of my stash boxes. On top of two balls of Berocco Suede, which I know I took out when I was looking for it. In its original bag with the receipt. I blame gremlins. :-/

Anyway, it's done, and I have a skein of really nice yarn and about two-thirds of s skein of very fluffy but slightly prickly yarn left over, which I need to figure out what to do with.


Edit: I mentioned this somewhere in a previous post, but in the interest of giving credit where it's due, many thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] emmacrew for the pattern! *yay!*
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
Cobweb is off the blocking pins and done! Once again, I'm too lazy to actually put in the photos, so here are some links. The shiny stuff in the first two photos is some foam insulation board that I bought instead of actual knitters' blocking board 'cause I was cheap, and blocking on the family bed is not an option. (I have since obtained a futon that I could technically use, but it still seems less than ideal.)

So I bought three skeins of that lovely, soft Madil Kid Seta in that silver-grey color when I started this thing, back in August '04. (Yes, I've been working on it that long. No, I haven't been working on it continually for that long.) I don't remember when I ran out of the first one. I ran out of the second one with perhaps six yards left just before the edging started - and then I couldn't find the third skein. I turned my stash boxes upside-down, I plowed through every bag and bin that had anything yarn-related in it - it just wasn't there. Finally I decided I was misremembering getting the third skein, and berated myself for making such a n00b error as to underbuy yarn. I returned to the LYS where I'd bought it, hoping to myself that getting the wrong dye lot wouldn't be so terrible if it were just the edging - and discovered that they no longer carry Kid Seta at all. (They had two lonely little balls of it in a cranberry-red, and that was it. Mind you, they weren't clearancing it out; they're too cheap for that. They just hadn't ordered any more in months, and didn't plan to ever do so again.) So I picked up a ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a color that was pretty close, but not close enough that it looked like I was just color-blind and couldn't see that they were different. It's a soft grey, too, but it's a golden-grey. In natural light, the effect of the rim of one around the body of the other faintly resembles sunlight from behind a fluffy cloud. It's pretty, although not what I had planned for. Unfortunately, the Rowan yarn has a distinctly different texture, despite identical fiber content - it's noticeably pricklier and less flowing. Maybe their silk content is scroopier or something.

I had about a third of the applied i-cord left to go when I found the last ball of the Kid Seta sitting in one of my stash boxes. On top of two balls of Berocco Suede, which I know I took out when I was looking for it. In its original bag with the receipt. I blame gremlins. :-/

Anyway, it's done, and I have a skein of really nice yarn and about two-thirds of s skein of very fluffy but slightly prickly yarn left over, which I need to figure out what to do with.


Edit: I mentioned this somewhere in a previous post, but in the interest of giving credit where it's due, many thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] emmacrew for the pattern! *yay!*

Another FO

Jul. 27th, 2008 08:13 pm
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
Finished Urchin last night. The grafting wasn't a big deal, except that in the Twirl it's difficult to tell whether you're doing it too loose or too tight, so the stitches on that row are even less even than anywhere else. I did it on 10.5 needles, not having the 7mms called for by the pattern, and made the Large size to try to compensate, which was probably a mistake, although not a huge one - it's a skosh too large, but I think I'll live. I'll do the next one in the Medium size instead. Also did an i-cord stem, which I think I made too long but eh.

Too lazy to put photos in here, so here's two links to my LJ Scrapbook instead.

Another FO

Jul. 27th, 2008 08:13 pm
omorka: (Vorpal Knitting)
Finished Urchin last night. The grafting wasn't a big deal, except that in the Twirl it's difficult to tell whether you're doing it too loose or too tight, so the stitches on that row are even less even than anywhere else. I did it on 10.5 needles, not having the 7mms called for by the pattern, and made the Large size to try to compensate, which was probably a mistake, although not a huge one - it's a skosh too large, but I think I'll live. I'll do the next one in the Medium size instead. Also did an i-cord stem, which I think I made too long but eh.

Too lazy to put photos in here, so here's two links to my LJ Scrapbook instead.

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