Friday, June 26, 2009

Little Bubbles Baby Set

I'm currently plugging away at the Little Bubbles Baby Set by KnitPicks. It's wicked cute, and was quite a bargain at 13.99$. I picked the "neutral" colorway, which appears to be sold out now. After I was almost finished working the yoke of the sweater, I realized a huge error allowing cumbersome snaggy floats to fly free on the wrong side. Much soul searching eventually led to ripping it all out and starting over.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Knitted Microfossil #1

I know, I know, what the heck took me so long? I've started out with a bisaccate palynomorph at the suggestion of palygirl on Ravelry. I modeled this one after Abies pollen but, in general, most conifers take this form. The two spongiform bladders make for a lightweight grain that is easily dispersed by wind.

Edited to add: The free pattern is now available for download at
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trilobite Hat!!!!

The new Knitty is up, and take a look at the coolest hat ever devised.... Trilobite!
I'm going to cast on this evening for sure.
photo and hat by Hannah Ingalls

Monday, June 8, 2009

My Dyeing Empire

I am in the process of establishing my very own personal dyeing empire. OK, that might be a slight overstatement of the situation, but I have been getting my colour on. (British spelling an obvious nod to Acloui...)
I'm making a Lizard Ridge blanket for an expected baby girl and wanted it to be washable. Noro isn't washable, but I wanted long colour changes. So here's what I did:

1) Acquire superwash merino worsted from KnitPicks.
2)Transform hanks into balls
3) Knit yarn into flats using my good old knitting machine
4) Dye yarn with Jaquard Acid dyes
5) Knit!

I'll post more pictures as I progress.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yard Work

Being home is nice. And I have a chance to futz around outside a little. We actually have a yard. This concept has become slightly abstract after too many years of living in an apartment hole. As a result of playing outdoors a tiny bit more, less knitting gets done to post. I've enlisted this fellow to help me kill two birds with one stone. The yarn is Patons Merino Wool Classic, overdyed with paste food coloring. The pattern is of course Hansi Singh's octopus. This one is made using the book pattern, which is substantially different from the one I purchased long ago from her Etsy site. The legs are ganglier, the head and mantle are longer. Interesting.