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I'm A Designer!

Hey! I got myself set up at Ravelry as a designer.

So far I’ve only uploaded my Cyber Chart (the chart for my cyberman head, that graces G’s sweater), but I have a sock pattern and another, fairisley Doctor Who chart to go up, oh and a hat pattern.

I smell another project coming on as I create patterns, PDF them and upload them. Fun.


I couldn’t help myself: I bought one of those Webs Grab Bags.

It arrived today.

I have to admit that, for the money, it looks like a paltry collection. It is mostly DK, fingering or light worsted, and in smallish skiens (mostly under 100 yds) so it doesn’t take up much space.

But it’s mine. I have my own little yarn store now. 10 balls of each won’t make five sweaters for me, but it should make a few summer tops, and since this is mostly cotton, I’m quite fine with that.

I’m not crazy about two of the colours, but wait a minute on second thoughts I do like the blue. It’s very spring-like. And the taupe/brown is not a colour I would have chosen, but I don’t hate it. It would combine nicely with other colours too….but that means more purchasing. Oh dear. What have I started?

Yarn Fumes

I just suffered my first bout with yarn fumes.


I got this email and stood, frozen at my computer for a good five minutes, fingers poised, working out how many sweaters that would be and whether or not I wanted to be tied to this much yarn and how long it would be until I could explain another yarn purchase if I did it.

In the end, my internet connection crapped out (something that happens a lot on my laptop) and I took it as a sign.

I confessed my almost-purchase to my husband who said, “And you didn’t get it?”, which set the ball rolling again.

He went out and I obsessed some more. He came back and I said, “Can I spend $190 on yarn?”

The bonus came in recently and he has been frustrated by his own lack of something frivolous to purchase. These things weighed on his mind, I think, and he shot me a muted, “Go.”

I ran, with the sounds of him telling our five year old “Go after her! Stop her!” ringing in my ears…but it was too late. I was (or should be) committed.

I was lightheaded. I could hardly type in my phone number. These are not the dollar figures I normally associate with yarn purchases. I’m not a hoarder. I buy a ball here or there, I buy enough for a sweater if I have one in mind. The last and only time I bought a bag of yarn without a pattern in mind, it was for a black cardigan for myself and I knew that it was inevitable that I would knit it, since the perfect black cardi is my eternal quest.

I checked out before I changed my mind.

Hubbie Instant Messaged “Did you do it?”
“Yup”, I typed.

There was a pause. GoogleTalk informed me that he was typing.

“Now you have to buy something for me,” he said.

And we wonder why we never have any money!

Sweater RSI

OK, so all that 4×2 ribbing left me with a little RSI, so I’ve had to slow down the progress on the Manly Durrow a little.

However, I have made it to through the first repeat on the sleeves. (This picture taken a few days ago:)

Sweater Sleeve

There are some crazy cable instructions on there, but I finally figured out how to do it (I think). It’s the kind of thing where it is definitely better to follow the designers instructions than to wonder why, or if you can’t substitute your favourite increase or decrease.

Following her instructions creates a particular look and corners that I wouldn’t have believed possible.

I guess I haven’t done as much tricky knitting as I thought I had. I really like it. I think I need to investigate some Cat Bordhi…

Manly Durrow Update

So, I’ve been knitting this manly Durrow and I have to say I’m enjoying it a lot. Especially considering all I’ve really done so far is a lot of 4×2 ribbing. But it’s a worsted weight cushie yarn and it knits up quickly and feels nice and requires just enough attention to stop it being mind-numbingly boring.

I’ve got to the armhole decreases now and had to pause to (virtually) thank the designer for clarifying one of those instructions I hate: where the pattern says do this, then repeat 17 times. Now I know that, grammatically, that means do it once then repeat it 17 times for a total of 18, but my faith in other peoples’ grasp of grammar has been battered by a lifetime of looking at grocers’ windows declaring that their “apple’s” cost a certain amount.

THIS designer obviously shares my doubt, or shares my other weakness (a lack of faith in my own ability to think in numbers) and spelled it out (Do this 19 times more, for a total of 20 times) . AND she specifies how many stitches should be left after you finish the decreases. God bless you, Jodi Green.2


Excuse the interruption from qBoy number 2 q THERE.

Anyhoo, it’s rattling along and I feel confident I will finish this one day.

Oh, Oh, the other thing I meant to say was that when I cast on, it looked V A S T. It looked wide enough to go around a person twice, but of course, the ribbing has cinched it in and I think it’s going to be OK. Now that I’ve got half way up the armhole decrease, I’m worried that it looks far too long; but I know that a, my swatch shrunk up the way a little; b, I always fail to think three dimensionally when looking at knitting and c, Jodi hasn’t let me down yet.

Miriam's Heart

My sister sent me a link to a pattern she is using to make a knitted heart and hoping to teach her four year old daughter. She was struggling with some of the instructions so I, being me, thought “I could do better than that” so here’s my effort, which I think will be less lumpy and bumpy than the original.


Finished Heart

Cast on 3 stitches using any method you like.
R1: Knit the 3 stitches
R2: (Wrong Side): K1 M1 (make one, as below), K1, M1, K1 (you have 5 stitches)

[here’s how I do the Make One increase, and it works for me:]

1. Make 1 Step 1

2. Make 1 Step 2

3. Make 1 Step 3

4. Make 1 Step 4

R3: (Right Side) Knit 5
(Continue, as follows, until you have 17 stitches)
R4: (WS) K1, M1, K5, M1, K1 (7 stitches)
R5: (RS) K7
R6: (WS) K1, M1, K7, M1, K1 (9 st)
R7: (RS) K9
R8: (WS) K1, M1, K9, M1, K1 (11 st)
R9: K11
R10: K1, M1, K11, M1, K1 (13 st)
R11: K13
R12: K1, M1, K13, M1, K1 (15st)
R13: K15
R14: K1, M1, K15, M1, K1 (17ST)
(Now we’ll knit 10 rows straight,)
R15-24: Knit.

Decrease for the ‘buttocks’ of the heart (as I like to think of them):


R25: K7, K2tog, TURN (yes, you’re leaving the other 8 stitches huddled and ignored on the left-hand needle) You now have 16 stitches.

R26: K8 (back to the edge)
R27: K1, then [either SSK (slip two stiches, knitwise to the right needle, put left needle through them, from left to right, knit) or Slip 1 Knit 1 Pass the Slipped Stitch Over (PSSO), whichever you’re more comfortable with], K2, K2tog, K1. TURN
R28: K6 (back to the edge)
R29: K1, SSK or PSSO, K2TOG, K1 TURN
R30: K4
R31: K1, K2tog, K1
R32: cast off loosely.
Here’s how it looks:SSK Decrease


Go back to the stitches you left huddled, unloved, on the needle and show them some love.
Join yarn and begin the second half of what was originally R25 (let’s call this one R25a)
Starting The Second
R25a: K to edge (8 st)
R26a: K to middle (8 st)
R27a: K1, SSK or PSSO, K2, K2tog, K1 (6st)
R28a: K6
R29a: K1, SSK or PSSO, K2tog, K1 (4st)
R30a: K4
R31a: K1, SSK or PSSO, k1 (3st)
R32: cast off loosely.
Here’s how it looks: PSSO decrease


Feel free to try it out and pass it on. I plan to felt mine…

(c) 2008 JD

Dying Yarn

Well the yarn turned out looking lovely, and no, you can’t see it because it’s dark and I haven’t taken a picture of it yet. I’ll take one tomorrow in the daylight, I promise.

I used jet black and burgundy to make solid stripes (if you can have such a thing) and dotted a mix of the burgundy and sapphire blue together to make purple dots on a third section of the yarn, which I’m hoping will turn out to look like one of those fake fairisle type patterns on self-striping socks.

I managed to wait until this morning to unwrap the yarn and rinse it. Then I disentangled my three skeins from each other, wound them in a ball, rewound that into a center-pull ball and then made a nice loose loop from that, that is drying in the basement. (See what I mean about unneccsarily complicated?)

Want to cast on. Want to cast on. Must wait until yarn no longer damp…


I’ve been a hive of activity recently (can one person be a ‘hive’. I don’t think so. Forget that. I’ve been busy) finishing up projects. And starting them in some cases.

And now I’m at a loss. I have no major project on the go and just a stuck sock (can’t remember what needle size I used for the first one) even languishing. I know. I’m an unusual knitter, but I’ve been going through a case of Must-Finish-It recently, prompted, I think, by my lack of ability to finish other things in my life.

So what do I do? I’m thinking about starting a sweater, because I’ve had one sweater or other on the go for about three years now, and whenever I needed something big to work on, there it was. But I’m not very good at getting the sizes right. And I’m fairly picking in what I’ll wear. So I’m thinking of inflicting one either on my husband or my sister (who got a sweater that was, in my opinion, a bit substandard, a year or so ago).

But which one? Cables for her, and standard-manly for him. But I’m still searching for the perfect pattern and gasping at the cost of the yarns they use in magazines. Gadzooks, who do they think their readers are? I don’t mind paying a bit, but $130 for yarn? Er…

So in the meantime I’m dying. No, wait, I’m dye-ing. (that’s better).

I’m trying to do self-striping sock yarn for the man, who bought me the Knitpicks Jacquard acid dyes for Christmas (yay, him).

I think I did my skein in a more complicated way than necessary (esp if I had gone online and Googled BEFORE I wound it) but we’ll see what happens.

So, in the Finished Objects File, I now have

The Pilot Cap

A Smaller Pilot Hat

Pilot Mittens (busked, to match)

My Ice Queen (Autumn Princess) Beaded Cowl

A Sideways Scarf, made from a ridiculously expensive skein of luxury fibers, bought on holiday

and the aforementioned Opal Socks.