Sunday, April 18, 2010

Working Hard *AND* Hardly Working

I got a new job in February and I can knit at it. If you're a knitter, you understand that this is pretty epic. Anyway, as such, I have been a knitting fiend lately.

My sister, a biology major, wanted a DNA sweater vest for her birthday. That was Valentines Day :P. I started on this last week. But better late than never. Needless to say, she liked it.

Yep, that's a robot behind her. Because, you know... SCIENCE. We were actually out front of my favorite Milwaukee business The Tool Shed. They host a monthly knitting group called Femiknits that I never miss.

Close up of the DNA cable and the lace back. I'm not usually one for lace, but it knits up super fast with all those holes. I was surprised how quickly I got this out.

Also, I bought THESE at the Tool Shed. Knitty/Crafty socks! When I saw them I was all "Ohmanohmanohman!" And then I bought them. ^__^

My next project is a baby mobile for my friend Heather that's due in October. I've got plenty of time, but I'm too excited about it to wait. It's going to be composed of sea creatures because I don't know if she's having a boy or a girl. Aqua-life aren't gendered :P. I'm doing all of them in size 0 needles so they'll be tiny.

Here's my little sea star. Above is the underside and below is the top.

And here's Nessie the Loch Ness monster. I ran out of yarn so she unfortunately doesn't have horns, but I think her quizzical tilted head says it all. She's all like, "Do I exist? Shuddup, you don't know me."


I'm three tentacles into a cute little baby octopus. More pictures to come. :}

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A little ink :}

Just thought I'd share the tattoo I just got :D It's the symbol for infinite love. I wanted it to look like a continuous rope, but just for the sake of this blog, let's say it's a piece of yarn ^__^. My infinite love of yarn.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Anti-Hipster Scarf - FREE PATTERN

Hooray, my first pattern. I thought because this was my first one, I'd give it to all y'all for free. Yeah, I'm cool like that. Plus... I've never bought a knitting pattern before, so why should I expect anyone else to? Soooo, here it be!

Anti-Hipster Scarf


Gauge: 6 sts = 1", 6 Rows= 1"
Needle Size: 5
Yarn: Main Color (MC)- Poems 100% Wool Yarn in Pink/Purple/Gray/Gold (Poems has a great selection of self striping yarn, so really any of the color-ways would look nice in this pattern)
Contrasting Color (CC)- Cascade 100% Wool in Black


-- Cast on 30 sts.
Row 1, 3, & 5: (K1 MC, K1 CC) 3 times, K6 in CC, (K1 MC, K1 CC) 3 times, K6 in CC, then (K1 MC, K1 CC) 3 times.

Row 2, 4, & 6: (P1 MC, P1 CC) 3 times, P6 in CC, (P1 MC, P1 CC) 3 times, P6 in CC, then (P1 MC, P1 CC) 3 times.

Row 7, 9, & 11: K6 in MC, (K1 MC, K1 CC) 3 times, K6 in MC, (K1 MC, K1 CC) 3 times, then K6 in MC.

Row 8, 10, & 12: P6 in MC, (P1 MC, P1 CC) 3 times, P6 in MC, (P1 MC, P1 CC) 3 times, then P6 in MC

Repeat Rows 1-12 until desired length. For me it was was 2 skeins of Poems yarn worth and 1 of the Cascade. With the curling the scarf does on the sides naturally, I would suggest blocking or if you think wool is too itchy for your sensitive neck skin (like me) sewing some black fleece on the back side would be perfect. That's what I plan to do... come scarf weather. :D

Hope you guys like it! If you do make one up I would LOVE to see it. Link it in the comments or on Ravelry.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

How to waste $28 worth of yarn.

1. Don't gauge a damn thing.

2. Just wing the entire pattern like an idiot.

3. Throw it in the washer to give it a "light felt" for 5-10 minutes, but then proceed to forget about it for an hour.

4. Shrink it so it's so small nothing fits in it... >.<

IN OTHER NEWS.

I got my first non-mom haircut ever, and my first one in 12 years!

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