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"Popularity of woollen coffins soars" in the UK.

Which made me wonder whether if I were dying I would like watching friends knit me a woollen coffin. Or what it would be like to knit my own.

(Although actually I want to be cremated, and it would be a shame to burn up good knitting with my body.)
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Lately I feel like I want to learn something new, or continue learning something I've already done some of...mostly along the lines of arts and crafts. It's great that I want to do stuff and might have the energy to do stuff, because it's been a while since I felt that way. But it's also frustrating right now, because whatever part of my brain that I use to choose among various more or less equally good options seems to still be offline, so I can't make up my mind what I want to learn or where/how I want to learn it.
lists )
What do you want to learn? What are you glad you learned?
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Yay! I can now provide a link for non-Ravelry members to see my items on Ravelry.
http://ravel.me/firecat/rhh

Pattern: Ridged Helmet Hat by Ann Budd (The link goes to a page where you can purchase the pattern; the pattern used to be available for free also but I can't find the free version online now.)
Craft: Knitting
Made for: friend (I'll change this to the name of the friend if they give permission)
Size: one

Yarn: Grignasco Top Print
How much? 1.5 skeins = 165.0 yards
Colorway: 442 purples/greens
Acquired: gift from [livejournal.com profile] leandra333's stash

Notes
Still learning that my gauge is loose; I made almost the whole hat with the recommended size 3 needles. It took 4 skeins and was the size of a prize-winning pumpkin at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. So I remade it on smaller needles and cast on fewer stitches than recommended. It fits snugly and covers the ears. The Grignasco Top Print is very soft and was amenable to being frogged.

lousy Photobooth photo )
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If you're on Ravelry you can see it here:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/curly-q-hat

Curly Q Hat by Hélène Rush
Needle: US 8 - 5.0 mm
Yarn: Feline Fibers 2-ply wool
How much? 0.9 skeins = 108.0 yards (98.8m)
Purchased at: Black Mountain Weavers in Point Reyes Station, California

Someday I will learn how to compensate for the fact that I knit really loosely. The hat came out too big around. So I felted it.

Someday I will learn how to pay attention to the washing machine when I felt something. It felted it a bit more than I intended it to.

Now the shape is sort of cloche-like. I like it in an “embracing serendipity” sort of way.

my behatted and bespectacled mug )
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I am finally blocking my Flower Petal Shawl today, and I also spent some time updating Flickr and Ravelry with a few old knitting projects that I hadn't gotten around to uploading yet. Most had already been posted in my LJ but below the cut is a pair of socks that I don't think I posted about.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/flower-petal-shawl
alpaca & silk/mohair petal shawl
Pattern: Flower Petal Shawl by Elann
Needle:
US 6 / 4.0 mm
1 skein (341.1m) Habu Kasuri Silk Mohair A-32D
Purchased at: TKCS Sep 07
2 skeins (804.7m) Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud "autumn heather" (via swap with [livejournal.com profile] sistercoyote)

The pattern calls for worsted weight and I did it in lace weight, but it’s a reasonable size anyway. (I am not sure if I ended up doing more pattern repeats than specified.) I like how the strip of Habu works with the Alpaca Cloud.

flower petal shawl being blocked
petal shawl being blocked.jpg
two more pix )
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I am finally blocking my Flower Petal Shawl today, and I also spent some time updating Flickr and Ravelry with a few old knitting projects that I hadn't gotten around to uploading yet. Most had already been posted in my LJ but below the cut is a pair of socks that I don't think I posted about.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/flower-petal-shawl
alpaca & silk/mohair petal shawl
Pattern: Flower Petal Shawl by Elann
Needle:
US 6 / 4.0 mm
1 skein (341.1m) Habu Kasuri Silk Mohair A-32D
Purchased at: TKCS Sep 07
2 skeins (804.7m) Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud "autumn heather" (via swap with [livejournal.com profile] sistercoyote)

The pattern calls for worsted weight and I did it in lace weight, but it’s a reasonable size anyway. (I am not sure if I ended up doing more pattern repeats than specified.) I like how the strip of Habu works with the Alpaca Cloud.

flower petal shawl being blocked
petal shawl being blocked.jpg
two more pix )
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Have Fun! Scarf by Sally Melville, The Knitting Experience, Book 1: The Knit Stitch
I finished this in 2005 but I got it out for a photo today because [livejournal.com profile] auntysocial was talking about the book in question. I don't remember what needle size I used. I knit this from a bunch of different yarns I got at the Mendocino Wool & Fiber Festival in 2004. It’s knit sideways and self-fringing. I made the mistake of hanging it on a hanger, and it grew so now it’s over 10 feet long.
Read more... )
Regia Jacquard socks (two at once, top down on 2 circs)
(Finished last month)
Pattern: Boot Socks by Knit Picks Design Team
Size: custom
Needle: US 1 / 2.25 mm
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Jacquard Color 4-ply / 4-fädig
2 skeins = 460.0 yards (420.6m)
Color family: Blue
Acquired: as door prize, TKCS Oct 07
Read more... )
firecat: little girl knitting (girl knitting)
Have Fun! Scarf by Sally Melville, The Knitting Experience, Book 1: The Knit Stitch
I finished this in 2005 but I got it out for a photo today because [livejournal.com profile] auntysocial was talking about the book in question. I don't remember what needle size I used. I knit this from a bunch of different yarns I got at the Mendocino Wool & Fiber Festival in 2004. It’s knit sideways and self-fringing. I made the mistake of hanging it on a hanger, and it grew so now it’s over 10 feet long.
Read more... )
Regia Jacquard socks (two at once, top down on 2 circs)
(Finished last month)
Pattern: Boot Socks by Knit Picks Design Team
Size: custom
Needle: US 1 / 2.25 mm
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Jacquard Color 4-ply / 4-fädig
2 skeins = 460.0 yards (420.6m)
Color family: Blue
Acquired: as door prize, TKCS Oct 07
Read more... )

hat!

11 May 2008 08:18 pm
firecat: little girl knitting (girl knitting)
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/an-unoriginal-hat

Unoriginal Hat
Pattern: An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Needle: US 10½ / 6.5 mm
Yarn: Rowan Big Wool
1 skeins = 87.0 yards (79.6m)
Colorway 21 (white and gray)

Notes
I used exactly 1 ball of Rowan Big Wool with only a couple of yards left over. The hat is a bit small on me; I misread the instructions and used size 10.5 needles instead of size 11. (But then I might have run out of yarn.) Rowan Big Wool is kind of hard to work into cables because it’s not very elastic. It’s very soft.


photos )

hat!

11 May 2008 08:18 pm
firecat: little girl knitting (girl knitting)
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/an-unoriginal-hat

Unoriginal Hat
Pattern: An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Needle: US 10½ / 6.5 mm
Yarn: Rowan Big Wool
1 skeins = 87.0 yards (79.6m)
Colorway 21 (white and gray)

Notes
I used exactly 1 ball of Rowan Big Wool with only a couple of yards left over. The hat is a bit small on me; I misread the instructions and used size 10.5 needles instead of size 11. (But then I might have run out of yarn.) Rowan Big Wool is kind of hard to work into cables because it’s not very elastic. It’s very soft.


photos )
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http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/diamond-waffle-socks

Needles:
US 0 / 2.0 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs
US 1 / 2.25 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs


Yarn: Fleece Artist Nova Socks
1 skein = 355.0 yards (324.6m)
Colorway amethyst
Purchased at Stitches West in Santa Clara, California


photos and gory details )
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http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/diamond-waffle-socks

Needles:
US 0 / 2.0 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs
US 1 / 2.25 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs


Yarn: Fleece Artist Nova Socks
1 skein = 355.0 yards (324.6m)
Colorway amethyst
Purchased at Stitches West in Santa Clara, California


photos and gory details )
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This is just a bookmark so I can find it later. But if you find it useful, great.

Waist Shaping by Knitting Daily
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This is just a bookmark so I can find it later. But if you find it useful, great.

Waist Shaping by Knitting Daily
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In my review of the Golden Compass movie I mentioned a couple of the cool knitted garments that showed up in the movie.

The OH and I recently watched Jailhouse Rock. Elvis wears an very nice sweater in one scene. I wondered if I could find a pattern for it. A brief search turned up an adapted version (a personal pattern):
http://colorguardblog.blogs.com/knitblog/2005/01/can_i_have_the_.html
http://colorguardblog.blogs.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/april_presley_2.jpg

It also appears you can buy a reproduction of the sweater.
firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
In my review of the Golden Compass movie I mentioned a couple of the cool knitted garments that showed up in the movie.

The OH and I recently watched Jailhouse Rock. Elvis wears an very nice sweater in one scene. I wondered if I could find a pattern for it. A brief search turned up an adapted version (a personal pattern):
http://colorguardblog.blogs.com/knitblog/2005/01/can_i_have_the_.html
http://colorguardblog.blogs.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/april_presley_2.jpg

It also appears you can buy a reproduction of the sweater.
firecat: little girl knitting (girl knitting)
Baby Alpaca Mittens
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/basic-mitten-pattern-2


Basic Mitten Pattern by Ann Budd, Knitters Handy Book of Patterns


Made for mom
Size women's medium


Needle: US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needles (one Knitpicks nickel, one Denise)
Yarn: Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky
1 skein turquoise, 1/3 skein gray

photos and gory details )
firecat: little girl knitting (girl knitting)
Baby Alpaca Mittens
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/basic-mitten-pattern-2


Basic Mitten Pattern by Ann Budd, Knitters Handy Book of Patterns


Made for mom
Size women's medium


Needle: US 5 / 3.75 mm circular needles (one Knitpicks nickel, one Denise)
Yarn: Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky
1 skein turquoise, 1/3 skein gray

photos and gory details )

silly hat

18 Dec 2007 03:16 pm
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http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/silly-hat
Made for Naomi

Needles
US 6 / 4.0 mm (top)
US 4 / 3.5 mm (ribbing)

Yarn
Plymouth Dreambaby DK Solid, 0.75 ball
Baruffa Fur, 1 ball

Adapted from the top down hat pattern in Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top. Reversible. One side has an I-cord "stem". The fur and dk part is stockinette; the part with dk only is 2x2 rib, with a stockinette edge.

hatted firecat with silly grin inside )

silly hat

18 Dec 2007 03:16 pm
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http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/silly-hat
Made for Naomi

Needles
US 6 / 4.0 mm (top)
US 4 / 3.5 mm (ribbing)

Yarn
Plymouth Dreambaby DK Solid, 0.75 ball
Baruffa Fur, 1 ball

Adapted from the top down hat pattern in Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top. Reversible. One side has an I-cord "stem". The fur and dk part is stockinette; the part with dk only is 2x2 rib, with a stockinette edge.

hatted firecat with silly grin inside )

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