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Archive for December, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I have so much to show you!

Now I can finally blog about the presents I knit up this year! It’s always agony having to wait to blog about the lovelies I knit! The half of my family that I made knitted gifts for open presents on Christmas Eve, so they’re probably doing that right now. (ps, I just love Christmas, don’t you? If not, then you may want to leave due to the excessive cheerfulness abounding).

“Le Slouch” by Wendy Bernard at Knit and Tonic – thanks Wendy!
I hope this isn’t too big for my little cousin. It was a little snug on me, so I’m crossing my fingers.

And the great Clapotis by Kate Gilbert at Knitty
I knit this up in 5 days. I’m so proud. It’s a cotton blend I bought off of Ebay in a big cone. It has a gorgeous heavy drapey feel to it. I love knitting the Clapotis :) Hope my Aunt Chris like it!

And I already snuck in a post about the Christmas Emergency hats – the two pictured were knit for my younger boy cousins :) I’m so sneaky.

I have more patterns laying in wait, but they might be for other people’s publications, so I have to be good and keep ’em secret. (Pout) But when/if they get published you’ll be the first to know!

Hope everybody has a wonderful Christmas

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I made this hat, called the Juneau Hat, about a month ago. [Edited: New link to the hat pattern]

Braided Tassels Tutorial:

Step 1: Get all the strands together in a tapestry needle

Step 2: Pull all strands through the corner tip of the earflap (you can use a crochet hook to do this as well)

Step 3: Pull the strands through half way so that the strand coming out are equal length.

Step 4: Divide the strands into 3 equal sections.

Step 5: Braid almost to the end, further than you want your knot

Step 6: Knot the braid and pull tight

Repeat steps 1-6 for the other ear flap.

When both are done, line up side by side to make sure the knots and lengths are equal distances from the hat.

Finishing:

Trim the tassels so they’re the same length.

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Do not despair, gentle knitters. I too was lost in how to begin an i-cord when I first came across it in a pattern. I thought, How can it possibly turn out like a tube? I was sure there was some kind of magic spell involved. The late and great Elizabeth Zimmerman, knitting goddess extraodinaire, dubbed it the “i-cord” which is short for idiot cord – because she said any idiot could do it!

Now, I won’t presume to call myself or anyone else an idiot, but it’s totally easy and turns out looking like you did something difficult :) One note, you will always be working on the front side of the stitches – do not turn your work to show the back side.

Here goes:

Preparation: First, grab two double pointed needles. They must be double pointed or it won’t work (I’m using US size 8 needles in the pictures, if you’re interested).

Tie your cast-on knot and put it on the needles…

… And, for this demonstration, cast on 4 stitches.

Step 1: Knit the first four stitches from the left needle onto the right needle like usual, then…..

Step 2: Move the needle with the stitches on it to the left hand side. Just switch the needles in your hands, so the front side is still facing – don’t turn your work…

Step 3: …Then slide the stitches up the left-hand needle, up to the top where they can be knitted. Front side is still showing.

Step 4: Now the yarn is coming from the last stitch — this is what will make the stitches into a tube — Pull the yarn tight when you knit the first stitch. Knit the four stitches.

Now you have the beginnings of an i-cord. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have the length of cord you want.

Voila! Now you have an i-cord. A lovely tubes that looks like a shoelace. Bind off as usual, no trickiness there.

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Does anybody else leave everything to the last minute like I do? I’m a grade-A procrastinator. Why do today what you can do tomorrow? That’s what I say… ahem. Luckily I’m totally fast at knitting! It could be one of my super hero skills. I can knit a clapotis in 5 days, less if I don’t take breaks! BOOYAH.

Ok enough of me simultaneously putting myself down and patting myself on the back. I am astounded that the semester ended so quickly! I have one more final to take and then it’s adios school! for a whole month. That’s a lot of time to knit :) I have so many ideas, but not enough yarn. Sigh. The plight of a broke college student.

Hey did you heard that “w00t” made it into the English language? Word of the year.

I promise to take pictures and post them very soon. This is your captain – out.

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I’m in love – or NEW Knitty!

Oh my goodness. I did a little happy dance this morning, the one I always do when the next issue of Knitty comes out! I get so excited. The dance involves a lot of turning and arm waving. It’s best not described any further, just know I’m ecstatic when I do it.

I am thoroughly impressed by, and am now in love with, the pattern Jeanie. I was so jealous because I’ve been trying to do something similar with fagot (fah-GOH…) lace between cables. Now it’s all up on Knitty and a million people will have seen it! Damn! Ah well, hers is WAY better than my attempts have been turning out. It’s ingenious really, dropped stitches like another love of mine, Clapotis, but with cables.

I will have me one of those Jeanie shawls when I get time away from designing and Christmas gift knitting (–Why do I always leave these projects to December when I know Christmas is coming all year?–)

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I’m back!

Well, I never really left. I’m sorry I abandoned the site awhile!

Here’ what I’ve been up to:

1) I moved to Alaska! I love living here. I love the snowcapped mountain views from my upstairs bedroom window! I love that it snows – though wearing this many layers on a daily basis is getting tedious. I’ve been hanging out on my other blog that I have with my husband, Joe, called Jenny and Joe’s Alaskan School Year. I guess one blog was all I could handle for awhile. I’m attempting to do both now, so cross your fingers that I keep it up :)

2) I’m taking a writing class! Actually and Advanced Composition class dealing with literary non-fiction. We’re just wrapping up the semester now. I have never liked writing classes until this one. I was taking to for degree requirements (more on that later) and was totally prepared to just “get it over with.” It turns out that I’m pretty alright at writing, according to my professor. She actually asked me if she could include one of my papers in her reader packet for her classes next semester. I was floored – this woman is SUPER critical and it’s a huge compliment. My head still hasn’t quite shrunken from all the ego-bloat. I’ve decided to continue with her creative writing class and I’m going to try my hand at getting my work published :) Be a working writer – hey now :)

3) I’m also trying to be a working knit designer! Joe and I have been working hard getting content up on our website TheKnitteur. There’s been talk of converting the page into a web magazine – I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, I’m designing and knitting up a storm over here in the dark months. I feel like I’m living in a little cave when the sun goes down so early (3pm sunset now), but I get a lot of knitting done! Not a lot of school work though hehe. I have my priorities.

4) Because I’m going to try writing and designing at the same time, I’ve decided to forgo the college degree… again. I know I know, I keep saying “I quit!” then go back. I make no promises this time. All I know is, I’m taking basket weaving, music appreciation, US history 2 (I liked the teacher hehe) and creative writing next semester to keep financial aid. I’m a learner. I like lots of different classes, and don’t like taking boring classes which has stopped me from finishing degrees I start. I love keeping on learning. I may never stop going to college hehe.

So gentle readers, I am yours once more. I intend to get this blog going again, with full action links! And patterns, don’t forget the patterns.

I can be found as “RunningYarn” on Ravelry and on the Knitteur forums.

Blog on fellow knitters!

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