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knitting (again)! pictures!

I spent a lot of time taking pictures last night, mainly of all the things I've knitted recently and not so recently. Here are the results:


Off, spread out a little:

A close-up:

The cute brooch is not part of it but is holding it together - the buttons I added don't really work, they take too long to do up and are too small anyway. I'm going to redo the fastening, probably with toggles, but I like the cardigan too much not to wear it in the meantime...

I actually finished the cardigan ages ago, it was really quick and easy for a hand-knitted jumper.

I love my ipod cosy.

The cord part of this is the craftster pattern someone posted on a knitting community, and the Fair Isle on the actual cosy is from a book of Estonian mitten patterns sent to ecila_etc by her Secret Pal (a knitblogosphere thing).

kabe_kay knitted me legwarmers for Christmas and I lost one almost right away. A few weeks ago I got round to knitting a replacement - now we have matching legwarmers:

Mine are the femme legs!

Most recently, I made a Knitty Clapotis scarf from the lovely Berroco Chai I bought on sale when I went to visit Canada. Eight skeins of the stuff - the store were kind enough to send me more when I ran out in the middle. But it was so worth it - the scarf is gorgeous and soft and swingy and heavy and just the very thing for the unreliable British weather this time of year.

Around my neck:

Draped over a candlestick-thingy in my room, to show length:

A close-up of the loveliness:

My next project is to be a lace wrap or shawl with this yarn, laceweight Misti Alpaca from Canada.

The shiny stuff is Alchemy bamboo silk, which I want to have running through the shawl in the occasional random, narrow stripe.

I don't know what pattern to use, though - any recommendations?


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Apr. 25th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Wow. What marvelous colours.
Apr. 25th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)

Ooh, and your comment has reminded me to go download the Le Guin music from your journal...

*scoots off to do that*
Apr. 25th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely! I'm so glad the cardigan worked out for you.

As for shawls:
Folk Shawls is a terrific book for shawl/wrap patterns. Even if you don't want to make one as big as the pattern is, it's easy enough to just stop when it's the size you want.
Apr. 25th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Since I just found out how much it's going to cost me to ship my books to LA (but I *need* them) I am trying not to buy any more... I might have a look at the book in a shop or something then see if I can find a vaguely similar free pattern on the interweb, though.
Apr. 25th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, the public library. Is that just a US thing?
If so, wait till you come here.
Anyway - public libraries are full of knitting books, and photocopiers.
Apr. 25th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
We have plenty of public libraries! I bet we invented public libraries! *gets defensive of country* (*is joking*)

There's a lovely one just down the road from me, and I go there a lot. But I've never really looked in the knitting section - I think I have just assumed it would be full of grandmotherly pattern books and never got around to actually finding out.
Apr. 26th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
their knitting section is okay, i can't remember if i've seen any shawl books in it or not, BUT they can interlibrary loan things for the nominal fee of 90 pence per book

look at me dropping my mad library science
Apr. 25th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
VERY talented and funky!
Apr. 25th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
lovely! I think sometimes that I should learn to knit but then I realize that I should probably do something else first, like use the sewing machine I bought two years ago.
Apr. 26th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
Knitting is portable, though!

Give in to the knitting, you know you want to... :)
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Apr. 26th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
The clap is so easy and fun to knit!

And go for it - I've added you. :)
Apr. 26th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
I love the ipod icord! I must do that.
Apr. 26th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
It's easy but a bit annoying to knit - probably self-explanatory but I got the idea from a post of craftster you could probably find quite easily (although a quick google has not turned it up). I used DK weight wool because it matched my case, but it would have been better in in a thinner yarn.
Apr. 26th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
i love the ipod holder, esp. the cord covers, but even more so, i love the side buttoned cardigan - not only is it well made and in lovely colors and yarn, but the cute inventiveness of the side buttons are brilliant - and i agree that toggles could only be better!
Apr. 26th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Apr. 26th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! The Clapotis is especially pretty.

Do you have a pattern for the legwarmers? I've been wanting to make a pair.
Apr. 26th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
I don't have a pattern, I don't know if Kirsty who knitted them originally does either - I copied hers!

I just cast on (I think) 48 stitches in the round (in Debbie Bliss Aran on 5mm needles), ribbed for an inch or so, then K4 p4 k4 p4 in a wide rib sort of thing, doing a cable (c4f?) every sixish rows on every second set of knits.

If that makes sense. :)
Apr. 26th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
I copied a pattern off craftster (Flapperjakk's Red Hot Cherry Legz- I wasn't even imaginative enough to change the colour...). Craftster seems to be down just now, but the Google cached page still works.
It's just what Heyiya said!
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Apr. 26th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
It is so relaxing! I haven't been knitting that long, I got addicted very rapidly - I love having something creative to do with my hands in idle moments.
Apr. 26th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
you are so talented!
Apr. 26th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
It's got nothing to do with talent!

But I'll graciously accept your compliment anyway. :)
Apr. 26th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
Loving the cardigan! Amazing.
Apr. 26th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was pleased with it. :)
Apr. 26th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Stop it, you're making me want to take up knitting...
Apr. 26th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Come on over to the dark side...
May. 6th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Go on then, so how do you get started? I went to the craft shop downstairs today and said, "I want to learn to knit." The girl recommended I start with a scarf but appeared baffled when I told her that I had no idea how to even do that.
May. 6th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
First you need to learn to cast on - Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch book is very friendly and eminently readable, but it's better to have someone in person than a few wee diagrams (I can't really follow her diagrams anyway). There are videos at knittinghelp.com, I think. I would teach you if I were still in Scotland!

Once you master casting on, the knitting part should be easy. Just knit and knit until you have a scarf! The later you can learn to purl and follow patterns.
May. 6th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid my babysitter taught me to knit and purl, so I'm sure it will come back to me. Those videos look pretty easy to follow. I have fallen in love with all the funky things on Knitty.com and have ordered Stitch and Bitch from Amazon!

I'm such a sheep. :-)
May. 6th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)

Hey, I totally jumped on the knitting bandwagon too - it's fun!
Apr. 27th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Everything is LOVELY! Well done!

Your clapotis is especially wonderful.

Apr. 27th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It just would not have been as good at half the length... :)
May. 12th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
this reminds me how terrible i've been with knitting lately. i've got a harry potter scarf from december i still haven't done, and the yarn i bought for my clapotis is sadly lying in the bottom of my closet.
May. 12th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Well, if it makes you feel better I haven't knitted a thing (well, one very small bracelet with beads but it only took me an hour) since I posted that!

Still haven't found a pattern for my lace, and have been doing, like, actual work instead.
May. 12th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
the knitting icon is from dieselsweeties, this hilarious online comic. they have shirts with this on it!
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
Hi - just came across you via carolynwhines. I love that cardigan! What pattern did you use?

And also, are you from California and going back or Scotland and going to study in Calif.? Just curious as I'm a Californian transplanted to Oxford (altho I regret not taking the job in Glasgow shhhhhhhh).
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm from Scotland and going to study in CA! I spent a year at Berkeley during my undergrad and loved the place madly, though I'm headed for SoCal this time. Are you at Oxford University?

The cardigan is from this pattern - I extended the fronts and added bell sleeves.
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
I thought maybe you were headed to Berkeley or Santa Cruz based on your academic interests. I went to Santa Cruz, but grew up in SoCal/Monterey Bay.

And nope, not at the university - I work for the NHS as a librarian here.

And thanks for the pointer to the pattern.
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