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Nov. 13th, 2006 | 07:35 am
mood: content content
posted by: marhwama in knitting_pretty

Yes, I am a terrible knitblogger!

Anyhow, just an update - photos will come soon, I promise!

I've gotten a few inches into my Clapotis and stalled - my son has a tendency to steal my knitting needles while I'm working on it. I've tried to complete a bunch of my round knitting projects, so that I can take my round knitting needle in the proper size for the Clappy - he's as yet been unable to pull a round needle out of my work.

Stuff I have recently completed:
A hat/neckwarmer/handwarmer set for a secret swap partner (I'm pretty darned sure she doesn't know about this knit blog, so I'm safe mentioning it).
A cute little felted purse - I may also send this to my swap partner after a little bit of embroidery to personalise it.
A crocheted long, skinny scarf.
A felted potholder from the remnants of the purse yarn.

Stuff I am working on:
A nice red bell sleeved shrug
a long drop stitched scarf and matching hat in some cheapo acrylic that actually looks pretty cute
crocheted hat to match the skinny scarf I did the other day
my Clappy
The cowl sweater from the first SnB book

Stuff I want to frog and try again:

the mobius scarf - the yarn I was using was so darned fluffy that it was impossible to see the stitches well enough to keep the lace pattern going correctly.

I have a ball of blue polarspun yarn that I got before my son was born, that I still have not figured out what to do with. Same deal with some ages old pink and black boucle.

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da clap

Mar. 28th, 2006 | 02:39 pm
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty

Originally published at blogalicious. You can comment here or there.

Well, it looks like I’ve finally caught the Clapotis bug…

I totally gotta make me one. But I haven’t the foggiest what yarn to use - I need it cheap and soft.

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I'm dorky, but this is fascinating...

Feb. 18th, 2006 | 04:19 pm
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty

I'll try to get photos of this project as I get a little further into it.

I am knitting a true Moebius strip - one edge, one side. Doing it on a circular needle in this acrylic that really wants to be mohair. Getting it started was a bit fiddly, but it's sooooo cool.

I'm not knitting a strip, adding a half twist, and grafting - oh nono. That's the cheating way.

This is really cool. Like I said - photos to come...

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Jan. 20th, 2006 | 10:21 pm
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty

OK, so I attempted the two socks at a time thing - I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to keep my two socks from getting all tangled in themselves - I kept getting my balls of yarn twining all around each other.

So I decided I'd just do em one at a time, since this is my first time making socks.

I absolutely LOVE knitting small circumfrences on 2 large circulars. I'm going to do this for all future projects like mittens, socks, and hats. It's the best thing ever. Much much better than DPNs.

I'm about an inch and a half into my first sock, and my k1p1 ribbing is perfect and smooth and even, and there are no ladders - it makes my previous DPN efforts look pilly and icky.

Yeah. And of course, now that I'm an inch and a half into my sock, I've totally had that lightbulb flash and I know that I could now do the socks two at a time, and all I have to do is switch the balls of yarn every time I flip the work, and they wouldn't get tangled.

So I know that after this set is done, I want to make myself a pair, probably in some hot pink yarn, or else a rainbow varigated yarn, since these are socks that are meant to show. Then after that, I've got another friend that wants yet another pair of tabi socks.

So yeah, I just have to get these things done - it seems like I knit about an inch an hour, and I get to work maybe a half an hour at a time or less - but since we're driving to Vegas next week, I bet I can finish my first sock on that trip, and get a good start on the second.

Hooray socks! Hooray 2 circular needles!

Now if only I can snag another set of Denises, so that I'll have 2 circulars in every needle size - right now I've only got a set of 5s and a set of 10s (using the 5s on this project, seems to be making really really nice stitches.)

*does a happy knitting dance*


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yay, socks!

Jan. 19th, 2006 | 10:51 am
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty

Well, here we go... Since I just finished Pascal's hat that goes with the nifty fingerless mittens I made him, I'm ready to start my first pair of socks...

I'm making some simple black tabi socks for Kinako Mochi - and I decided instead of farting around on double pointed needles, I'd take this opportunity to just go ahead and learn the "two socks on two circular needles" method - it looks like it should work up in a jiffy, and then I don't have to worry about knitting another sock after the first one is done...

I'm using a combo of these two ideas: two circulars and two socks... I think it should be doable, I just need to split my skein of yarn into two bits, so that my socks aren't siamese twins.

I think I can, I think I can!


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dreaming of FOs

Dec. 5th, 2005 | 08:32 pm
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty

Well, since I've talked about my crafts, I've knitted an iPod purse, a hat/scarf set for a friend's birthday, along with a butterfly pin to go on either, a cute triangle cap for the unborn baby, and so far 3 inches of sweater, and a half of a teddy bear. The teddy bear is a Christmas gift, and should be done shortly - the head is the hardest part, and I'm just finishing that bit up.

After this I plan on finishing my sweater, and then knitting a bunny rabbit (same pattern as the bear, I'm just going to design new ears, and make a pom-pom tail). I also want to make some clothes for the bunny. I'm seriously thinking of making a matching dress set for the bunny and for Maddy, for springtime and summer wearing. Something simple and cute, in cotton, she can wear with a onesie under when it's chilly, and onsie-less in the hot summer months.

Also, once it's not so cold, I'm hoping to finish my Target-bag bag. Working with the plastic makes my carpal tunnel complain, so once it's warmer and the hands hurt less, I'll finish that up - it'll be nice in the summer, to take to the pool as a handy dandy tote bag. I want to add tons of pockets inside it, so that it can be sort of a diaper bag type thing. I was thinking of selling them, but because of the pain in my wrists, it's totally not a viable option unless I sell them for at least a hundred bucks a piece.

Also, I've been holding on to a bunch of CapriSun drink pouches that I want to turn into purses, I just need to sit down and do it...

But finishing the teddy bear is first and foremost.

Oh, and of course, the new Knitty came out, and I absolutely have to do two of the patterns:

Tubey, for me, when I'm not preggers anymore, and Blu for Maddy and Walt.

Of course, I'll always take paid requests - I don't mind bumping my projects back a bit.

I'm hoping for a sweater machine soon, so that I can start mass producing scarves and sweaters for sale on my website. I totally want to sell the new all-house scarves from HP GoF. And I've got a few really cute sweater designs tucked into the back of my head that I'd like to play around with, once I can toss a sweater together faster than in 3 months!


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woo, cozy

Oct. 14th, 2005 | 12:00 pm
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty


I'ma make that. See, I made a cute corduroy cozy for my iPod, and I've been using it, but it's open on the top of it. Actually, that's the problem with my crocheted one, too - only the other way 'round. It's covered on top and open on bottom.

This cozy pattern is covered on top and bottom, and only leaves holes where you need em - and if I want to, I can always make some i-cord or ribon to string the cozy around my neck for walking. And since I've got some of my Palm m130's screen protectors on the from half of my iPod, it's not going to get scratched with the holey parts being open.

So yay, for that. Maybe there will be some black yarn left over from de-sweatering this pile of black stuff.

Oh, and I found out that my black yarn is 2 strand and my orange yarn is 3 strand. So they won't knit up together.

Soooo, I'm making black leg and arm warmers, with a black ponytail hat. And an orange pumpkin hat, and orange armwarmers with green at the top and bottom, to be my fall coordinate set.

So if there's enough of this black left over (and there very well might be), then that'll be my iPod cover. Or else I'll get some dye and play with the orange - if I can get a cool color combination of like, orange and burgundy, I might use that.


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long comment became an entry!

Oct. 13th, 2005 | 12:24 pm
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty


OMG, a pumpkiny hat would be toooo cute!

Stripy socks are good. Tho, i would be tempted for all black (or all orange, since you have more of that) for either arm-warmers or socks, so they would be less purely seasonal.

Hm, would it be worth experimenting in over-dying the orange to get variegated flamey colors? (I'm not personally a big fan of orange, partly because it looks like crap on me.)


I was actually thinking about that - apparently I should be easily able to use RIT dye on this yarn - the black is kind of dingy, so I was thinking of re-dying it deep deep black. I didn't even think about making the orange varigated - I'm pretty sure I could at least add red to it, but it's a really pretty burnt orangey color, so it's already kind of dark. I could *try* bleaching bits of it, but I don't know what color it would turn.

But I can always do a small hank, and then decide whether to do it to the whole thing.

I figure with the socks, the only time I'd wear them is in fall, so I thought the black and orange would be a good combo - winter is too cold for skirts altogether, and spring and summer are a little too warm. Well, maybe not spring, but I'd do like, pink and green stripes for then.

Maybe I should leave the orange alone, and make the socks with a green band at the top? And then do the arm warmers in black - black can go with anything, and I'd probably wear those the most.

The other option is to do legwarmers instead of socks, and then I could wear them anytime.

I think I'm going for kind of the Amy Brown fairie thing, with striped feet and arms. I should do some in pink and black - I could wear those any time...

*ponders and wishes for more yarn*


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knit knit knit

Oct. 13th, 2005 | 10:18 am
mood: creative
posted by: rhondalicious in knitting_pretty

Well, I was going through my stack of sweaters I never wear, and I came across two that I was planning on unravelling and making something new from...

To my surprise, they're made from the same yarn, a 55% ramie and 45% cotton blend.

The colors? Black and orange, perfect for some halloweeny projects.

I'm thinking I want to do socks and arm warmers, and if there's enough left, a hat with ponytail holes.

I think I've got a little more orange than black, but I'm not sure since it's taking forever to separate the sweater pieces. So I might get orange and black striped socks and armwarmers, and then the hat I can't decide - stripes would be way cool, but it would be really cute to do it in orange, and make the ponytail holders in green, like a bizzare two-stemmed pumpkin. Or I could do just one hole, and yeah, make it all pumpkiny. Also, the armwarmers have a nifty little pocket, and I was thinking of making it have a design (my initials, probably) - but maybe I'll just stick with stripes? Or would solid black or orange be better? Because I'm thinking I'd maybe do a solid color, and then embroider the design on it - it's easier than intarsia or duplicate stitch.

So, opinions?


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