Bye for now, Multi-Directional Scarf

Pretty, isn’t it?  That’s a close up of the multi-directional scarf I’ve been knitting.

It’s being pushed aside, though for a moment, for a few reasons.  I have a huge paper due next week, so I have to do some reading and note taking and writing.  And I have so much holiday knitting to do that it’s getting a little ridiculous.


See those books under it?  I’m supposed to be reading those.

I’m using Paton’s Classic Merino in one of their multicolored colorways (I think it is ‘Good Earth’).  It might just be my imagination, but it’s knitting up a little softer than Paton’s Merino usually feels to me.  I’m working it on US10s, which is larger than the US7s that Paton reccomends on the ballband.  That’s cause I’m going to slightly felt it once I’m done (I just love how this yarn feels when it’s felted).

I got four skeins, which I think will be good for the scarf and a matching hat (hopefully – I do like my scarves long).

It’s been fun, multi-directional scarf.  Now, unless you can help me write my paper or knit my mom’s afghan… I’ll see you on Dec 26.

Feeling Violet Mitts

Another pattern I had over on my old knitting blog that I’m transferring over here. They are ribbed mitts knit with super soft merino at a tight gauge, for my roommate. Alas, I never finished them (it’s still a sore subject with her), but I had a request for the pattern last year, so here it is.

Yarn: Laines Du Nord Dolly Maxi in ‘Pale Lilac. – Aurora 8 would be a perfect sub, if you don’t have the Elann yarn hanging around. 2 skeins.

These stretch a lot.

Needles: I used Clover 8″ US4 circs. DPNs would work, too.

Gauge: 9 sts = 1 inch in 2×2 rib UNSTRETCHED

Cast-On:
CO 52 sts. PM [Marker 1] & join, being careful not to twist stitches.

Work in 2×2 rib for 2.5 inches.

Separate palm and hand:
PM as follows, working in rib:
Work 26 sts, PM [Marker 2], work 6 sts, PM [Marker 3], work 14 sts, PM [Marker 4], work remaining 6 sts.

Note: You’re dividing the palm from the hand stitches here. The first 26 stitches are going to be the ones on your palm – the second half will be the ones on the outside of your hand.

In addition, you’re marking where the cable is going to be – centered on the hand of the mitts.

Set up cable:
Note: The cable is working in between Marker 3 and Marker 4. For all cable instructions, work all other stitches in 2×2 rib, as established.

Row 1: p1, k12, p1.
Row 2: p1, k12, p1.
Row 3: p1, C6B, C6F, p1.
Row 4: p1, k12, p1.
Row 5: p1, k12, p1.
Row 6: p1, k12, p1.

Body:
Work until the mitt is about the length you would like it to be at the base of the thumb (depends how long you’d like them).

*Alternatively, if you have the knowledge and plan ahead, go ahead and make a thumb gusset at the appropriate place. I got distracted – I meant to do the gussett.*

Thumb:
Round 1: Work in pattern to 6 sts before Marker 2. BO 6 sts (remove Marker 2 when you get to it). Work remaining round in pattern.
Round 2: Work to gap made by BO of sts. CO 6 sts over this gap (I like to use the knitted on technique here, but you could also just put a firm backwards loop there).

Finish Cable:
After the next Row 6 of cable, do not continue with cable – go back to 2×2 rib.

Top & Finishing:
Continue to work in 2×2 rib for another 2 inches (try on the mitt – it should be when it hits the base of your index finger).

BO loosely, in pattern.

Weave in ends.

FOR RIGHT HAND:
Same, except work thumb 6 sts before Marker 1.

2×2 rib:
*k2, p2. Repeat from * around for every row.

Note: If you want your mitt to look just like the one in the pattern, it’s important to start your 2×2 rib with knit. If you start with the purl, your cable will have a thinner reverse stockinette border (1 stitch instead of 3).

C6B:
Worked over 6 sts.
Slip 3 sts to CN and hold to back of work, k3, k3 sts off of CN.

C6F:
Worked over 6 sts.
Slip 3 sts to CN and hold to front of work, k3, k3 sts off of CN.

The Triumphant Return of the Vibrator Cozy.

I made this for my friend back in the Spring of 2004, back when I was crazy and made cozies for everything (who am I kidding, I still do that). The pattern was on my old blog, but I lost it for awhile. A friend uncovered it from me from the vast archives of the internet, and I’m ecstatic. So here it is – the first pattern I ever cobbled together. If you can call it a pattern. I always intended to make myself one, but never got around to it. Ah, well. One day.

I actually think it’s useful, especially if you don’t have a bedside table or drawer. You can use it to store any small items you might need in bed – medication, pills, birth control, vibrators, even a water bottle, your glasses, or the remote. Just knit it up and hang it on your bed post.

[Ravelry Link] 

If anyone makes one, I’d LOVE you to email me pictures.

Vibrator Cozy

Vibrator Cozy

This is a small one – it was designed around my roommate’s vibrator, as you can see. You could also just use it to throw stuff you might need in bed but don’t want to put on your nightstand (medication, condoms, pens, small stuffed animals, lube, etc). If you don’t want to make the i-cord, you can pick up some pretty cord at a craft store – and that would be just fine, too. The pattern is very loose, so feel free to play with it.

Yarn: Noro Kureyon #95 (any feltable worsted weight wool will work well)
Needles:
US10.5 DPNs.
Gauge: Isn’t too imporant, since it’s going to be felted.
Cast on 39 stitches. Divide evenly over three needles. Place marker, and join, being careful not to twist. Place marker every thirteen stitches (total of three markers). Knit in St st for eight inches.

Begin decreases:
Knit to two sts before marker, k2tog. Pass marker, k2tog. Repeat at every marker until there is 1 stitch on every needle (3 stitches total). Break tail, and pass through remaining sts, and then weave in ends.

Cord:
Cast on 2 stitches, make a long length of i-cord, to your own personal preference.

Felt till it’s firm enough for your liking 🙂 I blocked mine on a soda can on top of a cup – the can was the perfect blocking width.

With a metal tapestry needle or your DPNs, poke some holes through the top and thread the cord in.

Put your condoms and your vibrator in, and hang over your bed post!

Notes:

As you can see, this is for a smaller vibrator. If your vibrator is larger, you can simply make the body of the cozy longer.

Woah.

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

I don’t really know what happened. I’ve been knitting (holidays are coming up, you know), but I sort of lost track of time. Is it really almost December?

I did finish something yesterday, and though I posted it in all of my other blogs, this is the knitting blog, so it should have a part too. Those of you who love me enough to actually read all my sites – well, I love you too, and I’m sorry that you have to see this again.

Pattern: Aibhlinn, a cowl from Knitty
Yarn: Grandma’s Blessing by Briar Rose Fibers
Needle: US6 24″ circs
Modifications: I used a lighter weight yarn and a smaller needle than called for in the pattern, but still cast on the same number of stitches. I’m happy with the circumfrence. I also made it about 16″ long instead of 24″ in the pattern. I’m still happy with the result.


It matches my blazer really well. That’s cause everything I own is green. I have a green problem. The color is pretty true in these pictures.

When I went to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, I fell in love with some yarn from Briar Rose Fibers. It was the first place that we went to, and I wanted everything in the tent. I picked up a skein of ‘Grandma’s Blessing,’ a sport-weight merino superwash in beautiful blues and greens and a bit of orange.

I took a break from my holiday knitting to make Aibhlinn from Winter 2004 Knitty with it. I thought it would be a great way to show off the color of the yarn, as well as take advantage of the yarn’s softness and weight.

I made a few modifications, and it took me about a week of commuter knitting. We’re having nice mid-50 degree weather (really odd for November), so I got to wear it today with my blazer. It kept the wind off my neck nicely.

I think the swirling rib really shows off the yarn well, and it was fun to knit as well. I almost left the bobbles off, but left them on, and I’m happy I did. I think they’re fun. Even though I’m not a big bobble person.

I also really like that the pattern used is completely reversible. Which is nice in a piece like this, because it doesn’t always stay exactly on the right side.