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posted by [personal profile] piglet at 11:45am on 06/10/2014 under
Making of a list of people who need wrist warmers, ordered by latitude (Nuala, Allison, Caitlin, Elizabeth, Julia, Lorre, Nicole, Tempest, Joanna). They're small, and easy to lose, so if you need another pair, or if you want to be added to the list because your wrists are colder than I've realized (Debbie? Charlotte? betsy? BC?), please comment or email.
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posted by [personal profile] piglet at 07:55am on 28/01/2012 under
Emboldened by having finished Racy Sweater, I have gone back to my tessellating fish afghan. *TEARING MY HAIR OUT* over this stupid pattern.

Started with http://knitting.livejournal.com/5714491.html several years ago. Because I have limited patience for seaming, I rejected whole-cloth the idea of knitting separate fish and stitching them together. Fish strips, I cry! So, I design the fish upside down, for knitting tail to nose. 4 fish into one strip, I decide *that's* too much seaming, and I should work 4 fish across in my strips.

Now I put the patterns together, right-side up and up-side down, and line them up. A-ha! The *real* problem with the fish pattern? Is that the stitch count drops in the middle. The shared stitch count across a pair of heads and tails is 29 stitches. In the center of the fish body, we are down to a combined stitch count, across 2 fish, of 26 stitches. 26!! 10% of our stitch count, down for the count!

So now I'm redesigning the fin?! 13 rows for the fin, forming an inverted triangle of stockinette within a garter body. And, fuck it! As long as I'm redesigning the whole damn thing, why don't I try moving the increases back into the middle, as in the original design? They might look better (central body dec/inc along a spine being more biologically suggestive), and she moved them in to solve a curling problem that I don't expect to share.

So, here's the pattern so far (pre-fin-redesign): | == change yarns

co6 | co 23
K6 | K23
K1, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K17, K2tog, K1
K8 | K21
K1, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K15, K2tog, K1
K10 | K19
K1, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K13, K2tog, K1
K12 | K17
K1, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K11, K2tog, K1
K14 | K15
K1, Kfb, K10, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K9, K2tog, K1
K16 | K13
K1, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K7, K2tog, K1
K18 | K11
K1, Kfb, K14, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K1
K20 | K9
K20 | K9
K5, P10, K5 | K9

*****************fin starts here**********************

K5, SSK, K6, K2tog, K5 | K4, RLI, K5
K5, P8, K5 | K10
K5, SSK, K4, K2tog, K5 | K5, RLI, K5
K5, P6, K5 | K11
K5, SSK, K2, K2tog, K5 | K6, LLI, K5
K5, P4, K5 | K5, P2, K5
K5, SSK, K2tog, K5 | K6, LLI, RLI, K6
K5, P2, K5 | K5, P4, K5
K5, SSK, K5 | K6, LLI, K2, RLI, K6
K11 | K5, P6, K5
K5, K2tog, K4 | K6, LLI, K4, RLI, K6
K10 | K5, P8, K5
K4, K2tog, K4 | K6, LLI, K6, RLI, K6

*****************fin de fin***************************

K9 | K5, P10, K5
K9 | K20
K9 | K20
K1, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K14, K2tog, K1
K11 | K18
K1, Kfb, K7, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K12, K2tog, K1
K13 | K16
K1, Kfb, K9, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K10, K2tog, K1
K15 | K14
K1, Kfb, K11, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K8, K2tog, K1
K17 | K12
K1, Kfb, K13, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K6, K2tog, K1
K19 | K10
K1, Kfb, K15, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K4, K2tog, K1
K21 | K8
K1, Kfb, K17, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K1
K23 | K6
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posted by [personal profile] piglet at 05:54pm on 22/09/2008 under
For washing dishes & wiping counters.

4-ply kitchen cotton, such as Peaches & Creme or Sugar & Cream. (Peaches & Creme has the best colors: http://www.peaches-creme.com/store-pc.htm ).

Using US 5 (3.75mm) needles, cast on 31 stitches. Garter start & end rows. Pattern: 2 rows garter; 2 rows 1x1 rib, k3 edges.

If using long-tail cast-on, do Row 1 once before starting Rows 1-4. (If using thumb loops cast-on, do Row 1 twice before starting Rows 1-4.)

Row 1: Slip 1, K30.
Row 2: repeat Row 1.
Row 3: Slip 1, K2, *(p1k1)12, p1, k3.
Row 4: Slip 1, K2, *(k1p1)12, k4.

Repeat row 1 - 4 twelve times.

Repeat row 1 three times. Cast off. Weave in end(s).

This can also be worked very attractively in two colors, using 1 color for the garter rows and another for the 1x1 ribbing rows. Uses 1 oz. of yarn. Measures 7" x 7.5" when wet & in use.
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posted by [personal profile] piglet at 02:58pm on 17/03/2008 under
Finished sweater #2, Bloom. Pink and green almost-roving, handspun and hand-dyed by some guy at the Union Square farmer's market. Started 3? years ago. My own design. Mucked up the neckline, but will attempt a fix with ribbon or elastic. It's so soft and cozy, I want to fornicate with this sweater.

Knit from cuff to cuff in pink, with a ruffle picked up and knit all the way around the edge -- collar, facings and hem in one. Green band to start ruffle, pink to finish. Short ruffle at wrists, same green/pink color scheme.

Camera went missing after trip to Quebec (City, for Carnaval last month), so no pictures until I find it again. Or, you know, buy a new one.

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