Monday, July 21, 2008

Getting there...

I have been working furiously on the next pair of socks in my Harry Potter series...
All I will say is the color is called cotton candy...very pink...
I am also doing a remake of Luna Lovegood's blue scarf, although mine is in a rich Ravenclaw blue...almost navy. The yarn is Bernat Satin, and it really is satiny.
Another pair of socks are on the needles, using the grey yarn I was gushing about a while ago.
I still gush, it is soooo soft, but the pattern is uninspiring. I can only do one fiddly pattern at once...
I am also working on a felted tote for my SIL, Candy, that I started some time ago...(I just remember it was cold) It is in shades of blue, green, and purple. It will be BIG. It is a variation of the French Market Bag from I am up to the straps, so it will be done soon...

Monday, July 14, 2008

This is LOVE...

I had a bad weekend at work, and came home whining...
Then I read this email, sent to me by my good friend, Sam.
God and Sam have such good timing...

Father-Son relationship

A son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a
marathon with me?'. The father who, despite having a heart condition, says
They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and
son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his
son's request of going through the race together. One day,
the son asked his father, 'Dad, let's join the Ironman together.' To which,
father said 'Yes' too.
For those who don't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon
The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile
(3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike
ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast
of the Big Island . Father and son went on to complete the race together.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hermione's Secret...

The first of my sock pattern designs based on Harry Potter chapter titles,
in this case, Chapter 21 of HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban...

“But Hermione was fumbling with the neck of her robes, pulling from beneath them a very long, very fine gold chain.
He saw a tiny, sparkling hourglass hanging from it.
‘Here!’ She had thrown the chain around his neck, too.
‘Ready?’ she said, breathlessly.”

–Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 21 “Hermione’s Secret"

Disclaimer: This pattern has not been tested for accuracy.
If you wish to test it for me, let me know if it is accurate and understandable.

st: stitch
k: knit
p: purl
r: row
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
ssk: slip next 2 stitches knitwise, then slipping left needle back into the stitches, knit them together through the back loops.
yf: yarn forward as if to purl
yb: yarn back, as if to knit
w4: yb, place next 4 st on cable needle, wrap yarn counterclockwise around these st 2 times, ending with yarn in place to k, k the 4 st from the cable needle.
The wraps create the middle of the hourglasses. Do not wrap too tightly, or the stretchiness of the sock will be compromised, but tight enough to gain the desired shape. I pulled mine just so the 4 stitches touched each other snuggly, but not so they overlapped each other.

See the tiny hourglasses?

Yarn: I used Lion Brand Sock-Ease in “Lemon Drop”
Substitute any fingering weight yarn that gives desired gauge of 8 st/inch (stockinette).
Needles: as needed to obtain correct gauge. I used size 1US KnitPicks Options 40” circular needles.

If you need to make alteration to fit your desired size, I suggest decreasing stitches evenly spaced in row 53. I removed 8 stitches in my demo socks this way, with no discernible distortion. The written pattern reflects no decreased stitches. If a smaller size is needed, the pattern is a 12 st repeat.

Cast on 72 st. Join, being careful not to twist stitches. Work in whatever method you like: DPNs, 2 circs, or 1circ (aka Magic Loop). I prefer Magic Loop 2-at-a-time.

Cuff Border:
Place st marker at begin of row.
Work in 2x2 ribbing for 12 rows
Begin pattern:
r 13: p all st
r 14: *p2, k4 *repeat *to* around to marker.
r 15: p2, *k4, p8,* repeat *to* around to last 10 st before marker, end w/ k4, p6.
r 16, : repeat r 14
r 17: repeat r 15
r 18: repeat r 14
r 19: repeat r 15
r 20: *p2, w4, p2 k 4* repeat *to* around to marker.
r 21: repeat r 15
r 22: repeat r 14
r 23: repeat r 15
r 24: repeat r 14
r 25: repeat r 15
r 26: repeat r 13
r 27: repeat r 14
r 28: *p8, k4* repeat * to * around to marker.
r 29: repeat r 14
r 30: repeat r 28
r 31: repeat r 14
r 32: repeat r 28
r 33: *p2, k4, p2, w4* repeat * to * around to marker.
r 34: repeat r 28
r 35: repeat r 14
r 36: repeat r 28
r 37: repeat r 14
r 38: repeat r 28
r 39: repeat r 14
rows 40-53 repeat rows 13-26

Work heel over next 36 st, placing other st on st holder.
Work short row heel as in this link:
This shows the technique for toes, but it is the same as for heels, except for the cast on--you already have your stitches. You can also use this for the toes of top down socks--kitchener stitching the toe seam on the underside of the sock.
I also recommend Cat Bordhi’s YouTube videos for tips on concealing the wraps:
You may also use another heel pattern if you wish.

When the heel has been turned, put stitches from the holder back on your needles.
Work in stockinette until piece measures about 2 inches short of the toe ending, and begin decreases.
You can work short rows as in the knitty link if you wish, or as follows:
Working from marker at beginning of the rows,
1: k1, ssk, k 30, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 30, k2tog, k 1.
2: k all st
3: k1, ssk, k 28, k2tog, k 2, ssk, k28, k2tog, k1.
4: k all st
5: k1, ssk, k 26, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 26, k2tog, k 1.
6: k all st
7: k1, ssk, k 24, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 24, k2tog, k 1.
8: k all st
9: k1, ssk, k 22, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 22, k2tog, k 1.
10: k all st
11: k1, ssk, k 20, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 20, k2tog, k 1.
12: k all st
13: k1, ssk, k 18, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 18, k2tog, k 1.
14: k all st
15: k1, ssk, k 16, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 16, k2tog, k 1.
16: k all st
17: k1, ssk, k 14, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 14, k2tog, k 1.
18: k all st
19: k1, ssk, k 12, k2tog, k2, ssk, k 12, k2tog, k 1.
Graft toe seam using Kitchener st. Weave in ends.
Repeat for second sock.

copyright July 2008 by Kat Johnson
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