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I have arrived. July 11, 2008

Filed under: KAL,Patterns,Spinning,Work in progress — wayoffiber @ 4:04 am


My progress on Bob is stalled.  He is teal and legless.  This is the part of creating the world where I rest (or at least Bob does, ’cause he doesn’t have to go to work or anything).

However?  In terms of spinning, I feel like I have arrived.  Silk hankies, stretched into pencil thin roving, may be one of the most suprisingly easy things to spin on a drop spindle *evar*, but still… I feel like I have finally arrived as a spinner, when I have time to pick my nose while the spindle is whirling.

Boo-yah.  :-p

— Skewers

And hey look — pretty stuff I spun a couple weekends ago…

And hey look -- pretty yarn I spun a couple weekends ago.  L to R?  Silk DK, Merino Laceweight, Merino/Mohair Blend in a range of styles.

L to R? Silk DK, Merino Laceweight, Merino/Mohair Blend in a range of styles.


Knit-a-long #1: Bob June 15, 2008

Filed under: KAL — poweroffluff @ 6:57 pm

Skewers and I are about to embark upon our first KaL together.


Free Pattern: Bob

This is a free and easy pattern for everyone to enjoy. Please check out the Mochimochi Land Shop for more patterns that you’ll love!


This is Bob. Bob’s shape was inspired by the plastic thing that floats in your toilet tank. He’s not an elephant, or an anteater. He’s just Bob!

As a summertime knit, Bob is made of cool nylon yarn, but you can make him out of almost any yarn you like. The pattern is knitted in the round on double-pointed needles.

Finished size: approx. 6 inches long (including snout)

You’ll need:
Oh My! 100% nylon yarn (one skein will make one Bob, with a little left over)
Size 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Plastic eyes or dark-colored yarn for embroidered eyes (Use the latter option if you’re knitting for a small child.)
Polyfil stuffing

Gauge: Doesn’t really matter, but your stitches shouldn’t be too tight or loose

k = knit
st = stitch(es)
rnd: round
kfb = knit into front and back of stitch
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
ssk = slip 2 stitches knitwise, insert left needle back into both slipped stitches and knit together
dpn = double-pointed needle

Pattern starts here!

Body (knit front to back)

Cast on 6 st, distribute onto 3 dpns, place beginning of round marker and join in round.

Rnd 1: knit
Rnd 2 and all even rnds: knit
Rnds 3-11: knit
Rnd 13: [kfb] to end (12 st)
Rnd 15: same as rnd 13 (24 st)
Rnd 17: k2, kfb, k6, kfb, k4, kfb, k6, kfb, k2 (28 st)
Rnd 19: k3, kfb, k7, kfb, k4, kfb, k7, kfb, k3 (32 st)
Rnd 21: k4, kfb, k8, kfb, k4, kfb, k8, kfb, k4 (36 st)
Rnd 23: k5, kfb, k9, kfb, k4, kfb, k9, kfb, k5 (40 st)
Rnd 25: k6, kfb, k10, kfb, k4, kfb, k10, kfb, k6 (44 st)
Rnds 27 and 29: knit
Rnd 31: k6, ssk, k10, k2tog, k4, ssk, k10, k2tog, k6 (40 st)
Rnd 33: k5, ssk, k9, k2tog, k4, ssk, k9, k2tog, k5 (36 st)
Rnd 35: k4, ssk, k8, k2tog, k4, ssk, k8, k2tog, k4 (32 st)
Rnd 37: k3, ssk, k7, k2tog, k4, ssk, k7, k2tog, k3 (28 st)
Rnd 39: k2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k4, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2 (24 st)

If you are using plastic eyes with backings, you should attach them now. (The top of Bob’s head is the side opposite of your stitch marker.)

Rnd 41: [k2tog] to end (12 st)

Stuff the body with polyfil now, making sure not to over- or under-stuff.

Rnd 43: same as rnd 41 (6 st)
Rnd 45: same as rnd 41 (3 st)

Transfer the 3 st to one needle and make a short i-cord (about 6 rows total). Break yarn and pull tightly through 3 st.

Feet (make 4)

Cast on 8 st, distribute onto 3 dpns and join in round.
Knit 5 rnds, break yarn and pull tightly through 8 st.

Making Up

Sew in all loose ends. Lightly stuff each foot with polyfil, and sew the cast-on edge of each foot to the base of the body. Secure the tail in an upright position by folding it up and tacking the base of it to the body with a small stitch or two.


Make two Bobs and they just might do their secret handshake for you!


It’s about damn time. May 5, 2008

Filed under: KAL,pattern lust,sweater — wayoffiber @ 5:21 pm
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Dear Scarves,

I didn’t really buy much at MD Sheep and Wool this year. I’m not sure if that’s an accomplishment or a sign of my lackadaisical crafting of late. It’s sensible, according to my budget, at least. But I wish I’d gone with a plan to find some yarn to make a sweater. Catch-22, since it’s only through going that I grew more determined than ever to finally knit one.

I am more than capable of knitting a sweater by now. I have pretty steady tension, can eyeball things reasonably well, and knit fast enough when I’m focused that it won’t take me fo-re-ver to finish. Or maybe just not any more “forever” than it takes me for any other project.

Besides, I really want to own this. Minimalist Cardigan, from Interweave Knits It’s the perfect sweater for me. Three quarter sleeves, so it’s not getting in the way and a minimalist, conservative silhouette. I think the balanced knitting and purling of a sturdy moss stitch would suit me well too.

Now I just have to choose an appropriate yarn (that I can afford)in the next month or so and get 1100 yards of it. Worsted, drapey (the original is a wool/alpaca blend and woe betide me if I don’t make sure the yarn has some drape, at least), it shouldn’t take too long to knit up 1100 yards or yarn, right?

I just can’t decide between the merits of acrylic’s easy-care possibilities and an all-natural, maybe even luxury fiber blend’s heirloom feel. Thoughts?

And besides, we need to figure out what to do for the knit-a-long. I think a sheepy design on cotton coasters or little cloths could be a great and amusing idea. Did you have any new ones?

— Skewers

P.S. L got some yarn at Sheepie Fest that might be almost as bad as the ones you love. I worry I might have offended her with my honest and enthusiastic “augh!  I could never knit with that!!”, though… I’m so used to my enthusiastic “oh, that’s awful” being greeted by amused laughter, like when you show me some new specimen of horrible yarn that you adore! I tried to explain, but I might have to try again. And really, how easy is it for someone to understand that your horror over their yarn choice doesn’t make you think less of them at all, and in fact might bring back fond memories of your knitting buddy?