Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
domo beanie, knitted in the round, duplicate stitch eyes
the first of many(?) pop culture inspired projects from yours truly
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
...and he peered down at them...
his massive frame caught the rising sun and cast a shadow on the sky in the light of the setting sun. never before had anyone encountered such a enormous menace and terror shot through their heart sacs. and they ran. shrieks of mortal danger muffled by dense foliage trailed off into the distance as the giant ambled up the shore to the treeline. bending and positioning his hands firmly on his knees he then expelled a river from his lung cavity which cut a wide berth into the ground, eventually pooling into lake in the middle of the isle. he stopped and looked at what he had done and with an expression of subtle contentment slowly turned and sat and stared off into the sea. news of the arrival of this daunting behemoth had spread quickly and the people spent the next several days huddled away in low class jungle hovels. too stupid to pray, yet too smart to pray, they waited and shook with fear and slight anticipation. upon emerging they converged on the lake in the middle of their homeland and wept. "for all of eternity we have been surrounded by the water, now we surround it!" they cried, and it was truly a day to be celebrated. over the following years the people would make pilgrimages to the place where the giant cyclops sat and watched out over the sea and they would praise him for his actions, but to no response. he would sit and stare, unflinching, unyielding in his gaze out over the water. so the years passed and winter approached and suddenly the giant stirred as his eyeball spotted a gleam in the water. he began to stand but it was too late as a mysterious acrylic serpent shot out from the waves and coiled around his gigantic head. he tumbled before regaining his footing and in a fit of panic began to crash through the trees. the serpent hung on despite the wild flailing and as they cut through the wind the serpent fibers began to dry, constricting his choke hold. upon hearing the impending commotion the people gathered to the lake shore as the giant came barreling through into the clearing on the opposite side, head shrouded in an ever tightening grip.
...and he peered down at them, only now his eye was closed...
it was then that the giant lost consciousness and collapsed across the river, his head landing only several yards away from his adoring people and pinning his captor to the ground. the audience, horrified at what they saw, grabbed up spears and rocks to assault the beast but in that instant it was too late for either of the great beings. the giant took one last great gasp as the serpent writhed in agony, crushed under the head weight of his old nemesis. the following day winter came and the people retreated to their customs, and they wrote of the great giant so their ancestors would know of his gift of the lake and how he later met his end sprawled across it. over the cruel winter his corpse would decay and his bones turn to dust until by the following spring all that remained was a tremendous kidney stone peeking out of the middle of the lake. and from the giant's final remains sprung forth a great tree which bathed the lake in glorious shade and produced a sweet pear like fruit which upon consumption gave the isle dwellers a lifespan ten times that which they had endured for so many centuries. so once again they lived in quiet prosperity...until the pirate zombies came in their warships, but that's a story for another day.
...my first attempt at fair isle knitting, in the round no less! 3 X 3 offset ribbing gives it a weird look up close...
Friday, December 5, 2008
basket weave beanie | 2 X 2 ribbing for about an inch | K5, P5 X 5 rows | decreased with this
Thursday, December 4, 2008
9 more hours and then thrust back into the harsh december. the cold is a burden, unforgiving of my earlobes, and hotboxing is generally not my style. alas...winter is upon us all. the commercialization of holiday cheer makes me queasy but i still find myself digging at my hat pocket for change for the needy. the army drone cocks his head slightly in confusion and then a smile emerges as my quarter falls in the bucket. "merry christmas" he says, and i can only wonder how many other generous souls receive the same banal quote uttered through some strange pavlovian response to the sounds of mingling change. "merry knitting" i thought to myself, now that would have been worth a dollar...
3 beanies with 3 X 3 ribbing and a giant dishcloth posing as a baby blanket...funny how odd lighting can make things seems dirty :/
Sunday, November 30, 2008
2 skeins medium weight yarn (1 for color A 1 for color B)(I used Bernat Satin in Crimson and Forest Heather Mist)
*Entire pattern is worked in the 2x2 ribbing.
Row 1-4: With A work in a 2x2 ribbing (k2 p2)
Row 5-6: Change to B at beginning of row 5
Row 7-10: Change to A at beginning of row 7
Row 11-12: Change to B at beginning of row 11
Row 13-16: Change to A at beginning of row 13
Row 17-18: Change to B at beginning of row 17
Row 19-36: Change to A at beginning of row 19
Row 37-38: Change to B at beginning of row 37
Row 39-42: Change to A at beginning of row 39
Row 43-44: Change to B at beginning of row 43
Row 45-47: Change to A at beginning of row 45
Row 48: Bind off
Weave in all ends and sew up seam (I used the mattress stitch http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html )leaving a hole for the thumb. Start on your next wrist warmer!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
row 25- k2, k2 tog repeat ( I started using the dpns on this row )
row 26- knit
rows 27-29- k2 tog repeat
I like this because it shows for both styles of knitting!!