Wednesday, February 25, 2004 

I figured it out! I figured out how to make the end of the Multidirectional Scarf look like the beginning (so the little triangle runs in the opposite direction). It's actually super easy!

Here are directions for an alternate ending to the Multidirectional Scarf.

When you've made your last full triangle divide the number of stitches you have in half, in your head. For instance, I had 25, so 13 was right in the middle.

Do the following for the first half of the stitches (in my case, 13 stitches):
Row 1: Inc, SSK (or SKP)
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Inc, K1, SSK (or SKP)
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Inc, K2, SSK (or SKP)
... (this is just like what you were doing for the large triangles, except you will stop this pattern when you reach your center stitch)

Once you have reached that center stitch/row (so, in my case, once I had reached row #13) start doing the following:
Row 1(first row after center stitch/instructions above): Dec (i.e. SSK, K2Tog), K (just as you would with the rest of the pattern, knit until you reach the stitch that gets Slipped), SSK (or SKP)
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Dec, K#, SSK
Row 4: Knit

Once you have one stitch left on the needle pull the tail through the loop, and you're done.

Basically, what you are doing is continuing in the main pattern for the first half of a large triangle, but, instead of continuing and making a full large traingle, you continue in the normal pattern with ONE ALTERATION -- you decrease, instead of increase, at the start of the row. So that center stitch is your longest row of this small triangle, the end of which forms one corner of the end of the scarf. Then you want to start making the rows shorter so that eventually you only have one stitch left up at the other corner of the end of the scarf.

Make sense? I hope so, but feel free to ask me to clarify. Once you've actually done it you'll realize how much of a nobrainer it really is.

Monday, February 23, 2004 

I went to Stitches West on Saturday, and quite frankly, wasn't impressed. Sure, there was lots and lots of yarn. But, for paying $7 a head (Jonathan came with me -- he's such a sweet boyfriend) I guess I expected there to be some great deals. Most of the stuff I looked at I found myself saying "I could get that cheaper on the internet." I did walk away with some Cascade 220 in green, cream, and purple to make another Lily Bag. And I picked up some Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille to make the flower washcloths from Weekend Knitting with -- though I could have paid less on the internet for that too. Part of my disappointment was that I didn't realize initially that there was a fee to get in. So, I ended up paying $14 for Jonathan and I to get in, just to look at and buy stuff. Argh.

On the plus side, I did get to see, in person, a few yarns I had been looking at online. And a couple of them I ended up not liking, so I'm glad I never ordered them. Also, I wanted to make one of those Boob Tube Warmers but couldn't find Noro Big Bebe anywhere. And since I didn't know exactly what it looked/felt like, I was unsure about finding a suitable replacement. One of the booths there had this "yarn playpen" which was kind of cool. It was this big thing filled with bags of yarns at 50% off. I found Bags of Big Bebe in there for $55/10 skeins. However, I didn't like any of the colors. So, I at least got to see and feel it, so now I can find something else.

I'm almost finished with the scarf for Jonathan's mom. I would have finished yesterday, but some how I ended up with a weird hole in the side, and too many stitches on the needle. I still can't figure out how that happened. So, I was working on ripping out a few rows yesterday evening, and I was getting pretty pissy because it wasn't going as easy as usual. But, I finally fixed it, and should have it done by tomorrow.

I did notice something about the multidirectional scarf pattern though, that I hadn't noticed before. When you start, it makes a little triangle on the edge. But, at the end, you can't duplicate that. The direction of the rows don't change when you start decreasing for the end of the scarf, so the two ends look different. I wonder if I'm doing something wrong, or if that's just how it is. I'd like to figure out a way to change that, because it's a little annoying to me.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004 

How was your Valentine's Day? Mine was smokin -- literally. I nearly caught my kitchen on fire while cooking filet mignon. I've made this recipe a number of times before, with no problem, but for some reason this time I wasn't so lucky. Jonathan and I had decided to make dinner instead of dealing with crowded restaurants and inflated prices. He was taking care of the side dishes, and I was preparing to cook up my filets. I heated up the pan, and when I put the oil in the pan it burst into flames. He and I started freaking out, trying to figure out what to do. He shouted at me to get the fire extinguisher, and I went to retreive it from the closet. My dumb ass still had it in the box, so he was watching the flames lick the oven hood as I tried to rip the box open. Fortunately the oil burned off and the fire died, and nothing else caught on fire.

He and were both rather shaken afterwards, and I was pretty upset, and mad at myself. The rest of the evening I alternated between breaking into tears and laughing about it. He told me that next year he's going to have to buy me a Valentine's Day Card with flames on it. Then, when we finally sat down to eat (fortunately we didn't ruin our food with the fire extinguisher, and the filets weren't yet in the pan) he went to turn on some music, and we joked about the radio playing "Light My Fire" or "The Roof is on Fire." And of course we followed that up with jokes about how he's my "main flame," and how "the sparks were flying," and the evening was "heating up," and so on and so forth. Did I ever tell you how much of a couple of dorks we are?

Wednesday, February 11, 2004 

As promised, YARN PORN! I took a trip to Artfibers on Monday to pick up a few things. I got some yarn for a scarf for Jonathan's mom, and some for a scarf for my friend Alicia. And then I bought 10 balls of green Chaucer, called Killarney (the same color as the scarf I made), for a sweater. Friday I was told they were discontinuing that yarn, so I wanted to snag it fast. I also grabbed 8 balls of Oz in Ecru. I was told they may be discontinuing that too, and it was such a disappointment since I had fallen in love with how luxurious it was. Oz is made up of Extrafine Angora, Lambswool, and a little bit of Nylon. It's soft, fuzzy, and oh so yummy. I'm planning on making a cardigan with it. I also picked up some Oz in Treeline, a mix of blues, purples, and greens. Jonathan's mom picked Oz in Ruby for her multidirectional scarf. And Alicia picked out Tryst in Sea Change, a mix of blues and greens, for a long, skinny multidirectional scarf.

All told, I bought $300 worth of yarn. Since you get discounts for buying large amounts, I saved 25%, and only paid $225 (plus about $19 of tax) for the whole shebang. That means I got about $75 worth of free yarn!!! Just about enough to make a sweater out of the Oz. WooHoo!

Now, for the pictures. Warning, extremely graphic yarnage ahead!

The Cast and Crew

Killarney Chaucer, and Ruby Oz

Sea Change Tryst, Ecru Oz, and Treeline Oz

Screen shots

Treeline Oz "cracks that whip," while Ruby Oz submits

Sea Change Tryst does naughty things to a blindfolded Ecru Oz

Yarn Orgy!

Killarney Chaucer and Ruby Oz enjoy a post romp snuggle under the sheets

And for added pleasure, I present a few extra shots of yarn that's already been fondled and manipulated.

My Booga Bag in Kureyon #51

Multidirectional Scarf in Killarney Chaucer

And as if all of that weren't enough, I just bought the Knitware Sweater Design software (which they use at Artfibers, and I really like) from Joanne at Imagine This Productions. The cost was $45, and shipping was free. Herrschners also has it, for the same price, but you'll pay about $9 for shipping. I highly recommend you pick up the program. And if you do, get it through Joanne, who seems very nice and was quick and responsive to my emails. Even still, check out her website for knitting machines, a yarn winder at a good price ($30), and Knitwares other two programs (Skirts/Shawls, and Critter/Pet clothes), as well as other goodies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004 

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Stay tuned. I have some gratuitous YARN PORN coming up. I went hog wild at Artfibers yesterday and bought $300 worth of yummy yarns! (I got a 25% discount though, so I only paid $225.) I can't wait to get home tonight so I can fondle those soft, fluffy balls (of yarn, silly!)

I'm also getting close to finishing the Booga Bag. I have about 16 more rows of the bag to do, and then I need to make the i-cord. fun fun fun (yeah, right!)

Friday, February 06, 2004 

Now I've gone and done it... I finally broke and decided to join the Rowan Knitting Circle. At first I was holding off because I wasn't too excited about the Tumbling Blocks cushion you get as a free gift (wasn't so keen on the color choices) and was going to wait until they changed it to something else. But, I really liked some of the patterns in Rowan 35 that just came out. I picked the bright colored cushion, even though it won't match anything in my apartment. Perhaps I can gift it to someone who would enjoy it.

The Booga Bag is moving along. Stupid me forgot to throw another skein of Kureyon into my bag this morning, so I ran out of yarn pretty fast. The color is #51 and is black, grey, dark red, green, with a hint of purple. I bought it on sale, so I couldn't be too picky about the colors, but it's not as bad as I was expecting. I'll post up a picture on Monday.

Thursday, February 05, 2004 

Interesting. Someone is developing knitting tarot cards to be released probably around Christmas 2005. I wonder if you can use them to predict which pattern you'll make next, or when your yarn obsession will finally bankrupt you.

In other news, I've begun working on a Booga Bag in Kureyon. Is it just me, or is the pattern kind of small? I guess we'll see how it turns out when I felt it. Compared to the felted bag I made a few months ago, it's tiny! At least it should be finished fast.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004 

After taking a short break from knitting, my hands are itching for wool. At first I tried to quiet the urge with some yummy angora/silk yarn from Artfibers, to make a scarf. But, that only lasted a few days, and then it was done. Took a break yesterday to decide what to do next. Decided this morning to cast on some Kureyon for a Booga Bag. The Lily Bag will have to wait, because I need to wind the yarn into balls. I've amassed a mental list of all kinds of things I'd like to make -- some of which I already have the yarn for. Narrowing it down is no simple task.

I've also been itching to make a sweater, before the weather starts warming up. I want to make something soft and luxurious, but I also want to make something comfy and perfect for everyday wear. I've already got the yarn picked out for the first (an Artfibers yarn, of course). But, I still have yet to pick out the second. Maybe you can help me decide? Here are a few patterns that have recently caught my eye:

Adriafil Grape Pullover

Rebecca Narrow Drop Shoulder Sweater (though, it's not really for winter)

Easy Striped Raglan Pullover

Lana Grossa Cool Wool Pullover

The list doesn't end there, though. The hunt is still on for the perfect pattern.

Monday, February 02, 2004 

It has been quite some time since I posted a new Knitworthy. I think Marnie's designs were well worth a few extra weeks of air time. But, it's time to get back to the updates. This week's Knitworthy is a Boob Tube Shoulder Warmer designed by the fabulous Stefani at This piece is perfect for spring. And as soon as I find a suitable yarn, I'll be making one myself.

Also, I'm working on cleaning up the WIP list. I deleted a few things that were on a perpetual back burner (i.e. will probably never be finished). Some of the items still there are things I just need to do a little finishing to. One of these weekends, when it's nasty outside, I'll spend an afternoon finishing them up. But not this weekend! I'll be working...

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