Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Also from 100purewool.com. Yes I have alot of PW. Being a newbieknitter I have a rather smallish stash. Since I have a smallish house and knit slow I am pretty good at not buying more yarn til I need to. Sort of.
Let me explain. With pictures.
Meet Griffin. Griffin is wearing his birthday hat from me.
Meet Levi. Levi is wearing HIS hat handknitted by me.
And here's Griffin again.
Get the picture?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Here are my notes from Rav.
Melanie-hardly-finished 12/6-one at a time, 45 cast on, came out big
Pat-choc/pink-finished 12/9, 2 @ a time, 40 cast on just right (for me anyway!)
12/10 cast on “nuts” for Erin
12/12 cast on rose and choc, first stripes attempt, 2 @ a time magic loop. Forgot to do cable round. Will have to frog some.
12/15 finished 4 pairs but will try to redo the hardly pair as they are HUGE and ugly with the trim.
12/18 all FIVE pairs are done! I made another pair of hardly without the hot pink trim. I had to do the thumb in the hot pink because I did run out of hardly but they’re all done! All of them! WOOHOO
The hardly pair, after blocking look like blocks! They look awful and are huge! I will have to remake these if I have time.
My tips on making Fetching would be to cast on 40 on larger needles and knit loosely especially the cables. Do the optional thumb that is in the comments section of the pattern. I will try to remember to copy and paste it here. Also do these magic loop two at a time so they come out the same. I had such a great time making these as I could switch it up and make each pair different.
Optional thumb:Starting at the 5th row after the last wrist cable row:
Row 5: k2, m1, k2, p1, continue in 4x1 ribbing.
next row and all alternate rows, knit 4x1 ribbing and k new stitches picked up for gusset.
Row 7: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2, p1 continue in 4x1 ribbing
Row 9: k2, m1, K3, m1, k2, p1 continue in 4x1 ribbing
Repeat the increase rows alternated with regular rows until you have added 15 new stitches.
Then: k2, put 15 new stitches onto waste yarn, k2, p1, continue in 4x1 ribbing and follow pattern through picot bind off.
To Make thumb: pick up 15 live stitches off waste yarn, pick up 2 stitches and finish thumb as directed. This makes a nice comfortable thumb gusset. The gusset adds some width, so for those with smaller hands, you may want to consider starting the pattern with 40 stitches instead of 45.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I did knit a little while dh played wii last night!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I am also making 4 pairs of these for Levi's teachers and aids. The first pair, done in 100purewool.com's Hardly came out huge. I did a cast on of 45, one at a time, magic loop and then blocked them. I may remake these if I have time. The second pair are also done in 100purewool.com, chocolate and pink. Cast on of 40, 2 @ a time, magic loop. Not blocked. Much better!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Birthday present for Griffin. Now if G's mama would just send a picture of him wearing it! Norwegian hat pattern
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Please take a moment to say a prayer, check out the site and help in whatever way you can. If you think your one dollar won't do much you'd be surprised.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This pattern, Ender Market Bag, is from knitfink. I'm not sure where the pattern is on her blog because I downloaded the free pattern from Ravelry.com.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Please visit this site and go to the website too. This mama of two is fighting the same disease that Levi had. She is a beautiful woman and singer. So far she has lost her eyesight in one eye and her voice. Her wife is struggling with two children and one job to make ends meet. Download the songs on the 500kin365 website. It is only a dollar. And please pass the site on to your friends and family.
I wish there was more I could do.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
I remade the soaker. I went up a couple of needle sizes and also a few stitches. Still came out too small for FatsyPatsy. GARRRGH! I had added some yarn over short rows
so the bum was perfect. The short rows make it roomier. But FP's chubby legs are just too round. Can't get it up over her cankles. So I have one beautiful, not quite perfect, girly size medium wool soaker for sale. Rise 16 inches and waist about the same. I will post pics and actual measurements shortly. Lucy is 20 lbs and too fat by a couple of pounds for it. Need a scrawnier 20 lber or a lighter weight fat baby for this soaker.
I paid probably about 8 bucks for the yarn?
Soaker info: rise 16-16.5, waist 16 inch at rest-22 stretched out. Thigh-8 inches $15 ppd
Monday, June 16, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Coral reefs can be crocheted. The atmosphere can be knit. And a stop sign can be folded into a pair of pants.
Welcome to the intersection of math and handicraft. Unexpectedly, handicraft in general, and yarn work in particular, has started to help provide answers to a wide range of mathematical problems. From the way the atmosphere generates weather to the shape of the human brain, knit and crocheted models have provided new insight into the geometry of the natural world.
"Crochet, knitting and other crafts allow people to visualize, recontextualize and develop new problems and answers," said Carolyn Yackel, a mathematician at Mercer University in Georgia.
Another prominent practitioner who uses yarn work, mathematician Hinke Osinga of the University of Bristol, puts it this way: "You can get bogged down in your own standard techniques of doing things, and then someone asks a silly question, and all of a sudden, you see a new way of interpreting things."
The math of handicraft was long dismissed as merely a cute trick or an inconsequential coincidence. Now, however, handicraft has begun to come into its own as a legitimate tool for mathematical research. This is especially true of knitting and crochet, which, thanks to the efforts of a new group of researchers, are now receiving a great deal of attention from the world of theoretical mathematics. Yackel and Osinga, along with Sarah-Marie Belcastro of Smith College and Daina Taimina of Cornell University, form the core of the group looking at the intersection of math and craft. Some of them are using craft to help answer math problems, while others are using math to answer knitting problems.
In 2005, there was a special session on math and the fiber arts during a joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. This conference, along with a newly released book based on the special session by its organizers, represents the newest expressions of a very old topic.
It is believed that the partnership between math and craft dates back to the invention of geometry, where the repetitive patterns seen in ancient baskets and weavings first hinted at a mathematical subtext to the world at large. Later, Alan Turing, the theorist and computer scientist, was often seen knitting Möbius strips and other geometric shapes during his lunch break.
The modern interest in math and craft began in 1997 when Taimina devised a plan for crocheting a hyperbolic plane. Hyperbolic planes are spaces of negative curvature (imagine the shape of a riding saddle) where all lines curve away from each other. Hyperbolic planes are fairly common in nature, appearing everywhere from the frills on a sea slug to growth patterns of coral to the way the brain folds.
The craft objects themselves tend to be common shapes, such as discs, spheres and cones. However, just as a triangle that normally only has 180-degrees worth of angles can have three 90-degree angles when drawn on a sphere, the shapes take on novel and surprising forms when projected across hyperbolic space.
Despite being widespread in nature and well understood in theoretical math, no good physical models of a hyperbolic shape existed until Taimina crocheted her first plane. In hyperbolic space, points move away from each other as the shape expands. While it is hard to model this using paper or plastic, it is easily replicated by simply increasing the number of stitches per row as the shape is knit or crocheted.
"What you can do is get a tactile insight. I theoretically understand the concept, but [the model] allows me to communicate it," said Taimina.
After Taimina's crocheted models gained a degree of notoriety, Hinke Osinga realized that if a hyperbolic plane could be modeled with crochet, then a model of the complex shape her research focused on could be made the same way. Osinga was looking at the Lorenz manifold, another shape that had yet to be presented in a physical model. Manifolds are shapes where the curved nature of the larger shape can be treated as a flat plane over short distances, like a 2-D road map sufficiently representing a portion of the 3-D Earth.
The Lorenz manifold models how objects move through a chaotic space such as a flowing river or the atmosphere. Various applications include meteorological prediction and spacecraft navigation. Before Osinga made her crochet Lorenz manifold, there had never been a physical model of this shape for reference.
Around the same time that Osinga was using craft to answer questions about math, Yackel and Belcastro began their attempt to answer questions raised by craft with math.
Belcastro designed a mathematical proof detailing why any topological surface can be knit. While seemingly limited to explaining yarn work, the proof could have ramifications for biology. A range of phenomena from shell growth to bird's nest-building replicate knitting by building up a structure one line at a time.
For Yackel, the research involved moving beyond knitting. Instead, she began using Japanese string balls called temari as the basis for designing a way to map out points on a sphere. Temari balls are decorative items made from colored strings wrapped around a small wooden or plastic sphere.
As the strings crisscross the surface of the sphere, they form intricate patterns. To approximate points on the sphere, temari artists use origami techniques that are actually just physical representations of very complex geometry.
Together, Yackel and Belcastro have co-edited a new book "Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects." In it, they use the knitting of a baby's pants to show how, in certain types of mathematics, an octagon can be folded into a two-holed donut. Using their math, if one crocheted a stop sign, it could be folded into a pair of pants.
For all of the researchers involved in this field, pursuing the link between everyday objects and complex math hearkens back to the original impetus for devising geometry in the first place.
"We talk about the different experiences that lead people to geometry, and it began with making patterns," said Taimina. "How do you learn that something is round?"
This story is provided by Scienceline, a project of New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
So I'm going to do curly purly's basic plain wrap. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I've been reading and posting in a group with a meaningless-to-all-members-but-the creators-name. It has something to do with parenting and someone annoying. I have no idea who. Yeah we get childish.
Its a nice change to "talk" to other parents who parent differently than me and even NONparents. We're doing a mystery swap. I don't know why I joined lol. I have a hard time shopping for people I know well let alone someone I don't know at all. Then to boot my paypal is messed up and will only let me pay by echeck or my credit card and I don't use my credit card and echeck takes a few days. Finally got that straightened out but it will still take a couple of days before I can instant pay through my checking acct. I hope I get it all here on time to mail out as one package to my swappee.
Got to cut this short. Kid's doctor appt at 2:30.
Monday, March 3, 2008
I have been working on the same pair of socks since the beginning of February. They are green and violet. Knitpicks yarn. Using Silver's pattern. I am doing it magic loop.
The first one the toes are way too tight. I guess I knit extremely tight. It took me nigh on forever to knit the first one. I had to frog the heel several times because I just couldn't get it right. So then I got it right and the sock was too short! ARGH. So I had to frog it AGAIN and make the foot length longer. The second sock I cast on more and am consciously knitting looser. I'm knitting away when I realize I forgot to do the stripe. Sigh. I was 10 rows past it. So now I'm tinking. Tinking is Knitting backwards.
I am never going to have a matching pair of socks!!
I wanted to knit me a curtain for my kitchen window but I just do terrible at patterns. I am distracted too much by my children. So I am now crocheting a curtain. Much easier for me.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I am mainly looking for paypal, girly fitteds or medium BSWWs. Maybe consider circular needles. I don't like susan bates or boye. So far I love hiya hiyas and addi's. I do not discount for anything except for maybe if you buy in bulk. Diapers are listed at the prices I paid for them a mere 3 months ago. I research what diapers are currently selling for, also, when I'm listing them. I am confident my prices are fair. I ran an online cloth diaper resale site for about 5 years and owned/operated ButterflyKissesDiapers.com for a year.
Listing soon!! bsww and prowrap covers.
Kissaluv size 0 lavender sold. GUC Maybe very very light staining. I don't see any though.
1 lime (sold), 1 natural Kissaluv size 0 GUC $7 ppd each, all have very faint discoloration
lime and peach inner (one lime not shown)
natural outer and inner
$7 fitted peewells small
PENDING-used small swaddlebees pockets
Originally uploaded by MamaNak
PENDING $7 ea shipped
1 mint green
Nb fitteds used
Originally uploaded by MamaNak swaddlebees-gone
striped whippersnappers pocket (needs insert) fitted $7 ppd
country cozy's flannel fitted faded but still totally useable$6 ppd
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Speaking of addi's. A very nice woman I met through Ravelry GAVE me a pair of addi turbos!! Size 2. I'm SOO excited. Thank you MrsH!
Then my husband went back to The Fiber Station and bought me some gorgeous handspun superwash bamboo/merino yarn. Marie dyed it herself.
And my mama gave me a bunch of sock yarn. Of course, since she usually just knits barbie items there isn't enough of each color for a pair of socks so I will have to do some funky striping. I can't wait.
Let's see there is Paton's Kroy Socks, 2 skeins of coal and 2 skeins of mallard. Then a skein of grass and a skein of purple from KnitPicks. Then 4 skeins in pink, white, slate blue and blue ofLang Yarns.
Stash of crap yarn. I use my crap yarn for washcloths, hot pads and amigurumi.
It's actually much larger but that's what I'm currently working with or plan on soon. I don't have start-n-abandon-itis. I just have plan-to-itis.
I finished Livie's kindergarden teacher's Valentine washcloth.
Click the picutre for the pattern. There are hearts on the cloth but you can't see it in my picture.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Here's one for cancer survivors and their caregivers. We fall under that category. :)
Oh to keep this yarn related I met radioactivegirl on Ravelry.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I feel so special. Someone...two someone's favorited my hippos on Ravelry. :) Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Livie loves her hippo. It was the first one I made and didn't really like the final results but she does and that's all that counts. Levi's came out better but I think that's because I used nicer yarn for it.