xtina: (knitting with sticks)
For this patttern, I have to do frequent right twists (RTs) and left twists (LTs). I dislike the method that has me taking a stitch off the needle, so I looked up another way of doing it. From this video:

RT:

- Put right needle through next two stitches as if to k2tog.
- Instead of doing a k2tog, slip 'em onto the right needle.
- Slip them directly back onto the left needle. (Straight through, not a k2tog again.)
- Knit the next two (twisted) stitches through the back loop, so that they don't get twisted.

LT:

- Slip 1st stitch knitwise, then 2nd stitch knitwise.
- Do a sort of k2tog motion backwards, of those two stitches, back onto the left needle. (Don't actually do a k2tog.)
- Knit the next two stitches through the front loop as normal.

The Anteal pattern also has a lateral braid, which is basically doing a LT all the way across a row, but collapsing the twist on itself. It's hard to describe. But, thankfully, doing LTs the above way makes this a cinch:

Lateral braid:

- Knit [n] border stitches that your project calls for.
- Cast on one stitch onto the left needle.
- Perform one completely normal LT, as above, yes using that cast-on stitch.
- For each subsequent LT, only slip the second stitch. You are assuming that the first stitch is already on your right needle.
- Do this to [n + 1] stitches before the end of your row.
- K1, then pass the previous stitch over.
- Knit [n] border stitches to finish the row.

There! No stitches off the needle (an act that gives me heart failure), no giant loops, none of this "knit through the back loop of the second stitch, right foot green" horseshit, and a very lovely braid pattern.
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I'll be done with this current scarf in about 5 days.  After that, I'm going to do an illusion knitting scarf, that says "Go Hawks!"*.  After that, I'm going to do a double-sided runner, white and purple, that has some viney flowery stuff on one side and a fractal on the other.

Because I've replaced my brains with bees, that's why.

* My boyfriend, his best friend, and his best friend's wife grew up together, in Iowa, and thus are all Hawkeyes fans.

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xtina: (Default)
I'll be done with this current scarf in about 5 days.  After that, I'm going to do an illusion knitting scarf, that says "Go Hawks!"*.  After that, I'm going to do a double-sided runner, white and purple, that has some viney flowery stuff on one side and a fractal on the other.

Because I've replaced my brains with bees, that's why.

* My boyfriend, his best friend, and his best friend's wife grew up together, in Iowa, and thus are all Hawkeyes fans.
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Dear the world:

I'm looking for something to help me make various knitting charts.  I want to be able to do two things:

1) Plug in a chart, and have the instructions spelled out for me, or vice versa.

2) Allow me to make a colour chart.

I know this must already exist.  Thing is, where?

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xtina: (Default)
Dear the world:

I'm looking for something to help me make various knitting charts.  I want to be able to do two things:

1) Plug in a chart, and have the instructions spelled out for me, or vice versa.

2) Allow me to make a colour chart.

I know this must already exist.  Thing is, where?
xtina: (Default)
Argh, terminology lack.

In knitting, what are the terms for "the needle that holds the stitches you're working" and "the needle that those you've already worked"?
xtina: (Default)
Argh, terminology lack.

In knitting, what are the terms for "the needle that holds the stitches you're working" and "the needle that those you've already worked"?
xtina: (Default)
So apparently there's this thing, [livejournal.com profile] save_dave - an auction to help raise money for someone to not lose their home.  More information here.

I'm auctioning off a reversible knitted scarf, like the one I made for Josh.  Go bid!

(It occurs to me that it doesn't have to be sports-related.)

Also, go look through other things, like a custom song by [livejournal.com profile] filkertom, or Windows/hardware/networking IT assistance by [livejournal.com profile] vulgarcriminal, or CHEESECAKE BROWNIES by [livejournal.com profile] thegreenyear.  I swear, I'm going to have to write these folks' names down for future reference.
xtina: (Default)
So apparently there's this thing, [livejournal.com profile] save_dave - an auction to help raise money for someone to not lose their home.  More information here.

I'm auctioning off a reversible knitted scarf, like the one I made for Josh.  Go bid!

(It occurs to me that it doesn't have to be sports-related.)

Also, go look through other things, like a custom song by [livejournal.com profile] filkertom, or Windows/hardware/networking IT assistance by [livejournal.com profile] vulgarcriminal, or CHEESECAKE BROWNIES by [livejournal.com profile] thegreenyear.  I swear, I'm going to have to write these folks' names down for future reference.
xtina: (knitting with sticks)
The problem with really gorgeous, really soft yarn is twofold:

a) I am not a fashion person, so I fret it would be wasted on me.

b) What if I don't make the rightiest thing?

So I have two skeins of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK, in rich, soft red.  Got it from a friend of Josh's.  I don't know!  So I'll make this, I think, and maybe give it to someone.  Or something.

I never want to make anything, I just want to make a big blanket out of all of it and loll about.
xtina: (Default)
* Benny And Joon felt very loosely put together.  However, the music was very cute.  Overall, good background movie while I cleaned my bebuggered room.

* I'm donating blood again on Caturdog.  They called, I was weak.

* [livejournal.com profile] bbbsg wants me to make a heart cannon.  Not gun, but cannon.  I could...

* I had had the Gmail theme Tree, but I am liking Beach much more.  The colours change with the time of day!  This pleases me immensely.

* I would be way more likely to gymmify if I had someone to go with.  I'll see if Josh wants to, or knows anyone.  It's hard for me to do new things like this on my own, in front of other people, on a repeated basis.
xtina: (i win! i win!)
I finished the scarf!

Total length: long
Total # of stitches: 26248
Time to finish: about a month
Amount of warmth: very
Amount of insuff'rable pleased-with-myself-ness: OVER 9,000
xtina: (knitting with sticks)
My roommate did some of the miniatures work for the movie Coraline, based on Gaiman's book.  She worked with this knitter (Youtube) for costumery and such.

oO

Excuse me:

oO
xtina: (Default)
I want to make something out of the Midnight Black and Royal Blue colours, but hanged if I know what.
xtina: (outdoors)
It should not be this hard to find an automatic curtain opener.

Google> s/automatic/motorized/

$300 or more?!?  I just want one motor that I can plug into a timer, for heaven's sake!

If I knew the first thing about motors, I'd just make one and be done with it.  I don't need a timer, I just need it to go one way (until it stops) in the morning, and the other way (&c) in the evening.

Nrr.

Maybe I'll just knit translucent curtains, instead.  May be faster.
xtina: (Default)
* This are pretty hat.  If I thought Rose wore hats like that, I'd try to make it.

* I kind of want to make this geodesic hat for [livejournal.com profile] mactavish.
xtina: (knitting with sticks)
Hooray for formulas.  My Google spreadsheet now has two pages: one for figuring out repeating designs, and one for resizing Excel grids both by pixels and by Excel's arbitrary row height/column width numbers.

Technically, height and width assume a font of Arial 10 - width is how many numbers could fit in the column, and height is the height of the font in points, where one point is 1/72".

I don't know why I know this.  Anyways, here you go.

What's next?
xtina: (knitting with sticks)
I think I just came up with a thing that'll take width of the knitted item and width of the side borders and plot a chart that shows width of an item, how often it will repeat, with how many columns between each item.

Uh, here, lookit.

Sometime in the future, I may make something that takes the input, asks for a general range of item width and betweens, and just lists options.  But, I'm functionally insane.

[eta] Of course, I have been meaning to learn Javascript...
xtina: (fire!)
This week has goddamn motherfuckin' sucked.  If I don't get some happy shit up in this, I'm gonna punch a clown.  A CLOWN, MARTHA.

* A convo!

B: A friend of mine takes an anti-anxiety med, and swears by it.  Starts with a C...
X: Cytraxin?
B: No, that's not it.
X: *starts giggling*  I want it to be that, so I can find that I shouldn't be taking that.  "I'm on the wrong side of Cytraxin!"
B: *disgusted look*
X: *cracks up*

I SLAY ME.

* OH GOD THE PUNNERY.  The last panel is fantastic.

* You know, in all my searches for knitted foodstuffs, I totally neglected dinosaurs.

* omg squeak

* AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH*dies*

* *tears up with dying* *cracks up further* *dies some more*

I forgot what I was doing.

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