Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dr Science Zipped Jacket

While knitting this cardigan er, jacket, I learned that if you call it a "cardigan" men won't wear it. Now, I think, historically, there's been nothing particularly feminine about the word "cardigan." I even think it sounds kind of masculine. I think that's why people use the cutesie term "cardi" for ones that women wear: to make it sound more feminine.

So, yeah. This garment opens in the front and has a zipper to keep it closed, so go with jacket or cardigan as you prefer.

The pattern is now available through Knitcircus #9, . Click on the little flipping-page magazine thing to see the nifty online virtual paper version! The patterns are available for purchased download in a complete set for $7.50. Current subscribers will be getting a notification about where to download the pdf.

Specs on the Dr. Science Zipped Jacket
Written for sizes S-2X; Finished chest measurements 36 [40, 44, 48, 52]"
Suggested yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool. Lots of great and easy substitutions available, too.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Still More Weaving

If I keep this up, I might start losing the knitting fan base, eh?

This is a simple houndstooth check scarf for Mr. SABLE

And a closer view:

I used black Jaggerspun Maine Line, a 2/8 fingering weight wool yarn, and Knit Picks Palette in a medium grey. I used a 10 dent heddle on my rigid heddle loom, which seemed a bit too open in the weaving. I fulled the scarf slightly in the washing machine, which gave it a nice body.

Finished size: about 7" wide by about 7' long. This was a fun and super easy weaving project. It took less than 24 hours from warping the loom to finished.

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Years Eve Weaving

Yesterday afternoon I warped the loom for this project and was done weaving and was fulling it a bit when 2010 came through Madison. A new scarf for the new year.

Weaving Geek Details
66 ends
7.5 dpi reed on Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom

Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, colors 111 Plumberry and N80S Mountain Purple, less than 50 grams each
Pomfret Mark II Sport yarn (ancient!) Brick Heather, about 15 yards

Pomfret Mark II Sport Yarn (also ancient) Grape: just over 1 50 gram ball

I really love this scarf!