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( Feb. 24th, 2016 04:07 pm)
The second of the four sock UFOs is now a pair. This is leftovers of two colourways of schoppel wolle crazy zauberball, knitted in alternating rows. I so enjoy knitting this wool! The black contrast is BWM sock yarn. I knitted almost all the first sock during the recent CF/NZ trip. The other was finished but minutes ago.

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( Jan. 25th, 2016 01:24 pm)
This is the current state of my sock knitting. None of these socks have partners and two are unfinished. Rather more UFOness than I prefer. Normally I finish things that I start. With socks, I will sometimes work on two pairs alternately so as to not die of boredom. Four pairs on the go at once is really unusual.  I have other things I want to knit but I think I'd better get these dealt with first.

-the blue one is a 'bethan long sock based on "the Gunnister" sock. I knitted this on my previous trip to NZ, then stalled after I stuffed up the shaping on the heel. It needs pulling back a bit before resuming. Then to knit the other, I'd have to figure out what I did on the first one. I did make notes but I'm not sure how useful they will be. I'm actually doubting the wisdom of continuing with these. They will be VERY warm. Also, the yarn alone is worth about $75 and there is a lot of knitting needed to finish them. I need to decide whether to continue, or pull this one back and use the yarn for other things.

-  I didn't knit the partner of the bluish striped one straight away because the heel is complicated and I can't do it without quiet and a pattern. Sock knitting for me is usually a brainless travel project.might be a bit tight in the ankle.

-the pink cabled one was started to be a portable project instead, but stopped because it needs the slippery steel needles for me to manage the cables, and airline security doesn't like those.

-the tweedy one on the left is just finished, knitted almost entirely on the recent NZ trip.


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I feel like making the second tweedy sock. I think I ought work on finishing the pink one first instead. I'll try on the blue striped on to assess the ankle. I'm really not sure what to do with the long blue one, wrap it back up into the drawer for now I suppose.

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( Sep. 5th, 2015 04:15 pm)
It has been pointed out to me that I haven't shared pictures of the finished flower blanket. Well I did, but only in this carefully laid out form on the spinners and knitters list. So here it is. It is working for me really well. It's very warm and snuggly.

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between them have made for a quieter week in the Makkinschtuff department. I have managed to:

-construct the teal jersey frock
-sew all the flower foursomes together
-since the pic below I've also sewn about 2/3 of the border onto the flower blanket. Now I need to knit a hand span more border before I can finish this. A nice lurgy recovery couch activity.
-come up with a design outline and measurements for little S's quilt. I look forward to choosing the fabrics for this.
-receive rivet order, find that one lot was not what I ordered, arrange for that to be fixed.

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other Makkinschtuff related activities:
-I've given a tablet weaving lesson to Dr Q
-Dr Q has given me crochet lessons. Yay. I've tried to learn before without success. So crochet practice has been added to my project list.
-The cutting table has been recombobulated into it's bed form and back again. Now it's all clear and neat and begging to be covered with fabric.





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( Aug. 5th, 2015 05:53 pm)
What has happened in the Montjoye Makkinschtuff department since last week?

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My old Durer coat pattern that was tweaked into the duffle coat pattern, has been taken and even more seriously tweaked into this shaped coat below. I added shaping seams front and back and took in the sides, as well as reworking the sleeves into a classic two part suit form and converting the collar. This has given a shaped but loose fitting overcoat pattern. This coat has taken the place of the "pieced grey/black coat" from the previous list. Next step is to take this pattern in again to make a few neat little jackets. (yes this has been on FB but posting here is better for posterity)

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I've also:
-made the hot water bottle cover and delivered it (pic below). The charity exhibition/competition/sale opens on Sunday. I mean to go along and see what other entrants have come up with. Should be amusing. This is built from my first ever piece of quilting, done as a sample before I embarked on a bed sized quilt, and that had been living in the cupboard for about 10 years.
-done the tablet woven edge on the red 14thC overgown
-aquired hose (hosen, as in medjeeval socks) fabric
-refreshed my hose pattern and cut a trial pair
-cut the teal wool jersey frock
-finished sewing together the lacy knitted flowers, laid them out for the blanket arrangement and begun sewing the flower foursomes together.

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( Oct. 14th, 2014 03:34 pm)
Some terribly unimportant fluff and nonsense to contrast with all the heavy schtuff about.

There was a trip to Bendigo last Saturday. One of my aims was to get enough cream wool to finish the lacy blanket I’m working on. I’ve finished knitting up the bits I had in stash. I was puzzled as to how to work out how much wool to buy. You see I had been knitting from part balls, so I didn’t know how many patches could be gotten out of one ball. I must have been musing on it because I woke up on Saturday knowing how to work it out. Wool works in weight, and I have a very accurate balance, otherwise known as the “crack scales” (bought for hops really). So, work out how big the finished blanket should be, then how many squares are needed minus those already knitted. Weigh one square and work out what weight of wool is still needed.

Each square is 10cm on a side. I reckon I’m now targeting a lap rug. The original plan of a bed size one has been deemed way too ambitious. So 1m square plus border should be ok for my modest length of leg. This needs 100 squares. I had 20 already. So 80 still needed @ ~10g per square is 800g, or 16 x 50g balls. Plus a border of ~10 square equivalents or so. So another 400g or 8 x50g balls for that. Sorted. I’ve bought about 25-26 balls (some were part balls so the counting isn’t fully straightforward), and the 10g measure was on the high side so I should easily have enough. And it was all on sale for cheap! The blanket won't be free but will be very inexpensive entertainment.

This is not a quick project though, even for a fairly small thing. It’s taken a couple of months to make those 20 squares. So maybe another 4mths for the rest of the squares? Possibly less given there is some travelling in there that should provide some more knitting time than usual. Then there is the border to knit, the pressing and the sewing up.

And there are two jumpers I want to either be knitting or have knitted. Plus I’m sure I’ll want to get back to sock knitting too. And that collar I’ve been meaning to do for a few years now, and that’s just the knitting, let alone all the other things on my making list. Ah, who wants to run out of project plans anyway.
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( Sep. 11th, 2014 04:17 pm)
I want a nice cream blanket for my bed. I could buy one, but I haven't seen one I like. I do have an old fancy knitting pattern and some cast off leftovers of wool from Mama. I've rememorised this pattern and it makes excellent compact knitting to carry about and do anywhere. A sock knitting alternative for a while. I'm thinking I'll knit a border lace when or if I get far enough to need one. That's something I've not done before.

Does anyone have bits of cream 8ply wool they fancy donating? or white, or even very pale grey I think.

This is as much as I've made so far. I've one more part ball of cream wool from Mama. If no one has any more for me, then I'll visit or order from Bendigo WM.

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This sort of pattern was knitted in cotton as coverlets in the late 19th, early 20thC. So it is even appropro to the age of my house! Below are a few vintage examples.


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( Sep. 12th, 2013 07:42 pm)
I have this beautiful yarn I've been looking forward to working up. Alpaca/merino/silk/nylon. But one gets a better product if one chooses a stitch that works with the yarn.

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It looks fine in plain knitting. This was the sole portion of attempt #1. But if I knit the whole thing in stocking stitch, I'd risk dying of boredom given that the other pair underway are also simple stocking stitch. I'm also concerned that the sock would end up too baggy in stocking stitch. Only 30% of the fibre (the merino portion) has any spring in it.
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This basket stitch was a mistake. It would be a nice design for plainer yarn but doesn't work with these intricate colour shifts.
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So I decided to try a herringbone stitch, which keeps the smooth knit stitch and adds angled interest.. But I mucked up my first try in multiple ways, enough that I ripped it AGAIN back to the toe . Thankfully I'm pretty pleased with my third attempt at this sock. I'm looking forward to getting far enough to be knitting with yarn that hasn't already been tortured twice.

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It is a challenge to remember which of the two pattern rows I need to work next. I've just had the minor brainwave that I can cleverly position the fifth needle as an indicator in between knitting sessions. Then the challenge will be proving I can expand the pattern past the ankle. I still love the yarn though.
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( Jul. 24th, 2013 06:02 pm)
Posting these here for the longer term searchableness. They are FINALLY finished. Oh these were boring to knit. I usually knit something different between the first and second socks of a pair. This time I had a trip and thus a pressing need for a portable, plane friendly project immediately post sock#1. I didn't have time to start a new thing so I embarked on the second sock, bad move.  But now I get to knit a different thingy :-)  Probably yet more socks.


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Except given other news today, I feel shamefully frivolous to be posting about such unimportant things.


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( Jan. 19th, 2013 01:39 pm)
These flame coloured promises of winter comfort* were started back in July. Finally there are two. I think I ought next start something other than sockses, that cardigan maybe?

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*I did see an episode of Nigella recently.
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( Jul. 8th, 2012 09:29 am)
Finished and given yesterday as a very early birthday present for my dear friend J. Seemed silly to wait until warm weather, this way she has the rest of the winter to get some snuggly use out of them.

As you may have detected, they are made out of leftover yarn, but such appealingly coordinated leftovers. I am loving the way alternating rows of different variagated yarns adds extra complexity to the play of colour. They were very fun to knit.


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( Mar. 31st, 2012 05:38 pm)
MsKilian asked so nicely and I remembered in time. For added cuteness, bunny #4 is coloured like little miss Indi, the real live bunny that lives with her. 

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The last stage of making these is the best I think. Order out of chaos. From string to this below takes a while. Then from this mess to finished bunny is really quick and satisfying.

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( Feb. 14th, 2012 05:27 pm)
Yes, yes. I know I put this pic on FB. Here makes a better record though. I really should pay for an account again 'cause I am rather attached to my journal. LJ or DW? I use both.

Finally my first pair of lace socks are done. The lace pattern was easy and fun- but proved to be impossible to keep track of whilst conversing. So the leg of the first sock was reknitted more than twice, probably close to three times all up. Eventually I called this a home knitting project and started the first of pair #14 to do in company. That tactic worked. I will note though that lace patterns are less stretchy than plain knit. At least this pattern is. Even after adding in extra stitches, there is still more tension in a few places than I prefer, and thus the pattern get distorted.

You haven't seen pair #12 yet. They were for dear Papa and I forgot to take a pic before I packed them off for his birthday. I shall have to beg him to take pics so I have them on record.

#14 is fun and going well. The first sock is 3/4 done. It's perfectly plain knitting but alternating rows of mostly leftover wool. I likes it.


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( Dec. 6th, 2011 06:51 pm)
Made at SIL's request to be the same but different to grey bunny.  That's Niece's Chrissie pressie done!

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( Aug. 7th, 2011 11:27 am)
I made the little grey bunny below for my BRAND NEW NIECE. Little miss I is only a week old, I haven't even seen a picture of her yet. Given I didn't know which flavour of niephing would be delivered, I made a very neutral, naturalistic bunny. The main yarn is a lovely soft alpaca/merino. The ear linings are pure angora.

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When [personal profile] catchmyfancy  met little grey bunny, she played with it a LOT. I had to ask for it back to keep it pristine enough for the gifting.

Later I was sick and bored and sick of my sock knitting. catchmyfancy said MAKE ME A BUNNY. So I did. Only it had to be from stash as I was too sick to be traipsing about to shops. So below is the elegant black stash bunny that resulted. The bling was simply required- is even proper swarovski crystal. Conveniently this was finished in time for the lady's birthday, and I am delighted to report that she likes it!


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I was feeling ill and horrid on Sunday so I didn't go to Bash. Instead I stayed in the warm on the sofa and finished this article of soft silliness. I felt the need of a new silly hat. The white angora is left over from a specific project and is so beautiful, it was begging to be used. The grey is from <believe it or not> my high school cardigan. I've sewn silver lined glass beads, seed pearls and gold sequins on to lighten the mood further.

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( May. 25th, 2011 08:27 pm)
Finally! Goodness these have been a long time in the making. Done at last.
The leg of the first one was knitted twice. Once in a lace pattern that didn't work for a whole list of reasons, then plain as you see. Then a knitted a whole other pair before embarking on the second. Well. Now I get to knit something else. A rabbit I think.

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( Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:15 pm)
Using Wendy Johnson's basic toe-up sock method. I fiddle with it a bit for my 4ply socks, but in execution mostly, not stitches, except that for me I like a longer leg and need to increase after the first finger length of leg to accomodate my calves.

http://www.wendyjohnson.net/blog/sockpattern.htm

-Cast on 24 stitches using a crochet waste
-knit to wendy's method
-wrap 6 stitches each side of the toe, resulting in 12 unwrapped in the middle
-after the toe is finished and all 48 stitches picked up, knit until the work from toe fold measures 20cm.
-work heel
-knit as much leg as you want
-knit whatever rib you want
-increase in every 4th stitch (or so)
-cast off very loosely.

This fits Papa who wears about an 8 1/2 shoe and likes a thick sock.

For myself I would have to reduce the number of stitches. I'm happier with a thinner sock anyway so I haven't worked those proportions.


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( Mar. 3rd, 2011 11:58 am)
This is the tenth pair of adult sized socks I have knitted. Finished in January actually for dear Papa's birthday. I didn't post them at thetime 'cause I wanted him to see them for real first. I forgot I never got back to them.

These are done in 8ply sock wool (25% polyamide for the better wearing). It was a challenge to find, most sock wool is 4ply, mayhap it's time to start looking again. Oh, the orange contrast is 100% wool-machine wash crepe.
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It shouldn't be too long until the next sock post. I've half one pair and three quarters of another done.
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( Oct. 12th, 2010 02:00 pm)
sick +couch+ DVD+ knitting = first sock from the Yummy wool.  No I didn't knit it all today.

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Now I get to play in the wool stash and decide on the next pair. I'm still finding that knitting socks from alternating pairs helps with the enthusiasm factor. Right now I have little or no inclination to knit the second of these but I'm keen to do something different.

Thanks again for the wool mousicles.

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