Sunday, October 29, 2006

invisible stripe scarf

Just finished my version of the invisible stripe scarf. Made out of nice Peruvian laceweight alpaca, on 4mm needles. I made it a bit wider too, 50 stitches. I loved making it to start with - really fun to knit, although I have a tendency to get bored with scarves pretty quickly - just a bit too.. er... linear or something - I'm quite glad it's finished now, and i can get back to my socks! It's for a Christmas present for someone so shhh....

An action shot of it all bunched up and snuggly.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Donkey Kong DS sock

Due to popular demand after the success of the shroom, I made another DS sock for my fella. This one has Donkey Kong's head cross-stitched on. I've never attempted embroidery before so don't laugh. But it looks a bit more blocky and pixel-like than the intarsia attempt, which i feel is more fitting with the general theme. And it was probably a little bit easier. I think. Less tangly-thready anyway, cos you can just do one colour at a time for the monkey bit.

This is the image i used for the embroidery. You could only really fit a 16 pixel wide image onto my DS-sized piece of knitting otherwise i might have gone crazy and put the whole monkey on, limbs and all. I used scrap yarn for the whole thing. The gauge of the main yarn used is somewhere between double knitting and aran weight.

How to make one, knitfaced style

  • cast on 40 stitches of background colour wool, using 4mm dpns

  • join and knit stocking stitch tube, whilst drooling in front of telly

  • when DS fits snugly in tube, do 3 needle bind off to seal one end

  • find even more scrappy bits of wool in appropriate colours

  • cross stitch piccie on, using one cross stitch across each knit stitch

  • tie off ends of embroidery wool in half-arsed knots on the other side