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my dr who scarf oct 13, 2009

my dr who scarf oct 13, 2009

So… I met a boy. Well really, he’s a man. But what man isn’t secretly a boy inside? He asked me if I could knit and at the time I mentioned that I’d done a few sample swatches but never actually completed any of my projects. He encouraged me to start a project for him because he’d wanted one for a really long time: the scarf from the old bbc show Dr.Who…

I’ve been working off and on with it for a few weeks now and it’s beginning to shape up nicely. I decided to go with a worsted weight yarn because I can’t stand dk weight for super tedious projects. I’m using vanna’s choice yarn, which is super easy to knit and has a wonderful soft feel. I’ve been working on size 6 needles.

Now, keep in mind that this is my first knitting project… ever. And I hate to say that I’m catching on. I have my tension fairly uniform, technique is lacking a bit but I can cruise along better than before. I think with some spare yarn I’m going to practice the continental technique, which is holding the feed yarn in the left hand. It seems efficient in ways similar to how I crochet, but so far my attempts have just been awkward and I go back to English style after a stitch or two.

I’m going to be getting myself a pair of circular knitting needles next so I can give hats a shot. I don’t even want to think about dpn’s because they just look scary and are dropped stitches waiting to happen in my world…

In other crochet related news, I have a lot of projects in the queue as usual. I’ve been working on a 9-pointed star blanket in a verigated blue boucle.

this stupid picture...

this stupid picture...

I’ve also been commissioned to crochet an acorn tote bag -of sorts- for a girlfriend of mine that I LARP with. She is playing a squirrel scavenger and has throwing acorns for weapons, and of course needs an awesome carrying bag for them that is shaped like an acorn. I think it’s a pretty awesome idea. She found a picture of a bag on etsy which she sent me a link to: squirrel and acorn bag. I’m making my much bigger version without a pattern, but have been following some simple principles.

squirrelley wrath

squirrelley wrath

Worked from stem to opening, start with dkbrown color and work 8sc into a ring. Work even around in spirals until the stem is about 1.5inches long. Then you begin to work the cap of the acorn. 2hdc in each st around, making sure to join rounds as you go and not in spirals. Then continue working around in the traditional circle crochet method, increasing as you go. I did this around for 14/15 rows and then worked 5 rows even around. Then I added the neat little ruffle detail at the edge of the cap of the acorn by doing clusters of 7hdc every 2st in the front loop only. I then attached my cclight brown and worked an even row of sc the whole way around to attach to the cap. Word hdc even around, joining rounds until the bag is almost as tall as you want it.

Then I plan on doing a few dec rows to narrow the top hole to about 9in and finishing it off with a strap on either side like a messenger bag. it’s really simple and a fun festive fall project. I also plan on doing a lining for the bag so it won’t stretch and warp over time. LARPing is hard on handmade items…

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