Nuclear Fission (splitting the atom): In nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry, nuclear fission is either a nuclear reaction or a radioactive decay process in which the nucleus of a particle splits into smaller parts (lighter nuclei).
If you are a knitter or survival enthusiast, you may already be aware that Alexandra Tinsley has a book coming out with Cooperative Press next month titled Doomsday Knits: Projects for the Apocalypse and After.
What you might not have known until just now is that I have a pattern in the book.
Fission is a fingerless mitt pattern that will keep you warm in the nuclear winter. The fabric background suggests corrugated iron. Cables travel across the back of the hand, come together, and then split. (Get it? Fission.) The cables end in i-cord ties.
See them on Ravelry.
I didn’t originally design these for the apocalypse. In fact, I originally intended them to be kinda steampunky. I came up with the idea in response to a call for submissions for a steampunk knitting collection, but it didn’t quite fit there.
I considered a few other possible homes for the pattern before deciding to self-publish. Beth at Lorna’s Laces kindly supplied yarn for me, and I had gotten as far as a preliminary chart when Alex put out the submissions call for Doomsday Knits. I couldn’t resist, and threw together a quick proposal. Lucky for me, she saw the same potential I did, so I knitted the gloves and sent them off for photography. (I think you will agree that photographer Vivian Aubrey did an AMAZING job!)
See the rest of the Doomvember blog posts! There is a list here, and you can see yesterday’s post, about the gorgeous green hat that appears above, here. The book will be available next month–more information here.
Look, I don’t really like Sondheim. But his shows have the BEST titles, and since I used a yarn color called “Night Magic” I just had to pun it up a little. Who wants night music when they can have night magic?
Also, Grace will eat you if you try any funny business. (Funny business includes but is not limited to: trying to feed her anything other than pepperoni pizza, refusing to read Spot Bakes A Cake for the eighth time in a row, and basically everything else.)
A Little Night Magic is a child’s skirt pattern, written for sizes 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.
I’ve got a new pattern coming out! Should be up on Ravelry in the morning. I’ve been informed by test knitters that it’s an “addicting” knit, and by the model that she needs another one, please.
(I’m just kidding, she didn’t say please.)
I…have I blogged about any of the shawls I’ve knitted this year? I don’t think I have. How careless of me.
Well, I did show you Mandi’s shawl. Here it is again, to refresh your memory:
Catkin by Carina Spencer
I also knitted a cowl, which I do not have a good picture of. Here, make do with this mediocre blocking shot:
Biscuit by Bonnie Sennott
I did a little Veera knit-along with some Twitter friends in the spring:
Play by Veera Valimaki
Remember when I asked you about the yellow yarn? I chose:
Paralucia by verybusymonkey
But I also knitted Coast Starlight, with yarn that has actual starlight in it (okay, stellina), for my best friend Katherine:
And I made a going away present for my friend Leah:
Graphic Kerchief by Ce Persiano
You know, I am just now realizing that I’m at a rate of 50% giving my knitting away. Hmm. Hmmmmm. I am impulse casting on Jennifer Dassau’s new pattern, Phi, in an effort to correct this. Or because I have zero self-control and it is PRETTY.
It is eleventy-million degrees outside (Fahrenheit) but today is September first so BY GOD I shall knit today. (Yes I know it is not actually fall for like three weeks. Whatever.)
I am currently working on a cardigan to wear this fall at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck). The pattern is Woodstove Season and the yarn is Plymouth Galway that my friend Cindy gave me when she was destashing last year.
I know, you can’t see anything and also I’ve already posted this picture. Shush.
I’m also trying to finish up a pair of socks that I started, oh, four years ago. One sock is done and the second is a foot, which means I just have to knit straight (with super-easy patterning) for like six inches.
Of COURSE I am making one thing on size 8 needles and one on 0s. Because I love my wrists. And my thumbs. Ouchy.
I’ve got a few designs for fall as well. A scarf and wrap set, of which I have knitted the scarf so far, and a shawl in the most luscious alpaca silk (Honor) that I think will be the knitting I bring for our trip east. The children are coming with me for Rhinebeck and we will stay with my mom in Woodstock for two weeks so we can go to my sister’s wedding in western New York. I do not know how we will manage without Will. I mean, not so much practically–we’re pretty resourceful–but we will miss him so much.
Once I’ve got these accessories (and one or two more Art Deco-inspired hats) out, I’m going to really focus on children’s garments. They seem to be my niche and I think I need to embrace that. (For one thing, no one is responding to my adult stuff. It is disheartening.)
I’m waiting on yarn for a boys’ sweater that I think will be just about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made. It will be in SweetGeorgia Yarns super wash worsted, and when the original yarn was lost in the mail Felicia generously offered to redye it! I am constantly impressed with her company.
I’ve also got ideas for several mini pattern collections. I may have to declare 2014 the year of the e-book. Let’s see if I have the follow-through…
My supremely clever (and super-adorable) knitting/designing buddy, Annie Watts, designed these mittens:
(The palms look like this.)
I am going to use these charts on a sweater for Sam. I’ve done the math and it works perfectly with the yarn I plan to use at the gauge I get with said yarn. YAY!
My concern is how to distribute colors. I was planning to do navy blue (Lake) and light grey (Beluga), but Sam would really like his sweater to have some yellow (Firefly) as well because his favorite colors are yellow and blue.
I’m thinking navy for the hem, skyline, and robots; grey for the background; and yellow for the sky/rest of sweater. What do you think? Creepy or awesome?
And once we’ve worked THAT out, where should the robots be placed? I was originally going to do a cardigan, which would be easy: a robot on each front. But then I realized I don’t have any interest in stranded knitting flat, so fuck that. It will be a short-sleeved pullover. Robots on the front? Back? One on each?
Guess what! I just released Dorothy Cloche, that hat I’ve been talking about the design process of over the last..um…year and a half.
Photo by the lovely and talented Leah Coccari-Swift.
Catch up from the beginning:
Inspiration | Swatching | Rough Draft | Starting (almost) From Scratch | Too Many Samples?
I was inspired by this gorgeous image.
According to this blog, the image is from 1923, by Ernesto Cabral, a.k.a. “Chango,” and was a magazine (?) cover.
I swatched and knitted a prototype. I lost my notes. Time went by. I began a new prototype. I made a lot of mistakes. I reknit it. More than once. I came up with a better way to work the short rows. I redid the brim and grafted it to the hat (only a crazy person would do that, probably). I wrote the pattern, had it tech edited, and did a photo shoot with Leah. I sent the pattern to a couple of friends to test knit.
And today, I release it into the wild.
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This is not actually the first shawl I completed this year. (Well, technically the first of my 13 in 13 is a cowl. But why confuse things.) As it is the first one that I photographed, however, it gets the #1 spot.
Believe it or not, I did not knit this beauty for myself. It’s for my friend Mandi. Normally I do not knit for other people, and I’ve only made a very few exceptions, but Mandi is deserving of handknits. This here is Mandi’s wedding gift.
Let’s just ignore the fact that the wedding was five months ago.
Mandi and her husband Michael are very dear friends of ours. They game with us. Sam and Grace adore them. I can call them if I need help–like the time my car was in the shop and Mandi picked up my CSA box for me, or the time our TV broke and they gave us their old one. One time we discovered that they had two PS3s and we had two Wiis, and we swapped.
We were not able to attend their wedding, which made me very sad. Knitting this for Mandi made me feel a little better–and she loves it. Win!
I haven’t been posting about my 13 in 13 project for two reasons. 1) I don’t think I’ve been knitting enough shawls to make it (can I switch to 13 hats in 2013? I’m probably halfway there), and 2) I don’t yet have any pictures of the progress I have made, and who wants to look at words about knitting? (Scroll for photos of someone else’s knitting.)
So my mom closed on her new house last week. She is back in Woodstock. This paragraph really needs some exclamation marks but I can’t seem to work them in naturally. Please just take my word for it–I am SUPER-PSYCHED. I’ll be visiting her in the fall. Like, the third weekend in October. Knitters, you know what I am saying, right?
(I am going to the New York Sheep and Wool festival, aka Rhinebeck.)
So obviously I need to get moving on my Rhinebeck Sweater. I decided on Woodstove Season and bought the pattern (plus the matching little girls’ pattern because duh) but I’ve been stalling because I am nervous about the fit. I don’t know what size to make and also I historically look rotten in raglan sleeves. Um. Should I forge ahead or just buy Bloody Mary?
And then I will need shawls. I am not certain I can even finish one sweater, so there’s no way I’ll make one for each day, but I can make shawls. I recently acquired this stunning skein of yarn which I believe you will agree NEEDS to be around my neck, and will go quite nicely with the sweater yarn.
I’m basically decided on knitting a shawl by verybusymonkey and have possibly narrowed it down to these two:
The first is Paralucia and the second is Coast Starlight. They are both shaped like Damson, which is my most wearable shawl, but Coast Starlight’s edging is knitted on side-to-side.
I have a knitting pattern out today!
I first conceived of this pattern in December of 2010. I knitted a prototype exactly two years ago, but I got a few things wrong and set it aside. Last fall, Alex put out a call for the Malabrigo Quickies program, and since I knew Rios would be the perfect yarn, I submitted a proposal. I am crazy in love with the end result and wear the finished hat all the time! (I just need to knit another one in teal for myself! Leah’s head is smaller than mine and I knitted her size.)
Ginger is knitted from the top down, so you start with only 4 stitches! I found it easiest to manage with magic loop, but you could certainly use DPNs. The brim is knitted with short row shaping and more increases to give it an asymmetrical flare. The whole thing is knitted at a very tight gauge to mimic felted fabric, and should be worn with a wee bit of positive ease. I’ve included sizes from 16.75 inches (baby) to 22.85 inches (adult large).
Ginger is $5 on Ravelry. You can add to cart or