Friday, April 26, 2013

Modified slip, slip knit for twisted stitches

Here's the modified slip, slip, knit (ssk) I used for the twisted stitches in my Undulate hat pattern.

Once again, excuse the sniffling, the low voice, and the background noises.



And here's the photo tutorial:

Modified K2tog for twisted stitches

I finally got to upload the photos languishing in my camera. I had taken photos for this tutorial at the beginning of the week, but never got around to uploading them til last night.

For the Undulate hat pattern, I had to modify the knit-two-togethers (k2tog) and the slip-slip-knits (ssk) in order to preserve the look of the line of twisted stitches.

This post is for the modified k2tog

I recorded a *ehem* video. But please excuse the sniffling (had a cold) and the timid voice (first timer with video tutorials), and also the neighbor's crying baby at the last minute:


Also, I do not know why my hands are purple in the video, and in the series of photos below:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunburnt: Bolinao trip with blockmates

Last weekend, my blockmates and I went on a trip to Bolinao, the Westernmost point of Luzon (correct me if I'm wrong please!).

The trip going there was a long one, since we weren't able to catch the direct bus that went straight from Manila to Bolinao. We had to take 3 buses in total: Manila-Sta.Cruz, Sta.Cruz-Alaminos, Alaminos-Bolinao. It was a long, long trip, it took us about 7 hours to get to our destination, but it didn't matter so much, since we were traveling in a group.

We arrived in Bolinao at around 7am, so we walked around the town to look for a place to eat at. Saturday was their town fiesta, so the main road looked pretty busy. Most of the carinderias were still closed, but luckily, we found a 24-hour place to eat at.

FO and Pattern for sale! Undulate

I finished knitting a second sample using my Undulate pattern:


Having successfully knitted that second sample, I felt confident about offering my pattern on Ravelry and Craftsy!

You can buy it here too:



It's a fairly simple pattern. I think it's great for adventurous beginners 'cause it only uses a few basic stitches like the knit and purl.

What's going to push beginners to advance their skills a little more are the increases and decreases, as well as the knit-through-the-back-loop stitch.




This week, in the next few days, I'll be posting photo tutorials on how to do the modified k2tog and ssk that I used in this pattern.


Happy knitting!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

FO: Undulate

Surprise! We have a previously-undocumented FO!

Yes, that is me taking a sneaky photo of my hat while in the office.
Also, I don't really wear hats.

When last I blogged about what was on my needles, I only mentioned two projects: my second shawl design attempt, and my Space Invaders double-knit reversible pouch (what a mouthful!).

That was 9 days ago, and in between then and now, I actually cast on for a reprise of my wavy hat, and even managed to complete another hat.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Late night weekends

I work a regular, 9-5 job from Monday to Friday. But I definitely try to make the most of my weekends.




Once in a while though, I try to make sure that I have a slowed-down Sunday.
I'm looking forward to seeing my blockmates again at the beach this coming weekend!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My stash as of 11/04/2013

When I first started learning how to knit 5 years ago, I only had one pair of straight 3.25mm aluminum needles, and a couple of balls of acrylic yarn (in red, brown, blue and rust/orange).

After completing my first ever FO (which was an arm warmer for my sister who had just broken her arm back then. It was easy, just garter stitch to create a 10x15-inch rectangle), I felt so excited about knitting that I bought almost every ball of cheap acrylic that I'd stumble upon in NBS. They were cheap and came in a wide variety of colors, and acrylic was really the only kind of yarn I was every exposed to.

I obviously didn't know any better. A few more months after first learning how to knit, I got bored with back-and-forth garter stitch and wanted to try knitting a hat. I remember asking my cousin's daughter if she knew where I could buy circular needles locally, and she directed me to Craft World in Megamall (which has now closed since then).

I bought a pair of 3.5mm addi circular needles (the turbo edition, not the lace ones) and got started on knitting my first ever in-the-round project:
 
That's my sister modeling it for me

A fair-isle hat! How ambitious, right?? It was my own pattern, too! Ah, beginner's luck.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Get-togethers

We had a long break from work a couple of weeks ago due to Holy Week in the Philippines. I didn't make any plans to go out of town, but I made sure I wasn't going to be too idle!

I mostly knit swatches and drafted patterns and watched some movies with Marc, and in between all of that, I was able to meet up with a lot of friends :)

But I still feel like I'm on an extended vacation of sorts, even last week when work resumed.

First, there was my friend's birthday where we all ended up spending the night at their house. And then a couple of my friends came over to visit me at the house and spent an afternoon watching the first season of Girls. On the first day back at work last week, a few more friends came over in the evening to hang out and catch up.

We also went to a gig with a reeeally good line up. And most of our friends were there too!

This Monday isn't so bad... plus I have a FO! Mouselephant

Because it's a holiday tomorrow! :D

I had an easy time coming to work today, thanks to Marc. It was just as well, since I'm having some *ehem* tummy problems this morning (TMI? lol).

This blog has been sadly neglected for the past two weeks, mostly because I really have nothing concrete to show. I've been busy swatching and frogging and trying to settle on a couple of new designs. I'm trying to be more professional about streamlining my patterns so I won't feel too embarrassed about sharing them on Ravelry and Craftsy. If I'm confident enough, maybe I can even offer some of the more complicated ones for sale? We'll see.

So, what knitting have I been doing lately?

I frogged my seafoam stitch shawl attempt, and swatched a new lace-y pattern. Oh, the number of times I swatched and re-swatched and re-plotted the stitches in my charts...