Friday, August 29, 2008

Frankitchstein Socks

Frankitchstein : a mix of Frankenstein and Kitchener

New Idea:
I like the Cat Bordhi Coriolis Sock toe style (see the Begin with the toe:) as seen on Knitty Gritty. So this means toe-up socks.
I also like the way a top-down sock makes a nice and flexible top.
I have a problem with short row heels. I have come to an agreement with short rows thanks to some Cat Bordhi videos (Part1 & Part 2).
So I will knit top-down to the heel and do a short row like in the videos and set that to the side. Then, I will knit toe-up starting with the toe in the Coriolis Sock, knit to the heel, and and do a short row like in the videos. This should leave to halves of a sock that can be joined together through the heel and the around the top of the foot with a Kitchener stitch.

The whole idea of stitching together to different parts to make a whole sock reminds me of the Frankenstein monster (this comes from a friend of mine).

Frankitchstein Socks is what they will be called and
I will post the pics soon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cowboy - from Alan Dart

The Cowboy is done!
This was such a fun toy to knit.
The flat knitting and sewing edges was not so fun (I like to knit in the round). But He came out nice.
This was a gift to my mom and she is very happy.

Here's a closeup. I had to change the make up of the hands. I just couldn't get the pattern's hands to look right. You just gotta do what you like. His hands look a little more like gloves than hands, but that's fine (He just doesn't like calloused hands - gotta keep 'em soft for the ladies!)

The gun turned out great. I'll have to find a better glue than the Elmer's White School Glue. The nozzle is a small straw covered in glue and wrapped with yarn. I don't want to discolor the yarn and I felt safe with that. Any suggestions?