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I won’t be able to attend the next Stitch n bitch as I’ll be in Brisbane. However I found this recently and wanted to share:

DNA scarf by Superhooker

DNA scarf by Superhooker

The DNA Scarf by Superhooker was recently featured on Geek Crafts. The pattern is here.

Here’s my woven stitch scarf with special wooden button

We have been neglecting the poor blog 😦

These are not as labour intensive as Robin’s lovely handspun ones, but here are the blue fingerless ones I made for Dana last weekHere they are on Ravelry

I think I’ll knit a 20cm square (or more than one?) for this http://www.savethechildren.org.au/what-you-can-do/campaigns/knit-one-save-one.html

That’s 2 good causes helped – kids kept warm/stash reduced – win/win.

UPDATE – squares have to be in by 31 August 2010.

Striped beanieAfter my on-again off-again vest, it was quite exciting to finish this in just 5 days! I reckon I need a few small projects for small wins along the way while I’m working on something bigger.  Anyway, I’m quite happy with how this turned out and it’s ready just in time for crisp morning dog walks. Wonder if it would fit under my bike helmet too?

The hat is in Rowan Felted Tweed and the pattern is by Martin Storey from a Rowan book Classic knits for men. Unfortunately all the lovely jumpers in the book begin at large size and go up to massive so I’ll have to stick to the smaller projects.

(Dear Rowan, your designs are beautiful but we aren’t all built like rugby players. Can we have some more modest sizes as well please?)

The beanie is knitted flat and then seamed. This is my first seam, which started off far better than I expected, then went a tiny bit wonky because I made the edge stitches too tight.

Although it was only a small project I still managed to make an astonishing number of mistakes but retrieved the situation thanks to the plain-speaking advice of Maggie Righetti in her book Knitting in plain English. So here’s one of Maggie’s tips…

You know when you have to rip back, because you’ve been paying too much attention to RuPaul’s Drag race on TV and you’ve messed up the stripes? When I rip it back and then pick up the stitches I always seem to get my needle back into the stitches so it’s pointing the wrong way. Maggie suggests getting a small circular needle and using that to pick up the stitches. That way you can never have the needle pointing the wrong way. Genius!

I got a 2 mm circular needle which worked great.  Once the stitches are safely back on the circular needle, just slip them purlwise onto the correct needle and you’re good to go. As you slip the stitches you can easily spot any twisted stitches and fix them before you start again.

As I finally got back into crafting this year I thought I would go back to the tradition of making some gifts this Christmas. I am still working on this circular scarf for my mum,  about 15 rows to go. Emily Kausalik’s pattern is a free download from Ravelry (login needed). An interesting fact about this project is that my yarn is partly made from milk!

The only ones finished so far are these sets of easy crochet fingerless gloves for housemates. They gave me the wool for my birthday earlier in the year. I’ll be writing up the pattern soon.

Last is this Rabbit Tracks scarf. Pattern is available here (no login needed), and it looks quite different with thicker wool

I won’t be able to make it to tuesday’s meetup, but hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and I am so happy to have found a lovely bunch of crafters at my work! I never imagined being so lucky!

Knitted snowman christmas card, from a Ravelry pattern by Frankie.

I made five of them, but only discovered last night that I’ve managed to make two of them back to front – they’ll have to be for left handers 🙂

Wayne thought the deer in the photo looked a bit chilly so I might knit her a scarf too.

Our last stitch n bitch for the year is next week. If you can’t make it, have a wonderful Christmas and we’ll see you in the new year. My New Year’s resolution is to learn to crochet. How about you?

You may have heard about guerrilla knitters, people who leave knitted graffiti around the streets of cities. What could be more harmless than this? (Except of course, when it rains …)

'Guerrilla Knitting Pink & Blue', by scratchflickr

'Guerrilla Knitting Pink & Blue', by scratchflickr

There’s a bunch of people knitting a giant pink tea cosy for the historic Stockbridge in Footscray as part of the Big West Festival. Read all about it. When it’s done, there’ll by a big dance-a-thon to celebrate so everyone can go down to the river in legwarmers and do their best Flashdance impersonation.

If anyone manages to see it (or the legwarmers), please take a photo to post to this blog!

I’m afraid I’ve been very slack lately, both with my knitting and keeping you up to date with my progress. So here’s a little gem my mother (my chief knitting instructor) found that I’d like to share with you.

Jean Greenhowe is most famous for her beautiful doll and toy patterns, especially knitted animals based on nursery rhymes. However, on her website, you can now download a gorgeous pattern for making mini Christmas stockings. Perfect if you don’t have the patience to knit a whole sock!

'lola opens her stocking', by wolfsavard

'lola opens her stocking', by wolfsavard

She also kindly provides some more cute free patterns, including octopuses and cupcakes, here.

Happy knitting!