Monthly Archives: January 2012

End of January round-up

First off, on a completely bug-related topic, I simply MUST mention this really awesome caterpillar that mimics a viper when it feels threatened!  So, so cool.  I love nature.

In other news, the past week or so has been a big Finish It Up push chez Bug, as I’ve got big plans for February, including competing in the Nerd Wars competition at Ravelry.  The ammonite glove pattern is finished, and my test knit will be one of my submissions, along with another pair of socks and some other smaller projects.  As a teaser, you can see below the chart for one of the ammonite gloves. 

Chart for Ammonite glove pattern

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Pattern: Dream Horizontal

I’ve been knitting away at socks and I’m hard at work on the ammonite glove design.  Got a wrench thrown in the works by my husband, who chose a completely different yarn than I’d planned for, but I think the pattern will be the better for it, in the end. 

In the meantime, this is a pattern for a horizontal scarf that I worked up over Christmas.  While not overtly bug-themed, it’s light and floaty and bright, and reminds me of butterflies.  This pattern is also available from ravelry.com as a PDF download.

And a note–this was knit from stash, and the yarn I used, Knitpicks Suri Dream, is now discontinued.  There are a lot of similar yarns out there, though.  Basically you want something light and mohair-looking, but heavier than a laceweight.  It’s also knit horizontally, which is to say side-to-side, which is a method of scarf construction that I just love.  Especially in bulky yarn, it feels like you’ve accomplished so much after just one row!

Dream Horizontal

Dream Horizontal

Yarn: Knitpicks Suri Dream Solid (74% Alpaca, 22% Wool, 4% Nylon, 143 yards per 50g skein)
                Color A: Natural (1 skein)
                Color B: Mulled Wine (1 skein)
                Color C: Hollyberry (1 skein)

Needles & Notions:
US Size 15 (10mm) circular needles, in a long length (at least 24 inches)
Crochet hook or tapestry needle to make the fringe.

Instructions:
Using Color A, cast on 145 stitches.
Row 1: Knit (Note: if you cast on using the long-tailed method, omit Row 1 for this repeat)
Row 2: K1, [yo, k2tog] across

Note: every color change, leave at least 8 inches of tail to be used to make fringe.

Change to Color B, work Rows 1 and 2.
Change to Color C, work Rows 1 and 2.
Change to Color B, work Rows 1 and 2.
Change to Color A, work Rows 1 and 2.

Cast off knitting every stitch, in a method that gives similar tension to your cast on method.  It is not important that the edges be loose (in fact, tight edges help the lace holes open up), but it is important that both edges have the same tension, or the scarf will not hang straight.

Fringe:
To create fringe, use a crochet hook or tapestry needle to thread 16 inches of matching yarn through the short edge of the scarf, matching color with what was worked.  Tie a knot using all the strands of one color (both added and the tails from color changes).  Each similar knot should end up with 4-5 strands of each color.  Repeat on the side without tails, adding 16-inch lengths as necessary.  End by trimming so all ends are even.

In the works for January

This month, I’m knitting socks.  Well, a pair of socks, anyway.  I stressed myself out knitting gifts for Christmas this year, so I decided that I’m doing socks for Christmas 2012, at least for my family, and for my husband’s as well if he wants me to.  By starting now, I can do a pair a month and still be done by mid-summer.  Plenty of time for emergencies, and lower stress next Christmas!  Here’s hoping I stick with it.

Of course, that can’t be the only thing ticking in my brain, especially when Second Sock Syndrome starts to set in (I’m almost finished with Sock #1).  My husband asked for handwarmers that incorporate an ammonite shape, to coordinate with the Trilobite hat I knit him a few years ago.  I’ve got the ammonite shaping section done–a maze of cables and knitting into lower rows–it’s just time to test knit it myself, get someone else to test knit it, and do that pesky math thing to make it a glove instead of a cable chart.  The design also involves quite a bit of purling, so I might see if I can work out how to knit it inside out and turn it later.

I’m planning to test-knit it as a woman’s glove first, so keep an eye out for that sometime in the next few days.  The pattern should have numbers to fit an average man’s or woman’s hand.

Also percolating at the back of my brain: Trilobite handwarmers (will need to scale down the hat trilobite), colorwork sock designs based on writing spiders or Perlid stoneflies, natural dying with onion skins, and Tipula-shaped tube socks.

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Welcome to my new home on the Net!  This blog is here to serve as a vehicle for my musings on knitting, crafting, and other things going on in my life; to provide information about new patterns I’ve designed (both free and for sale through Ravelry.com); and to keep me accountable to keep thinking, keep crafting, keep creating.

Who am I?  I’m an environmental scientist, aquatic insect taxonomist, invertebrate lover, knitter, crocheter, nerd.  I hope to publish primarily designs inspired by the insects and other invertebrates I love so much, both modern and extinct.  However, who knows where imagination will take me?

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