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So far we are going to have 4 no shows to our wedding. One couldn’t find a babysitter so the husband has to stay home. And sadly, a guest of a family friend died in a car accident two days ago traveling to the wedding. The family friend is grieving and won’t attend. And I just got word my close friend growing up won’t be here either cause he’s sort of throwing up. It just sucks that all this has happened and that these people will be missing. I’m sad, but what can you do.

yarnshine:

Rolling out new Frac-Pack™ Fiber-Kits~
the batt & rolags are spun up on separate bobbins then plied together to create a striking fractal gradient skein of handspun ~ :)
www.etsy.com/shop/yarnshine

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Things are all set up! Tomorrow is the day!

Things are all set up! Tomorrow is the day!

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Heel turned on the second sock! Maybe I’ll get this one done before Disney

Heel turned on the second sock! Maybe I’ll get this one done before Disney

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flintandpyrite:

madamedefargeknits:

flintandpyrite:

ugh, do any other knitters just hate being compared to Madame Defarge? It happened to me again today and it’s like, no, fuck you, I’m not hurting anyone, I’m literally just making something so I won’t be cold later.

Madame defarge was the only interesting/awesome character in that book. You go girl

cubebreaker:

Amsterdam-based artist Hinke Schreuders adds her hand-stitched embroidery to 1950s fashion photography to ”subtly confuse the notion of feminine vulnerability.”

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knittedcreations:

STONE Knitting Extra Long Scarf . Bolero or Shawl or Scarf. Valentine Gift. Trend Scarf. Fashion Bolero. by scarfstore2012 (64.00 USD) http://ift.tt/1Bq9rLX

knittedcreations:

STONE Knitting Extra Long Scarf . Bolero or Shawl or Scarf. Valentine Gift. Trend Scarf. Fashion Bolero. by scarfstore2012 (64.00 USD) http://ift.tt/1Bq9rLX

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Hot glue party! We’ve been glueing yarn to these test tubes to hang in the windows for our reception. Getting pumped!

jessidork:

helenknits:

My most epic project of all time… a present for my sister and her new husband :D

Key knitting facts:

Pattern: Persian Dreams by Jenise Reid- wonderful pattern, the colourwork is charted so that made it easy to follow, and I found the grafting well explained.

Needles: 2.75mm - oww tiny needles!

Yarn: Drops Alpaca - beautiful yarn, steam blocks so well!

  • Each hex is 8,394 stitches
  • 19 hexes: 159,486 stitches
  • The border has 30 edges
  • Each section of edge is 940 stitches
  • Border total = 28,200
  • Grafting came to 1,974 stitches
  • Total number of stitches was 189,660
  • Started 7th May - finished knitting 19th August = 104 days elapsed time.

Modifications

Apart from the obvious change to the colour palette, I missed out 5 hexagons and made the overall shape a hexagon, this was due to running out of time and not wanting to knit another of the middle hexagons - the non symmetrical patterns were much harder to knit than the symmetrical ones.

The border - this was supposed to be knit on as you go, however I read on the ravelry forum for this pattern’s designer Feminine by Design, that other people were leaving it until the end and I thought that was very sensible incase I wanted to adjust placement (which it turned out I very much wanted to do!). When I got to the end I asked various knitterly folk their opinions on the best way to tackle the border and the consensus was to knit it on. This meant using the following formula:

co10 separately, then

row 1: k9, k2tog (second stitch from the edge of the blanket)

row 2: k9, slp1

Repeat the two rows until you meet the cast on - in my case 28,200 stitches later, using short rows at the corners (add 10 stitches on the outtie corners and take away 10 on the innies)! If you want more detailed instructions for this let me know.

Knitting speed

I have been knitting an average of 1,823 stitches per day - some days I didn’t work on this at all though, especially at the beginning because I was working on the stripey crocheted blanket until the 6th June.
I was knitting a section of edge in about an hour, so I probably worked on the project 2 hours a day for the 104 days, so that’s at least 208 hours wow! I was taking about 4 days to knit a hex, so 2 hours a day seems about right. Overall if I assume 208 hours to knit 189,660 stitches, my rate is about 15 stitches per minute. The hexes were slower than the border because the middles were fiddley.

Holy. Mother. Of God.

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Working on my second sock in the fire-light :)

Working on my second sock in the fire-light :)

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To everyone who asked about the earthquake…

mochuelita reblogged this from stitch-please and added:
Whoa. Are you okay? Did it knock anything over?

flintandpyrite said: oh man, are you ok?
ignore flintandpyrite

urihu said: oh dear, that must have been scary
ignore

kinnie said: you ok? it looks like a 6 pointer on the seismology site
ignore

dragomeira reblogged this from stitch-please and added:
That was seriously so scary! And too loud for my taste haha

I’m okay. Our apartment isn’t anywhere near the epicenter. All that really happened was the cabinets shook and rattled (which is what woke me). It felt like the place shook for a minutes, but I believe the quake only lasted 15 seconds? Our apartment swayed a bit afterwards tho which is what made me dizzy. Lucas and I are originally not from California and we know they experience them all the time so we were trying not to be over dramatic about it, but we’re now learning that in fact this was a pretty serious one. I’ve never experienced an earthquake before and gosh was it freaky! It’s like when you get dizzy and the room starts to spin, except it’s happening in real life and not just in your head. Funny how that happened and we immediately left for the airport back to the Midwest (wasn’t kidding when I said alarm clock!)

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Who needs an alarm clock when you have earthquakes? Amiright?

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Leaving for my visit home/wedding/honeymoon in 6 hours. Going to be traveling a lot so I’m packing my unfinished second socks! I’m finally done with wedding stuff that I can now knit whatever I want! Crazy!

Leaving for my visit home/wedding/honeymoon in 6 hours. Going to be traveling a lot so I’m packing my unfinished second socks! I’m finally done with wedding stuff that I can now knit whatever I want! Crazy!