Jinjifore's Knitting Gallery--Page 2

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Dr. Who Scarf
Dr. Who Scarf

Pattern:Dr. Who Scarf Pattern. You can find more Dr. Who Scarf patterns here
Yarn: 16 (100g) skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% acrylic/20% wool) in the following colors: 2 skeins Cranberry, 2 skeins Butterscotch, 2 skeins Oxford Gray, 2 skeins Plum, 2 skeins Copper, 2 skeins Loden, 4 skeins Mushroom.
Needles: 6.0mm (US 10)
Gauge: 4 sts x 8 rows = 1" over garter stitch
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 weeks, completed during Z-Con 15
Notes: This is how I got started knitting, making Dr. Who scarves my last year of high school. I taught myself from a Sunset How-To book, but it was pretty easy to get started because the scarf is made from garter stitch. I think I must have had some sort of special doggedness or inability to be bored knitting, because for years my sole knitting output was Dr. Who scarves. This is, I think, around the 20th one I've made. The first one I made was a hodgepodge of different weights of wool. After that, I switched to Red Heart for a long time because it was pretty much the only yarn available (the shop where I bought the wool having closed), and finally ended up with a decent array of colors when Wool-Ease was introduced (dates self).

Predators Scarf
Predators Scarf

Pattern: This is one I made up from scratch, including the chart.
Yarn: 7 (100g/197yd) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the following colors: 1 skein White, 2 skeins Navy, 2 skeins Grey, 2 skeins Butterscotch
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts x 6 rows = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 weeks, completed 2000
Notes: I am, as many know, a huge hockey fan, and was thrilled to pieces when Nashville got a hockey team. This is a scarf I made for my husband in all four Predators colors with the team logo duplicate stitched on the front. I think this is probably the first chart I made myself, and I'm still using the template for the grid I made in SuperPaint to print off my knitting graphs.

Stargate Address Cap
Stargate Address Cap

Pattern: Made up by me, including the charts.
Yarn: 2 (100g/197yd) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% acrylic/20% wool), 1 skein each in Butterscotch and Demin
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts x 6 rows = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 days, completed 05/1999
Notes: This was an experiment, and I was pretty pleased with the final result, despite the fact that I later learned that I probably graphed some of the chevrons in the wrong rotation. The pattern is adapted from the movie Stargate and the televsion show Stargate SG-1, and shows Earth's Stargate address followed by Earth's point of origin. It's really too bad this picture is so blurry, because I gave the cap away and now don't have a decent picture of it.

Garter Stitch Dream Cap
Garter Stitch "Dream" Cap

Pattern: "Garter Stitch Cap." Sue Jones. Homespun Handknit: Caps Socks Mittens and Gloves. Ed. Linda Ligon. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 1987. 64-66.
Yarn: 2 skeins Lion Brand Chenille Sensations (100% acrylic) in Antique White
Needles: 4.5mm (US 9)
Gauge: 3 sts = 1" over st st.
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 days, completed winter 1999
Notes: Okay, a brief story. I had this incredibly vivid dream one night of giving a friend a knitted cap. I dreamed everything, the time, the place, the kind of cap, and especially the fact that this cap was an unusual shade of luminous green-white. Two days later, I was idling through a craft store, and saw "that" yarn on the shelf. It wasn't actually green, but the flourescent lights gave it a greenish tinge that perfectly matched the dream colors. Well, after that, I had to make the cap and give it to her, didn't I?

Brown Galmeaw
Brown Galmeaw

Pattern:Basic Galmeaw Pattern
Yarn: 300 yds worsted weight wool, small amount of contrasting color
Needles: 6mm (US 10)
Gauge: 8 sts x 10 rows = 2" over 1 x 1 ribbing
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 1 week, completed Winter 1990
Notes: There's probably really old and dignified name for this kind of garment, but the friend who made the original model called it a "GALMEAW," which stands for "Go Ahead, Laugh, My Ears Are Warm." This one is nothing more than a tube of 1 x 1 ribbing, with a small band of color to frame the face where the tube is usually folded back. This was one of my first knitting projects, made with some locally-spun yarn my sister gave me. The brown is very nice and warm, but the cream-colored wool had a terrible tendency to break, hence its relatively brief use.

Red Galmeaw
Red Galmeaw

Pattern: This is a modification of the Basic Galmeaw
Yarn: 3 (100g) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% acrylic/20% wool), 2 skeins Cranberry, 1 skein Forest Green Heather
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 1 week, completed Winter 1990
Notes: Another experiment in refining the Galmeaw design. One of the few problems with the basic tube was that the wind still tended to cut through the back, and I also wanted to do some colorwork. So, I used ribbing for the end that would fit around the face, and stockinette for the rest. It was more practical, but not very elegant and not as attractive a garment.

Lacy Scarf and Watch Cap Set
Lacy Scarf and Watch Cap Set

Pattern: "Lacy Scarf and Watch Cap Set." Karen Braun. Homespun Handknit: Caps Socks Mittens and Gloves. Ed. Linda Ligon. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 1987. 43-45.
Yarn: 4 (100g) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease (80% acrylic/20% wool) in Chesnut Heather. 3 skeins were used for the scarf, and 1 for the hat.
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 weeks, completed 08/90
Notes: This is a scarf and cap set I made for my mother years ago for her birthday. It was one of the first projects I made after a fairly lengthy knitting hiatus, and since then I've never really stopped knitting. This is a terrible picture, I'm afraid, and the Traveling Vine lace pattern is barely visible. But it was a kind of turning point project for me, making me realize that I could accomplish those pretty things I'd seen the books. This pattern comes from Homespun Handknit: Caps Socks Mittens and Gloves, one of the best pattern books I have for gifts and small projects of all skills. I can't recommend it enough.

 Baby Surprise Jackets
Baby Surprise Jackets

Pattern: "Baby Surprise Revisited." Elizabeth Zimmermann. Knitter's Magazine. Issue 56 (Fall 1999): 36-37.
Yarn: Each of the blue jackets used 2 (3.5oz) skeins of Lion Brand's Microspun in Royal Blue, and shared 1 skein each of Mango, Cherry, Red, Lime, Lilac, and Purple. The pastel jacket used 5 (100g/207yd) skeins of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (50% cotton/50% acrylic), 1 each of Pistachio, Sugarplum, Bubblegum, Orangeade, and Pineapple
Needles: Large blue jacket--6.0mm (US 10); Small blue jacket--5.0mm (US 8); Pastel jacket--5.5mm (US 9)
Gauge: Large blue jacket--3.5 sts = 1" over garter stitch; Small blue jacket 4.5 sts = 1" over garter stitch; Pastel jacket--4 sts = 1" over garter stitch
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 1 week each, all three completed by 06/03
Notes: These are three jackets I made for each of the three babies in my gaming group. Anyone who saw me knitting at Media*West in 2003 saw one of these in the making. They're made all in one very odd-shaped piece and then seamed along the top of the sleeves, a really easy and clever design created by Elizabeth Zimmerman. My biggest miscalculation was that the youngest baby soon grew to be the size of my daughter, who is six months older, so while she's still able to wear her jacket (the pastel one), his has been outgrown. This was also my first and last experience with Microspun. It simply didn't hold its shape at all and the splitty ends made weaving in pretty much a futile gesture.

Butterfly Counterpane
Butterfly Counterpane

Pattern: "Butterfly Counterpane." Paula Levy. Knitter's Magazine. Issue 59 (Summer 2000): 38-41.
Yarn: 2 (8oz) cones Brown Sheep Cotton Fine (75% cotton/25% wool) in Lupine
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge: 8 sts = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 1 year, completed 06/03
Notes: Two of my best friends and myself had babies within a year of one another, and I made one of these blankets for each of the three babies. This is the first, and I'm very pleased with how all of them came out. The pattern calls for a worsted weight wool, but I used a lace-weight blend of cotton and wool (Cotton Fine from Brown Sheep) to make the blankets smaller and more comfortable for babies. I made a bright blue one for the other baby boy, and a coral pink one for my baby girl.

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