Monday, April 27, 2009

Atheist Quote of the Week 32

They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about it. Damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief and it's a good thing.
~Steven Weinberg

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Sweater Design Odyssey, Part 1

After I made my Tempting sweater, I've been dying to try making a lace sweater with a V-neck. I looked around and found a few patterns I really liked and will probably make at some point (notably Marnie McLean's Bijou), but nothing that suited exactly what I was looking for. I also am afraid of seaming (i.e., I am very, very bad at doing it properly), so knitting my first lace sweater in pieces, then having to painstakingly sew them together just sounded like torture. So I took some of what I learned from Tempting and some new ideas of my own, adapted a lace pattern to suit my needs, and studied up on some construction details (like how to make a V-neck). Now I'm going to try designing my first lace sweater (um, actually, it's my first major lace project ever) and we'll see how it turns out.

I got my yarn (15 skeins!) last week from Yarn By The Bag and now I'm ready to get started. I also bought one skein ahead of time from a Michael's to do a gauge swatch (I will admit that I've never done that before, but it was necessary for this), then did the math to figure out how much yarn I needed to buy (then added two more skeins, just in case). Today I'm working on some more calculating (good thing I'm good at math!) so I can cast on the right number of stitches and start knitting.

This pattern is going to allow for great flexibility in sizing so that anyone can make it to fit their body - I'm planning on creating instructions for sizes beyond just S, M, L, XL. This isn't going to sort-of-fit - it's going to flatter every woman's body. It is an intermediate-level lace pattern knit seamlessly in the round using a non-traditional waist shaping technique that makes it easy to customize the pattern, even for novice knitters like me. I want people to make this sweater and be happy with how it fits them. However, I have to try making it for me before I'll know if it even flatters one woman's body, and right now I still have a lot of holes in my mental pattern. I don't know how I'm going to do the shoulders, the sleeves are a constant source of concern, and I'm terrified that I'm going to screw up the lace a lot (but I suppose that's what lifelines are for).

I figure this project will take at least the whole summer to complete, and I'll post periodic updates as I accomplish things, solve problems, and want to tear my hair out in frustration.

Part 2 of this saga of trying to design and then knit a lace sweater can be found here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Boo Washcloth!

It's another one of those freaking Mario-gang washcloths! When am I going to stop? Never!

(Hey, this is too much fun to stop!)

Without further ado:


It's the Boo Washcloth!

Pattern:

The finished product is 44 stitches wide and 61 rows long, just like the others, and is also worked from right to left instead of from bottom to top.

CO 44 stitches. Knit three rows. The next row (row 4) will be a WS row and the first row of the pattern chart (click to enlarge):


Start and end every row with K2. For the 40 stitches in between the edge stitches, follow the chart. Blank spaces are knit stitches for RS rows and purl stitches for WS rows. Dots are purl stitches for RS rows and knit stitches for WS rows.

After the chart is finished, you should be about to start a RS row. Knit this row and the next two (three rows total), then BO with knit stitches.

This washcloth is super-easy and really fun to make. Boos are such hilarious-looking things to start with (what are those little fin-like things supposed to be, anyway?), but I like this version with the fangs and the frowny eyebrows. I would have done it with the tongue out, but it's just not as recognizable that way in knitting.

Enjoy!

(Psst! Looking for the other Mario-gang washcloth designs? There are also Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and Yoshi patterns available!)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Atheist Quote of the Week 31

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
~Chapman Cohen

Monday, April 13, 2009

Atheist Quote of the Week 30

You don't have to believe in atheism, because atheism is based on REASON.
~Manfred F. Schieder

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Yoshi Washcloth!

Before posting this pattern, I wanted to thank all the people who have left such positive and supportive comments here or on Ravelry about this series of Mario-gang washcloths. I'm having a ton of fun making them and I'm so glad that other people are enjoying the patterns as well! The Bowser version was posted on Knitting Pattern Central, so now the traffic on this blog has increased tenfold just in the last week. I'm honestly quite surprized at all the interest, but I'm just glad everyone is enjoying something that I created.

Anyway, now it's time for:


The Yoshi Washcloth!

Pattern:

The finished product is 44 stitches wide and 61 rows long, just like the others, and is also worked from right to left instead of from bottom to top.

CO 44 stitches. Knit three rows. The next row (row 4) will be a WS row and the first row of the pattern chart (click to enlarge):


Start and end every row with K2. For the 40 stitches in between the edge stitches, follow the chart. Blank spaces are knit stitches for RS rows and purl stitches for WS rows. Dots are purl stitches for RS rows and knit stitches for WS rows.

After the chart is finished, you should be about to start a RS row. Knit this row and the next two (three rows total), then BO with knit stitches.

The Yoshi cloth is a simpler pattern than some of the other ones in the series, but the small details give it the impression of highly complex workmanship. (This will impress non-knitters, but in reality the cloth is just knit and purl stitches.)

Enjoy!

(Psst! Looking for the other Mario-gang washcloth designs? There are also Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, and Boo patterns available!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Atheist Quote of the Week 29

I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion is anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
~Bertrand Russell