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Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2012 by wickedsharp

My Rainbow Veins is having a giveaway of Harry Potter *and* Hunger games inspired stuff!


Psyched-Out Pineapple

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2012 by wickedsharp

Psyched-Out Pineapple Chart

by wickedsharp

(available on Ravelry: )

Originally designed for use with the Steek This Coffee Cozy by Rachel Henry. Inspired by the show with the most delicious flavor, Psych.

To use this chart with the Steek This pattern, you will need to increase one stitch between the ribbing and starting the chart, then decrease that one again between the chart and the top ribbing (on the same rounds as the 4 casted-on/bound off stitches is best). The pattern repeat will be done three times around.Image.

Pattern released under Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike license.
Licensees may use, copy, distribute, display and make derivative works with credit to designer and for noncommercial use only. Derivative works may only be released under an identical license.

Cylon Basestar

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2011 by wickedsharp

Cylon Base Ship
by wickedsharp

(Available on Ravelry:

Worsted weight yarn
US size 4 needles (or appropriate needles to get a tight guage – I tend to use smaller than necessary)

Instructions are written for Magic Loop.

The entire set of instructions will be followed twice, then joined together.

**Star tips
(make 3)

CO 4
divide for Magic Loop, join for working in the round
r1: k around
r2: kfb around (8 st)
r3-8: k around
r9: (kfb, knit to end of needle) x2 (10 st)
r10-15: k around
r16: (knit to last st on needle, kfb) x2 (12 st)
repeat rounds 9-15 (14 st)
slip all stitches to waste yarn, cut yarn, leaving 6in tail (keep each side separate on the waste yarn like the picture below)

(do not cut yarn after 3rd tip)


Outside center of ship:

Put half of the stitches (all the stitches that were from needle 1) from the first two tips back on one needle and the stitches from the third time on the second needle, like so:

Before joining, CO 5 stitches. Set up round will start at beginning of first tip.

k14, CO 5
before continueing to second needle, arrange stitches like so:

(the first set of new stitches are to the left, the second set to the right)

k7, pm to mark the new beginning of the round
(the beginning of the first set of new stitches will now be considered the beginning of the round)

r1: k around (31 st)
r2: k1, k2tog *k2, k2tog* (23 st)
r3: k around
r4: k2tog, *k1, k2tog* (15 st)
r5: k around
r6: k1, *k2tog* (8 st)
cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail, and draw through remaining stitches to close.

Lightly stuff star tips (I’ve found using a straw to get the stuffing into tight places works really well, and you can leave part of the straw in there to keep it straight/stiff).

Inside center of ship:

Put remaining held stitches back on needles. Arrange similar to first picture above (single tip on one needle, two adjacent tips on the other).
While working this part, keep all yarn ends to the outside of the piece. They will be used to close up any gaps.

Reattach yarn at beginning of single tip.
r1: k7, pu and knit 7 stitches (1 between tip and co edge, 5 from co, and 1 between co and second tip), k14, pu and knit 7 stitches (as before – you may want to use an extra needle to help pick up) (35 st)
r2: k around
r3: *k5, k2tog* (30 st)
r4: k around
r5: k2tog *k2, k2tog* (20 st)
r6: k around

Repeat from ** to ** for the second half of the base ship. Line halves up so they are oriented the correct way and sew together, finishing stuffing as you go.

Pattern released under Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike license.
Licensees may use, copy, distribute, display and make derivative works with credit to designer and for noncommercial use only. Derivative works may only be released under an identical license.

Solo dye party!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 26, 2009 by wickedsharp

Decided it was beyond time to dye my white wool/nylon blend recycled sweater, so busted out the kniddy-knoddy and the Easter egg dyes my boss gave me. Had a brief “oh shit” moment when I realized we didn’t have any vinegar, but that was quickly remedied by a trip to Aldi (I’m not *always* to lazy to go to the store).

The initial plan was to mix up a brown dye and knit John a hat. Yeah… red + green = brown is all well and good, but I started with a blue base (left over from my previous dyeing project – the “Tweet” yarn -> Ravelry link) figuring if I mixed enough colors together I’d end up with brown. And then I couldn’t tell 100% percent what color tablet I was dropping into my jar of dye since I was mixing it all together in one jar (this was all while the yarn sat in a vinegar/water bath).

I ended up mixing up two different sets of dye. I thought I was happy with the first set (it looked to be a very very dark teal/green/grey or something). Figured it would be suitable-enough for John. For this one I think I used tablets for purple, either red or orange and green. Dumped it into the pot, stirred, and moved the hank around. Let it sit for a bit (maybe 5-10 minutes? Dunno, didn’t really think to look at the clock). At this point the yarn looked pretty awesome, though different than I expected. It was a dusky light pinkish purple with a few blotches of a dusky teal.

But I was still kind aiming for brown, so I made the second mix, that was definitely of red and orange, and dumped that into the pot, while holding the hank out (with a fork) and stirred. Let that sit. It ended up in the dye bath for maybe about an hour total (again, wasn’t too good at the checking of the time, so that’s a vague estimate).

The whole thing ended up kind of mediumish brown-purpleish, with small variations into very slightly more pinkish, areas of a slightly greyer color (where I had poured in the first dye mix), and a couple tiny patches of teal-ish, (mostly under my ties… note to self – tie looser!). I must say it’s some of the strangest looking yarn I’ve ever seen! I’m thinking of calling the colorway “Atomic Dusk” — it’s kind-of-almost dusky colored, but muddier and just slightly wtf.

Right before I ended up taking the first hank out, I added the second. I decided halfway through the dyeing of the first hank to make a matching/coordinating hank (since at this point I was positive it was going to come out a color John wouldn’t wear, so wanted more yarn so as to make myself something larger than a hat). Except… I forgot about dye exhaustion. The only color left in the pot was a very pale teal (and apparently a tiny bit of pink, as I discovered after rinsing the first hank and starting the second re-dyeing – it had a few little blotches of it). I was going to use all of the rest of my dye tablets, but then decided green (which was what the brownish looking tab was) and blue only would be better. Purposefully using the technique I accidentally used the first time, the blue dye went into the center of the pot and the green went around the outside, and I didn’t stir much, only enough to make sure the dye got into the still clear part of the water. Let it soak for about an hour, until the dye was just about exhausted (*again* forgot to note exact times, even after realizing I should have the first time through today).

The second hank is a bright green to blue variegation (much more green than blue, unfortunately) with the blue more towards the center of the hank, with some tiny patches of pink (see above) and some slightly larger patches of white (thanks to the ties again and the fact that the yarn wasn’t actually soaked before dyeing it *and* that I didn’t stir it much). This one will probably be called “Tipsy Mermaid” – had a couple of beers during the whole process, and the mermaid part was the obvious choice for a green-blue.

Aside from the general dyeing lessons I learned today, I definitely was taught to not have an exact color in mind, as it’s not going to come out like I expect until I’m *much* more experienced! And working with a blend makes that even more so.

And on a slightly different, but related, note, a friend’s girlfriend has some cotton dye I can probably have (not much, but still), so I might actually be able to dye some of these pale green cotton sometime in the foreseeable future! It would be nice to have market bags that weren’t all solid pale green. I’m maybe 1/2 – 2/3 through the first one and I’m already a bit sick of the color and I will probably have enough of this yarn left to make 3-4 more.

(And just for the record, I first typed this up while dyeing the second hank and while they were both drying, so I ended up having to change the descriptions of their colors numerous times. And the colors will probably change a little more before everything’s said and done. Just, you know, FYI.)

The making of a sooper-DIY niddy-noddy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 12, 2009 by wickedsharp

I realized a few days ago that I was in desperate need of a niddy-noddy. I have three whiteish sweaters from Goodwill, that I plan on dyeing, in various stages of reclaiming (one 100% wool, one 50% wool/50% acrylic, and one 50% wool/50% nylon — I should really look up the difference between acrylic and nylon…). The other balls of yarn that I have wound into hanks have been done around the back of a chair which, frankly, is a pain in my ass. It’s not terribly portable, I have to stand up to do it, and I’m lazy. The laziness really comes into play in the fact that I didn’t want to have to go to a hardware store to get PVC to make myself a niddy-noddy and I really don’t have the money to buy one. So I googled for DIY/homemade niddy-noddies and came across a blog post where someone had made one with wood from their backyard. “Hey! I’ve got some wood in *my* backyard (and the next-door backyard)”, I thought. And even though I have only the most rudimentary of woodworking skills I figured I’d give it a shot.

In John’s pile of firewood I found a straightish dead branch of a work-with-able width and next door I found another straightish piece of newly cut wood of a slightly thinner work-with-able width. Using a dull hand saw I cut them roughly to size and de-barked them (would that be the correct term? It sounds more like what a terrible person might do to their noisy dog :S ) with our totally awesome Bushman knife. (A little side note about the Bushman: the handle is hollow so you can use a suitably sized branch to make a spear, which we did at a cookout and I had a hilarious time attempting to throw it straight!)

Then came the sandpaper. And more sandpaper. And a little bit of a steel wool scouring thingy. And more sandpaper. And wood splintering. And more sandpaper.

My original plan was to use duct tape to put the pieces together. (Actually, my original original plan was to whittle the ends of the center piece to go into drilled holes in the crossbars, but my wood was just not the right sizes for that.) Sadly, no duct tape was to be found, and going to CVS to buy more would have been too much effort. Luckily, John’s an Eagle Scout and has mad lashing skillz. With said lashing skillz he put the pieces together.

And….. TA-DA! A sooper-DIY niddy-noddy!

The sooper-estimated size is a 60 inch hank (ie once around the thing). And the yarn pictured on it was my birthday gift to Hayley!

LJ repost from 2/14/09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 20, 2009 by wickedsharp

And here’s the second LJ repost 🙂

I just wrote an incredibly long email to my mom about my knitting projects, so I’m just going to copy it over here, with just a little bit of editing (she hadn’t seen Lumpy before, but you guys have, so I’ll leave that part out).

First, my (a bit uneven) fingerless mitts. I had to play with the colors in The Gimp some because my camera made them look really bright blue and they’re not. These pictures are a fairly close digital approximation of their actual color.

A hat I made actually using one of the patterns that came with the ‘teach yourself to knit’ kit that I started off with. I swear the odd green thing on the side is a piece of celery (a la the Fifth Doctor) not a palm tree. Maybe eventually I’ll make a better one to stick on there.

I’ve made two headbands so far. The one in the following picture, and a black one using the same pattern, but modified to be much skinnier. That one I haven’t photographed yet.

And now, a crystal ball. Yeah….. I needed a small project to keep my hands busy and I stumbled across this pattern on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan site and it seemed a good excuse to use some of the white wool yarn I bought for a project I decided not to make.
It’s also not nearly as big as the picture makes it look. I probably should have had my hand or something in the picture for reference, but oh well.

Last, but certainly not least, a red ‘kitty’ stuffie I made for my friend Heather whose baby is due in about a month. It’s red to make it more ‘evil’ because John insisted anything I made for them had to be evil (he was trying to get me to find a Baphomet knitting pattern. I told him he was insane.) I’m extremely proud of this one, almost, but not quite, moreso than the Dalek. It’s my first circular piece and I think I did pretty damn well (even though none of the pieces that are supposed to match, ie the ears, arms and legs, do).

As I think I mentioned last time, my current big project is a stuffed TARDIS (someone else’s finished one is here: and after that my next large project will be the Fourth Doctor’s 12-foot scarf. The yarn (wool this time, unlike most of my other yarn that is mostly acrylic and a few skeins of cotton blend, because what good is a scarf if it’s not wool?) is going to cost about $50, and that’s the absolute cheapest wool yarn available anywhere. Luckily for me, they have all of the colors I need for it. Well, all but one. Their purples were all wrong, so I’m having to get a much more expensive brand for the purple, but at least it’s only 2 balls.

When I started knitting, I of course wanted to make that scarf, but couldn’t justify spending the $100 it looked like it was going to cost. Most wool yarns start at $5/ball, and it takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to make the scarf. But, after discovering Wool of the Andes brand, it started looking possible at $50. And then between Sandy’s husband being in the hospital (long story short — other receptionist took off about 2 weeks for her husband’s surgery. While I understand her needing some time off, from what I’ve heard it seems to me she was out of work for a lot longer/more than she really needed to be…. but the whole thing left me too tired to care anymore) and the snow storm we had, I worked 98 hours in two weeks and we agreed I deserved to spend a chunk of money on something I wanted, so that scarf it is. I’ll be ordering the yarn in a few days, since I have to wait for that damn purple to be in stock.

I don’t normally write quite so much to my mother at once, but as I was typing it up, I decided I was going to be lazy and just copy parts of it over to here, and I think after I decided that I started writing in ‘blogging’ style, rather than my ’email to mom’ style, and it got a bit wordy XD (the distinct difference that can still be seen between the ‘blog’ and ’email to mom’ styles is that I rarely, if ever, use smilies with my mom. Because frankly, I don’t know if she’d know what they meant XD

And I promise to make a real, current post soon. Just need to take some pictures, which have been put off between my laziness and all the rain we’ve had recently.

LJ repost from 2/13/09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 20, 2009 by wickedsharp

Going to repost on here two posts I made on Livejournal awhile ago. I’ll do them separately, because that makes me feel like I have made more posts here, plus they work better apart.

What else have I been up to?

Well, knitting. A lot. No, really. Knitting. Long story short, my current total obsession with Doctor Who led me to finding a knitting pattern for a Dalek. I HAD to have it. And I just happened to have a ‘teach yourself to knit’ kit that I bought two years ago but never did anything with. So, after a few false starts, I knitted myself a god damned Dalek.

This was from before I actually stuffed him. He’s all full of Fiberfil now, but I haven’t taken any new pictures. And his name is Lumpy, since he’s, well, lumpy, due to my lack of counting skillz (which you can’t really see the results of in the picture, but trust me, he’s got random bumps all over his body).

The ladies at the yarn shop were amazed that I did something that complicated as my first project. Most people make scarves. Me? A Dalek. Though my next major project will be the Fourth Doctor’s scarf. All 12+ feet (and $50 worth of wool yarn) of it. And my current large project is a TARDIS. (Did I mention that I’m a bit into Doctor Who right now?)

And yes, I’ve made some non-Who-related things. A headband, a hat, a crystal ball (don’t ask), and a couple of stuffed toy things for my friends’ baby who’s due next month. And, when I’m done with the scarf, I plan on working on some stuffed South Park characters for John.

Not so sure about making the South Park characters now… Didn’t end up ordering some of the yarn I would have needed for that when I made the order for my Who scarf, and he didn’t really care to begin with XD