As part of my somewhat obsessive, "it's Doctor Who therefore I must knit it" kick I've been on, I bring you, the 12th Doctor's Scarf!

When it was first announced that Peter Capaldi would be the new Doctor, I of course hit the google image search hard and heavy. I came across this image and knew that I absolutely had to knit this scarf (and offer up a pattern)!



After lots of zooming I decided it looked like a 1x1 rib and was probably folded over to create that thickness. Since I am the Queen of avoiding seaming, I knew that if I knit this sucker flat and was faced with the prospect of seaming 6 ft of scarf, well, I would never have a scarf. (Minions. I need minions who like to seam. Or elves.)

After a couple months of picking this sucker up and putting it down again, it's finally complete! Fair warning, this 1x1 rib with colors changing each row... it's kind of a pain. The "aha" moment for me was when I got smart and put the three different balls of yarn into three plastic sandwich bags. It made it much easier to untangle every few rows. Really wish I had thought of that when I started!

The finished scarf:


Dill has declared that this is "his". I am conceding, considering how much he puts up with the knitting that goes on in this house. (and the deadlines and the tears and the OMG I HAVE TO FROG THREE FEET OF LACE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!! rants)

I may have to steal it back occasionally however. This sucker is WARM and soft. I love it!






Marc Lebryk provided this detail shot for me. It shows the colors with a little more vibrancy than my poor camera phone on a cloudy day pics!


I'll have the pattern up tomorrow. I just need to measure and write it up. I'm sure this scarf won't be as iconic as the classic Doctor Who Scarf but I think a fan or two might recognize it, especially if it appears in an episode this season and not just a promo picture. (Confession, I'm an episode behind right now, so it may have already happened).

Until tomorrow!

Because my neighbors don't think I'm weird enough.



I'm really excited about this. I love silks, but classes can be a bit of a wallet drain and hanging from the tree in the front yard isn't high enough. I haven't tried any drops on this yet but it seems sturdy so far. We're going to set it up for a party we're having this weekend and let (sober) people play on it. Considering half my friends take circus classes with me it should be a good time!

For some reason I spent the summer knitting bulky knit cowls. No idea why. Here's one I actually remembered to photograph last night. The pattern is from Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn . It was easy and quick to make, which is good, as sometimes you just need a weekend project!



Vampire Knits was the first book by Genevieve Miller that I contributed to and I absolutely love it. She's a great author to work with. Also, I say this at conventions and talks all the time, if you're looking to get patterns published, or thinking of writing a pattern book, try being a contributor! It is so much easier! You get your yarn, turn your patterns in, maybe answer a few tech questions and you're done! Much less stressful than actually being the author or the lead on the book!

Also I finally organized my yarn room. Expect more finished project pictures as I found an entire box of things that just need blocking and weaving to go from UFO to FO!

I made this awesome blanket pattern for Knit Picks with some lovely (and washable!) Brava Yarn. Best part? It's FREE!

It's a great blanket if you're a newer knitter looking to tackle increases and decreases. It starts off with just a couple stitches and gets bigger towards the middle, then smaller as you finish.
Download it HERE and enjoy!



Photo courtesy of Knit Picks.

I keep meaning to blog, I really do! I have a bunch of freebie patterns I need to post up here, including a new Doctor Who pattern! Alas, Geek Knits edits, new book submissions, and LIFE are all getting in my way.

So I'll just say two things. If you're a geek and love crafting, consider checking out Muse Con in IL. I was lucky enough to attend as the Guest of Honor and had an absolute blast. There's stuff to do! Craft classes, music classes, all kinds of things! It was an amazing amount of fun.

Second thing: We have a kitten in the house. Have you ever tried to spin yarn with a kitten in the house? It doesn't work out so well.



Alright, next post will be the new Doctor Who pattern! Back to the needles!

As soon as I saw this image online I knew I had to make these gloves. Of course, as is the way of things when I'm trying to knit something I saw on television or from a photo, there doesn't seem to be a picture available with the angle I need. Since I'm impatient I couldn't resist tackling this pattern anyway! I've tried two cable versions, both of them variations on the horseshoe cable. This one seemed to be the closest. I'm offering up my rough version below:

12th doctor gloves
By Joan of Dark aka Toni Carr
This is a pretty rough take on the 12th Doctors gloves picture that has been floating around the internet. It’s pretty tough to tell what exactly is going on with these suckers but I took a stab at it! Hopefully you enjoy this pattern! I’m sure there will be some modifications as more pictures leak or the episode comes out.

Materials
US size 7 double pointed needles
Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Lava Heather. (This color isn’t exact but it was the closest thing that I had in my stash) – 2 balls
4 stitch markers
Cable needle
Tapestry Needle

Instructions
Right Glove:
Cast on 44 sts
Pm join in the round
Work 1x1 rib for 2”
Cable Set Up: Knit 5, pm, k16, pm, k to end.
Round 1: Purl to marker, sm, k16, sm, p to end of round.
Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, k4, C4B, C4F st k4 sm, k to end of round.
Round 3: Repeat round 1..
Round 4: Knit to marker, sm, k2, C4B, K4, C4F, k2, sm, k to end of round.
Round 5: Repeat round 1.
Round 6: Knit to marker, sm, C4B, k8, C4F, sm, k to end of round.
Rounds 7-12: Repeat rounds 1-6.
Round 13: Repeat round 1.
Round 14: Knit to marker, sm, k4, C4B, C4F, k4, sm, k7 m1,k1, place thumb gusset marker, k1, m1, k to end of round.
Rounds 15-18: Repeat rounds 3-6.
Round 19: Repeat round 1.
Round 20: Knit to marker, sm, k4, C4B, C4f, k4, sm, k to 1 st before thumb gusset marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1, k to end of round.
Rounds 21-24: Repeat rounds 3-6.
Round 25: Repeat round 1.
Round 26: Knit to marker, sm, k4, C4B, C4F, k4, sm, k to 1 st before thumb gusset marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1, k to end of round.
Round 27: Repeat round 1.
Round 28: Knit to marker, sm, k2, C4B, k4, C4F, k2, sm, k6 sl 7 sts to holder or scrap yarn, CO 5, k to end of round.
Round 29: Repeat round 1.
Round 30: Repeat round 6.
Rounds 31-48: Repeat rounds 1-6 three times.
Both hands
Divide for fingers:
Slip 1 st before beginning st marker and 23 sts after to 1 needle

It will look a bit like this:


Slip next 24 sts to another needle.
Little finger:
Slip 6 sts from front needle and 6 sts from back needle to working double pointed needles
Join yarn and purl around.
Next Round: Knit
Repeat those two rounds once more.
Bind off.
Ring finger
Slip 6 sts from front needle and 6 sts from back needle to working double pointed needles. Cast on 1 st between ring and little finger.
Join yarn and purl around.
Next Round: Knit.
Repeat those 2 rounds once more.
Middle finger: Slip 7 sts from front needle and 7 sts from back needle to working double pointed needles. Cast on 1 st between ring and middle finger.
Join yarn and purl around.
Next Round: Knit.
Repeat these 2 rounds once more.
Index finger
Place remaining sts on double pointed needles. Cast on 1 st between index and middle finger.
Join yarn and purl around.
Next Round: Knit.
Repeat these 2 rounds once more.
Bind off.
Thumb
Slip sts from holder to working needles. PU 8 sts.
Join and knit around
Next Round: purl
Next Round: Knit
Bind off
Left Glove
Beginning with cable set up, work rows 1-13 same as Right Glove.
Round 14: Knit to marker, sm, k4, C4B, C4F, k4, sm, k18, m1, k1, pm, m1, k to end of round.
Rounds 15-18: Repeat rounds 3-6.
Round 19: repeat round 1.
Round 20: Knit to marker, sm, k4, C4B, C4F, k4, sm, k to 1 st before thumb marker, m1, k1, sm, m1, k to end of round.
Rounds 21-24: Repeat rounds 3-6.
Round 25: Repeat Round 1.
Round 26: Knit to marker, sm, k4, C4B, C4F, k4, sm, k to 1 st before thumb marker, k1, m1, sm, m1, k to end of round.
Round 27: Repeat round 1.
Round 28: Knit to marker, sm, k2, C4B, k4, C4F, k2, sm, k to 3 sts before thumb marker, sl 7 sts to holder or scrap yarn, CO 5, k to end of round.
Round 29: Repeat round 1.
Round 30: Repeat round 6.
Rounds 31-48: Repeat rounds 1-6 three times.

Finishing
With tapestry needle, seam gaps between fingers together. Weave in all ends.




Close up of the cable

Am I the only one who feels like doing a dance after weaving in the final end on a sweater? I feel like there should be applause or something. In fact, (confession time) I realized this morning that when I finish a knitting project I smile and look around, as if expecting someone to be there and say "good job!". Alas, I have no minions to do so.

Yet.

Maybe that should be my next panel. I'll just sit there and knit while everyone watches and at the end people can clap for me. "Hooray! Did you see that last ssk? And that bind off IN PATTERN... wow."

Anyway, years and years and years ago I fell in love with a couple of patterns and never had time to make them. As the aforementioned minions aren't in existence yet, I don't have enough hours in the day to knit everything that I want to make. Throw in some book deadlines and there is very little knitting "just for me" that I get to do anymore. I don't mind, I love the challenge of design, I love working on the books, but it does leave very little time for just hanging out and knitting, flipping through Interweave, or browsing blogs and websites like Ravelry. (not only do I want to avoid accidental influence, I hate looking through my queue and seeing all the things I WANT to knit!)

So, after the last round of edits for Geek Knits, which had me doing a week of all nighters, I had a little bit of down time. Well, not really, as I'm already gearing up for a new proposal, which I really SHOULD have been working on, more edits are probably coming soon, not to mention a pattern I'm doing for Knit Picks. So not down time, but time in which I didn't feel as guilty procrastinating on actual knitting work.

I decided it would be fun to do 2 projects that I've been dying to do for years. The first, One Skein Wonder! Back in the days before ravelry, this pattern was floating around all of my favorite blogs. So a couple weeks ago I decided to finally cast on to make my own.
Three hours later, I had my shrug! It's a cute, very easy pattern. Basic top down knitting with increasing!



Next up, a sweater I've been dying to make for ages. I had the yarn sitting in my stash for forever, I've just never had a moment to bang this one out! A house sweater from the book, Charmed Knits! I was always a big fan of Alison Hansel and I really wish she were still blogging. I felt so incredibly cool when I was doing Knockdown Knits and realized we shared an editor and publisher at Wiley. Charmed Knits had a huge buzz and I was so excited to lean over my editors desk and see the ARC's that were getting ready to go out as promotional materials.
The House Sweater jumped out at me right away. Finally, I set aside a little time to make one!



Don't let the pictures lead you to believe that I'm anything but happy with my sweater! I just hate having my picture taken, especially first thing in the morning!

I'm going to make a few more, except in the round this time and probably with set in sleeves, also worked in the round. I'm not a huge fan of seaming and the seams drove me batty on this sucker. Also I will admit to probably not deserving the Gryffindor colors, as I'm a bit of a chicken shit. I'd like to be Ravenclaw, though that whole riddle thing to get into your common room would be a pain. I mean, I'm sure it's fun most of the time, but what about after a long day of classes, then a study session in the library... wouldn't your brain be a little too mushy for riddles? I'd probably be pretty happy as a Hufflepuff instead.

Oops. My nerd is showing again isn't it?

For now, it's back to working on "work" knitting. Getting some projects off to Mr. Kyle Cassidy for a photo shoot with some awesome librarians in Vegas. Then I'm finishing up a Knit Picks pattern which will be released in the fall and will be FREE! Because free patterns rock.

© 2006-2010 by Joan of Dark® unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.. Powered by Blogger.
© 2010 joanofdark.com joanofdark.com .