Shawn L. Bird

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picket knit #Outlander infinity scarves! September 16, 2014

DSCN1259I have been knitting on the picket line, and have listed five scarves for sale on eBay.  They’re various lengths, widths, and colours, all based on the scarf Claire wears outdoors in episode 103 “The Gathering” of the Outlander TV series.  They each start at an auction price of $29.99, or a Buy-It-Now at $40.

As an added bonus, you can see me modelling the scarves in my belly dancing wig! 🙂  You know you want to see what I look like without white, fuchsia and blue hair, right? <g>

Here is the link to the scarves on my eBay seller’s page

So that ^ link has expired, but I still have some scarves for sale, so if you’re interested in one, drop me a line via either the ABOUT or CONTACT pages and I’ll get back to you.  Eventually I’ll try to upload photos to this page.

For you crafty types who end up on this page because you want to make one, most of mine were knit in garter stitch over 15-25 stitches (depending on whether you want a cowl that doesn’t wrap, or a scarf that does) using 25 mm needles.  To get Claire’s look above pick a chunky yarn of your choice, plus a coordinating worsted weight, use both together to cast on 15-18 (as you like), knit away until you run out of yarn (a meter to 1.5 meters), then whipstitch the ends together.  You can add a twist if you like for a mobius strip, which does lie nicely on the shoulders, I must say.

Very easy! The costuming department was in a real hurry when they commissioned all these scarves, and I’m not sure I’ve seen one on the show that couldn’t have been knit in a day. I chose fancy chunky yarns- nice German boucles or variegated types to go with a solid worsted.  You might prefer all solids like Claire has on.

 

let’s pile something else onto the plate, shall we? November 19, 2012

Filed under: projects,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:34 pm
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For the first time since Day 4 of NaNoWriMo I am actually above par.  Whoo hoo! I should be at 31666 and I’m at 32,058.  The last couple of days I’ve done several hundred extra to catch up from some slower days.  There is no respite when you’re heading to a goal.  If you slow down, you just have to work harder later.  Steady, consistent effort is less stressful in the long run.

I recently found a gorgeous knitting magazine called Filati Handknitting.  It’s a marketing and design vehicle for Lana Grossa yarns, which though it sounds Italian, comes from Germany if I read the abbreviations correctly.  I found 3 projects I love in the magazine, and decided yesterday to start on the first one, this coat:

So here’s yesterday’s effort.  To get gauge I ended up using 12 mm needles, which is really speeding the project along! Instead of buying the very expensive mohair yarn recommended for this pattern (Elle, total $235 Cdn), I am mixing acrylic yarns.  The silver blue chenille I purchased in a liquidation style 5 lb bag of unlabelled yarn at a department store and I am mixing it with on sale James C Brett Fusion Chunky, which is a grey/pink/purple varigated  boucle with threads of yellow and orange twisted in.  I think the combination is quite interesting, and I suspect it will be even nicer than the model’s coat when it’s done.  Here’s the first 12″ of the back, showing the varigation through all three colours.

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Day 19 NaNoWriMo total: 3486   (November total, 32,058)

Actually, about 800 words of this total was actually written yesterday, but my internet cut out before I could update the count for the day.

 

jabot completed December 4, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:15 am
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You may recall that I started with a 2X3 inch seed stitch base.  The last two entries have shown the bottom layer and edging.

Three more layers were added, spaced an inch apart, and the end.  I just eyeballed the length of the lace section in each case, making each about 1.5 inches shorter than the previous.  Although the lowest layer was made in a fan shape, the subsequent layers I doubled the stitches on the first two knit rows after picking up 14 stitches in the base, and just went straight down from there.

Once all four layers were knit and edged, I pulled out the fine yarn, and using a 3.25 mm needle, picked up 5 stitches and seed stitched a collar to the neck length.

Upon completion I made two loops at the end (stitch around twice, then blanket stitch the top loop).  Add a button on the base.

All done!

 

lace jabot edging December 3, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:41 pm
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finish the purl row, turn, add 8 stitches.

knit back to the base of the jabot, knitting the 8th stitch into the jabot (knit 2 together).

turn

slip, knit one, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit two, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit three, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit four, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit rest of row

turn slip, knit, bind off 4, (8 edging stitches remain, knit these, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

REPEAT until all the jabot has been picked up.

bind off

 

lace jabot in progress December 2, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:11 pm
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Here is how I am constructing the knit lace jabot:

Using a fine weight white yarn, I knit 15 stitches in seed stitch (knit, purl) until work measured 3 inches long by 2 inches wide.  This is the base.

Using a 0 weight (lace) crochet thread rated for a 1.5 mm needle, pull the threads through spaces in the base across the bottom onto a 2.75 mm needle.  (14 holes=14 stitches on knitting needle) knit one row, then purl back.  Add a stitch in the hole between each stitch (27) purl back. For pattern: knit 4, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together until last 4 stitches, knit.  Next row, purl back.  Continue for1,5 inches, then a knit row purl row (repeat), then add a stitch between each stitch and continue in pattern.  Repeat sections until you get the length you want.

(I played with adding some movement to the lace by starting some with 5 knit stitches and others with 4.  Decided I didn’t really like it, so changed my technique for subsequent layers)

Then add the fancy border.  See the next post for that!

FYI- I used Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread size 10, 100% viscose from Bamboo.

 

lace jabot December 1, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:04 pm
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So, if you should happen to be a handsome gentleman in the 18th century, there would be an essential item of clothing that we rarely see in the 21st century.  You would be wearing a lace jabot.

A jabot is a tiered tie made from lace.  It attaches around the neck, and drapes down the front of the chest like a bib.

If you were an 18th century wife, you probably knitted jabots for your husband (and sons) with lots of love.  They showed off your wifely skill around their necks.

So, while I’m waiting for the kilt straps and buckles to arrive, so I can finish that project, I’m knitting a jabot.

Here are the links to the instructions.

 

 
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