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Lots of nerdy crafty things. November 27, 2007

Posted by jeninmaine in kidlet, knitting.
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I finally got that damned knitting thing figured out yesterday. It took me a few hours of searching through pattern books (see, my giant craft library came in handy!) and searching online to find the right lace pattern for comparison. I belong to the knitting community on ElJay and this is what I posted there:

Hi everyone! I think this is my first post to this community even though I’ve been lurking for ages. This is kind of long and boring but I’d appreciate any insight that can be offered on my conundrum…

This pattern is called “Lace Centerpiece” and is from the Winter Knits Kit put out by Chronicle Books:
http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Knits-Kit-Instructions-Cold-Weather/dp/0811852555

The finished product is a table runner with a center design that looks to be the Fern Lace pattern, or as it is sometimes called “Staggered Fern Lace”. Pictorial examples that I’ve found online are here:

Staggered Fern Lace: http://www.geocities.com/love2knit_dishcloths/Dishcloth018
Shetland Fern Lace (scroll down): http://www.sarahsyarns.com/FreePatterns.html
Fern Lace Stitch: http://www.heirloom-knitting.co.uk/lace_patterns_centres.html

The issue I’m having is with the chart. For some reason I can’t even get past the first row as it is comprised of 76 stitches total, with 7 stitches of K1 P1 rib starting and ending the row. However, when I get through the pattern I’m left with 5 stitches and not 7.

I’ve narrowed it down to the Fern Lace section in the middle, and rows 1-11 of the chart look like this (excuse me for typing this out but I couldn’t get a good picture of the chart as it is light blue on lighter blue):

- E | | | | O | O | | | O | O | 3 -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- | | | | | | | | | | O | O | | | -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- | | | | | | | | | O | O | | | | -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- E | O | O | | | O | O | | | | 3 -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- E | | O | O | | | | | | | | | 3 -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- E | | | O | O | | | | | | | | 3 -

| = knit
3 = K3tog
E = Sl1, K2tog, PSSO
O = yarn over
– = purl on both sides

My conclusion after frogging that one row countless times and searching all my pattern books to find anything that looks similar is that the chart is wrong. I *believe* that it should really look like this:

- E | | | | O | O | | | O | O | 3 -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- | | | | | | | | | | O | O | | 3 -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- | | | | | | | | | O | O | | | 3 -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- E | O | O | | | O | O | | | | 3 -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- E | | O | O | | | | | | | | | | -

- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -

- E | | | O | O | | | | | | | | | -

Meaning that the K3tog decreases on rows 1 and 3 should really be on rows 7 and 9, so that the leaves slant outward when working their centers with the yos. After looking at the “Staggered Fern Lace” dishcloth pattern (the first one I referenced above) and the “Fern Lace” pattern from The Knitters Bible I think this is where the problem lies, but I really wanted to get some confirmation from some of my esteemed knitting colleagues out there. If anyone has worked this specific pattern before or is a crack fern lace knitter, I’d appreciate your help.

I only got one response but she agreed with me, so after screwing up my gumption for the nth time I tried starting the damned thing again and voila! I was right! And I am so writing a letter to Chronicle Books so they can put an errata on their website or something, because for an inexperienced knitter that first row is enough to make you toss the whole mess in frustration.

In other nerdy news, I ordered one of these Iris Scrapbooking Carts from Joann.com a couple of weeks ago (thank you, 50% off coupon) and it arrived yesterday. It is so totally cool, in a plastic way, but I’m psyched because it’s large enough to hold 12″ x 12″ paper (or knitting needles, or pattern leaflets, or pineapple rulers, etc.) and each drawer is actually a snap-top bin, which is great for clumsy folks like myself. My only wish is that it were white instead of black, but it’s still a great little organizer:

The added bonus is that even with the casters on it will fit beneath the 4′ worktable Michael got for the middle of the craft room. Even better, I discovered that it’s made in the USA! That was a nice surprise.

If you’re into nerdy things like this and would like one of your own, here are two Joann 50% off coupon codes good until Friday 11/30/07: NOVA750 and NOVG750 so it’ll cost you $35 instead of their “sale price” of $45. I think shipping is like $9, I’m not sure as I’m a member of the free shipping club (again because I am a huge giant nerd). This cart is pretty popular so if they’re sold out just check back the next day. In any case, I never buy anything full price from Joann, just Google “joann coupon” and you’ll get a whole mess of sites that list coupon codes for them pretty much perpetually.

When I was pissed off at that fern lace centerpiece I started another project out of the Winter Knits Kit, some cute little felted star ornaments. The only picture I could find of them is in another journalist’s entry, see super_crafty’s ElJay. They’re super easy, but sort of weird as you have to work them in four different pieces that you then stitch together before felting. That seems like too much work for me and I’m wondering if there’s a way I could come up with a pattern that knits the whole star in one go.

They’re wicked cute, though, and since they’re felted I don’t have to go all Virgo-perfectionist on the seams (at least I’ll try not to). I figure since we’re not buying gifts for people this year that maybe I’ll try to whip up a bunch of them to give as little gifties. I also want to make a bunch in different colors for our own decorating.

Kidlet and I worked on some foam thingies yesterday that looked like marshmallow snowmen smores, he really likes putting them together and I think we’ll end up giving these out for xmas, too. I <3 Tub O’Foamies – probably not the most environmentally-friendly thing ever, but at least it’s less than the plastic junk I’d end up buying otherwise.

Michael suggested I have a holiday card-making party which could really be a great idea. I only have a few friends in the immediate area but maybe a smaller group would be preferable anyway. I need to make cards and I have a ton of stuff I could share with people. We could either cook in or order takeout and just sort of hang out. Hmm. Will do more thinking on this.

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