- First you gotta make a half square triangle. (There are 20 tutorials online for doing this. Pick one you like.) But be smart and make it too big. That'll give you room to fix it. Then put the TSU Ruler on top. It's got lines for whatever size block you want from 1" to 6.5". Find that line and scoot it over your block until it matches with your diagonal seam. My block is 4.5". (Sorry for blurry.)
- Hold down the ruler and cut off whatever sticks out. In this case it's the dark blue edges.
- Flip around your square and replace the TSU Ruler with the same line on the diagonal seam.
- Cut off whatever sticks out--now it's the cream fabric.
- Admire your near-perfect half square triangle, or squiangle, if you prefer.
- Make 674 more and assemble into a lovely king-size quilt. Ice your hand.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
And Gorgeous Butt(e) is one down. I could make a very cheeky jest about now, but that would be beneath me, don't you think?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
So I have to frog. (Rip-it! Rip-it!)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
My name is Stashy. My name comes from the fact that I was made entirely from my creator's stashed materials.
I understand a yarn tree grew in Brooklyn. As a knitter myself, I would like to examine it and perhaps spend some time there. Please don't feel uncomfortable because I am a dude. Many very masculine guys, such as myself, knit and pursue all kinds of endeavors. I am considered quite the chef--my dill and acorn stew is very popular in San Diego--and I write a mean sonnet. I enjoy long romps through cashmere and the company of females. But I'm still enjoying my bachelor status; I'm not looking to settle down just yet.
Following this little jaunt, please return me in my box. Desi has assured me she will include the appropriate shipping and I am looking forward to a day trip to Balboa Park, where I am assured there are some rockin' trees!
He's apparantly already got a new admirer--the girl who answered the phone said he was cute!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tiny says they're delish. What do you think?
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
- Make something silly.
- Be part of a game.
- Have a time element--deadline May 15.
- Chance of prize. (Not saying a huge chance--I once got a third place award in a contest for which I had the only entry. True story.)
Yeah, I'm in! Stashy will be hitting the road tomorrow morning on his way across the country. (I guess he'll be a flying squirrel!) Photo of Stashy helping with the tail part of the knitting, while he still had temporary eyes. That's right, he's got skilz! I'm calling him Stashy 'cause he's made entirely from stuff I already had... except the pipecleaner I boosted from church. Yeah, real illicit. I had three members of the staff poking through cupboards for me. Seems nobody wanted to see Stashy with a limp tail.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Now, I wouldn't spit on a swift and ball winder should someone gift me a set but I would way rather spend my money on yarn so I use a manual ball winder. Super manual.
Manual (adj) of or relating to the hands
Here's my manual ball winding technique.
- Drape your yarn around an open drawer. Yep, those are my scrap bins. Ignore them.
- Butterfly-wrap a few times back and forth between two fingers.
- Slip it off those fingers.
- Fold one "wing" of the butterfly over the other.
- Wrap a few wraps around the middle. This is the core of your ball.
- Wind, sloppily. Stick a finger in there and let it get wrapped over. One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is winding the yarn too tight and stretching it. Just be a little sloppy. It's okay. You have permission. Like you need it.
- Begin your project!
This is a pattern called Rocky Butte. It's by Miss Violet and the yarn is TVYarn, the colorway is The French Lieutenant's Woman. Combining rocky buttes and France makes me think of the Grand Canyon of France, Les Gorges du Verdun. Beautiful! So I think I'll name these socks Gorgeous Butt(e). Pronounce it in a way that makes you smile.