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Koolhaas

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I post stuff on my regular blog and keep forgetting to put it up here.

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Sherman Short Row Sock

I recently sat down and learned this short row technique for a toe up sock and it's pretty slick. I showed some folks at GLBT-Knit Camp last weekend in Vermont and they asked me to put together a tutorial, so I've done just that.

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Repost about QueerKnits Flickr Group

I posted about this a while back, but it kind of got caught up in a flurry of posts and didn't stay up on the home page long. I started a QueerKnits Flickr group for folks who have Flickr accounts to be able to share their knitting photos more easily. Come join us if you're interested.

Also, I notice that Darrel's added an rss reader in the sidebar which receives rss feed of images that have been posted to the group. So even if you don't have a Flickr account, have a look at what we're posting.

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FO's and WIP's

I guess it's been a while since I posted anything. Things have been busy on the knitting front, though. I recently finished this beanie for my cousin who shipped out to Afghanistan last weekend.

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The pattern is my own and easy enough that most of you should be able to figure it out. If you don't want to do the figuring, though...

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QueerKnits Flickr Group

I've been on a bit of a forced break from knitting lately because of hand & wrist pain, and this has forced my energies into other areas. One of those other areas was setting up the QueerKnits group on Flickr for lgbt & friendly folks with Flickr accounts to share photos of their work. I certainly don't see it as a substitute for this site - it's not specific to men, and it's not the same sort of forum - just another venue. Anyone who might be interested is welcome to visit the group page here.

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Wiki Skin Competition for New Knitting Wiki

Sarah Bradberry over at knitting-and.com has taken on Brenda Dayne of Cast On's suggestion and is setting up a new knitting wiki to be a repository of knitting knowledge that anyone can contribute to. She's holding a competition to come up with a nice wiki skin that looks a bit different from Wikipedia and some of the other wikis out there. If you understand php and css (I don't!) and are interested in the details, you can find out more here.

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Widdershins Sock in Generic Form

Happy New Year, all! As I've been knitting up some socks lately using the widdershins pattern in last summer's issue of knitty and sorted out how to adapt it to different foot sizes from the single size (or at least single circumference) in the pattern, some folks asked me to write out how I do my calculations to save them from math anxiety.

I've just posted my generic directions on my blog and figured I'd let y'all know in case of any of you might like that info, too. I do assume some basic understanding of sock construction so it's not really written as a tutorial, but if you're interested in the pattern but are freaked out at trying to recalculate all the stitch counts, I'm hoping it will be helpful.

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FO & Semi-FO

I finished a hat tonight for one nephew and a sock for another nephew for Christmas. Since the sock is the first of a pair, I'm considering it a semi-FO. I discovered a bit late that I had made the foot an inch too long. As it's a toe-up sock, I ended up having to pick up stitches in the foot and rip from the toe up to the stitches, then reknit the toe. Took a bit of doing, but it turned out okay. The only problem is that I'm too anal-retentive (yes, it is hyphenated) not to do an identical mate for it, which means premeasuring yarn for the toe, then provisional cast on at the foot.

Here's the sock before I grafted the toe:

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and here's the hat:

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The hat is brioche stitch to make it toasty for the Maine winter, and because it's for

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More Monmouth

All this talk about the Monmouth cap has had me reading up on it a bit and I got interested in some of the little details, especially after noticing in this example that there are some apparent increases/decreases in the hem to make the brim a bit wider and the brim where the hem turns is clearly more than just a simple purl row, though it's not clear if the hem was knit to the outer edge & the two sides cast off together or if there might be something else going on.

So I posted a query to the glb-knit listserv, primarily to see if Sarah Bradberry had any more to offer, but also to see if anyone else there might know more. Sarah suggests that the brim might be some sort of braided slip stitch turning row. She's also hinted that she's playing around with fulling, which was done with the original caps, and might have something about it in the rewrite of her hat book, which she's working on.

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