solstice

December 22, 2011

winter is officially here.  it has been a difficult year for me.  this is not a blog for deep details, but suffice to say that i am looking forward to 2012 being a much better year than 2011.  after going through a laundry list of heartbreaks and difficulties, i have finally ended up back in montana, resting after traveling, before setting off on the next leg of my trip with a boy that i- dare i say it?- love. i am considering designs for bags that will be made entirely of recycled yarn and fabrics.  i bought the above typewriter today because i can’t help myself, and besides, being mustard-yellow and in pristine condition, it was impossible to resist for the whopping price of $8. the best part?  there was a piece of paper in it to test the ink, and someone had typed “life is good”.

the cure for the modern machine.

i have been busy with christmas gifts and various manic whims lately but will be back soon with more blogness and patterns- i am becoming the queen of knitting flat and i hope you will join me.

high five! fingerless gloves

November 29, 2011

it took me a long time to learn to knit in the round.  and while i’ve gotten to a place where i love it, i have to say that in my heart i am what most would call a quite lazy knitter.  therefore, i offer up to you this pattern for fingerless gloves… knit flat!  and don’t fret, DPN fans- you’ll need 3 pairs of needles to make these, 2 of one size and 4 of another size 2 sizes up from the first.  for this pair in the picture i used size 8s and 10s.

high five!

this is a very simple pattern and is easy to modify to make it bigger, smaller, longer, shorter.  feel free to use your own different stitches.  and send me a link if you post your finished projects anywhere- i’d love to see what you came up with!

you will need:

  • 1 pair size 8 (or whichever) needles
  • 2 pairs size 10 (or whichever) needles OR 3 size 10 needles and an afghan crochet hook
  • 1 crochet hook (size I or J works)
  • worsted/medium (or whichever) weight yarn (separate off 3-6 yards for thumb gusset)

pattern

cast on 26 sts.  work in k1, p1 ribbing for 8 rows.

row 9: (rs) kf&b in first 2 sts.  k until 2 sts remain.  kf&b in last 2 sts. (30 sts)

row 10 (and all ws rows of body saving the last): purl.

row 11: k 14 sts, kf&b in next 2 sts, k 14 sts.

row 13: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 2 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

row 15: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 4 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

row 17: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 6 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

row 19: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 8 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

you can continue like this to make the thumb wider- just increase the number of sts between the kf&b sts.

thumb

row 21: slip 15 sts onto one size 10 needle or afghan hook.

1

attach the scrap yarn and knit the next 10 sts with another needle.

turn and purl across the back.

turn and knit across.  turn and purl across.

5

bind off with crochet hook or very loose knitting.

6

cut, leaving a long tail to sew up thumb.  you can either sew it up straightaway or knit the rest of it and then sew it up.  a mattress stitch works great on this.

hand

transfer the 15 slipped stitches back to the other needle, so they’re all on the same needle in a line.  knit across (30 sts).

6

continue in stockinette stitch for as long as you would like the glove to be.  on the last ws row, knit instead of purl, and then bind off with a crochet hook.  sew up the side of glove and thumb.

i hope you enjoy!

setting off

November 23, 2011


friends, i am about to embark upon a cross-country journey to take photographs and write about our beautiful land currently encased in ice and fog.  there will be a pattern up before i go for fingerless gloves knit flat; otherwise you are welcome to keep up with my photoblog rubbertramping in addition to this lovely one!  cheers, and i hope everyone is having a great fall.

words of wisdom

November 6, 2011
friendship bracelet by littlehippiegirl
friendship bracelet, a photo by littlehippiegirl on Flickr.

everything will be okay in the end. if it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.

fall

November 6, 2011

fall is here.  well, not really here in arizona, but in the rest of the world that has seasons, yes.  a time to don hats and scarves, and start making gifts for relatives (which in my case means making hats to sell or for charity while procrastinating on christmas items.)  it’s a very pensive time of year for me.  fall has always been my favorite season, and having lived back and forth from arizona to other places it’s very difficult for me to be here when the rest of the world is curling into autumn’s long slow sleep.  all the poems i have been writing lately have been about fall not coming to arizona.  it was in the 60s today for the first time this year, and the entire desert did not know how to take it.

i am going hiking tomorrow to reconnect with the nature of the desert and hopefully remember that there can be beautiful things here, even if it is not my ideal living place.  i will sit and absorb the vibration that our mother earth gives no matter what the surface environment.

a repellant for mosquitoes

October 28, 2011

in case you were wondering.

“if going into the woods or mountains in summer, you will require a lotion to keep off mosquitos and flies.  many preparations are sold for this purpose, all of which have more or less merit; but the objection to them is that they evaporate rapidly, and have to be renewed every half-hour.  i have tried nearly all of them; but the best preparation i have ever found for the purpose is made as follows: to three ounces of pine tar add two ounces of castor-oil and one ounce of oil of pennyroyal.  this mixture has a good body, an odor like that of a tan-yard, and can be relied on to cure any case of mosquitos this side of new jersey.

one good thorough application will usually last three or four hours, and when it gets so thin that the birds begin to bite through it, the victim must paint himself again.  it is a heroic kind of treatment- that is, it takes a hero to endure it- but it is not half so bad as the mosquitoes, and if you are having plenty of fun, or think you are going to have plenty of it this afternoon or to-morrow, you soon forget all about the smell.”

Camping and camp outfits: A manual of instruction for young and old sportsmen, George O. Shields, 1889

bulky single-crochet tam

October 16, 2011

bringing more patterns over from their old home on quazen!

for this pattern, you will need bulky weight yarn and a K hook.  it’s worked in rows instead of in a spiral, but if you’re more comfortable with a spiral method, please use it; just make sure you mark the beginnings of your rows (i tend to get lost using the spiral method.)

Row 1 – From the beginning stitch, ch 2 (counts as first sc- throughout the pattern the first ch-2 will always count as the first sc).  Sc 5 more times in beginning st, and connect to first sc with a sl st.  You should now have 6 sc in a loop.

Row 2 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  2 sc in each st around.

Row 3 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 4 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 5 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 6 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 7 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 8 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 9 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 10 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 11 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 12 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 13 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 14 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 12 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 15 – Ch 2.  Sc in same stitch.  *Sc in next 13 st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Row 16 – Ch 2.  Sc in each st.

Repeat row 16 ten more times.

Row 27 – Ch 2.  *Sc dec over next two stitches.  Repeat from * around.  If you don’t know how to do a sc dec or sc2tog, here’s a great video.

Row 28 – Ch 3.  Dc in each st around.

Row 29 – Ch 3.  *Fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  The links provided will give you a tutorial if you don’t know these stitches.

Row 30 – Ch 3.  Fpdc in each fpdc and bpdc in each bpdc around.

Row 31 – Repeat row 30.

You can continue row 30 for as long as you need to to make a longer brim, but I’ve found that with bulky yarn, 2-3 rows of fpdc/bpdc ribbing works great.

peace and love!

dear god

September 5, 2011

i found this in an old diary, from when i was 13 years old.

“march 18, 1998

i think tonight i’ll write a letter to god.  it’ll help me deal with my feelings and stuff.

dear god,
i know i’m supposed to honor my mother and my father, but sometimes it’s hard.  and is it okay to say all swear words except “hell” and “damn” and your name?  and why are you so jealous?  and why can i go to hell if i marry the wrong person?  and how do i know if you have accepted me or not?  why do you feel like crying whenever i talk about you?  i have to go now.

love,
oshinn”

don’t worry

September 2, 2011

&love

August 31, 2011

things are picking up a little around here, although not enough yet for my tastes.  once i have a job & a few gigs i should be back to normal.  until then: