carpaltunnelling

Tunnelling my way into your pantry since 1991

Double pointed knitting needles, and the many uses of said needles

Screw study! I made a case for my double pointed needles 😀 never again will I mix them up or lose them!

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Also, speaking of said uses for knitting needles, my partner found this on the internet:

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Included, is a picture of this hazelnut chocolate a customer gave me 😀 I call her grandma. She’s Croatian.

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Croatian grandma chocolate. Made from real grandma!

Lomography

No, I’m not a hipster (at least I hope not). My best friend and I have accumulated a substantial heap of undeveloped film – and I possess the 3 of the more recent ones that I’m particularly excited for. Personally, I think it’s a great idea, having the can of undeveloped film kept like a time capsule. Whether it gets developed next week or next year, we’ll feel the inexorable crushing pain of nostalgia when it’s eventually developed. Did you know, that the suffix “-algia” means pain? For example, “neuralgia” means “neurological pain”? The more you know.

I haven’t scanned any, but here’re a few pictures from the album I’m building!

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This one’s my favourite

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So instead of studying for my exams when I came home, I listened to doof doof music (Hardwell, Revealed: vol. 3) and made this: Pattern is here (Ravelry: Small Winter Burst pattern by Aurora Suominen http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/small-winter-burst) I used Rowan yarn, 8 ply, 100% cotton with a 4.5mm hook. I think it’d work better with wool. […]

Knitted socks

So a while ago, I decided to try my hand at knitted socks.

This was also my first attempt at knitting something that wasn’t a blanket or a scarf, and I found this link to be an extremely useful resource: http://verypink.com/2011/01/13/video-lesson-learn-to-knit-socks/

2 months later, here’s a drawer full of socks.

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I should also mention, that all of them aren’t matching. I’ve yet to make an actual pair. I only followed the pattern once, so they’re all different sizes and shapes. I’m hoping that one day, I’ll make one out of the nice silk and cotton yarn that’ll match another silk and cotton yarn by coincidence (at least by size) – so I can gift it to my best friend. Halfway there!

They’re very fun to knit during concerts, lectures, bus rides, queues, tv shows and toilet breaks. If you want to knit socks intuitively, follow the pattern anyway once or twice. Then follow these rules when knitting subsequent socks:

1. Knit a swatch. Seriously, it’s *actually* useful this time.

2. Watch a video on how to do the kitchener stitch before doing it. I was never quite sure I was doing it correctly until I did it by accident halfway through my third sock.

3. When knitting the heel flap, knit until it forms a golden rectangle. (length is ~1.66 times the width) before turning the heel.

4. When turning the heel, multiply the number of stitches on the heel flap by 2/3 and minus 1. This is the number of stitches you should knit before you k2tog, knit and turn.

5. If modelling the sock after your foot, knit the foot until you reach the base of the last toe’s nail. *Then* start reducing.

6. Here’s a more detailed description of the kitchener stitch:

6a. Position the two needles parallel to each other, horizontally with the leg cuff pointing towards you (not away from you). .The needle closest to you will be the “bottom needle”, and the one furthest is the “top needle”.

6b. With yarn needle, slip needle purl-wise (as if to purl) between the right-most stitches from both needles (bottom first, then top).

6c. Slip the right-most stitch off the top needle.

6d. Slip needle through the right-most stitch, on the top needle knit-wise (as if to knit). slip needle through the right-most stitch, on the bottom needle.

6e. Slip the right-most stitch off the bottom needle.

6f. Repeat steps 6b-6e

On a lighter note, I hid little cat magnets through my partner’s house. So far, he’s found 4 out of 5. Last night, I ordered 48 more and will hide them every time I’m over. You know, like how a serial killer leaves tokens. I hope that he’ll collect them until he’ll have a box full of little cats magnets.

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He found the cat. The fourth cat.

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Super gay rainbow cat cape, amongst other things.

Right! So I decided to resume blogging after a few months. Hopefully, posts will be more succinct and private, since this was originally started for me to keep track and record patterns and theories.

Anyway! I finally finished that super gay rainbow cat cape thing from March 2012. Here is a link to the stitch (http://www.crochetgeek.com/2009/04/abstract-crochet-cats.html), and a few pictures describing the planning process and the end product. I didn’t anticipate for it to weigh this much, so I won’t be wearing it outside. It’s also made from wool and ridiculously warm. I’m starting to sweat.

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It’s FINALLY finished!

After 3 weeks, finally finished Ralph Diverticulosis.

The name “Ralph Diverticulosis” comes from the medical condition Diverticulosis. As you age, elasticity of the colon is diminished – so you can find pockets/pouches of extra space in your large intestine. I chose this name because of the compartment I added (with a zipped entrance through its anus). Sick? Disturbing? Nigga please, I am the Feline Overlord.
It took around 70-80 hours, $136 worth of materials, and the shell has a 320 stitch circumference (80cm head to tail, 50cm top to bottom). Coton-A cotton blend 8-ply by Sullivans was used with 4.50, 4.00 and 3.75mm hooks.

it took me much longer than I expected to finish the head, because it was too big to carry around in public. I had also accidentally went from stitch counting, to amigurimi-style crochet – which deviated the line of vertices and made the head look twisted. Also missing a vertex a caused a cheek to be too sharp and I didn’t want to pull it out to start again because I realized the change after more than an entire ball of yarn (1500+ stitches). My carpal tunnel also flared up for the first time in a month, which means I need to get back into using wool. Bloody cotton blends..

Anyway, here’re the pictures. I’ll have up upload the patten another day, because it’s currently my most detailed and time-raping project.

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Also, these two pictures are of a complete stranger holding Ralph, and my mum. She wanted me to sell it. Then when I said it could be the only thing that reminds her of me when I move out, she changed her mind. Quick! If you compliment her, she will love you. I also tried to get a picture of my godmum, but she refuses to consent to the publicity.

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Here! Have a fake beret

A while ago, I wanted to make a beanie. It didn’t work out, so I turned it into a beret. But then, I hadn’t finished it when I was sizing dad’s head – so its a fake beret. Here’s a picture!

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He is so proud of me, there is absolutely no way he was thinking: “maybe. Just maybe, I dropped him one too many times as a baby”.

Pattern here!

Treble stitches
Foundation circle: 10 vertices
15 rows of Increasing factor 10 (160)
7 rows of decreasing factor 10 (90)
Dc 10 rows of factor 0
Take a photo

Here! Have a fake strawberry

I made strawberries! The first one was given to a family friend visiting from Malaysia, which lead me to replace the first one with a new strawberry. Here’re the pictures, and the pattern below. A guide to interpreting it is found here.

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Body:
Foundation circle: 8 vertices of treble stitch (tr)
2 rows of increasing factor 8 (24)
With double crochet stitches:
3 rows of factor 0 (24)
Decreasing factor 3 until closed. (remember to stuff it)
*(24-3)/3 = 7. Therefore, every 7th stitch is a decreasing vertex.

Leaves and stem:
Slip into the foundation circle, chain 1
Double crochet (dc) 8 stitches into the foundation circle (8). This is the new foundation circle
From the vertical columns of the new foundation circle, make 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 slip stitch into the same vertical column. This is one leaf. Continue until you have 5-6.
Slip into chain of first leaf. Tighten, remove loop from hook
From the centre of the leaves, insert hook from the top, to the side. Reattach the loop and pull through so that the loop is at the centre of the ring
Slip the ring closed. Chain 7, slip into the first stitch. Tighten, cut.

I’m sorry if this is hard to follow.. This is all improvised because I’m terrible at following patterns. Let me know if there needs to be clarification.

Here! Have a fake carrot

I made a carrot! Here’s the picture, and the pattern below. A guide to interpreting my patterns is here

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Body:
Foundation circle: (8 treble stitches)
With Double crochet stitches:
3 rows of increasing factor 8 (32)
5 rows of factor 0 (32)
*stuff it before you finish the tip
Decreasing factor 1 until closed

Leaves:
Slip into foundation circle
Double crochet 8 stitches around foundation circle
Slip into first stitch: this is your new foundation circle
*there will be 16 leaves
Cut; with new thread, slip into back loop of foundation circle. Chain 15-20, cut
With new thread, slip into front loop of foundation circle. Chain 15-20, cut
Repeat until you have 16 leaves.
Insert hook from bottom of carrot to the top, pulling the loose ends into the body through the centre to cover the orange centre inside the green foundation circle.
Eat a dog.

Here! Have a fake plum

1 topic. Plums, and it’s pattern

I made a plum! I didn’t get a chance to stuff it til I got home, so I started on something else that I haven’t finished yet.

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I’m going to upload a new way to read patterns, because I think this method helps with developing a mathematical way to design objects. This is my first pattern, let me know if you understand or need clarification.

We’re mostly going to use the treble stitch for the plum, and double crochet for the leaf

Plum:
Foundation chain: 8 vertices
3 rows of increasing factor 8 (32 in total)
1 row of increasing factor 4 (36)
3 rows of factor 0
1 row of decreasing factor 4 (32)
4 rows of decreasing factor 8 (0)

Slip stitch other colour on one side of the foundation circle. Chain 3, slip stitch onto other side of foundation circle. Double crochet into centre of loop

Leaf:
Two double crochet (dc) into loop
Dc two into each stitch (4)
*there a now 3 vertices. One on each side, one in the middle.
2 rows of increasing factor 3 (10)
2 rows on factor 0 (10)
10 rows of decreasing factor 1 (0)
*the type and location of this vertex is a traditional decrease at the start of the row
Chain two, cut and tighten

Congratulations! You’ve (hopefully) made a plum!