Scitchet Knits (and everything else)


stash buster

I would love to do knitted bags of all types and varieties, but I know as soon as I got to the add fabric and zipper part, I would set it aside and never finish.  I really need a sewing friend who wants knitted stuff (or embroidery, I like embroidery) but doesn’t like knitting very much, and we could just swap stuff like once a month and put in orders with each other.

This is a super awesome bag though.  It gives me ideas about journal covers and book covers.

Via Geek Girl Fibers

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Toe Up Socks

jabberwockypie seems to prompt a lot of my posts at the moment.  :-D 

She was asking about a pattern for toe-up socks and I thought, Andersson Heel!  ‘Cuz seriously, it is the only way I knit them now.  The great part of the Andersson Heel for me is that it is a recipe, not a pattern.  You can put in any stitch pattern you want, use any yarn you want, any gauge you want, and still make awesome socks.  I have a pair of socks I’m knitting this way right now that are a two-color stranded rib.

If math and/or making stuff up as you go aren’t in your comfort zone, I suggest that you start hereYarmando does a great job of charting everything out and puts in a TON of description that the Knitman doesn’t include in his instructions.  He also has sock patterns for sale and other cool stuff on his webpage.

There are two versions of the Knitman’s Andersson Heel:  The original and the reloaded version.  Hopefully, between Yarmando’s version and the Knitman’s versions, something will make sense to you.  Everyone has different ways of processing information and they are VERY different.

If anyone runs into trouble, I knit socks like this all of the time and I am trained in differentiated instruction and multiple learning modes, so hopefully I can help you figure it out, just send me a message.

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Cotton Yarn


In our yarn escapades we have come across two skeins of finger weight cotton yarn.

Does anyone have experience with cotton? Items they prefer to use them with?

I suppose I will put on my ‘creative uses’ hat and find something to do with them.
Ideas are appreciated!

I make a lot of things that I want to be able to throw into the washing machine with cotton yarn.  So, kitchen stuff, like dishcloths, towels, dish scrubbies, etc.  Also rugs.  Cotton is awesome for bathmats.  I also make bags with it.  Oh, dog sweaters.

Remember that it has no give.  It can be really unforgiving if you are making something that needs a very specific gauge.

Via KayDea Crafts
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My first ever actual use of a life line in knitting.

This is a Kauni Feather and Fan Stole.  It is the second one I’ve knit.  The challenge with this type of project is that you basically knit until you run out of yarn (or at least, that is what I do).  The problem is you’ve got decreases at the end, so you have to make a decision about when to start those before you run out of yarn..  And so, I got to a point where I wasn’t sure if I had enough yarn left to do one more repeat of the main 40 row chart, or if I needed to start in on the decrease chart.  In a wild fit of “thinking ahead” while crafting, I thought, I would put in a life line in case I had to rip back.

As you can see, I’ve run out of yarn, so ripping back it is!  The life line made this super easy. I got one repeat of the main chart and 1.25 repeats (out of three) of the decrease chart. 

I was hoping to have this done and blocked for our road trip this weekend.  Instead, I’ll be finishing it on the road trip this weekend.  Oh well.  I can not tell you how excited I am that my rainbow shawl is almost done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The page for this project is:

knitting shawl stole Kauni Feather and Fan Kauni Aade COLOR!!!!!! rainbow life line


Gandalf yarn bowl with hook holder. Unfired.
This bowl is to be glazed and is for sale.
£100GBP ($170USD) +shipping.
Enquiries to

This is going to be soooo awesome when it is finished!

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Gandalf yarn bowl.
Available today at
£100GBP +P&P ($170+shipping)

This is sooooo awesome!  I LOVE the crochet hook as the wand.

Via Earth Wool Fire

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Figuring out my priorities

Since last Monday (6/16) I have knit, spun, and written every day (except Sunday, I only knit on Sunday ‘cuz I had a football hangover and writing and spinning take too much brain power). 

It makes me way happy that I have managed to fit in the things that are important to me.  Some days it was only five minutes on one or the other of them.  It is something I really don’t want to stop, now that I’ve started.

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Between the wee hours of the morning and today, I’ve unraveled my first thrift store sweater! :D

Admittedly not all of it survived the process (one of the fronts kind of just got shredded along one vertical edge and that just didn’t work out for anyone) but hey, more than half! It’s not like I…

You could use it double and make a blanket (for charity or yourself) or knit in the round as a blanket. Lap blankets are a big charity knitting project.

Also, you can just knit with it as is. I’ve done it. The yarn will settle into the new whatever that you make. It speeds things along of you block the finished object. It will also relax while it is in the ball(s).

Hugely unpopular knitter opinion: I don’t really like center pull balls. I always get tangles (even the professionally done ones). I prefer a big roly ball. Those don’t tangle and they occasionally roll across the room, which always makes me giggle. :-)

Via I Fail At Tumblr Forever

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Dragon by lv2knit on Flickr.

This is absolutely wonderful.  Cables make me really happy.

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I’ve been wanting to make something colorful and kind of boho - something that could hold all the un-jaded delight of a summer festival or a good roadtrip, and this one turned out really well. WARNING. Handspun kerchief may cause side-effects such as mild delight, smiling, wardrobe refreshing, and more. Ask your doctor if handmade is right for you. 

This is lovely.  Absolutely lovely.

Via The Mouse Army Mitten Company

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I want to knit a shawl, but all of the patterns I’ve found are for super pretty/lacey/girly designs. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s really not my style.

There’s a tragic lack of “shawl you would wear while fighting an evil dragon” patterns on ravelry.

Have you seen the…

How about The Age of Brass and Steam?

Or the Boneyard Shawl?

Or Black Death?

Good luck and happy knitting!

Oh, I’ve done the Age of Brass and Steam one many times. It has a little bit of lace, but not too much.

That is a good pattern. It is also easy to adapt it for any gauge and change the size.

Via The Lazy Vegetarian

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I want to knit a shawl, but all of the patterns I’ve found are for super pretty/lacey/girly designs. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s really not my style.

There’s a tragic lack of “shawl you would wear while fighting an evil dragon” patterns on ravelry.

Have you seen the Danish tie shawl?

It was also published in Spin Off.

Basically, you are just doing garter stitch with increases in the middle and on the ends. There is an edging in the pattern that I left out. It makes a nice everyday shawl.

Via Arachne's Curse
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I finally finished my falling leaves hand towel.  I made this as I was perfecting the chart on:  So there are some mistakes, ‘cuz I screwed up the chart a couple of times…

I really love how it turned out though and I think I’m going to use this leaf pattern and the trellis pattern on the edges to design my shawl idea, or at least the first iteration of it.

The page for this project is:

Feel free to use the chart to your heart’s desire.

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I don’t think I’ve posted this shawl on my knitting blog since I made it before I had a knitting/crafting blog.

Here is the ravelry page:

It is in Noro Chirimen, so it is machine washable!  I made it as sort of an every day shawl.

This morning the house is cool enough to wear it.  I always smile when I pull it out of the closet.

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