Archive for February, 2009

Sleep Tee Upgrade

February 23, 2009

I acquired a stack of sleep tees from Lands End in preparation for a hospital stay, and this weekend I decided they were boring.  The first one I upgraded got a foil initial:

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The second one allows me to take Murphy the puppy with me:

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I silk screened these using some photos I had taken…

The initial photo:

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The edited design:

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And the screen:

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I’ve been using a product called PhotoEZ.  It comes in sheets and is exposed using UV light — I use sunlight.  It’s a trifle temperamental, but I gather all screen creating technologies are, in one way or another, and isn’t nearly as expensive or space-hogging as a Thermofax machine.  I definitely need more practice, but it’s really fun!

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The Socks that took 2 Weeks

February 21, 2009

This pair took considerably less time than the last!  It’s the Monkey stitch pattern on a Bordhi Riverbed architecture (toe up) knit in Plymouth Happy Feet yarn.

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The Socks that Took FOREVER!

February 11, 2009

Finally finished these socks I started in August?  September?  A long time ago, in sock time.  I practically knit two full pairs with this one ball of yarn, considering all the frogging I had to do to get them to fit…and they’re still not the best fitting socks I ever made.

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These are knit from Pagewood Farm Glacier Bay Hand Dyed Sock Yarn.  The yarn was nice to work with, but the color crocked all over my hands something awful.  I’m hopeful they won’t stain my feet blue after a couple of washings with Synthrapol. The resulting socks are gorgeous, but oddly…crisp.

The pattern is a mashup of Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed architecture and a rib pattern from an Interweave Knits sock pattern from last year some time.  After the heel, I didn’t add any more rib columns — I just let the ones from the top of the foot spiral around the leg.  No ribbing at the top — just a bind off.  Because of the spiral ribbing, they twist a bit on my feet, but not uncomfortably so.