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December 8, 2009

From Susan — All This Has Happened Before….

Filed under: Topsy Turvy,Topsy Turvy pattern,Updates — lv2knit @ 9:13 pm

The title is a shout out to Battle Star Galactica (Go, Cylons — woo hoo!).  Anyway, all these glovelets have happened before and will happen again…

I have been knitting up massive quantities of glovelets.  Most are being made with my new favorite glovelet pattern: Baby Fan Mitts.   Here is a picture of the most recent pair, with two more pairs to go (black just does not photograph well!):

Baby Fan Mitts using Misti Alpaca Worsted, US Sz 3 dpns

I have a new pattern to add to my repertoire for glovelets.  I wanted to make a pair with stash worsted weight yarn, so my old standby “Fetching Glovelets” came to mind.  I could not bring myself to make another pair — at least not right now.  But as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a free pattern designed by good friend and loyal reader, Twinset Ellen.  The pattern is called “Handed Yes, Fingered No: Mitts That Fit” and is free on the blog she shares with her twin sister, Jan. 

Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk Aran — 75% merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere (color Clipper, 2 skeins, 188 yards, US Sz 5 dpns)

They are a very quick knit, nicely written pattern, and fit very well.  The pattern calls for two colors that stripe throughout.  I used a solid color, so mine looked a little plain.  I crocheted a simple edging to jazz them up a bit.

On a completely unrelated note, the other day I got an email from a Los Angeles knitting store called Knit Culture.  They said they had just made our Topsy Turvy Moebius and were going to do a class on it!   What can I say — this was exciting news!!

Now, stop reading and start knitting!

Special Note from Kendyl:
“On an only slightly related note- Lt. (or Captain) Starbuck aka Katee Sackhoff wandered into my open house (I’m a Realtor in CA) a few weeks ago.  I did not behave well- as in “cool”.  Pretty surreal to have a character you are somewhat obsessed with walk right into you.”

I am so envious!!  Starbuck is one of my favorite characters — I ? her!!  In the new BSG, Starbuck remained a hard drinking, cigar smoking, fighter pilot — the only thing they changed was the gender!!

November 9, 2009

From Both of Us — Just a Little Edit

Filed under: Topsy Turvy pattern — Both Sisters @ 10:55 pm

One of our readers expressed a bit of difficulty with the Topsy Turvy Moebius pattern.  We realized that the pattern could use some additional clarity, so we revised it. 

The change relates to the stitch count needed to shorten or lengthen the moebius.  As the pattern is written, each half of the moebius = 216 sts, which is a multiple of 16 sts + 8.  The two halves together = 432 sts, which is a multiple of 16 sts.  To adjust the length of the moebius, you need to add or subtract a multiple of 16 sts from the original total of 216, making sure that each half remains a multiple of 16 + 8.  Stitch counts that work are: 248, 232, 216, 200, 184, 168, etc.

There wasn’t an error in our directions, but we realized that it was a little murky. We hope this did not cause any problems for all of you knitters out there!!

October 30, 2009

From Susan and Sally — Couldn’t Wait til Sunday

Filed under: Topsy Turvy,Topsy Turvy pattern — Both Sisters @ 2:13 pm

The Topsy Turvy Moebius pattern is ready NOW!!  Yay!  There is a link on the right side column where we keep the links to all of our free patterns.  Please enjoy this small gift from The Rainey Sisters!!

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