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dansaikyo From: dansaikyo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 21.47 (UTC) (Link)
What are you starting?
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 21.51 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah. I haven't posted about it in awhile but I'm working on a sampler afghan. That's just a quick picture I took with my cameraphone, because I'm not doing the squares in order and LJ Photos is sorta serving as my way to check them off. I plan on scanning it and getting a better representation later. The counter here is actually tan, and the yarn I used is lavender...

The gallery I'm putting these in is here, but so far this is only the second one I've done.
dansaikyo From: dansaikyo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 21.54 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, the colors look way different on the camera phone pic. LOL So... is a sampler afghan is like a patchwork quilt sorta, but an afghan?
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 22.11 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. You knit a bunch of different squares and then join them together. The one I'm doing is from this book somebody gave me for Christmas.
dansaikyo From: dansaikyo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 22.16 (UTC) (Link)
That's cool. :D How big are you going to make it? You should put in some designs... are you good at knitting designs into things that you work on?
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 22.28 (UTC) (Link)
The book has 63 squares in it, and I plan on making all of them. They're each about 7"x7", so it'll be about 50"x65" when it's done (including borders), so it'll definitely be bed-sized. Each square has a different design and/or texture in it already, I just haven't done any of the more interesting ones yet. ^_^

So far the colors I've got are the lavender and plum you saw in Square 1, and a mint and forest green. I haven't decided yet if I'll stick to just those colors or add some other random pastels and darks.

I haven't tried designing anything on my own yet, but it seems pretty easy to do if you can visualize the pattern in your head first.
dansaikyo From: dansaikyo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 22.29 (UTC) (Link)
*thinking*

You know what you need to do? Mario bros 8-bit pixel designs.

I think maybe I'll really take up knitting cuz that would be fawesome. *__*
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Tuesday 14th February 2006 22.44 (UTC) (Link)
Besides, then when the nuclear holocaust precipitates a new ice age you'll be able to make warm clothes out of bits of string and used chopsticks.
dansaikyo From: dansaikyo Date: Wednesday 15th February 2006 00.43 (UTC) (Link)
I might just go ahead and start doing that now for the eccentricity factor. Who knows, maybe they'll base a documentary or reality TV series on me. :O
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Wednesday 15th February 2006 01.08 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, if you're a perfectionist and tend to be somewhat tense, I don't recommend using wooden sticks (but if you're going to knit with chopsticks, the Japanese ones are better because they're more pointy), plus the wooden needles are more expensive. Aluminum knitting needles are plenty cheap and the yarn slides easier, especially if you tend to pull things tight. Plastic ones are even cheaper, but I haven't tried them. I have seen the plastic ones sold in sets of about 5 different sizes for about $10, at craft stores. If you don't mind clear glittery ones.

You could do worse than to grab a kit (I recommend the Lion Brand kits, since they come with aluminum needles and a halfway-decent instruction book) and some cheap yarn and just figure it out, if you want to take up knitting. Don't bother with any "left-handed instructions", though. Just learn Continental method. It's plenty easy and you won't have to reverse or translate anything.
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valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Wednesday 15th February 2006 07.44 (UTC) (Link)
One step at a time...

But once I finish all the sprites I'll have every character I could want already in pixel form, which is half the battle when you're copying a specific design in textile format.
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