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08 November 2009 @ 11:54 pm

[Update, 12/7/11- There was a glaring mistake in the cable set-up row. It's now fixed, and for those who have attempted this before, I am sorry.]

This is a pattern (more of a recipe, actually) I devised for a new pair of mitts for my lil sis. There are dozens of similar styles, but these were designed to fit our largish wrists, wide hands, and to incorporate one of my favorite cable patterns. They include a thumb gusset, and should be very easy to size. For smaller hands, simply go down a needle size or eliminate one repeat of the rib. Any cable pattern using 12 stitches would also work.

I have never written a pattern before, so I'm kind of winging this. This pattern is untested, and may have errata. If you have any questions, comments, complaints, etc., please feel free to comment here, message me on Ravelry, or email me at kjones@kokomobeach.com

I use one long circular and knit both at the same time in magic loop, though this will work just as well for two circs and dpns.


Approx. 75 grams of any worsted weight yarn. This pair was knit in Cascade 220 Quattro. Any smooth wool or wool blend should work, as well as acrylic (though it's likely to cause sweaty palms.) Fuzzy yarns might cause loss of stitch definition in the cables.

Size 6 circ or dpns

Stitch markers (optional) I don't like them personally, but I will include instructions to use them for the thumb gusset.

Waste yarn (I prefer cotton crochet thread)

Yarn Needle

C6B- Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold to back. Knit 3 stitches from left needle, then 3 from the cable needle
C6F- Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold to front. K3 from left needle, K3 from cable needle.

CO 40 stitches. When using magic loop, I use a long-tail cast on, as I find it works the best, but any stretchy cast on will work.

Ribbing set up round: *K3, P1* repeat around.
Repeat 9 times for a total of 10 rounds. If you would like the ribbing longer, feel free to continue until desired length.

Cable set up:
Round1: K3, P1, K5, M1, K6, P1, *K3, P1 to end
Round2: k3, p1, k12, p1, *k3, p1 to end
Repeat round 2 twice

Cable Pattern:
Round 1: K3, P1, C6B, C6F, P1, *K3, P1 to end
Round 2: K3, P1, K12, P1, *K3, P1 to end
Rounds 3-6: Repeat round 2

Cable Pattern will be repeated a total of 8 times.

(Right) Thumb Gusset:
On round 3 of the 4th cable repeat, K3, P1, K12, P1, K3, P1, K1 (PM if you want), inc 1, K1, inc 1, pm, K1, P1 *K3, P1 to end

Left Thumb Gusset
K3, P1, K12, P1, *K3, P1* to last 5 stitches, K1 (PM if you want), inc 1, K1, inc 1, pm, K1, P1

Continue working the cable pattern, increasing 1 stitch after the first marker, and 1 before the second every third round until you have 13 stitches between (16 rounds). Work one more round. The following round, continue in the established pattern, remove the stitches between the markers to waste yarn, CO1, and finish the round as usual.

Continue as established until round 3 of the 8th repeat of the cable pattern.

Next round: K3, P1, K3, P1, K1, K2tog, K1, P1, *K3, P1 to end.
Complete 10 rounds of the rib, then bind off loosely.

Knit the Thumbs:
Pick up the live stitches from the waste yarn, and the one stitch you cast on. I actually pick up one extra stitch to help close the hole that will be left. Knit in the round for 5 rounds, and bind off loosely.

Weave in ends, using the tail from the thumb to close up any holes resulting from the picked up stitches. Put them on and enjoy!

To make them longer, simply use more repeats of the cable before starting the thumb. You want to start the thumb gusset at the base of your palm.
09 August 2009 @ 04:30 pm
Oh,for fuck's sake! Anyone who knows me (I think) knows I think "abstinence only" initiatives are stupid. And if you didn't know that, well, now you do.

I have no problem with abstinence being taught along-side proper use of birth control and full on sexual health education. Abstinence is an appropriate course of action for some teens/young adults, and as I'm sure you know/can guess, I'm all about choice.

But those who are anti-choice, who wish to cram their agenda down the gullet of every teenager in Amurica, who perpetuate the tired whore/Madonna trope, who hold purity balls and encourage purity rings, are now endorsing the idea that if I'm sexy, he'll wait for me to marry him (or at least pressure me to have sex, instead of date-raping me).

What if I'm not sexy? What do I do then? Just give it up and be a slut who gets pregnant at 17 because my right wing crazypants school board decided I don't need to know about condoms, diaphragms, or BC? What if I can't wear the shirt that proudly declares "my come hither stare will lead to no play" because of my school dress code prohibiting tank tops, or my boobs are too big to wear it without a bra, or they don't make it in a size larger than slightly baggy on Kate Moss?

Here's a crazy idea- why don't we slow down on the over-sexualizing of girls and young women? 5 year olds don't need belly shirts and low rise jeans, and 16 year olds do not need "fuck me" pumps (originated by Candies, of course). As long as women are viewed as objects to be used, protected, or shamed, and not actual people with minds of their own, companies and crazypants school boards will continue to decide what is best for us, regardless of whether its hurtful or not.

Thank you Candies, helping my ability to budget by ensuring I will never buy your shoes (or stupid shirts) ever again.
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
20 July 2009 @ 05:18 am
...don't have a sense of humor
Feminists just want to be alone (boo-hoo)
Feminists spread vicious lies and rumor
They have a tumor on their funny bone

~Nellie McKay, Mother of Pearl

I am a feminist. I've considered myself one pretty much since I had a basic understanding of what the word meant. And I want to love feminist sites. I want to read feministing.com (which features some truly brilliant writers and leaders in modern feminism), and feminist/gender identity centric articles and not get pissed off. Granted, it's rarely the article itself that gets me. It's the comments. And what is the point of an open forum system if you aren't going to read and participate in the comments?

Trolls are one thing. They exist solely with the intention of pissing people off. That is not the focus of this morning's rant. I love dissenting opinions. However, I love people who feel they have a right to impose their will on others without bothering to engage in a debate far less.

The fact is, it happens on both sides, but no one wants to admit it. In the case of a site like Feministing, the knee-jerk "you're an idiot/bigot/bad feminist" reaction to people who bother to ask honest questions or provide a different perspective (respectfully) is not discouraged, and in the case of community or particularly inflamatory posts, encouraged by commentors as a whole (not the editors). I've seen it elsewhere, Salon.com, Jezebel.com, other sites I can't recall because it's 5am, but Feministing is by far the worst I've encountered. While I may have questions regarding someone's experiences, expectations, opinions, and such, I'm afraid to say something. I have a fear I'll be flamed, simply for not already understanding the plight of every stepped upon group.

Point in case: This article about a trans girl in a Maine high school, and the fact the staff chose to have her use the faculty restroom until a higher authority determined she be allowed to use use the bathroom of her choosing. I have no problem with her using the bathroom she feels most comfortable in. The problem lies with people who call the school administration bigots for covering their asses. If this girl were allowed to/forced to use a certain bathroom by the school, and were attacked or threatened, people would be salivating over the resulting lawsuit and screaming for heads to roll at the school. By having her use a private bathroom, they protected not only themselves, but her from potential risk while the drama played out. While there was some interesting discussion, plenty of yelling ensued at people who shared an opinion similar to mine, or pointed out the flaws in gender neutral bathrooms/individual bathrooms.

I understand feminism and gay rights lend themselves to hard line left wing stances, particularly in the current political climate. I get it. We're downtrodden, particularly those of "other" status: women, racial minorities, transfolk, gay men, lesbians, the whole GLBTQ and caboodle. I also understand if the movement(s) want(s) to remain relevant, self moderation is necessary. The adage "chose your battles" applies to any social or political movement. When you complain about every last thing, people quit listening. The concept of small steps to achieve large goals/overall change has become lost in the swamp of everyone demanding what is right for them, personally or the group they support/identify with, and not what is best for/works rationally in society as a whole.

I am supporter of human rights, across the queer/race/class/gender board, but calling people bigots for not understanding something they have little to no experience with doesn't help anyone. Singling out and attacking people who question, who attempt to educate themselves, pushes people away from your cause. Yes, some people will vehemently disagree with you, threaten you, make you feel like shit on the bottom of their shoe; but lumping those people in with the people who are genuinely curious and are making an effort to understand does nothing but harm.
I've made it through 2 of 3 final projects. My 2 point room was applauded (*squee*), and yes, my spiral staircase was correct, a first for my instructor. I sound like I'm bragging, and I kind of am, but these accomplishments are huge for me. Not only can I draw, and fairly well (as my father told me my whole life), but by applying myself, I've got and A in Color Theory, and a high B in Drawing and Perspective (as my parents told me I was capable of my whole life). I'm an academic situation where I can't just get by on natural ability and good memory. I have to work for my grades, and I'm motivated to do so. A photo of the finished drawing included below.

2 point perspective room

Right now, I'm working on my Critical Thinking final project, a reinvention of the shopping cart. My idea is to get rid of the current incarnation of the shopping cart we know and love to hate, and create a system of automated grocery shopping, leaving only the need for mini carts and baskets. I have quite a bit to do, but it isn't due 'til tomorrow night, and I think I should be able to create a pretty good presentation. I also have a student identification sheet, and a space shuttle crash situation worksheet, in which we have to decide which 5 items that survived the crash we should leave behind. Neither of those should take too long.

Off to shower, and begin my last night of homework for the quarter!
15 June 2009 @ 04:52 am
...or possibly die from lack of sleep.

I am worn out.

The wedding is over! anti_pop21 and my dear friend Wes said their vows yesterday Saturday in a lovely ceremony at the Elliot House. As a Maid of Honor who is also trying to complete various final projects (two of which are due tomorrow today), last week was sort of like hell, sort of exactly. I am currently trying to finish my 2 point perspective room, 3 sketchbook entries, and a group powerpoint. It's 4:30 am, and I haven't even finished the 2 point room, let alone the sketches or powerpoint. I'm headed for yet another night with little to no sleep. At least I slept last night. We got home from the post-reception bash around 2:00 am, and were asleep by around 3:00. I slept 'til 1:30 this afternoon. It was absolutely bliss. At least I'm not working on only 3 hours of sleep tonight!

After Wednesday, I will have a glorious 3 weeks off, with no school to worry about. Starting the following Wednesday, I will have G most of the week for the first time since Ed & I split. While I will have far less free time, I am so very excited to have him here more. I'll have class Monday & Tuesday, then pick G up from daycare around 12:00 Wednesday, and he will return home Saturday evenings. I think it will be challenging, but we need the time to bond. So little can be accomplished in just a weekend, especially when Mommy is trying to finish up the inevitable last bit of homework.

2 pt partial

That spiral staircase is, on it's own, close to 10 hours of work. It's already been checked by my instructor, and I believe I am the first student he's had actually get it right. Not to brag, or anything, but I'm incredibly excited, considering I'd never really drawn before starting school 3 months ago. I'll post a picture of the completed project tomorrow or Tuesday.

Back to work!
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Bones Season 2
My most recent project for Color Theory was a self-portrait. I didn't really like the way the overall piece turned out, but though I would share the poetry scrawled across it.


I will see
Through the dark and fog
Of what they tell me
I should be, could be, must me
Who I am, what I am, where I stand
My place, my reason, my purpose
I will cry out,
Caterwaul, fight, argue, wail
Protest, holler, declare and proclaim
I will never be silent
....Groucho Marx

It's been a long time. Very long, in fact. So much has happened, so many things to share, I hardly know where to begin.

Major Life Changes
I am no longer gainfully employed. I was laid off at the end of March, another casuality of the auto industry's stellar decline. I miss my boss, I miss my engineers, hell, I miss the customer service lady at our major supplier who drove me up the wall. Thankfully, I am able to collect unemployment, which has kept us in a home with utilities (mostly) paid. Not much spending cash, but we're getting by. Usually.

My regrettable unemployment opened an entirely new door, however. I have, since the beginning of April, been a student at the The Art Institute of Indianapolis. I am studying graphic design, with a focus in fashion and textiles. So far, I love it. I am bombarded with homework, challenged every week, and will be eyebrows deep in student loan debt, and yet, I'm passing all my classes, for the first time ever! I've missed a total of 3 classes. One for sickness, one for lack of a car, and one during tech week of Annie Get Your Gun, for which I did makeup. I haven't cut for the sake of cutting, I haven't not done homework because I didn't feel like it, etc. I love my school, despite it's lack of amenities like theatre and women's studies courses. For those not familiar, AI is set up similar to a trade school. The point is to make you marketable, and able to get a job post-graduation. I am two weeks away from successfully completing my first quarter, with all passing grades.

It turns out, I have somewhat of a natural ability to draw and paint, which is a little mind boggling to me. At some point, I will get around to posting pictures of my schoolwork so far.

School Details
Current Schedule
Drawing & Perspective- Monday 1-4:50pm (I think I have a B right now)
Color Theory- Monday 6-9:50pm (Currently have an A)
Critical Thinking- Wednesday 6-9:50pm (Currently have a C+, brought down by missing two classes. I will rock the final, and make quite a bit of that up)

Summer Quarter
History of Design- Monday 6-9:50pm
Life Drawing- Tuesday 1-4:50pm
Fundamentals of Design- Tuesday 6-9:50pm

Daily Life

J and I are still going strong. We've decided to put off getting married, as I am currently dependent on financial aid to get me through college, and he soon will be. He will be starting at IUK in the fall, working towards a marketing degree. I think, someday, we will be perfect partners in our own marketing/advertising company, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself.

Grif will be staying in Kokomo during the week for most of the summer. He will be here Wednesday thru Saturday starting the week of June 21. He has art camp, and I have finals the prior week, otherwise, I'd have him here ASAFP. I miss him terribly, and can't wait to have time to spend, without having to re-establish rules, routines, etc.

I think that's all I have for this evening. I hope to start keeping a better record of my time in school. This being my third attempt at college, and the first even remotely successful one, I would like to have a record of it.

Off to start a rough sketch of my current Drawing & Perspective project, and read about creating spiral staircases in perspective.
15 January 2009 @ 09:47 am
(from a famous person)

My first was from Larry Schles, a children's author. He signed my first edition of Aliens in My Nest at the Young Authors event when I was in sixth grade. I was beside myself with excitement, especially since I had the opportunity to interview him earlier that year when he spoke at our school. Such a nice, talented man.

Last night, I received my second and third.Collapse )
Current Location: work
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
19 October 2008 @ 03:17 pm

My first real foray into graphic design. It's a fairly simple image, I just layered the dragon over the kanji,and filled in with black where I wanted the dragon to tuck under. Not too bad considering all I have to use is GIMP. It's not as clean as I need it to be for large print applications, but it works for our school paperwork, and should translate well into a small patch for our gi.

Why am I designing logos for my kung fu class? Good question.

I was asked last week by Steven to take over the business end of the school. Between going to culinary school full time, working part time, trying to keep up with his homework and teaching class at least two days a week, he's a bit busy. I have already re-written the contract, created an attendance and payment sheet, and put together a student profile sheet. My next project is to price out patches, stickers, buttons, etc. I'll be doing marketing and keeping track of pricing for gis and other equipment. Not only will this take a large load off Steven, I think this gives him the opportunity to make sure I am fully invested in the class. I am the first girl to belt up, and he would like me to go all the way to black belt. And so would I.

Right now, I'm at a bit of crossroads due to some medical issues preventing me from really sticking to a training regimen. I have severe pelvic pain at least three days a week, and am only getting through most of the those days thanks to the modern marvel of loritab. My insurance will kick in at the end of the month, and I will be able to get all the tests, MRIs,and ultrasounds done in order to diagnose what's wrong. Right now, the doctor, and I, are working on the assumption that it is a pituitary ademona, ie, a small tumor on my pituitary gland. It causes my body to produce prolactin (the hormone that causes the body to lactate after pregnancy), which in turn throws my whole hormonal balance out of whack. Between the pain, random lactation, weird breakouts, and headaches, it's a bitch to deal with. Luckily, such conditions can usually be treated with medication, and if that doesn't work, the surgery required, while delicate, is easy to recover from.
27 June 2008 @ 09:34 am


that is all.