jerkameleon

Jan 22

Since starting my first toe-up sock, I learned a few things.

1. I made a terrible mistake in resisting toe-up socks for all these years! (Hopefully I won’t regret that statement when it comes time to knit a heel.)

2. Knitting on two circular needles is also fantastic. These are the Kollage square needles (size 2.5, one 16” the other 24”) with the soft cable. They are very different from the other circular needles I have, and kind of hard to describe. The 16” version’s needle is just a tad shorter than I’d like it, but otherwise they are nice.

3. I don’t knit to just knit anymore. If I’m knitting something, I want to be designing something. And this yarn stumped me, just because it looks so incredibly good in stockinette that any sort of texture or pattern that I tried adding to it made it look worse. I’ve already given up on it and will move on to a different yarn soon enough. As soon as I need some mindless knitting though, I know just where to turn.

Since starting my first toe-up sock, I learned a few things.

1. I made a terrible mistake in resisting toe-up socks for all these years! (Hopefully I won’t regret that statement when it comes time to knit a heel.)

2. Knitting on two circular needles is also fantastic. These are the Kollage square needles (size 2.5, one 16” the other 24”) with the soft cable. They are very different from the other circular needles I have, and kind of hard to describe. The 16” version’s needle is just a tad shorter than I’d like it, but otherwise they are nice.

3. I don’t knit to just knit anymore. If I’m knitting something, I want to be designing something. And this yarn stumped me, just because it looks so incredibly good in stockinette that any sort of texture or pattern that I tried adding to it made it look worse. I’ve already given up on it and will move on to a different yarn soon enough. As soon as I need some mindless knitting though, I know just where to turn.

Jan 04

For something I’m working on…

For something I’m working on…

Dec 13

Blocking…

Blocking…

Dec 09

I forgot how much I like Noro sock yarn.

I forgot how much I like Noro sock yarn.

Nov 24

jerkameleon:

(via Ravelry: How Come That Blood pattern by Adam Kaczynski)

I don’t think I ever bragged about how I finished that knitting pattern and actually put it up for sale. But I did! And it is! You can get it at the link above!

It’s a cuff-down sock with a symmetric cable pattern that emerges on both sides. The pattern contains two charts for the cabling, and a brief outline for how to incorporate it into your favorite sock design.

I had originally created a sliding pay scale for it, so it’s available for $6, $4, or $2. But from now until the end of November, it is also available for free, just use the code “HCTBfree” during checkout or click here. (Should you feel like throwing a few bucks my way you can get it for $2 here or for $4 here,)

And please share photos! I’d love to see what people are doing with it!

Update:

Over 4000 people have taken advantage of the free pattern offer since I started it at the end of October, but there is now less than one week left to take advantage of it.

Several knitters have already completed a pair and you can check out their version by visiting the Ravelry projects page for the pattern to see how excellent they all look!

jerkameleon:

(via Ravelry: How Come That Blood pattern by Adam Kaczynski)

I don’t think I ever bragged about how I finished that knitting pattern and actually put it up for sale. But I did! And it is! You can get it at the link above!

It’s a cuff-down sock with a symmetric cable pattern that emerges on both sides. The pattern contains two charts for the cabling, and a brief outline for how to incorporate it into your favorite sock design.

I had originally created a sliding pay scale for it, so it’s available for $6, $4, or $2. But from now until the end of November, it is also available for free, just use the code “HCTBfree” during checkout or click here. (Should you feel like throwing a few bucks my way you can get it for $2 here or for $4 here,)

And please share photos! I’d love to see what people are doing with it!

Update:

Over 4000 people have taken advantage of the free pattern offer since I started it at the end of October, but there is now less than one week left to take advantage of it.

Several knitters have already completed a pair and you can check out their version by visiting the Ravelry projects page for the pattern to see how excellent they all look!

Oct 30

So I was pretty excited earlier today when my sock pattern made it onto the top 20 of the “hot right now” section on Ravelry. I’m fucking thrilled now that it has made the top five. I’ve seen over 1000 free downloads and a dozen or so paying customers since Monday night.

It’s like being a rockstar and I’m topping the iTunes charts or something. It won’t last long, but I’m getting a kick out of it right now.

So I was pretty excited earlier today when my sock pattern made it onto the top 20 of the “hot right now” section on Ravelry. I’m fucking thrilled now that it has made the top five. I’ve seen over 1000 free downloads and a dozen or so paying customers since Monday night.

It’s like being a rockstar and I’m topping the iTunes charts or something. It won’t last long, but I’m getting a kick out of it right now.

Oct 28

(via Ravelry: How Come That Blood pattern by Adam Kaczynski)

I don’t think I ever bragged about how I finished that knitting pattern and actually put it up for sale. But I did! And it is! You can get it at the link above!

It’s a cuff-down sock with a symmetric cable pattern that emerges on both sides. The pattern contains two charts for the cabling, and a brief outline for how to incorporate it into your favorite sock design.

I had originally created a sliding pay scale for it, so it’s available for $6, $4, or $2. But from now until the end of November, it is also available for free, just use the code “HCTBfree” during checkout or click here. (Should you feel like throwing a few bucks my way you can get it for $2 here or for $4 here,)

And please share photos! I’d love to see what people are doing with it!

(via Ravelry: How Come That Blood pattern by Adam Kaczynski)

I don’t think I ever bragged about how I finished that knitting pattern and actually put it up for sale. But I did! And it is! You can get it at the link above!

It’s a cuff-down sock with a symmetric cable pattern that emerges on both sides. The pattern contains two charts for the cabling, and a brief outline for how to incorporate it into your favorite sock design.

I had originally created a sliding pay scale for it, so it’s available for $6, $4, or $2. But from now until the end of November, it is also available for free, just use the code “HCTBfree” during checkout or click here. (Should you feel like throwing a few bucks my way you can get it for $2 here or for $4 here,)

And please share photos! I’d love to see what people are doing with it!

May 23

What happened over the weekend? At 8:34 on Friday night, Kanye West tweeted. He said he’d be premiering a song in a half hour and we’d have to do what he said to hear it – we’d have to go to a particular address and stand outside with other people and watch a video projected onto the side of a building. Of course, the first video of the video was up within minutes, so most people didn’t have to do any such thing. “New Slaves” spread, the texting and Vineing and opining ran rampant. A few hours later even Michael Moore was Rap Genius-ing the song. The next night Kanye was the musical guest on the season finale of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ where he premiered another new song, “Black Skinhead,” performed “New Slaves” for the first time and stood alone while the cast hugged around him and the credits rolled.

He came for us on wavelengths old-fashioned and new, inserting into our conversations two songs that are stacks of questions without answers. Received as part of Kanye’s 15-year career, they make sense – from the composition that is both heavy-handed and deft to the singsong retort of his flow and the lyrics that combine insecurity with callous certainty, that decry consumerism while refusing to give it up, that drag internal conversations in front of a mass-market, hair-trigger, blinkered audience. “New Slaves” is the “c’mon, c’mon” in the “All Falls Down” hook 10 years and millions of dollars later. He’s got more on the line now — a decade of living has made him less inclined to sugarcoat.

” —

Kanye West Stands Alone : The Record (via npr)

My twitter feed was filled with comparisons to P.O.S as soon as people heard “New Slaves”.

Seriously, go listen to some P.O.S; “We Don’t Even Live Here” is fucking awesome.

(via npr)

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May 22

Buying independent music

I still haven’t bought David Bowie’s new album and I’m not likely to buy the new Daft Punk either, at least not while they cost 50% more than the albums I bought this week by bands on independent labels. So even though I’m sure that I’d really enjoy them, I’m going to keep spending my money on bands/labels who aren’t that greedy.

Independent music that I’ve supported recently:

The National - “Trouble Will Find Me”
4AD

Saturday Looks Good To Me - “One Kiss Ends It All”
Polyvinyl Record Co.

Deastro - “Clear Keep”

Son Lux - “Tear”
Joyful Noise Recordings