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Knit a Sweater for a Penguin in Need


Rena, an oil tanker that cracked a couple weeks ago when it ran into a coral reef off New Zealand’s coast is slowly leaking onto that island’s shores, which harbors some of Earth’s most unique biodiversity. And treehugger.com says it’s only getting worse as storms buffet the damaged ship. Awash in grief and futility as usual, this time there’s something we can do to help–knit a shivering oil-slicked penguin a sweater! The yarn store Skeinz is organizing efforts and posted this pattern.

Photo by Lena Nargi

Penguin Jumper in 8ply  – Must be 100% Wool Yarn
1 pair 3.25mm , 1 pair of 3.75mm needles , 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular
Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times.  Change to 3.75mm needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row. (44 sts)
Continue until work measures 15 cms.
Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain.
Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.)
Leave on needle.
Make second side the same.
Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 3.25mm needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows.
Cast off.
Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed). Flat elastic OK.

 

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Customer request: OySpaceMan! Menswear Beanie (sans scarf)


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I got a request from a happy customer to make this hat without the scarf it originally came with. He also wanted something to wear in the summer, so I switched out the acrylic white stripes with organic cotton ones. The blue in this hat is entirely recycled in Europe. As always, it’s a custom fit and comes with a tree donation. Get one for your favorite Doctor Who fan here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74224616/oyspaceman-hat-in-recycled-fiber

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Thank you for planting so many trees!


This just in: We have about a whole grove of trees in the ground now! I’m so grateful to all you who planted these, that today I put together this token of my appreciation. Here’s to another fantastic grove in April.

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Test of my first illusion knitting pattern


It works!

Illusion knitting is a knitting technique comprising stripes of color composed of slightly ridged (purl) and flat (knit) stitches which obscure each other when viewed from an oblique angle. The visible ridges are arranged in a pattern, producing the effect of a disappearing image.

It was a perfect opportunity to try this technique when I was asked to donate something for a charity auction at a convention for open source code and sci-fi/fantasy. The battle between copyright and copyleft seemed a perfect subject for an illusion scarf. After this successful test, I’m making the scarf in charcoal grey and mustard gold (after the Linux penguin). I decided to leave out the copyleft symbol and only include a copyright illusion, hoping the implication is not lost on the open source crowd.