Friday, February 26, 2010

Chia Madagascar Marty :: Days 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27

Well, we kinda lost interest in Chia Madagascar Marty.  Now, I have oodles of pictures (missing some days here and there and a whole bunch this past week) and his mane is dying.  We have enuff seeds to go another round and may do so today being that we are snowed in (about a foot of snow).  The plants didn't get as big as I thought they would.  I'm not sure if that was normal, due to lack of sunlight or maybe because of it not being warmer.

Day 20, February 11, 2010

Day 21, February 12, 2010

Day 22, February 13, 2010

Day 23, February 14, 2010 (Saint Valentine's Day)

Day 24, February 15, 2010
Check out the huge pile of dishes ... and that's only in one side of the double sink!

Day 25, February 16, 2010 - No Image Available

Day 26, February 17, 2010

Day 27, February 18, 2010
Wonky flash ... yeah, well.

Day 28, February 19, 2010, Day 29, February 20, 2010, Day 30, February 21, 2010, Day 31, February 22, 2010, Day 32, February 23, 2010, Day 33, February 24, 2010, Day 34, February 25, 2010 (Dylan's 16th Birthday) - No Images Available!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chia Madagascar Marty :: Days 16, 17, 19

Okay, Chia Pets are kewl, especially Chia Madagascar Marty.  He's come a long way in the past 2 1/2 weeks.  I'm sure we'll do it again considering the pottery is reusable.  The seeds on the top of Marty's mane actually may make it after all.  Yesterday, I noticed small sprouts there.  Not sure if the moistened towel helped - I wasn't too religious about putting it on the seeds lately. 

Day 16 ~ February 7, 2010

Day 17 ~ February 8, 2010

Day 19 ~ February 10, 2010

P.S.  Yes, I missed another day :-(

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dingle Bobble Mittens


Finished just in time for the blizzard ...

Whatcha'll Need 
US 6 / 4 mm dpns
1/2 skein Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted
Stitch holder or waste yarn
Darning needle
Stitch Markers

Good Things To Know 
5 sts/8 rows = 1"
8 1/2" from top to bottom, 1 1/4" thumb, 3 1/4" wide

c8b: sl next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k next 4 sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle
c8f: sl next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k next sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 together
k3tog: knit 3 together
m: marker
m1l: make 1 left
m1r: make 1 right
mb: {k1, yo, k1, yo, k1} all in next st, turn and p5, turn and k5, turn and p5, sl2, k3tog, p2sso
p2sso: pass 2 slipped stitches over
p: purl
pm: place marker
pu: pick up
rnd(s): round(s)
sl: slip
sm: slip marker
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over

Either Mitten Cuff
Loosely CO 42
Rnds 1-12: p, k2

Right Mitten
Rnds 13-19: p2, Chart A, p2, k to end
Rnd 20: p2, Chart A, p2, k2, {pm, k, pm}, k to end
Odd Rnds 21-29: p2, Chart A, p2, k2, {sl m, m1r, k to m, m1l, sl m}, k to end
Even Rnds 22-30: p2, Chart A, p2, k2, {sl m, k, sl m}, k to end
Rnd 31: p2, Chart A, p2, k2, {place 11 sts on stitch holder}, k to end
Rnds 32-60: p2, Chart A, p2, k to end (Chart A completed 4x)

Left Mitten
Rnds 13-19: p2, Chart B, p2, k to end
Rnd 20: p2, Chart B, p2, k to last 3 sts, {pm, k, pm}, k2
Odd Rnds 21-29: p2, Chart B, p2, k to m, {sl m, m1r, k to m, m1l, sl m}, k2
Even Rnds 22-30: p2, Chart B, p2, k to m {sl m, k, sl m}, k2
Rnd 31: p2, Chart B, p2, k to m, {place 11 sts on stitch holder}, k2
Rnds 32-60: p2, Chart B, p2, k to end (Chart B completed 4x)

Either Mitten Body
Rnd 61: p2, ssk, k12, k2tog, p2, ssk, ssk, k13, k2tog, k2tog
Rnd 62: p2, ssk, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2tog, p2, ssk, ssk, k9, k2tog, k2tog
Rnd 63: p2, ssk, k6, k2tog, p2, ssk, ssk, k5, k2tog, k2tog
Rnd 64: p2tog, k8, p2tog, ssk, k5, k2tog
Rnd 65: ssk, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2tog, ssk, k3tog, k2tog
Rnd 66: ssk, k2tog, k2tog, stop
Kitchener Stitch rem sts

Either Mitten Thumb
Rnd 1: pu & k 11 sts from stitch holder, pu & cross stitch 2 or 4 sts, join in the round
Rnds 2 - 13: k
Rnd 14: k2tog to last st, move last st to beg of next rnd
Rnd 15: k2tog to last st
Weave rem sts


Chart Symbols

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Basic Mittens Template

  • CO even amt of sts - work in the rnd
  • p1k1 ribbing for at least 2"
  • inc to another amt if necessary
  • 1/2" to thumb gusset
  • thumb gusset {sl m, m1r, k to m, m1l, sl m} / {sl m, k, sl m} alternately til gusset is at desired width ending with a {sl m, k, sl m} row and place those sts on a stitch holder for working the thumb later
  • 3 1/2" to dec: ssk = leans left, k2tog = leans right until a few sts can be grafted or kitchener stitched
  • pu thumb gusset sts and pu and twist twice at joint
  • 2 1/2" to aggressive dec - k2tog every st until only a few sts are left to weave in
make 2

Chia Madagascar Marty :: Days 11, 12, 13, 15

The seeds on top of Chia Madagascar Marty's mane will just not grow!  I've sprinkled water on it at first, but it would just dry out too fast.  Then, I tried placing a soaking wet paper towel on it just to later find it dried and stuck fast to the pottery - rinse and repeat.  I did manage to see very small sprouts there, but couldn't keep them moist enough.  I'll keep trying - no promises :-) 

Hopefully, larger leaves will start happening.  The stems look a bit longer than the advertisement picture.  Also, the sprouts are wiggly ... this is probably due to me turning the pottery towards the sunlight each day.  

I had all intentions of doing this daily; however, that just didn't happen.  Some days, my Droid wasn't charged enough to take the picture ... I used Scott's Droid those days. I would have sworn I took pictures everyday, but I can't find yesterday's on either my Droid or Scott's.

Day 11 ~ February 2, 2010 (Groundhog Day)

Day 12 ~ February 3, 2010

Day 13 ~ February 4, 2010

Day 15 ~ February 6, 2010