When this vision came, we knew we must create a haven for all the sinister crafters of the world. No more would we be cowed into silence by cheerful scrapbook stickers. Never again would we be forced to gleefully execute a sweater of intarsia puppies. The Green Fairy had blessed us with an exotic vision we were powerless to deny. We madly scrambled for pen and paper with which to compose our opus. Finding none, we took up our knitting needles and carved text into the walls.
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When this vision came, we knew we must create a haven for all the sinister crafters of the world. No more would we be cowed into silence by cheerful scrapbook stickers. Never again would we be forced to gleefully execute a sweater of intarsia puppies.
The Green Fairy had blessed us with an exotic vision we were powerless to deny. We madly scrambled for pen and paper with which to compose our opus.
Finding none, we took up our knitting needles and carved text into the walls. Some things get sucked out, some things get porcelain veneers, and some things get, um, perkier. Our personalities are in this can you tell that one of us likes puns? We want you to help us carry this along, which makes it political—a stand against the current trends in society to sanitize grief, drug sadness, hide obscenities, stigmatize sex, and take everything much, much too seriously. We did make some absinthe once, but it was too horrible to actually drink.
Like old. Why are you considering taking craft advice from such pathological liars? Ours are as well. You read all these footnotes? And we thought we were, uh, different. Okay, so not a lot has changed.
And bitter. Drunken, bitter sellouts. This book is about the darker side of craft. The skulls, the bats, and the ravens of craft. Sound pretentious? Boy howdy. If you are familiar with our website, www. If you are not familiar with the website, consider this book the creepy stranger in your craft library. What you hold now is the work of nineteen fabulously twisted designers, and we are beholden to them.
The designers worked very hard. Much harder than we did. It was a wondrous scarf, and it shone light and warmth down on the world. The scarf was really nice though. With fringe, even. Since the creation of knitting, it has become a favorite pastime of yoga teachers looking for more media coverage. Some—losers—even say it is the new yoga. The old yoga was, of course, yoga. And binge drinking. Binge drinking is liver yoga, but has nothing to do with knitting.
Any two-ply Sh etland lace-weight or cobweb yarn can be substituted but please make sure yo u check your gauge. One-hundred percent silk or cotton yarns can be used but they will have much less stretch than one-hun dred percent wool or wool blends. Try an elastic sock yarn for extra slinkiness. If you are completely insane and have a ye ar with nothing better to do you can us e one strand and size needles. Th is would probably turn the snake into an earthworm. I made a valiant stab at that version but realized that perhaps I did need to stop knitting and maybe sle ep occasionally.
Divide evenly between three needles 36 sts per needle. Join together in a round without twisting the sts. Next Round: K all sts. Work all rounds of the edging chart see page Round 1, 3, and 5: K all sts. Round 2 and 4: K to marker, slip marker, P1, K remaining sts. Work all rounds of Right Stocking Chart. Work in stockinette stitch with purl-stitch seam purling in the st after the marker every other round until stocking is 27" 69cm or desired length to ankle.
Heel: Redistribute the sts so there are 15 sts on both sides of the marker on one needle and divide the remaining 32 sts instep sts on the other two needles. Leave last, unworked st on righthand needle. Turn work. Row 2 RS : Sl 1, K Leave unworked sts on right-hand needle.
Row 3: Sl 1, P Row 4: Sl 1, K Continue working the heel as above until there are 11 unworked sts on both sides of the live sts. End on a WS row, turn work. Continue working the heel as above until all 30 heel sts are live. End with a purl row. Foot: Set Up Round 1: K to the marker 15 sts , remove marker.
On new needle, K remaining heel sts, pick up and knit 4 sts between heel and instep sts Needle A. K all instep sts 32 sts onto a single needle Needle B. Set Up Round 2: K all sts. Knit across sts on Needle B. Round 2: K all sts. Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 three more times. Continue in stockinette stitch until foot measures 2" 5cm less than desired length. Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 twelve more times. Cut yarn leaving a long tail. With tail threaded on a tapestry needle, weave toe closed Kitchener st.
Weave in ends. Left stocking: Repeat for second stocking using Left Stocking Chart. Make sure the seam is lined up along the back of the leg. Another more detailed stocking formula Hand Knit Hose by Donna Kenton that shapes more closely to the leg using decreases as well as increases can be found at www.
Keep in mind that shaping will have to move from the center back seam to at least 1" 2. In order to multi-size the stockings, the back seam is used to center the lace pattern but be aware that you will have to occasionally count backwards on the graph when the seam disappears just to make sure things are in their right place.
On shorter stockings the snake pattern should be started sooner or the snake will be way down at the ankle rather than on the calf. The amount of stretch will depend on how much negative ease you want for your stocking and how much your yarn will stretch and still look nice. Most stockings have at least 1" 2. Measure circumference of thigh, calf and ankle, and desired length of stocking from thigh to ankle.
Subtract 1" 2. Use your measurements to calculate the total number of sts needed. Heel shaping: Divide total sts by two. One-half of sts will be instep sts and will be placed on needle no. Heel sts should be worked until 1" 2.
Designer bio: Picking up a strand of yarn between the worked and unworked stitches when turning a heel will prevent those holes that always show up when working short rows. When a garment has negative ease, it is actually smaller than the body part it will be covering, and will stretch to conform to the curves it covers.
A larger-gauge yarn will require more unworked rows in heel and toe shaping. Toes will require at least 2" 5cm of shaping, so calculate row decreases according to gauge.
Severina is the stern corset-wearing alter-ego of designer Aundrea Murphy, who lives in a strange world cluttered with black silk, jet beads and Bakelite. Currently she wastes quite a bit of valuable bandwidth at vintagestitchorama. Here are some of our favorite words to annoy friends and alienate stupid people: Catharsis ka-thar-sis noun A purging or cleansing that brings relief, very often done through artistic expression.
Quixotic kwik-szot-ik adj. Foolishly impractical, often in pursuit of ideals. Chthonic kuh-thon-ik adj. Very old and strong, slightly primal power, relating often to deities and energies beneath the earth. Tiffani secretly adored going to the spa for a volcanic mud facial, not because it left her skin so soft, but because it appealed to something chthonic inside her. Schadenfreude sha-den-froy-duh noun Taking delight in the misery of others.
Anticraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister
Besides this project, there are several other excellent features in Anticraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister. Black and white backgrounds provide a fabulous contrast to colorful think ebony, blood red, and "ichor green" projects frequently adorned with skull motifs. The settings are invariably dungeon-inspired hangouts with antiqued decorations. Just flipping through and looking at the great pictures might keep you from noticing that a simple skull-accented hat is edged with faux FunFur.
Anticraft : Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister
Anticraft: Knitting Beading & Stitching for the Slightly Sinister
AntiCraft-Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister