Adult Ribbed Lily jumper in Yarn Barn 8-ply

Posted on August 27th, 2012

Finally! It took over 3 months on needles, but the Adult Ribbed Lily, based on Georgie Hallam’s Oriental Lily pattern, is finally finished – and the results are just lovely. For this project, I chose Yarn Barn’s 8 ply merino in Teal, bought at the Geelong craft market in summer. This yarn is a little splitty to work with, but it has a beautiful lustre. With the pattern, I chose to knit it in 2 x 2 rib rather than garter stitch to give it a lot of horizontal stretch, but employed the basic top-down raglan approach of the Oriental Lily. I added waist shaping after the bust crossover, and lots of increases for the hips. The edging was done in a single row of double crochet.

Adult Ribbed Lily

Adult Ribbed Lily

Lilypad Arduino LightScarf

Posted on July 11th, 2011

Working with Lilypad Arduino is something I’ve wanted to try for a while now – but simply haven’t found the time! Knowing that BarCampGeelong was only a few weeks away spurred me into action. First, I read up on the Lilypad Arduino tutorials from Leah Buechley. Running Ubuntu, I had already installed the Arduino IDE from the software manager, so I was good to go.

So, what sort of project was simple enough to allow me to get the hang of this new technology while still presenting enough of a challenge to be interesting? I decided on a scarf that would detect light levels, with the aim of turning on some bright white LEDs if light levels were too low.

First, I needed a scarf. I decided on this Dropped! lace openwork pattern so that the components could be sewn in with conductive thread and not look out of place. I also thought about what type of material to make the scarf out of – in case any of the electronic components overheated and melted or caught on fire. I chose a 98% wool blend – ‘Beulah’ by Sean Sheep – nice and cheap too in case the project didn’t work out.

Next, I needed some Arduino Lilypad components – which are now available in Australia from Little Bird Electronics. For this project, I used;

Then, I needed some Arduino code to read in the light sensor and do the logic for turning on the LEDs – you can get the code from my page on GitHub. Once the Arduino board was programmed, it was time to sew in the components with conductive thread. It was here that some problems arose. My original plan was to have 5 LEDs on the scarf, which all lit up at the same time. When sewing the conductive thread, I found that I could only sew in one LED to the -tive terminal (ground) petal on the Lilypad Arduino.
NOTE: Andy Gelme (@Geekscape) has since given me some advice on working around this, by finding alternative methods to ground the LEDs. I just haven’t implemented it yet!
The other problem was that due to the openwork design of the scarf itself, some of the conductive thread was prone to crossing – which meant that the circuit didn’t work as designed. I unpicked the thread and it was resewn, with care given to making sure the wire did not cross.
The presentation given to BarCampGeelong can be found on Slideshare here;

UPDATED: Photos!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathyreid/sets/72157627158152752/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben’s Finagle hat

Posted on June 18th, 2011

A part of craft it forward, I made a lovely Finagle scarf for Ben, but had 100g of 12ply bulky yarn left over. Wanting to make a hat to match the scarf, the following pattern was improvised.

Needles: 5.5m (done using magic loop on KnitPro interchangeables)

Yarn: 100g 12ply

Pattern:

  • Cast on 84 stitches, join to work in round. Place stitch marker at beginning of row
  • Work 10 rows in K1, P1 rib
  • On row 11,* K1 front and back (creating an extra stitch), P1*, repeat from * to end of row. 126 stitches.
  • On row 12, *K1, P1, K1 front and back (creating an extra stitch)*, repeat from * to end of row. 168 stitches.
  • On row 13, *K3, P3*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • On row 14, *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • Repeat rows 13-14 5 times.
  • On row 24, knit the row.
  • On row 25, *K6, K2tog*, repeat from * to end of row. 144 stitches.
  • On row 26, knit the row.
  • On row 27, *K3, P3*,  repeat to end of row.
  • On row 28, *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end of row
  • Repeat rows 27-28 5 more times.
  • On row 38, knit the row.
  • On row 39, *K5, K2tog*, repeat from * to end of row. 120 stitches.
  • On row 40, knit the row.
  • On row 41, *K3, P3*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • On row 42, *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • Repeat rows 41-42 4 times.
  • On row 50, knit the row.
  • On row 51, *K2tog*, repeat from * to end of row. 60 stitches.
  • On row 52, knit the row.
  • On row 53, *K3, P3*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • On row 54, *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • Repeat rows 53-54 once.
  • On row 57, *K2tog, P2tog*, repeat from * to end of row. 30 stitches.
  • On row 58, *K3, P3*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • On row 59, *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end of row.
  • On row 60, *K2tog*, repeat from * to end of row. 15 stitches.
  • On row 61, *K3tog*, repeat from * to end of row. 5 stitches.
  • On row 62, K2tog, K3tog. 2 stitches
  • On row 63, K2tog. Bind off remaining stitch.
  • Weave in loose ends.

 

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