Crazy Monkey Creates

Just another weblog

Knitting Book Sale! November 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — crazymonkeycreates @ 12:34 pm

I’ve gotta make room for some other stuff, so I’m offering up some knitting, spinning, weaving books for sale. I’m listing anything new for half its cover price. Shipping via Priority Mail in the US, $4.80 for the first book, $2 for each additional. Please ask for international shipping, and I’ll price it for where you are. I have 2 Starmore books, both listed at 1/2 of what Amazon wants for them. All books are in good condition, no rips, tears, or dogeared pages, unless noted. If you’re interested, send me an email at christy at crazy monkey creations dot com. If you know someone who would be interested, send them over to my blog.

I am not willing to ship media mail. For one thing, it means finding an appropriately sized box, and I will end up passing that cost on to you, as I do not currently own boxes of the right size for mailing books. This means that the end cost for shipping is about the same as priority, and the mail gets there much more slowly. Priority shipping is my preference because I can get the boxes for free, it’s a reasonable shipping price for what you get, the items get to their destination quickly, and PayPal lets me print the labels directly from their site. Paypal is my preferred method of payment, and I do take credit-card funded transactions. Since I’m only charging you for the first pound ($4.80) and books weigh more than that, you’re still getting a deal.

Edited list to show what is available. (The Starmore books were the first to go.)

Knitting Socks

Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, Cat Bordhi, $6 (Paperback)
Folk Socks, Nancy Bush, $10, Paperback

Knitting Instruction

Mason-Dixon Knitting, Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne, $15 (Hardback, Dust Cover Intact)
Stitch & Btich, Debbie Stoller, $6, Paperback
Stitch & Bitch Nation, Debbie Stoller, $6, Paperback (marked in one spot due to errata)

Knitting Sweaters

Sweaters for Everyone Kids to Adults, Mary Rich Goodwin, $7, Spiralbound
The Best of Knitter’s Arans & Celtics, $10, Paperback
Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down, Cathy Carron, $12, Hardback, Dust Cover Intact.
Big Girl Knits, Jillian Moreno & Amy Singer, $15, Hardback, Dust Cover Intact

Other Knitting

One Skein Wonders, Judith Durant, $9 (Paperback)
Odd Ball Knitting, Barbara Albright, $10, Paperback
Cables Untangled, Melissa Leapman, $16 (Hardback, Dust Cover Intact)
The Elegant Knitter, Gina Macris, $12, (Hardback)
World of Knitted Toys, Kath Dalmeny, $7, Paperback
The Knitter’s Bible Knitted Accessories, Claire Crompton, $10, Paperback
Modular Knits, Iris Schrier, $9, Hardback, dustcover torn in one spot.
Felted Knits, Beverly Galeskas, $10, Paperback
Scarf Style, Pam Allen, $9, Paperback, slightly bent corner.
Yarns to Dye For, Kathleen Taylor, $10, Paperback
Easy Beaded Knits, Jeanette Trotman, $10, Paperback


Spinning Designer Yarns, Diane Varney, $8, Paperback
The Joy of Spinning, Marilyn Kluger, $5, Paperback
Spin to Knit, Shannon Oakey, $10, Paperback (some water damage on the corner)


Weaving without a Loom, Veronica Burningham, $8, Paperback
The Weaver’s Companion, $10, Spiral Bound


Colorful Stitchery, Kristin Nicholas, $9, Paperback
The New Crewel, Katherine Shaugnessy, $7, Paperback

Vintage & Out of Print

Encyclopedia of Knitting and Crochet Stitches, Fran Westfall, $5 (Hardback, Dust cover torn in 3 spots, copyright 1971)
The New Paris Fashions in Laines du Pingouin Yarns (No 23), $2, Pamphlet, 1963.
Bernat Raglans (Book No 97), Copyright 1961, $3. (Name written in the front, pages still holding together)
Woman’s Day Knitting Book, Fawcett Service Series, Number 7, $3, (Magazine, name written on front, back cover falling off)
Classic Designs, An Exclusive Collection of Knitted Sweaters, 1985, $10, Hardback, dust cover intact.
The Bantam Step-by-Step book of Needle Craft (1979), $3, Paperback


And again, I shake my head. November 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — crazymonkeycreates @ 4:18 pm

I keep saying that people are getting less creative, less able to cope with new things, and today at the grocery store, I saw another sign. I rolled my eyes, and went on to finish my meager shopping (potatoes and ‘eyeball juice’ — contact solution [I had a coupon — pronounced ‘coop’n’ of course]). What was it? What was it that made me cringe and sigh and shake my head?

Turkey Brine.

Pre-jarred turkey brine spices. It’s salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, a little candied ginger, and veggie stock, or something similar. The recipe’s up on Food Network for the version we used (Alton Brown’s version). Who’s paying $9 for $1 of spices and 50 cents of salt? Especially out here, in my middle class neighborhood? Don’t people have a stocked spice cabinet anymore?

I’m just in a grumpy mood today, I guess. I started ranting this morning about someone posting on Rav in Text Speak. “Kid’s 2 day need 2 learn 2 do s’thing 4 themselfs.” Yeah, and they need to learn to SPELL and type. *gah*

Get off my lawn, you kids!


Heads are Round from the Top Down November 10, 2008

Filed under: 2008,knitting,pattern — crazymonkeycreates @ 9:23 pm

I’ve got a new pattern for you to play with. I call it “Heads are Round (from the top down)”. It’s a top-down hat that’s actually round. I use the same concept as the round toe and apply it to something else that’s even MORE round.

Here are 2 of the finished hats:

DSC_6591 DSC_6589

DSC_6595 DSC_6597

I love the tassel with its awesome bead. It’s from Blue Cat Beads. She makes beads, buttons, earrings, bracelets, etc. with hot glass. She does a lot of dichroic work, and her beads are just lovely.

Download the pattern here!


Toe-up Stockinette Socks November 5, 2008

Filed under: 2008,knitting,sock — crazymonkeycreates @ 12:44 pm

I know I’ve been gone a while, but I figured I’d just post as if nothing were going on. So, I’ve been working with toe-up socks for a while now, and the ‘wedge toe’ that looks like a short row toe has been working, but has also been slightly too pointy looking when it’s off, so I’ve reverse-engineered a German Round Toe for Toe-up socks.

It looks like this from the top:
Toe-Up Round Toe

And this from the side.
Toe-up Round Toe Side View

A vast improvement on the normal wedge toe, especially when started from 12 sts.

Here’s the toe in all its glory:

Stitch counts (in parens) are for 1/2 of the stitches, as I’m a 2-at-once Magic Looper. These counts work for both 2 circs or ML. For 4 DPN’s, you will have to figure your count over 2 needles. The ‘Inc on each end of the needle’ goes like this (for me): K1, KFB, knit to 2 stitches to the end of the needle, KFB, K1. This is a decent increase that doesn’t leave holes, because you’re not placing 2 together. If you have a favorite increase technique, feel free to use it. I only list my way because it works for me.

Row 1: Using Judy’s Magic Cast-on (or your favorite Provisional Cast-On), Cast on 12 stitches.
Rows 2-5: Inc on each end of the needle (14, 16, 18, 20 sts)
Row 6: Knit plain.
Row 7: Inc on each end of the needle (22 sts)
Row 8: Knit plain.
Row 9: Inc on each end of the needle (24 sts)
Row 10: Knit plain.
Row 11: Inc on each end (26)
Row 12-13: Knit plain.
Row 14: Inc on each end (28)
Row 15-16: Knit plain.
Row 17: Inc on each end (30)
Row 18-20: Knit plain.
Row 21: Inc on each end (32)
Row 22-25: Knit plain.
Row 26: Inc on each end (34)
Row 27-30: Knit plain.
Row 31: Inc on each end (36)

This leaves you with 72 stitches on your needles total, and ready to make your foot.

To figure it for any other number of cast-on stitches to any other number of stitches, simply figure out how many increases you’re going to need, and divide that into 4 sections. Your first section will be increase every row, your second section will be increase every other row, your third section increases every third row, and your fourth section increases every fourth row. If you have only 1-2 increases per section, you may want to group your increases into three sections, and leave out the ‘increase every fourth row’ part.  The key to this toe is the different rates of increasing, which make the toe more round.

On these socks, I’m using a short-row heel without wraps. This heel had a K2TOG across the ‘gap’ between the stitches, then a M1 right after.

Stockinette Sock

I’m working from a sock blank that I dyed in September, right before Dye Day at my house. As you can see, I’ve got a ways to go on this 100g of yarn. They may end up knee socks before I’m done!

Sock blank for the Stockinette Socks