Nov. 21st, 2012 09:30 pm
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Random links to while away the holiday.

Shaddicted links to a variety of Sherlock-inspired knitting patterns.

Exactly what it says on the tin: Things I would like to see Holmes introduce Joan as, knowing she has to play along:

For the Shakespeare fans - [ profile] wiliqueen's list of things Overheard at Dunsinane

This was highly recommended at a Holmesian chat: Action Sherlock Brain Theater Home

For Thanksgiving dinner: PW Dinner Rolls – No Kneading Required!
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As promised, now for something completely different.

How to knit or crochet your own Ace Bandages (that's elasticated bandages, y'all on the other side of the pond)

Bite Sized Chocolate Cream Pie recipe

And then, there's this. My aunt crocheted me that blanket as a graduation present from high school. The cats all love it; every single one takes their turn kneading and sleeping on it.
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I think I've been drafted back onto Team Sherlocked. This is what I get for admitting I did a 221B washcloth during the opening ceremonies! (And not knitting any since...)

Anyway, I'm archiving this set of non-Ravelry links for future reference/the use of other knitters:
221B Washcloth
Map of Great Britain (Note: the designer doesn't seem to know the difference between GB and just England)
Numbers & letters
The footprint of a gigantic hound

The only bicycle I can find is for pay and I'm too cheap, and I can't find a pipe at all.

I think there's a washcloth variant of John's jumper, but I'd probably just do a couple rounds of the scarf pattern. (Although I've discovered, in my various attempts, that I like knitting mock cable much more than real cables)
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LOOKIT WHAT I FOUND SAVED OFF ON THE OLD COMPUTER! As the designer still lists this as a free pattern, may I present Pinny and Pnut's Washcloth for the Perfect Bath:

CO 43 stitches
knit 2 rows of garter, then begin pattern

ROW 1: K2, *K2tog, YO, K1* repeat between ** until last 2 stitches, K2
Rows 2, 3, & 4: Knit across

When the washcloth is almost square, knit 2 rows garter and BO.
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For someone who dropped working on the newsletters because scanning through so much and then writing the links was getting to me -- and I worked on the "little" newsletter! -- I've let my linkdump post get to terrifying propositions. So even though I'd normally break this up into posts of various topics, y'all are just going to have to poke through for the topic(s) of most personal interest.

WACDTF is about to start asking for volunteers to cover clinics in Annapolis. For training and other information, please check their website.

CABIN PRESSURE: The Traveling Lemon Project
Let me explain. No is too much; let me sum up. The Qikiqtarjuaq episode of Cabin Pressure (available for $2 on iTunes!) introduced the concept of the Travelling Lemon game. [ profile] pudupudu decided that it would be really nice for fans to take pictures of lemons by national landmarks and send them to writer John Finnemore. This project has included Roger Allum's confused but in-character posing and citrus-photobombing Ben Cumberbatch as he signed in NYC.

If you read only one link from this post, let it be Mr. Vimes'd Go Spare, a brilliant fic about the consequences as Sam Vimes passes from life and into Watch legend.
Also, if you didn't know, the North American Discworld con is in Baltimore in 2013.

The Bigger on the Inside shawl pattern This is so totally going to turn into my "the convention hotel is too cold" project.
Fan-made 50th Anniversary tribute vid; The Tale of a Madman in a Box

A general note: All S2 spoiler cuts come off on Memorial Day. I will continue to use the 4-letter acronyms for the episodes because I like them.

Misc, no spoilers
There is discussion of bringing the Frankenstein play to Broadway, with Cumberbatch.
Simon Pegg & Ben Cumberbatch fooling around on Twitter
Preorders are now available for Sherlock's Home: The Empty House, a book to aid the saving of Undershaw.
MetroeXpress article about the Save Undershaw flash mob in Trefalger Sq.
B.C. boggles with great diplomacy over slash and crossover art
Flickr photostream of BC in NYC
In a NY Times interview, Benedict Cumberbatch mentions seeing Otters That Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch. [ profile] redscharlach dies.
I just love this picture
[ profile] redpanda13 pointed me at this giggle-worthy t-shirt, while [ profile] beledibabe showed me this one.

General Fic rec (No Spoilers)
I've recced the pixel version of "Adequacies", in which Sherlock tries to figure out how to help John's nightmares. Now there's podfic.
The Chronicle of Unfinished-ness It took 30 years for John and Sherlock to actually have the perfect date.
Crack from the meme: Sherlock uses ventriloquism to make the skull talk to John
I may have recced this already: Auto correct gets smutty

NYC Interviews & Other nonfic S2 Links (SPOILERS) )

S2 SPOILER fic, vids, etc. )

S3 Information
Season 3 will be filmed in 2013 and will air in the UK and then PBS that year.

*SPOILER*SPOILER* Mark Gatiss drops a hint *SPOILER*SPOILER*
SAME SPOILER different article

Sheep and Wool Festival )

Also, for a non-drinker, it's a bit startling that afterwards, I bought 2.5 *cases* of wine at Linganore. It's my year's supply of cooking wine: a bottle a month of May wine, 6 meads (I bought it for poaching chicken; I was told that people swear by doing ham in it and now I can't wait to try), 6 of merlot (pot roast) and 6 traminette (poaching pears, although I'll also give the mead a whirl at that). I've also got 2 bottles of chocovin and one "adult chocolate milk" at the Philly flower show, which I think have a future in truffles. Literally.
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I've been offline for a few days, so there's a lot to catch up on. Before I do, a few photos to share.

Cats On Stuff )

The knitting pattern under the cut was one I saw in a magazine for a cardigan. It's a nice textured pattern, and easy to do. Must be related to broken rib, but instead of "one row ribbing, one row garter" it's two rows of each. I like this look )
Cast on an even number
Rows 1 & 2: K1, P1 across
Rows 3 & 4: Knit across
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For the two who voted for fic, there will be at some point; I need to catch up again. Fortunately, the post-season flood has dwindled down to a trickle!

Anyway: Broken Rib. I've got two projects on needles that illustrate what I'm talking about. Only the 2x2 rib is really "TV knitting" in that it doesn't take much concentration, but I like the look of the ticking stripe a lot.

All samples knitted in kitchen cotton on #9 (5.5 mm) needles. To make a washcloth of approximately 9-10" on a side will take approximately 100 yards. Adjust needle size and yardage for your project, if you want to make a scarf or something.

Photos and discussion under the cut. )


Cast on 38 stitches.
Row 1: K1tbl *K2, P2* repeat ** to last 3 stitches, then K2, bring yarn forward, slip last stitch as if to knit

Row 2: K1tbl, knit across to last stitch, bring yarn forward and slip last stitch knitwise

Repeat these two rows until your project is big enough.

Cast on 38 stitches.
Knit 3 garter rows, remembering to knit first stitch through back loop and slip last stitch knitwise

Row 1: K1tbl, k3, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k3, bring yarn forward, slip last stitch as if to knit (If you've got those pink and blue stitch markers, it would be useful to put a pink one before the first P1 of each pattern repeat for "pattern" and a blue after the second P1 to tell you to "knit until next pink marker")

Row 2: K1tbl, knit across to last stitch, bring yarn forward and slip last stitch knitwise
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I enjoyed knitting the Covers for Soldiers pattern until my allergies got to me. So I was fascinated to find this tonight: the same pattern, only for worsted yarn, multiple sizes, and best yet, several pages of decorative stitch options. Even a straight needle variation!
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As a last addendum before bed... how hilarious is it that there's already a pattern posted for Watson's scarf from Game of Shadows? I think I can get reasonable approximations of the colors in Remix.

I'm going to have to knit *two* Watson scarves, as I've still got the BBC "Who'd Want Me For a Flatmate" scarf on needles.

Hmmmm... I want to join a Sherlock team for Ravelympics. Maybe that'll be my project!
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I have found the most adorable pattern for turning a knitted square into little bunnies:

Instructions the First I don't have a clue what that language is In Polish, but if you scroll down, there is a very clear pictorial. Also more detail than in the second instructions.

Instructions the Second In English, but I don't think the illos are as good.

...can't resist... cuteness sucking me in... Brace yourself, [ profile] faireraven!
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Thanks to [ profile] sadbhyl, I squeefully announce the existence of Watson socks. Yay, I don't have to re-engineer the scarf pattern! I need to finish the Watson scarf so I can make me some Watson socks, quite likely to be followed by Watson handwarmers.

Because there are worse things to be wrapped in than John Watson.
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Tonight I did the gusset and heel turn for a toe up sock perfectly on the first shot. And best yet, the instructions were given generically, so they can be applied to *any* toe-up sock.

Archived because if I lose these instructions I'll cry; public in case any other folks want to know 'em )
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Cable and Chevron Scarf knitting pattern (pdf)

Mind you, I call it that so that knitters who've been bleeping over the Sherlock posts might give it a click, because it is the Watson Jumper Scarf. But if you don't know Sherlock from a steamshovel, it's still a very nice, gender neutral scarf pattern.
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Via [ profile] raqs: Knitting patterns for Emission Spectra Scarves. Also, a generator but you need to know the spectra you're dealing with.

If some ubergeek could run sapphire and/or steel through the generator and make me a pattern, I will officially Love You Forever. There is a clickable spectrum periodic table, but I am hampered by the writers of inexpensive 60s BBC sci-fi not actually knowing what an element is.

Via [ profile] bentleywg: Youtube video of Daniel Radcliffe singing The Elements. Turns out he's a big Lehrer fan.
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The link list is getting unwieldy again, so there'll be a dump tonight or tomorrow (and I'm getting so lazy about it that I may start using Send Tab URLs to do most of the work, as in below). In the meantime, because the knitters and the fic readers are a Venn diagram instead of a pool, I'm pulling this into a separate post:

Someone is actually knitting a Watson's Jumper Scarf! THE GAME IS ON. - Knitting: A Little Piece Of Watson (Includes chart and in-progress photo)

As part of the post, she references this link which I've already posted but will keep here so you don't have to wade through back links: Elementary! « The Textured Knitter
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If I don't clear links, this is going to get insane so:

For Knitters Not on Ravelry
Elementary! A study of that oatmeal sweater of Watson's Charts included. She's doing a sock with it. A blog to keep your eye on - she's announced/threatened lace patterns based on the wallpaper. (Frankly, I find that wallpaper a little bit Charlotte Perkins Gilman. No wonder Sherlock shot it.)

Action, Angst, and Character Study:
Pretty intense commentfic based on the prompt "John dies. Sherlock starts carrying around a picture of him to talk to"

[ profile] dameruth's found three vids to three versions of Holmes (Granada, RDJ movie, Sherlock) to the same song.

Needing is One Thing; Getting is Another (link goes to first part of 2). A continuation of The Great Game.

I haven't read this through yet and I don't normally rec fic in progress, but it's been recced by someone I almost always agree with, and what I've seen is fabulous - And Then The Darkness, which started as an update of Scandal in Bohemia and has gone in all sorts of directions since. Looking for action and actual crime solving? Start looking here on the master link list. Updates arriving regularly on Tuesdays. (And does anyone know how to get Calibre to properly display in-text art? It's getting crunched into illegibility.)

I let this slip the first time, but it's one of the ones I reread most often: Old Memories and Young Hopes, in which Sherlock takes drugs to remember another time & place.

Crack, Crack, and More Crack:
The completely crackalicious "The Baker Street Literary Club", in which Mrs. Hudson & Mrs. Turner are writing RPS about their lodgers. (Part of a challenge I would have joined if I was paying closer attention to the fandom, in which stories must have 221 words, the last one of which starts with B.)

[ profile] redscharlach's "Study in Pink Gin" Sherlockian cocktails menu

Abhorring the Dull Routine of Existence (3 parts, link goes to first), in which Sherlock tries to live on Red Bull, John tries to peel him off the ceiling, and Mycroft entirely misinterprets why Lestrade handcuffed his little brother to a chair.

The kinkmeme prompt was "John can do amazing things with his tongue". There is a comment fic, but the real reason you need to read this thread is the immediate, hilarious roleplay spawned before, and in response to, the fic. Possibly the funniest thing I'm reccing here. Definite drinks warning and make sure you read it all comments. Seriously, ALL comments.

And for the thousandth time, the ridiculous black-on-black-with-black-trimming van is from the couple next door; that eerily clean Welsh bloke and the American. You can't have forgotten him; he didn't undress you with his eyes so much as flirt with you, take you out to dinner, let you invite him up for coffee afterwards, undress you, sleep with you and raise twelve children with you. With his eyes. The van - is - theirs.

NSFW Fic & Other Not Safe for Under 18 Stuff

Modern Warfare was the Sherlock/John/Mycroft sandwich fic I was talking about earlier which everyone already seems to have known about you pervs. Art here. (Still looking for a way to get art to show up properly in Calibre. *ahem*)

Birds, Bees, & Baker Street. We've had asexual Holmes, we've had struggling with his sexuality John, and now we've got deflower Holmes. (Presumably nobody would believe that John is still a virgin...)
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I wasn't interested in watching Ashes to Ashes until I saw everyone talking about the finale... and what they were saying.

(Random other, so that I'm not spamming the flist: knitting pattern for the Blink Washcloth. Blink. Just blink. If you don't, you might get soap in your eyes, and that would be enough to make anyone start weeping, angel.)
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So, I've spent all day at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, and I may have to stop using my snarky nickname for it, because I've shockingly come home with most of my money.

I'll tell the gardeners that I've come home with another mortgage lifter tomato (this makes five tomato plants. Have I ever mentioned that I'm not necessarily that fond of tomatoes? And don't say "spaghetti sauce" because I haven't eaten spaghetti since it gave me food poisoning last Thanksgiving.) I shall have to learn to make my own soup.

I also got a set of purple seedling potatoes, just because they sounded interesting.

Now for the knitters:

PEOPLE WHO KNIT BY PUSHING THE NEEDLES (I know I'm not the only one): Do y'all know about Signature needles? They come in three point types, from "stiletto" through "blunt." I was ready to plunk down for a set of blunts, but it turns out that they didn't have any at the stall because I'm the first person to ask for them at a show in 2 years. However, they say they can do a quick turnaround via mailorder. I hope so, because I'd really like a metal needle I can knit on for a long time without splitting my skin.

Foiled of that, I went and bought porcupine quill needles simply because they seemed fun and unusual. They're surprisingly large and blunt.

Basket whore that I am, I almost bought the Spinning Jenny baskets because the spokes worked laterally through the basket handle could also be used to hold different colors of yarn. However, I talked myself semi out of it. Instead of buying that expensive basket, I bought a cheap basketmaking kit... with the intention of drilling holes and running dowels through the handle.

Sheep Incognito had a stall. Someday, I'm going to buy Baaa-Vinci.

But for now, I was trying to limit myself to tools and patterns. Sometimes that was a frustration - for example, Shellridge Farm had some of the Celtic Braid Sock patterns left, but they didn't have any of the Nebula patterns left and it's not even on their website. (Oh, hello, look at the power of Google)

Or you'd have a place like Tess Designer Yarns, where they had lovely examples made up, but no patterns. "Go online" the signs said. Well, when you do, the pictures are shit. There's no other word for 'em. You can't see any neck or shoulder details to get a good reminder of what you'd seen in the stall.

Spirit Trail did better (although I can't point you to the Path to the Summit Sock pattern, because I can't find it on their website). They had a couple of sock samples and when you couldn't find the pattern, they'd pull out a card with that pattern name and and the URL so you could go straight to the sock patterns that you want. I also picked up the fernfrost scarf pattern there.

Oh, and there were soaps. Boy, were there soaps! I'll report on the "sheep and goatmilk" one when I use it.

I hear a rumor that Malice Domestic may move to Bethesda. If it does, I can commute there - which means I can then split my future May 1 weekend between Malice and Sheep & Wool, maybe even with a stopoff at St. George. That would be lovely.
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