Friday, January 27, 2006

Paphiopedilum primulinum v. flavum

i've been reading the orchid thief and decided to try my hand at them again. the ones i've gotten in the past have always been from the plant section of hardware stores and have always died. huge surprise there. this time i did some research to find one that might be easy to start with and bought it from a mail order grower, bloomfield orchids. the man there was very sweet and pointed me right to the one i knew i'd already chosen, Paph primulinum v. flavum. she's quite beautiful. maybe i'll chronicle my care of her here.

i also joined the american orchid society last week and as part of my membership they'll send me a flowering size plant as well. so i've started myself a little collection.

i might have a small problem...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

toilet paper cover knitting pattern

I searched briefly on the web for toilet paper covers to knit, and was dissatisfied with the results. Hence my first voyage into the realm of creating my own knitting patterns! Here goes!

Double pointed needles size 10 1/2
1 skein Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick
tapestry needle

CO 45 stitches, spread them over 3 needles (15 stitches per needle),
knit in the round until you reach a length of 5 inches,

1st decr row: on each needle: k1, k2tog, knit to end of needle.
2nd decr row: on each needle: k1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts left, k2tog, k1.
repeat 2nd decr row until there are 4 stitches left on each needle.
last two rows: k2tog around entire row twice until you have 3 sts left.
weave in ends using the tapestry needle.

and lastly, here's my TPC::