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Tiny Ocean Mat

Tiny Ocean Mat, originally uploaded by LandlockedSailr.

The Bosun made this tiny Ocean Mat the other day. He intended it as a mock-up of the larger mats he’s making for household use, but I can’t get over its adorableness!


I think it would be great as a door mat on a doll house or on the miniature Westport, WA Maritime Museum. I could also add it to a headband or hair clip, or use it to embellish a handbag.


What do you think? What would you use this tiny sailor art for?


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You Deserve to Learn How to Say “I Am Trying to Communicate With You” in 9 Languages!

Standard chart of "International Flags an...
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So I decided to try the iPhone app iHeadlines, and it’s pretty good! But a lot of the headlines it generated were also very funny. (Like the one I used to name this post.) My other favorite was: “Thousands Now Knit Nautical Flags Who Never Thought They Could …With These 26 Letters”

But anyway, moving on.

You’ve probably noticed that I recently posted a couple of free (and low quality) knitting patterns. They are the first 2 letters (Alpha and Bravo) of the International Code of Signals, aka Nautical Flags. And if you’re wondering how to say “I am trying to communicate with you” in 9 languages, you just hoist up the Kilo (letter K) flag. You know, it’s the one that’s yellow on the left and blue on the right.

The problem is that I am (STILL!) in the process of moving across the country, and since I am doing the driving I am not able to knit. So you’re left with untested patterns and poor graphics. But, I thought I’d let you know that I’m working on a comprehensive collection of Nautical Flag knitting patterns. And eventually they will all be worked up and written out nicely… oh, and charted. Yay!

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Nautical Flag Knitting Patterns: A is for Alpha

Alpha flag
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The Alpha, or letter A flag, when hoisted on its own means “I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed.” It looks like this: (That’s white on the left side and blue on the right side)

  • How to Add Color to Your Knitting Knitting Tips by Judy. Basics of adding color (always on a knit/right side row!) This technique also works in the middle of a row.
  • Intarsia Knitting Basics Explains how to chart and knit in intarsia color blocks, and when and how to twist the yarn. Come back to this video when something in your intarsia knitting is just not working.
  • How to Wind a “Butterfly” of Yarn for Fair Isle or Intarsia Knitting Using a whole skein of each color yarn for intarsia knitting is silly. It makes a HUGE tangle, plus you have to have multiple matching skeins for each color. Don’t do it! This video shows how to wrap a butterfly of yarn, or a miniature center-pull skein, for color work.
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