Monday, January 31, 2005

Gah!

I was messing around with some scrap yarn yesterday, and decided I'd make a cable belt (from Stitch N' Bitch Nation), just to use up the yarn and for cable practice. Damn if I didn't get about halfway through it and screw it up. I ended up frogging the blessed thing. I have the attention span of an amoeba, I swear.

On the plus side, I gave Mom her purse, and she loved it. So that's good. Pictures as soon as I can get the husband to take them off the camera. Yes, I would be perfectly capable of doing that myself if he didn't have his computer configured in such a weird way. And the pictures can only be downloaded to his computer . . .

Thursday, January 27, 2005

So done with this

The purse is basically done, I just have to add the strap. I blocked it last night, so I should be able to attach the i-cord tonight and sew in the lining. I'll post a pic when it's actually done.

Now, last night, since there wasn't any knitting to do on the purse, I started playing around with different cable patterns for my next project. It may take me a while, but hopefully it will turn out nicely. Cable patterns require mucho concentration from me, it seems. I'll have to be very careful . . .

Monday, January 24, 2005

Progress is being made

I'm thisclose to being done with my mom's purse, and it's a good thing, because I'm sick of it. This is exactly why I stick to smaller projects that I can get done quickly. I may have the attention span of a gnat. Funny, I always think of myself as fairly focused, but I want to do something new now. I can't imagine working on a sweater. That would take weeks, and I'm sure it would drive me a little crazy. All right, all right, crazier than usual.

On the purse, I'm done with all the pieces, I've finished the seams, and worked in the ends. The i-cord strap is made. All I have left is to add the trim with eyelash around the top edge, do the lining, and secure the i-cord. Then I am done with this one. Cue celebratory cheers.

The strawberry stuff was a huge hit with the mother-to-be and all my co-workers. I had a couple of people ask me if I'd make a larger version for them, or for their kids. I said there would be a small charge . . .

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

I wonder




This looks like it could be an interesting online mag. I signed up for the notification e-mail, so I'll let you know once it actually launches.

I also wonder what I'm going to do with an absolutely gorgeous hank of handpainted alpaca yarn. There was only the one hank, in beautiful shades of red and gold. I'm trying to find just the right project to make with it. Ideas?

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

More new pics

Here's the tube scarf, modeled by the adorable child:



and the strawberry baby items:



Go on over to my knitting set on Flickr if you want to see larger images.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Eureka!

I figured it out. A strawberry baby hat and booties! I am even already finished with all three pieces. Are you impressed yet?

Although I do think that when patterns make a point of how easy they are, that's a big fat lie. It wasn't too hard, but it wasn't easy. I really like how they look, even the color changes came out nicely. Pictures later.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Hmmmmmmm

Well, in the middle of one project, and I need to do another one. I just found out that there's going to be a surprise baby shower for a co-worker at the staff meeting next Friday.

So I need to find a quick, easy project using just a little yarn. She's having a girl, I know, and I think I'll find some appropriate yarn in my stash. Maybe booties, or a little hat. I'll look here or here or here for inspiration, not to mention a pattern. Ideas and suggestions gratefully accepted.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Mom's purse

You know, I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I decided that the plain navy yarn mom picked out would be kind of . . . boring, as opposed to the ribbon yarn that I used for my pink and brown purse. So I decided I'd find a more interesting stitch pattern to use instead of seed stitch.

I am a fool.

Actually, it's not that the pattern is that difficult, I just keep getting interrupted and losing my place. It's a really pretty basketweave stitch, and I think Mom will love it when I get it done. I plan to finish it before they return from vacation, which is not this weekend, but next. However, I've had to frog the damned thing twice because I screwed up the pattern midway through, totally beyond repair. I've also changed from circular needles to straight needles after the first frogging. Actually, I think I subconsciously just wanted to use the bamboo needles to give them a test drive. They are nice.

The third attempt is going well so far, keep your fingers crossed for me.

Monday, January 10, 2005

New pic soon

I finished the tube scarf last night. I'll put it on my kid tonight and take some pics to share. Next, the purse for my mom which will be fairly mindless knitting, then a somewhat challenging purse for me. I got some really nice brown lamsbwool this weekend at a yarn store in Cinci, and I'm planning to make a drawstring bag with big, fat, chunky cables all over it and i-cord for the handles. That may take a while, because cables can challenge my short attention span. Plus I'm frequently interrupted by the child, and then I lose count. Ooh, I also got some bamboo needles, which are really nice. I may need to look for more of those.

Friday, January 07, 2005

New pics

Three new knitting pics here, or, for the moment, over to the right.

There's a scarf for my adorable niece - it's kind of bad picture quality, it's cuter than it looks. One end has a K on it, for her name, and the other end has a large pocket for her little tiny hands. She was beyond thrilled to have it. There's also a purse for me, and a scarf for Packers fan extraordinaire Carol Ann. This weekend I'll finish a tube scarf for my sister-in-law (I'll remember to take pictures of this one). These are made entirely of eyelash so they're kind of a pain to knit, but worth it. It can be used as a scarf, a muff, a neckwarmer, a hood . . .

Well, this seems appropriate . . .

As an example of the great random timing of the internet, I give you:



bamboo
You are bamboo.
Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and
enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You
love the craft and beauty of traditional
things, and you value the comfort and
experience of knitting as much as the results.
But while you are reveling in your warm cozies,
don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is
the whole wide world!



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