Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It's officially ugly

I officially hate the felted bag I made. It's ...ugh. I just figured that the entire bag shrank to 2/3 it's original size rather then shrinking lengthwise 1/3 and barely at all widthwise. Good thing I didn't get expensive yarn.
I made some knitted wire cuffs for some of my friends, mother, and Mrs. Brown. I added swarovski crystals in all different color schemes to add some flair. I love them, and they were so easy to make. I'll post a picture when I can get one to come out right - my digital camera is terrible.
ta ta!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Trial and Error

So, the other night I was kinda itching to get on the felting bandwagon and went out and got some nice, grey, cheap merino wool. I bought 4 skeins (220 yds each) and just got to knitting. I was too lazy to follow a pattern so I made one up as I went along.
To the left is the finished knitted bag. It is rather large, as you can see. I obviously doubled the yarn. The dark grey is two strands of the dark grey merino and the lighter a strand of the dark and the light grey. I knit this on size 15 Addi turbo circulars.
I wish I had not been so eager to finish this thing and went out and bought another skein of the lighter yarn to make the grey shades fade more. My rationalization: This is my first felting project and I'm just testing the entire procedure. Ha!
Here's the end result; Shaped and waiting to dry:
I pinched in the sides because they were entirely too long and doing so would also help the bag stand up on it's own. The bag is a lot shallower than I had hoped, but then again, I've never done this before and had no pattern to follow.
Once this thing is dry I'll post pictures.
In other news, my moss stitch jacket sleeves are driving me crazy. That thing is gonna be in hibernation for a little while.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Moss Stitch Jacket

For the past 3 months I have been working on Debbie Bliss's Moss Stitch Jacket from the Cashmere Collection. If I wasn't constantly getting distracted by other yarns and patterns, it would have been completed by now, but, you all know how things go...
Working on the body pieces were total no-brainers since there weren't any increases or decreases, but the sleeves are a different story. The increasing noted in the book is completely wrong. If one were to knit the sleeves up the way that is noted in the book, one would end up with a 40' sleeve. ::sigh::
Of course, no corrections for this particular pattern is on her website and I cannot find anything else on the web. So, I'm just going to see what happens with the pattern I make up in my head.
I am knitting it in the same exact color - Old Rose. The yarn was, of course, a birthday gift from the lovely Mrs. Brown.
I just can't wait until I'm finished as the moss stitch gets annoying after a while. I just envision myself enticingly sprawled out on my overstuffed living room sofa in the sweater watching the Isaac show after a long day of Physics at school when my hands and brain cry 'no more!'.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Thanks, Shelly.

Last week was Garrett's birthday, but you'd think it was mine. Shelly, Travis and I went to his house for dinner and I got as many presents as he did! Well, Mrs. Brown always has a cute little gift for me whenever I see her (usually yarn) but Shelly had one for me this time! Shelly just learned how to knit a little while ago, so she made me a felted flower and attached it to a cashmere hat. love. Those women are so thoughtful.
Shelly is so sweet. She is Garrett's best childhood friend, Travis's mother. Mrs. Brown and Shelly have been close friends since Garrett and Travis were in diapers.
I love this hat. The houndsooth really sets the whole thing off. Well done, Shelly.
Mrs. Brown gave me 300 yards of Mango Moon's recycled silk and I have no idea what to do with it. I'm not too fond of the free patterns on Mango Moon's website. I think I'm going to end up making a really simple wrap that I could end up wearing with either jeans or my nice black trousers.

Monday, January 09, 2006

once again.

I used to have a knitting blog a while back. I think. Kind of neglected it. And accidently deleted it.
So, once again, I am Caitlin and I am addicted to knitting.