Monday, July 2, 2007

What's on my needles and off my sewing machine!

It's the lineup of bags:There's about 8 bags done total, but one of them is holding my Mystery Stole in progress. The ones above are about 8 1/2" tall and 6" in diameter. Each have an inner pocket divided into 5 slots for dpns. Ok, well here let me show you:

The cord that is the handle also lets you loop the bag through a belt or a beltloop. Slip the cord through and then put the end of it on the button and you can knit without holding onto the bag!

That Mystery Stole is giving me fits. It's my first time reading and knitting from a chart, so it's going slow. The original idea was to knit it out of cream -colored cashmere. Um yeah, that didn't work out so well. I goofed it up and had to frog it 3 times. So I went with some of my handspun instead:

It's a nice pattern so far. The main concern with knitting from a chart is to use the lifeline. See the white yarns going through it? When you get done knitting a row, the yarn is slipped through the stitches with a yarn needle. The idea is if you screw up, you only have to frog down to that line. After doing this with a new yarn, I've only had to frog once. That makes it much less frustrating!

Ok, one more and I'm done:

Had I the confidence to knit the Mystery Stole out of something like this, it would probably look real nice. BUT.......I don't. I like the diamond lace pattern, and I've gotten it memorized. That makes it easier to knit when you're in the car. This is knitted with Skacel Laceweight Merino on size 3 needles. It stretches forever! What you see here is about 1/2 of it's actual width. Estimated time of completion? Oh probably in about 20 years!

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