Sunday, July 23, 2006

Entry 28 - Felting, Knitting, Cabling, 'Lacin'? (another Picture Heavy post!)

This blog is turning out to be a once a month update. Hope no one was wondering where I was. :) However, since I've joined so many KAL's, I feel I have to show something to show I'm still a participant. So without further ado, for Tote Exchange KAL, an almost finished purse:

Pattern: Ruffles by Fashionknit
Yarn: 6 skeins of Frog Tree Alpaca (100% baby alpaca) in a very dark purple, a small amount of Cascade 220 Superwash Wool in an even darker purple for the border.
Needles: Size #11 Clover circular needles
Time: May - July 2006
Comments: I added a magnetic clasp closure, bought some fancy leather strap from Joann's and weaved it through the eyelet holes. One side of my felted seams came partially undone so I had to sew up the side, but fortunately it was hidden by the ruffles. :) Somehow I had run out of yarn. I don't think I was supposed to continue tripling the yarn to make the ruffles and I ended up running completely out. I know you're not supposed to use Superwash wool for felting, but I'm just using a tiny bit to make the border. Still looks okay to me. It's my first felted bag. Cut me some slack!

I know what you're thinking. 'It looks 'done' to me.' Ah ha! But those fancy looking ruffles you see there are hiding the fact that I haven't figured out how to finish the purse strap properly. For the moment, the ends are just sloppily knotted together, but I am debating whether to simply sew it together or try to attach a buckle to make it adjustable. I don't know where to buy that sort of thing though. I'm going to investigate it today.

I know, I know, the deadline for the Tote KAL is way overdue (7/21/06), but it's my first felted item. It's my first 'fancy' purse. I'm giving it to someone. I want to try to make it good for that person. I hope she'll be patient. I hope the hostesses will forgive me.

Technically, the above item could also fulfill the Project Spectrum 'July is Purple' month, but I happened to have finished another purple item:

Pattern: Everyday Bag from Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen
Yarn:one skein of Plymouth Encore (75% acrylic, 25% wool)in a light purple
Needles: Fiddlesticks Bamboo straight needles #9.
Time: Oct 2005-July 2006 (..ugh...)

I also lined the bag. I knitted the I-cord strap. I stitched up the sides with mattress stitch. I even blocked the darn thing. Finally! Done.

Last, but not least: The Amazing Lace KAL:

Okay, it's hard to see the lace holes at the moment. Maybe once I block it. The cables show up pretty well though. I love the white color.

Do you know that even though I have joined the Amazing Lace KAL, I have yet to show anything for it? We're now in an interlude or break in the KAL challenges, so people have been visiting my blog seeing I have any lace project to show for it. Um... sorry for the delay. I AM still knitting the Zigzag Hat from Knitty. It's just taking me a long time to knit it. I have been trying to get my Tote out the door as soon as possible. This hat is knit with Needful Yarns, Lana Gatto Feeling. A REALLY pricey yarn. However, it feels very soft. And hey, it's just a hat. I shudder to think if anyone wanted to knit the Zigzag pullover with this yarn. It could cost somewhere around $300-350. Ouch.

I AM going to attempt the pullover though. Just not with Lana Gatto. 1) it's really hard to find. 2) it's darn expensive. I don't even buy sweaters for myself that cost $300.

Erm, I have nothing to show for the Knitting Nature KAL though. I just lurk over there and live vicariously through the knitters there. I'm trying to limit the number of unfinished projects I have. So far so good. I just have the Felted Purse and the Zigzag hat.

Till next time.