Monday, October 29, 2007
Did anyone ever get to see the beauty of Jo's Marly Bags? She was the first person to ever buy from my Sheknits for Knitters Shop and she bought the Marly Bag kit in the original colors. Then she bravely made two more picking her own fabulous colors. Have a lovely lingering look at my first bag children (trying to calm myself down about my missing ones with looking at my first ones)
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
A customer ordered a Sunflower bag, I realized after finishing the bag for the customer that I had made it in a deeper red then what she had assumed she was getting...she probably never would of know the difference HOWEVER I WOULD HAVE! I already had an orange one done that I hadn't felted, finished up the dark red one and knit the red one she ordered...hence a beautiful bouquet...it even smells good! The Sunflower is such a HAPPY flower, I love it!
Love em' unfelted to but never the less they are to floppy that way
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I felted it a little bit too much - one cycle would have been good, but I wanted the fabric a little more felted and then promptly got distracted so it went thru an entire second cycle. So the cable isn't as pronounced as it was after the first wash... And the pocket got slightly 'wonky' during felting... I was able to stretch it pretty well, but it's not exactly straight anymore.
And for a keen observer (hard to see in the photo), I attached the straps slightly wider than in the pattern.
It's a great bag, Sharon!! and I can see more of them in my future!!
My Ali bag is almost done... just have to sew the Xs on and attached the straps.
Happy (and happily) knitting!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Can two different projects be felted at the same time?
The short answer is yes HOWEVER, always put them in separate pillow cases and be mindful of colors if you are doing lights and darks or light and reds there could be some bleeding. You can also throw in one of those Tide (?) color catchers or take your chances. I have never ruined anything from excessive bleeding but it can happen.
My favorite way to felt again is:
1. Put your item in a zippered pillow case (really it is a pillow protector)
2. Add rubber flip flops for agitation
3. Until you get to know your yarn and your washing machine, check frequently so you don't ruin your item by over-felting.
4. If you have something hard like Tupperware or waste basket that is the right size for drying use it to stretch your bag over -OR- use many many many plastic grocery bags until you have really filled your purse- then and punch and pull it until it is shaped the way you want.
2.What color should the inside pocket be on The Melly Bag (this was from someone who was working from the kit). I suggest using whatever yarn you have the most of left over if you are using the kit. The most important thing to keep in mind is, the Burley Spun Yarn is double thickness of the Lambs Pride bulky. SO if you use the Burley Spun then it is single strand and if you use the bulky weight yarn then do it doubled. Also be sure to put your interior pocket on the same side (inside) of the side you are putting the exterior pocket so you don't have ridges shoring on the outside from that interior pocket. I have ruined entire bags from that interior pocket showing through.
Lastly one person brought to my attention that she did not have enough yarn in a kit she purchased to finish 2 specific parts. Please let me know in detail if this has happened to you if this has happened to you. I will send you the additional yarn you need...I stand by my kits. I have increased the price to cover the additional yarn needed on one particular kit. It is my intention that I can keep the prices as low as possible on my kits.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Hellooooo...*said with sound echoing into a big empty cave* is anybody out there making a purse??? Have you all moved on to other projects? I would especially love to see any new bag-children and hey what happened to all the lovely Norwegians that bought the Melly Bag (formerly know as Cables on Pickets)pattern....I think I have only seen postings from Marit and Silja. Are you all burnt out on bag making? If so then I hope to see you again sometime...I am a bid advocate of only knitting what something that is fun and makes you happy!! Apparently I am never burnt out on bag making!!!!! So maybe it will perk you up or inspire you to see a new pattern that is up for sale in my She Knits for Knitters shop (or maybe not)?
Roses at Midnight
This wristlet starts as two pieces then becomes one so you are able to knit it on a circular needle...NO SEAMING!!!!! The leaves are embroidered on before felting, and the flowers, done in cotton yarn, are added after felting.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Hey all! I have been wanting to post all about my Marly bag on here for a while but have been super busy and now I am finally getting a chance to do that!
I was lucky enough to get my very own Marly Bag Kit from Sharon as an early birthday gift (NOV. 10..and I have beautiful brown eyes...LOL...inside joke). SERIOUSLY, I wanted to cast on for it as soon as I got it but didn't have the right size needles. So, had to wait for the stores to open the next day.
I did get the cheapo Susan Bates needles at Hobby Lobby because they were 50% off and seeing that my wallet was a little thin (if you know what I mean) I couldn't afford the nice stuff. Anyway, that was Friday. I think I did the Cast On and maybe the first five rows Friday Night.
Saturday morning...I sat in my arm chair and did NOTHING...barely even got up to PEE...but knit this bag! It was so totally addicting! The slip stitching color work is like magic! Sharon told me it was but to actually see it with my own two eyes...AMAZING!!
Anyway, by 7:30 Saturday Night I had it in the washer!!! I called Sharon to let her know...you know, so she could share in the excitement :-)
I pulled it out and stuffed it full of a Sam's Club (economy size) bag of diapers. Seemed to be the perfect fit! It dried over night and I have been using it as a purse ever since!!
Here are some pictures of the Great Event :-)
Now I can't wait to make the Pipes and Braids bag...or the Ally Purse :-)
I always get a little worried when I put something in the washer...
And for some reason I always take a picture of myself...why?
After the washer and stretched to fit the diapers :-)
or herself holding it. SO, I thought I would
get my daughter to hold my bag.
The dress doesn't really hide her does it, LOL!!
I was expecting either the book OR yarn, so to get a book, yarn, stich markers AND a knitters ring (in my favorite color- purple!) was quite a suprise! I haven't successfully knit a pair of socks yet, but this yarn is so pretty.... If it doesn't become socks it will be a lacy scarf or a pair of gloves :-D Yeah!
As for KAL progress, I gave my Mom the bag I made & she'll be using it at Rhinebeck on Saturday. I'm finishing up her Christmas gift, then I'll start on my Marly bag.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I like...you like??? I suggest, for those of you doing the Ali Bag (formerly Pipes and Braid) that you consider making the bag and the X's , assembling and felting but do the braid afterwards (or while you are felting or drying your bag as we all need to multi-task) and leaving it unfelted. The look is really good. Having the texture of the knitted against the felted is awesome. How do you figure out the length the braid should be? To do this you have to be slightly relaxed and adventurous. Knit some i-cords, maybe make them 3 ft long., secure them loosely at their ends so you can easily undo them. Braid tightly and string it though the X's to see if it measures out ok. If you need to make shorter, just undo the ends and do it. I also secured the slightly messy braid ends under one of the X's by tacking it down with some yarn.
Look what I found in my mailbox today! My prize from the contest! I won this Beutiful skein of sockyarn by Zen String Lotus Toes. The colorway is called Draconian.
Sharon also sendt me these supercute stitchmarkers!
And to my Big surprice I also got a knitters ring *jumping up and down* I have been eyeballing these for quite a while now!
Thank you so much Sharon! I really really love what you sendt me!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Customer picked color and size. The full size Ali is a 40 st cast on this one I cast on 26. So the bag is done and now I am making the braid which will have the same colors as the pipe. All those little pieces are the X's. It was fun to make a smaller one, and I love the pipe of red. I wanted to make one of the shoulder straps in red but she didn't like that idea. I thought one charcoal and one red would of been beautiful.....but she didn't think the recipient would like that. What do you think?
I decided that I am going to sew on the X's and felt the bag. Then I will knit the braid, and ready for this leave the braid unfelted....I know don't drop your needles. I think the texture will be cool.
Monday, October 15, 2007
My first post for this KAL, but I've loved the 'formerly-known-as-cable-on-pocket-XLBowling-Bag' since Sharon published it. (and Sharon, I think the renaming of your bags was a great idea!)
Despite numerous projects on my needles, I needed to cast-on something that didn't require focused attention (how did I end up working on 3 lace shawls at the same time????)!
I knew "Melly" would be a fun and relatively easy knit, but who knew it would be so addictive? All that's left is the panel for an inner pocket, a little seaming and some hot water! Sadly it will probably be the weekend before I'll be knitting again. I hate it when the day job creeps into the evenings
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Annierose your bag is looking great! It looks like you are doing fine.
I have some progress to share, the back of my bag went amazingly fast.
These are the times when I wish I had someone to actually look at my work and let me know if what I'm doing is OK.
Friday, October 12, 2007
*****Added later in the day...Ok Cynthia + Anne, not that you snooze you lose however Valerie and Silja responded right away, so what I have left is the Peruvia yarn (and maybe a little goodie) just send me your addresses if you want the yarn******
I am so curious, for you others that didn't enter was it because
1. Not interested in contests?
2. Not interested in those prizes?
3. Didn't catch the post?
I am stillll writing up the Floral Bag ...which will be called the Caroline Bag...it's a very detailed bag...am almost done!
I am writing up a pattern for a messenger style bag, which can also be used as a laptop bag. Here's a peek...lots of texture.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I am AnnieRose, I live in Bismarck,ND. Like Sharon, most of my knitting life exsists online. I listen to podcasts, have Ravelry as my homepage etc... We don't even have a real yarnstore here. I also spin and crochet, but knitting is my real passion. I've managed to avoid intarsia until now, but am starting SheKnits Red Sunflower loop in a loop bag tonite! (Sorry Sharon, I know I said that I'd start it last nite, but didn't have #13 DPNs!) My thumb size is 7, I love thumb rings!. I love warm colors Oranges, bronzes, greens etc. I promise to post, this is my very first KAL!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The shape of the bag is great. In order to keep the top together I'm going to sew in a zipper instead of just a snap so the top will keep a super straight line, and let the bottom kind of fluff or balloon out like it does.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Here's the front of the bag:
And the back:
Gorgeous right? I almost hope my MIL doesn't like it so I can keep it for myself :)
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thanks to everyone for my inspiration :)
It's floppy, but I like it anyway :-) The straps actually GREW in the washer (remind me not to felt with this yarn ever again!!) and they're long enough to wear the bag slung diagonally across my body, which is kinda cool. I hope my Mom likes it....
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I am having some laptop issues and therefor not so much online these days. I hope to get a new one and then I will be bcak in action. I finished the two pairs of socks I had to before I went back to bowling bags... Well I have two bags finished.
- yarn: various leftovers.
- pattern: XL bowling bag from She-knits for knitters.
- Needles: 4 mm.
- Contribution to the she-knits kal and Holiday kalcal
When knitting it this small I would advise to skip the inside pocket, because when you have a pocket on each side of that “wall” it is so small and tight that the “wall” dont felt as good as it should because it is protected by the pockets.
Stats for the black:
- yarn: Iglo from Trysilgarn bought at europris (10 balls of black og 3 balls grey)
- pattern: XL bowling bag from She-knits for knitters.
- Needles: 10 mm.
- Contribution to the she-knits kal and Holiday kalcal
And I am loving seeing all the different bags here!