Saturday, May 23, 2009

A long time coming

So, it's been a very long time since I posted. I have been knitting, however!
I'm trying to remember all that I've knit since October. The boss received and liked the scarlet and gray scarf. I began a computer case for my friend Cindy (green and brown Moda Dea Washable Wool), but it wasn't sturdy enough to protect a laptop, so it became a pillow. Sounds a little odd, but it made a very nice pillow and it matches her living room very well.
I began working on my first article of clothing around the first of the year (I think). It's the Cabled Vest from Knit So Fine. I couldn't find a good price on fingering wieght, which the pattern calls for, so I went up to DK. It will be thicker than the authors intended, but I think it will still look nice. I'm using washable wool from Sarah's Yarns. I got it on sale, too! Sale yarn is the best, after all.
In the middle of that, I needed to make a Mother's Day gift for my step-mom. She is one of the few people I know that still use a dish cloth, so I decided to make her some using I Love This Cotton (you can get it at Hobby Lobby). She got a white dish cloth, a deep green "kitchen square", and a white hand towel with deep green edges. Back in January, I made two "kitchen squares" for our lab manager, Mona, for her birthday. Basically, it's a square of cotton that can be used as a dish cloth, pot holder, or hot pad. For Mona's, I used Peaches and Cream in a pretty mutli-hued blue. The I Love This Cotton is VERY soft and a lot nicer to knit with, but it does pill a little, though not so bad after it's washed, and the color seems to hold well. I have another ball of it in blues and greens that may become a baby blanket.
At this very moment, I am knitting a clutch. I'm using Kroy (by Pattons, I think) in a heather gray. It isn't the sock yarn, though; this is 75% wool 25% nylon, so it's softer than sock yarn by a little. My mom found this ball at a thrift store for $0.99 and I haven't seen any of this blend or exact color since. I figured I needed a one skein project, and I love purses, so ta-da! I'm using a mock eyelet cable rib (from the Harmony Guides). It looks nice. Hopefully, I will find a purse frame that I like to go with this yarn. It will have to be silver, I think.
I also started (and have nearly finished) my first felting project. I'm making a stripped satchel using Classic Wool by Patons in dark turquoise and red. Hopefully, it will felt properly and to a good size, when I get around to finishing it. I got distracted by something else and haven't quite finished, and wool doesn't seem like such a great idea now that it's a million degrees outside. Yes, even here in Boohio.
I'm also watching The Fellowship of the Ring as I knit. The three movies in that trilogy are excellent knitting movies. They last a long time, so you want to sit and just be.