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.

1 comment:

Elke said...

It's so sad not getting daily knitting updates from you anymore.

I'm eager to see the results of this cabled clutch you're working on. You need to come visit so we can take FO photos again!