Friday, July 08, 2005  

Two FO's and A Dilema

First, thanks to my secret pal giving me a gentle shove in the "try felting, it's fun" direction, I finished knitting up my Sophie bag last night - it's all ready for a bath. Not that I have any idea when I'll get to my parents to try felting out... and I have to pick up a zippered pillow case since I don't want to ruin the parents' washer. Snoopie is hanging out for scale...

I changed the pattern slightly - I didn't do quite as much shaping, so hopefully it'll be a little wider up top, and not so tapered on the sides. Consequently, though, I had more stitches to deal with for the handles (9 instead of 6), so instead of twisting the i-cords, I made 3 and braided them. I hope it felts ok! Otherwise, I pretty much followed the pattern. If this turns out well, I have my eye on the new messenger bag in the latest knitty - I'll need more Cascade for the project, but I still have 1 skein of the grey left, so maybe I could find some coordinating colors. But one felting project at a time, eh?

After I finished Sophie, I still had almost an hour of movie left... so I forced myself to finish Trellis!

Yarn: 1824 Cotton (discontinued), Cotton Ease (discontinued)

Notes: Other than the obvious changes, I pretty much followed the pattern. The obvious changes? The color, for one - as well as some editing of the cable patterns. I don't really like twisted stitch mock cables, so I subbed regular cables, and I made sure all the cables crossed each other in mirror images for symmetry. I also added a single crochet edging which, despite my whining at late night, really wasn't too bad to do. I like the way the thicker 1824 cotton makes the collar edge ruffle a little bit! Overall, I thought this was an excellent pattern, which I would definitely make again. It would be an especially good project for someone learning finishing techniques - for such a small sweater, there are a lot of details!

Of course, with two projects now off the needles, I had to figure out what I wanted to knit next. (Un)fortunately, all of the patterns I'm thinking of doing don't actually exist - except as vague ideas in my head. So I guess I'll start working on a lacy-sleeved top in the organic cotton - since I don't know what I want to do with the shoulders and neck shaping yet, I figure I'll do all the pieces to the underarm, and then decide.

First step in the design process (after the swatching, of course) is the measuring of a sweater that fits - so I whipped out a black v-neck I knit a couple of years ago from the closet and grabbed the measuring tape. Silly me! I mean I grabbed the CAT BED and the CAT TOY. {sigh}


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