Friday, August 04, 2006
It's been very busy lately...
so I haven't been here for a while. Poor Robbi, nothing to read ;-)
Anyway, I made myself a knitted and felted bag, the French Market bag. It didn't work out quite as I had thought, but I know where's the problem. I didn't have the right needles, so I used #3 for parts of it and #6 for other parts - and the #6 parts felted more than the #3 parts. Naturally.
So I need to figure out what to do about it... I have been thinking of cutting it in half and either knitting more in between, or adding a quilted piece there. *hmm* I also didn't sew the handles into tube, and I should have. So I could just as well cut the first effort into potholders or something, or make toys of it, and knit a new one, this time with one size needles and making the handles better. They need to be a little longer too.
I have also been making some jewelry. Here's the red candystripe earrings.
Currently I'm knitting the White Lies Shapely top, using the nice Kureyon I got from my One Skein pal and some old industrial cotton yarn I "stole" from my mother. It originates from my aunt, who used to work for Finlayson. So I assume it's as old as I am... perhaps older... but it's about the same color as the effect yarn, and very soft. I hope the top will be nice :-)
About August challenges and such:
Whiplash AUGUST is officially WARDROBE SURGURY month - re-fashioning/freshioning your wardrobe, you can deconstruct/reconstruct or embellish/decorate and of course you could do a tutorial of either of these.
Tie One On August apron is the pinafore.
"Pinafores are often confused with smocks. Some foreign languages do not differentiate between these different garments. The pinafore differs from a smock in that it does not have sleeves and there is no back to the bodice. Smocks have both sleeves and a full bodice, both front and back. A pinafore is a full apron with two holes for the arms that is tied or buttoned in the back, usually below the neck. Pinafores provide protection above (at least in front) and below waist and aprons are a protective garment worn below the waist. Here the difference is a fine line. Pinafores have complete front shaped over shoulder while aprons usually have no or only small bibs. A child's garment to wear at school or for play would be a pinafore."
-- Wikipedia (They have an entry about everything... I love Wikipedia :-))
The theme for August and September Pincushion Challenge will be: -- Recycle!
Fits nicely with the Whiplash AND pinafore theme... make a pinafore of something in your wardrobe and make a matching pincushion :-) Very housewify ;-)
Project Spectrum's August is neutral - basics, naturals, black, white, greys and browns...
The Color-iffic Swap-o-rama colors for September are white and silver. :-( Of course, there's a lot of ideas, and things can be used for Imbolc, but... er... I'm not too fond of white/silver combination. A little bit too minimalistic for me...
But Feline Flip-Flop has "August - Cherry Red and Tangerine Orange"
Red and orange... nice :-) I especially love red cats :-)
And here's the wonderful package I received from my One Skein swap pal already last month... I just have forgotten to add it here. This is Finnish silk wool blend (30/70), Silla by Wetterhoff, and it's just... *drool* LOL The color is nice too :-) Now I just need to invent what I am going to make of it... probably some kind of neckwarmer... For example something like this: Poikkiteloin. Knitty's Flora would be nice too :-)
I also love the packaging :-) So pretty :-)