Thursday, March 09, 2006

After finally outgrowing the pencil holder I was using, my circular knitting needles needed a new home. I liked one I saw in a catalog, but didn't want to pay the $40 they were asking for it. So, I designed my own. Want a copy of the pattern? $2 and it's yours. Email me for details. If you want me to make one for you, we can talk about that too.

This is the needle holder opened. There are 10 vinyl covered sleeves for the circulars to fit into. I put stickers on them noting the sizes stored there.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Here is my latest felted handbag. I learned how to work bobbles into my purse pattern. It's really easy. Here's the recipe:
This is worked in stockinette stitch or reverse stockinette stitch.

Row 1: Into the bobble stitch (your choice of how far apart to make them) work (yo, K1) 3 times; there are now 6 sts on needle, all made from the same st. Turn the work.
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Sl 1 purlwise, K remaining 5 sts. Turn the work.
Row 3: Sl 1 knitwise, K rem. 5 sts. Turn the work.
Row 4: (P2 tog.) 3 times. Turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, K2 tog, psso. 1 rem. st. Continue row normally.

Try it. It's easy. You can add them to hats, purses, sweaters, whatever!

I made these two felted easter baskets from Creative Knitting's March issue pattern. I was a bit disappointed that the handles were floppy and wouldn't hold up. Trying to figure out how to stiffen them.

I bought this big cone of variagated yellow cotton Peaches & Cream yarn. It was so pretty. There was a dishcloth pattern under the label, so I tried it out. No picture; working sight unseen. Above is the result.

So, then I had to try the pattern with a couple of contrasting yarns. Above is my second try.

I was on a roll! Here's my third dishcloth from the same pattern.

And my final and favorite attempt at this pattern is done in really bright colors. I used 3 different colors of cotton yarn for this one. My husband says it looks like an old computer game called "Little Brick Out!"

Lookie what came in the mail today! I've been waiting a long time for this. I bought it off of Ebay and it came from Canada. It's acryllic and about sport weight. Can't wait to knit a swatch and see what I can do with it! It's really big; weighs about 4 1/2 pounds!