A lot of bags

I’m working on a few more sample knits, so a lot of secret stuff that can’t be photographed. I did have a little break and sewed a few bags. I use these mostly for knitting projects. My son and daughter have a few that they use as storage. These are all different sizes because I was trying to use up remnants or match certain zippers. Years ago, I bought a large assortment of zippers from zipperstop on ebay. So far, it has had whatever I’ve needed.

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I’m thinking of writing up a tutorial about using fat quarters for these bags. With two fat quarters, I can sew one large bag, two medium sized bags, or one bag with various little pouches or inner pockets. I try to cut up the fat quarter with no waste fabric. That’s the fun part, laying it out so there will not be any leftovers.  20150411b

Blocking shawls

I really like knitting shawls. I really dislike blocking them. Sure, blocking makes them look 10x better. I just don’t enjoy crawling all over the floor, trying to thread the blocking wires, and the whole stretch-pin-stretch more-move pins thing. So, I usually leave completed shawls in a pile before I get around to blocking them. I would much rather spend my time starting a new project.

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This pattern is Shetland Ruffles by Kieran Foley.  This pattern looks great with self striping yarns. The yarn I used is String Theory Colorworks in the Entanglement base in the Beryllium color. I made the scarf narrower since I only had one skein of yarn. This was a fun project and I think I could knit this pattern more than once–very rare for me.

20150402g This shawl is Lotus Challenge by Xandy Peters. She comes up with incredible patterns that look like they should be colorwork, but aren’t. They’re done with stacked increases and decreases. This shawl is made out of Malabrigo Silky Merino. It’s a very soft yarn that’s great for garter shawls. I enjoyed knitting this shawl, but picking out colors was hard.

 

Biscornu everywhere

I will need to start some sample knits again soon, so I’ve been working on little biscornu projects to fill the time until then. These are from two french books. If you search for biscornu on amazon, they come up on the first page. In the charts for this first pattern, I found an error in one of the blocks. I think those 8 triangles took more time than the 4 squares. Not because they’re harder, but because I don’t really like making the same thing that many times. I kept stalling and not working on it.20150405A

But the results are so cute! I thought about stuffing these with lavender. I changed my mind because I thought stuffing this with polyfil would make it hold it’s shape better. I’m not sure what to do with it. The first question my husband asked was, “What is it?” I don’t know. An ornament? Just a cute thing to hang somewhere.20150407c

This will be a regular biscornu. I decided to use my frame for this. I stitch faster when I can use both hands to stitch instead of having one hand hold the fabric. This is a remnant piece of Monaco evenweave. I plan on stitch as many biscornu squares on it that will fit and then cutting them apart.20150407d

Relaxing my knitting muscles

After a marathon session of speed knitting, I knit 6 samples in 10 days. Phew! It was tough on my hands and arms. Knitting quickly for that many days in a row makes me feel muscles that I didn’t know were used for knitting. I think the most sore part was my left shoulder.

20150327aNow, I’m relaxing my knitting muscles by cross stitching. I learned about biscornus last year and found these two french books that have so many beautiful patterns. I started the girls a while ago, but got slowed down by all of the little half stitches. I’ve found that I’m not fond of color changes for one tiny stitch. I just started the blue and white last night. I plan on filling these with lavendar. 20150327b

Sample knitting

I was all set to knit a few lace scarves when I got an email to do a few sample knits. For my relatives, sample knitting is when I knit an item that will be photographed for a pattern (or book). It’s the official version of the knitted item. I like sample knitting. It lets me knit items without having to keep them. I already have an abundance of hand knit items. Those socks in the previous post have never been worn other than the time I needed to photographed them. I get to try yarns that are new to me. I even get to try techniques that I haven’t tried. In my own knitting, I tend to stay with my favorite cast-ons, cast-offs, ways of increasing, etc. With sample knitting, the item has to be knit exactly like the pattern states–no exceptions.

Sometimes, I get overwhelmed when trying to decide what to knit or what to design. Sample knitting is a way to knit without thinking. I just need to follow the instructions.

Old site, new blog

IMG_7096 copySince it’s been about 4 years since I’ve updated my old website, I decided to just take it down. It’s been about just as long since I’ve updated my old blog. I didn’t even bother to bring over those old posts.

The picture is all of the socks that I’ve ever designed and knit. The grouping on the right has a pattern that has been released. The sort of smaller grouping on the left doesn’t have a pattern, has a draft, or has an untested complete pattern. I’ve been reluctant to start designing anything else until I get caught up with these.

I’ve been distracted by other things. Cross stitching, quilting, and weaving are a few of the recent ones. Plus, I want to design other things.