Monday, August 29, 2005

Felted Bag Fun Times!

I've had these bags finished for a while but it took me a while to get up the energy to take the pics and upload them. The first is a clutch that I knit using the pattern in Weekend Knitting. This project was a lot of first for me. My first recycled yarn from a sweater from SalVal. My first hand-dyed yarn using kool-aid and the dyes from my 'make your own bathsalts kit' and vinegar. And my first time felting. I think it turned out pretty awesome. I made it for a friend but ended up keeping for myself. Honestly, I don't know anyone who would enjoy these color combos as much as me. I used some magenta wool-ease that I picked up at Tuesday Morning in single row sections. Because this yarn doesn't felt I had to put it between rows of feltable yarn. I also added some blue Mode Dea Cache that has a metallic element that looks pretty cool.

The next bag is from Hello Yarn. I knit this in Patons Up-Country that I picked up at Micheals on clearance. This yarn is discontinued which is too bad because it is fun for quick felted things. I used 2.5 skeins and finished the knitting in 2 nights, mostly on the plane ride to Jess' wedding before I became Clapotis Crazy. It felted in 2 wash cycles (much faster than the striped clutch). I stretched it over a shoe box to dry and it blocked into a pretty cool square bottom shape.
I made this for my friend Pam's birthday and gave it to her today. Happy Birthday... sorry so late!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Clapotis est finis!

This weekend I was on a damn mission to get clapotis finished. The straight rows got old at about the 9th repeat but as soon as I was finished there the end went soooo fast.
Clap Full Length
I wouldn't even get up and look at it until I wove in all the ends. So it really is done!
What a dork
I think the yarn is pretty and I like that it is kind of shiny but I wish that I would have held out for the silk merino.
Close Up
The cotton is just a little too heavy for the pattern and I definately can't wear this as a scarf because I feel like I'm gonna choke. Another interesting thing to note: I knit "correctly" now. I used to knit through the back of the loop and I have no idea where I picked this up. It causes problems for me when the directions call for knitting through the back loop when that is what I'm doing to begin with. I wanted to figure it out! I wanted to be an Anarchist Knitter! I just could not get the pattern to work for me with my confusion back-loop-counterclockwise way of doing things. So I forced myself to knit through the front, which felt sooo unnatural at first but now I'm just as fast at that. I still knit stockinette stitch in the round through the back but with everything else I've conformed.

Friday, August 19, 2005


My boss pulled this out of his funny file today:Beware the Fat Floridian!Hey Fatty! We don't take kindly to YOUR type in these parts! Only skinny, plastic, collagen, blonds on our beaches!
look a seashell...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Birthday Booty!

Finally I have uploaded so pics of the fabulous gifts sent from my momma for my birthday. I takes forever for me to do this, I really need to come up with a better system if I want to keep up with this journal at all. My scanner is all fucked up so I don't have images for everything but here's the majority.First is this really cool book of patterns for knitted & felted purses:
purse pattern book
See that green one in the bottom left corner? She got the yarn to make that!
purse yarn
Real wool too!
This this bag of Mill Ends. I think that it is Lion Brand Homespun.
mill ends
The whole bag was only 5 bucks so I asked her to pick me up a couple more skeins of the red so that I can make the sweater on the front of the summer knit.1 that I have been drooling over. You may remeber that I started this one with the black yarn that I recycled but I have since given up on that one because I just wasn't happy with how it was turning out. Lastly ther was another pattern book, a cool knit with fabric purse kit, and a whole bunch of tools, including a pair of clover bamboo needles:

Thanks so much momma! Such a fun gift to open. Love ya!