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They Keep Coming…

This will be, for those of you who are counting, my third FO in the last week! I am a knitting machine! No, this one was a quickie and only took about 5 hours or so. That Joelle is a big liar and said that this scarf should take four hours or less to knit… no, no, just kidding Joelle, not a big deal. I have to say though, I am convinced that this pattern is wrong. I used the correct needles size and the yarn they recommend, Rowan Kidsilk Haze. By the time you get through 10 eyelet repeats, you are supposed to have 32 inches or so (I had 23). Now, that is a big difference! I had to repeat the eyelet pattern four more times to get to the proper length before I did the finishing edge eyelet pattern. The finished dimensions are 35.5 inches long and 5 inches wide.

Due to another dismal, rainy day in Boston, the pictures below came out a shade dark. From the pictures you would assume that I took them at the end of the day… but oh, no, those are from noon my friends (just to show you how dark it really is).

 
 

TGIF

Friday could not have come soon enough this week! I need a drink! My weekend actually started a bit early, achem, and I took a trip out to my two favorite locations: The Big Dipper and my favorite LYS – Black Sheep Knitting Co. My only two purchases today were some Espresso Wow Cow frozen yogurt (with chocolate sprinkles I might add) and some new knitting needles. I was looking for some new yarn for a baby blanket, but left undecided on whether I want to spend the big bucks on some Rowan or go with something simpler. The pattern I want to use calls for Rowan Cotton Glace on size US2 needles. Is there something comparable to this that is cheaper? Someone mentioned Patons Grace on another website, but I want to get more opinions. Ahh, another blanket, like I don’t have enough knitting! Too many projects, too little time. That whole thing called a career, really does get in the way :). Dani (the other Dani), we really need to get into the yarn business, don’t we! Have a relaxing weekend everyone! Tomorrow I might post some finished pictures of this. Until then, you will have to settle for some flower pictures from my back porch…

 

The End

These are some pictures I took this morning of the finished bag! I am so happy its done and hope that it grows on me. I know, I know, some of the pictures aren’t great, but I couldn’t wait to post them and get this out of the way! Both the inside and outside pictures are pretty accurate color-wise. The finished dimension are 11.5 inches by 3.5 inches by 10.5 inches. The strap is 73 inches long. I highly recommend this pattern to anyone; however, I think it would be good to go with the yarn they use. You can find this in Simple Knits for Sophisticated Living by Barbara Albright! Thanks for all your support on getting me through this project! I learned some new techniques and also how to actually suck it up and make something for yourself!

And, to end this project, I must remember one of my favorite meditations:

“We live in a world of machines. Our world moves faster, bigger, and better with every moment. Machines replace humans and often do our jobs better. When you are knitting socks and sweaters and scarves, you aren’t just knitting. You are assigning a value to human effort. You are holding back time. You are preserving the simple unchanging art of handwork. I will remember that knitting is more meaningful than it seems.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (The Yarn Harlot)



 

What to do with Dissapointment…

My felted bag is finished drying and I can only say that I am dissapointed with how it turned out. I had these great dreams of this stylish and fabulous handbag that others envied. But now, I look at the original picture of what I was attempting to create and what I have in my hands now and I can only shake my head. My biggest issue is with the fact that the bag isn’t as firm and sturdy as I hoped it would be. Most other felted bags I have seen are extremely sturdy and stand up nice and straight. This bag wilts over and becomes deformed once I put it down. I know that I am my harshest critic and there are some of you out there that are going to tell me that I am crazy. It still is a nice bag, and I wouldn’t be so upset if I didn’t spend so much time and money on making it.

But my question is, what have you done with projects you are not thrilled about? Should I use the bag and just assume it will grow on me? Should I just chalk it up as a loss and throw it in the closet? Should I give it to someone in the family that does love and appreciate it?

I might contemplate the bag for a few days and try it on for size when I head out for work. I will post pictures tomorrow morning… I promise!

 

If In Doubt, Block

Now I can finally put my mind at rest and call this project 100% complete. The blocking looks fabulous and pictures just don’t do justice. I have not been a big blocker in past projects, only when the pattern says so or its absolutely needed. But, now I realize (and kick myself) that so many of my past problems would have been solved by a simple light spritz block! Who knew! I really like how my overnight blocking party evened out the edges and made the yo’s more exposed and flatter if that makes sense?! Here are some last pictures of one of my favorite simple projects ever…. Now, its off to work!