January 28, 2006

Fuzzy Bag

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. I've had quite the busy week. Not too much to report on the knitting front, but I did finish the Marsupial Tote from Stitch'n'Bitch. Here is a picture, pre-felting.

And here it is after a tumble in the washing machine:

It came out a bit lopsided, but after the cycle was done I let it sit in the machine for a bit, that might have had something to do with it. The pattern calls for two strands of Lamb's Pride worsted weight held together, but instead I used Lamb's Pride bulky. I bought two balls of the burgundy, and one of pink. Lots of pink leftover, but it's almost my favorite color, so I'm sure I can find a use for it. I forgot to put the book next to the purse for the finished picture, I'll try to remember to take another picture for scale later. It came out pretty fuzy. Not cute fuzzy, I-get-my-rings-and-everything-caught-in-it kind of fuzzy. I went to Target and bought a sweater piller (one of those buzzing electric blades) and went to town. I only got one side done, but it looked so much better. I'll try to get a picture of that too.

My yarn for the K.O. came yesterday, and I wasn't too thrilled with the color. It looked a lot more teal on the website, and a lot more blue in person, but I thought I'd test it out. I knit a guage swatch (the first time I did this in I don't know how long) because the Yarn Harlot said she'd pass that off as "training" and not cheating. I LOVE the way this yarn knits up. It's very soft with just the right amount of fuzzy. It's still not my favorite color, but I think I will love it anyway. In the meantime, until the KO's start, I'm just making some progress on bunch of UFO's (that's unfinished objects for you newbies). Remember, I said I'm the queen of half-fisnished stuff, so I have a lot to choose from. There is the baby sweater for Lida (who's due in May), the shawl for my MIL's bday (in Feb-yikes, two weeks!), a blanket that I've had for about 10 years (that's actually crochet, not knit), and a various assortment of other things. Maybe I'll get something finished between now and then. Maybe not.

In non-knitting news, I went to a choral workshop with my Mom this weekend.

Me and my mama, singing our hearts out. We had a guest director, Pepper Choplin, who led us through about 7 of his songs. It was Friday night and most of the day today. It was fun to do something out of the ordinary. I, of course, chose a corner of the sanctuary so I could click on my needles while learning the music. (There were 90+ people there and I was in the back, I don't think it was too distracting.) I took Bob and got lots of comments on how lovely it was. I'm also working on putting together a simple scarf pattern with some different stitches like cables and ribs for my friend who is learning to knit (with the best knitting instructor of course). Lots more things to do this weekend though, more soon!


Faith said...

You did a great job knitting that bag! All you need to do is soak it in warm water until it's thoroughly wet through, and then pull on it to get it into shape. Felted fabric won't rip, so you can tug on it like crazy. =) Then let it dry completely. Should come out fine!

Amy said...

Welcome to knit blogging! :) I just started in Jan. 06 as well.

Your bag looks great - thanks for the heads up on the fuzz factor. I've got some lambs pride bulky in queue for the same pattern after the Knitting Olympics.