Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Green Purse for Me!

I finally knit something for me. This is the very first thing I did for myself! I was trying to make a purse like the one I had made for my neice...

however, as per usual, it didn't turn out like the pattern...
After I felted it I ended up with a long narrow purse. No way was a button closure going to work here so I ended up putting in a zipper.
Not my best zipper work but it's very functional and I really like the end result.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Mom's Birthday - Knitting Tote and Socks

I can finally show my mom's birthday gifts to you. She had her birthday this past Saturday. I made her a Marsupial Tote out of the Stitch and Bitch book but I made it a little longer to hold knitting needles. I call my variation the "One Project Tote Bag" as it will fit one knitting project on the go quite nicely. The colours match a felted purse I made her for christmas. I used Briggs and Little wool and it took a long time to felt. I put it through my aggitation cycle 4 times before this pic was shot.
Once I gave the bag to my mom we talked about the handles. They turned out just like the picture in the Stitch and Bitch book but I don't like the way they curl up. Mom mentioned sewing them up to go with the curling so they would be more like cords. I wasn't happy with the felting of the bag either so I asked her to let me keep it. I sewed up the handles and felted it 3 more times. Now I am happy with it. I also made her socks. I followed the Thula pattern from knitty.com. It said to stop making the foot 2 inches from the length I wanted it to be. But then the knitting of the toes only took 1.5 inches to knit. So I ended up with a sock that fit me perfectly but would have been too small for my mom. So I knit the second one bigger and it fits her perfect. I'm still working on her second sock. I wonder how long it will take me to complete the second one for me.... The yarn is a 75% cotton and 25% acrylic. "Ecofil" it's called. It's made of recycled material. It's a nice warm sock. The pattern is really nice, I love how the heel turns in it. And it would be a good base for me to start making adjustments to change the look of the sock.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Baby Stuff

It started with a hat. How cute is this?! And it was so quick and easy to do. And I had lots of the yarn left over.

So I thought I'd do some booties. I still had almost half a ball of yarn leftover.

So I did a bib too. And I still have a bit of yarn leftover but I thought that was enough.

So here's the gift package. I already had the cookbook. It's a great cookbook for new parents, even if they don't cook. It's my way of trying to prevent more "chicken nugget" kids who are destine to live shorter lives than their parents due to those awful processed foods. There I said it! It's all going out in the mail today. I hope my cousin likes it.