Sunday, August 29, 2004

Useless Shopping Bag

I wanted a new shopping bag to use at the farmers' markets, and I noticed a pattern on the band of the Lily Sugar 'n' Cream yarn I bought to make dishcloths. It looked like a nice pattern from the pictures they showed. But I wanted to make it in a different color than any of the Sugar 'n' Cream yarns available at Michael's, so I bought some Lion Brand Cotton. Looks like the same yarn as Sugar 'n' Cream, but maybe a bit better quality. And then I started crocheting, and I thought I was happy with the result. Until yesterday. I took the bag to the market, and after my first two purchases (eggs and potatoes), the bag was long enough to drag on the ground. I hitched it up double in my hand and cursed the time (some) and money ($4) I spent making the thing. I knew as I was making the handle that it would be a better pattern with 2 handles at either end of the bag, instead of one in the middle, but I still didn't reckon on it stretching out the way it did. Blech! Don't waste your time on this pattern.

Leftover Yarn, Part 1

I decided to use some of the leftover yarn from the Have Fun! scarf to make a skinny scarf or tie. This is Gedifra Cubetto yarn, and I knit it in a drop stitch pattern on size 10.5 needles. I got the idea from Wendy Knits, and others(1, 2). I think I like the result, but the yarn was tricky to work with - those little squares resist sliding smoothly through the stitches. Don't know if I would buy this yarn again or not.

Had Fun

The Have Fun! scarf is finished. I didn't steam press it, as the directions direct, though. I don't see why it needs it - looks fine the way it is to me. And I think it goes very well with the jacket I planned to wear with it, although the color doesn't seem to photograph very well (maybe because I used the flash) - the colors are much greener than they look here.
I only used about 300 yards of yarn, and I bought 600, so I see another one or two of these in my future. I'll get some different yarn to combine with the leftovers so I don't have two scarves exactly the same.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Have Fun! Scarf

I have been knitting for a week and a day on the Have Fun! scarf from Sally Melville's The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch. The text starts out thusly:
The fun begins with your trip to the yarn shop...where you get to buy four skeins of anything that appeals to you.
So I went to A.C. Moore, thinking I was going to find some novelty yarn for cheap. Well, I did find novelty yarn, but it didn't end up being inexpensive. Nevertheless, this IS fun, and almost goof-proof. You knit the scarf lengthwise, alternating the 4 different yarns. I never would have believed that I could get all the stitches required for the length onto one straight (14") knitting needle, but I did. The bottom edge measures about 60 inches right now, so it should be long enough when finished. I'm so eager to see the results that I have been knitting on this whenever I can find 15 or so uninterrupted minutes to knit a row.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

1583 Critter Blankets

Wow! 1583 blankets have been donated so far to the Critter Knitters Knit-a-thon.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Critter Knitters

Last month I knitted (what is the past tense of "to knit"? knitted or knit?) a blanket for the Critter Knitters Knit-a-Thon. This was kind of a fun thing to do - Wendy posted it on her blog months ago, but I didn't make up my mind to do it until July, when I found Lion Brand Homespun yarn on sale at Michael's. I looked at this yarn every time I went into Michael's for the last 2 years. Suddenly the light bulb went on and I finally knew what to make with it. I used the Sierra color. Thought I would only need one skein, but I ended up using almost two. I used the "dishcloth" pattern posted on HGTV, and elsewhere, but I see that the Lion Brand web site has a pattern I think might have worked a bit better. But I was pleased with the finished result and took a couple pictures.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

New sub-blog

This is my new tangledbranches sub-blog - the one dedicated to making things (except food and gardens, which have their own blogs).