Sunday, September 24, 2006

saturday market bags.

...catching up on my summer production...
I started my Saturday market bags in July and finished both in early August just before my summer holiday to Alghero, Sardinia.

The blue one: Rowan: all seasons cotton: jazz
The pink one: Rowan: cotton rope: cyclamen

The bags were really useful over my holiday, both serving well as beach towel bags. I found the cotton rope was much more robust than the all seasons, thus the pink bag kept it's shape much better than the blue. I used the pink bag more often, especially in the evening to carry my camera, purse, sunglasses etc with me - which was great as the lovely cyclamen colourway matched my holiday birki flip-flops, the shell embroidery on my new beach towel and my campari and soda ;-)

I used exactly 3 balls of cotton rope - but I did make a couple of minor
alterations to the pattern...

- I knit the shoulder straps to 23 cm which was much shorter than than
the pattern - so in total my strap is 46cm in length. This was just
right to sit on my shoulder and hang at waist height - but you can't
sling it over your body (if you do make the same alterations as me but
want a longer strap you will probably end up using 4 balls)

- my straps are 8 stitches wide rather than 6

- I repeated a couple of extra rows of k, p at the top of the bag making
the band slightly wider

Monday, September 18, 2006

jess hutch flickr pool

In August Craftapalooza contacted me via Flickr inviting me to add my Jess Hutch photos to a Jess Hutch flickr group she had created. So if you need a Jess Hutch fix take a look... there are loads of gorgeous squareys in the pool and I would stay at home to knit one tomorrow, if that is I could get my hands on the pattern. Unfortuantley Jess is right out of patterns and from what I hear isn't planning to reprint either. HELP!!! I need squarey in my life.

Here is a picture of my little niece with my last Jess Hutch critter, Kev.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

pressie for my sister

It's been a busy summer and I have a lot of blogging to catch up on... I will start with showing off one of my most recent projects, an evening scarf for my sister, completed this week.

The yarn is Wendy Melody, knit on 10mm circular needles. I cast on 16 stitches, knitting 8 rows to begin with, then knitting a row of decorative elongated stitches, winding the yarn around my needle 3 times. Then I knit a repeat pattern of 5 knit rows followed by a row of elongated stitches. To be honest I knit the scarf by eye rather than counting rows, so it was pretty easy. It's the first time I have knit with this type of yarn, I think it is called ladder yarn (?), it was a bit tricky to start with as I had to make sure I did't knit through the the strands. The scarf's weight allows it to be draped quite nicely across your shoulders, which is good as the yarn is a bit itchy to be worn against a bare neck. I have a green colourway of this yarn in my stash, and will embark on a similar design for me.