Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Okay. I have always been shy around cameras. When I was a wee lad, all my family photographs showed a little boy crossing his eyes. I guess I have issues taking myself seriously. Thankfully, you can't see my eyes in these pictures.
I love how this bag turned out. I wonder if I should show you the before picture...hm, nah.
As for the sizing, I modified it just a little bit, but I don't know if I could recreate it exactly. The smaller bags said to cast on 160 sts, and the Spacious Show and Tell Moebius Bag called for 165, so I think I picked a number in between. Then with each increase/decrease I ended up eyeballing it, and a couple times, fudging it. One delicious part of felting is that your knitting can look somewhat crappy, but it literally comes out in the wash.
One feature I like in my bag is that you can see the construction without getting dizzy. And it's just not super-stripey. This bag brings back happy memories of Ecuador. I can just imagine stealing Cat's copyright and sitting in some crowded marketplace selling felted moebius bags, and trying to sneak extra dollars off the tourists. Of course, I've never been very entrepreneurial, and I'm not even sure I can spell it. So I may never be able to realize my dream of making money off my knitting. But if I did, I would love to make these. As it is, I can't imagine just replicating what I've already seen or done. Make each one unique, that's what I say.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I hate waiting. On the other hand, the excitement of knowing I'd come home to a new project that's drying on the rack kept me going through the day. Here's the moebius bag, still a little wet, and just as good as I had hoped:
Cool, huh? I had a lot of input on this bag. I was going to use my handspun for the contrast color, since blue and brown, and blue and green are my fave colorways. Why not put them together? At knitting circle, two things happened to deter me. Jennypoo gave me one of her first dyeing experiments, and she convinced me that the warm brown was asking for a different palette than the yarn I had spun.
I took it well and only cried a little. Using the free yarn she had given me, as well as the macaroni-and-cheese-colored yarn she had started with, I added some delicious Brown Sheep yarn I had purchased simply because it was on sale and I loved the color. Came in pretty handy here, I think. Jenny also suggested the zigzag motif, and I was verrry slow in coming to it. Took me all afternoon to get it right. Now that it's all there, ah luvs it.
A funny coincidence surfaced as I knit this. I was using my new Harmony needles, which I must say are lovely, but...well, I wish they were just natural wood grain colors...not akin to clown barf. Nice clown barf, but still, it can get difficult to see lace on these guys. As much as I dislike the colors on the needles, and as much as I like the colorwork on the satchel, it turns out they're almost identical. Okay, KnitPicks...I'm sorry. Your needles made this project easy and fun.
I could name this project "My First Moebius" or "Harmonies Huzzah", but I am a huge fan of boxed mac-n-cheese. So this has to be my Mac-n-Cheez Moebius Satchel. It's not a handbag, ladies. It's a satchel. *scratch and spit*
That's all I feel like typing, and more than you feel like reading. Whoever "you" is. So TTFN!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Ok. So here's the deal: I like to knit more than I like to type. Actually, more than a lot of things. But, as I couldn't really make it to all the places I'd like to be sans a car, I figure I should let the world know I'm alive. Hello, world.
I want to get down to the local coffee shop and get some yarn on, so I'll keep this relatively short (relatively being the operative word here). I'm eager to finish my first moebius bag today if I can...just gotta close up the bottom and knit the pouch, then felt it. Can't wait for that. But, I guess I gotta, huh? About the moebius...I figured it would be pointless to knit, just so that I could say it's a cool strap that twists permanently. But once I got past the first row or two, I found two incentives to make more moebii:
1. It's a delightfully easy knit
2. It really is a cool concept.
Maybe Cat Bordhi's concept of magical knitting seems a bit over the top for my liking, but I really do think it's a bit magical. Intriguing, at least. And since I spend a lot of time trying to get people's attention and interest, this may be one of the tricks I pull out of my pocket. I certainly have a desire to knit some over-the-shoulder project bags, since I have a habit of knitting as I go...sometimes literally.
Well, as I miss each bus that goes by, I think I'll stop here.