This past weekend I was at the yearly Yarn Today Knitting retreat held in Logan, Utah. It was my first time there. I had the opportunity to teach a Chart Reading and Lace Knitting class. I was told my class went very well, but I hardly remember it. Got to love adrenaline. I was quite tired after the retreat, but had great fun. Here’s some pictures of what I got from it, and what projects I completed from it. Of course I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have! And didn’t get any permission to post peoples pictures to the blog, so they will just be object pictures.
Category Archives: Felting
I am here! Really. I have been. Family illnesses, and spring blahs have really ruled my life this past month. I’ve knitted some, but not alot. I think it will pick up soon though.
For the most part, I haven’t needle knitted as much. I’ve been helping my friend Isela, prepare items for a Book on Loom knitting she is writing. Our (lol don’t you just love how I say ‘our’) first deadline is June 1st, so she’s had me knitting. I’ve made 2 things for her, with a 3rd starting today. I can’t show you pictures or tell you much about it, but here is a sneak peak of something I finished today:
As for needle knitting, I frogged 2 lace projects, but have kept Adamas going. I have about 50 rows left, and hope to get back to it soon. So far here is my ‘lump’ of lace that I know will someday be a beautiful shawl.
I love cables, and ever so often get that great call to knit them. I’ve found the best way to knit cables is in the round, so I do cabled hats when I get that feeling of cable knitting. They don’t take as long to do up. This time I added a new skill making bobbles and finished up a Harry Potter (how can it be! Me, knitting a Harry Potter hat?!) with Cables and Bobbles and a new cable I’ve never done, the Vine Cable.
Lastly, about a month ago I made this knitted bag to be felted. The one in the picture had a very cute angled flap. So I wanted to make one. I used the wrong needles and the wrong yarn, and thought, (as I always do) it would turn out Great!. Of course, it didn’t. It was much to wide and the flap shrunk quite a bit. So I tossed it in the closet. Well my youngest is turning 4 soon and that means no more nursery at the church. She gets to hang out with us for the music part and then go to children’s church. So I needed a ‘quiet’ bag for her to bring and her favorite activity lately is coloring. I cut off the wonky flap, cut it in half and hand appliqued it to the front. The bag is now useful. And she likes it!
There’s a bit of knitting in my life. Sorry to have been so quiet. Let’s hope that the spring blahs leave soon! I think the family sickies are heading out the door finally.
It’s “Clean the pictures off the camera” day! Aren’t you just lucky:
Here is my husband and my latest picture. This is really a picture of the real picture and so I needed to do some heavy editing with it. It reminds me of the pictures they put with death notices in the newspaper now. I hope that’s not an omen. But I guess if anything bad happens, our family will know what picture to use (great way to start a blog eh?)
Here’s Deonna practing her 4th grade recorder. When I was a child we did these in the 5th Grade. I loved it, but sadly I wasn’t able to do the final concert. It seemed when ever I got up to stand on the little bleachers and blew into the recorder for more than a song, I’d pass out. Not healthy when you are on the back of the bleacher and it’s a long way down. (this could have also been a reason my 5th grade teacher never thought I finished stuff as mentioned in this post)
Okay So what have I been Knitting?
I finished my Cobweb Shawl when I ran out of yarn (easy to finish things that way lol)
Since I’m a plus size gal, it didn’t really work as a shawl, so I made it into a poncho by lacing up the front. It’s not bad, but does fit the almost-10-in-a-few-days Gal better. It’s made with acrylic…. not because I like acrylic but I’ve only recently come to realize the evils of acrylic. I have a ton laying around though from my past buying sins so use it up to practice knitting pieces.
My favorite part of the shawl is the crochet edgeing I did though:
Now for my Party Fiesta Bag! Here’s its journey.
This is the bag that started out
horrific, terribly, totatally really bad and I cut off the bottom and remade a new one. I am so glad I did! It made all the difference. I really like the bag now.
Here the bag is having a Party in the Washingmachine. And a picture showing you why I love my washing machine. This bag felted in under 8 minutes. (I’m sure there are reasons to use the slow handwash cycles too, I just haven’t had a reason yet — maybe once I get going making all those 5000 pairs of socks I’ve been dreaming of!)
Here the bag is resting after it’s Party in the washingmachine. Blocking isn’t one of my skills I’m very good at. I realized to late I didn’t have any good boxes to shove down into it and what boxes I did have were diffferent sizes, but I made due.
And here it is finished. And yes! It’s big enough for my Infinity Knitting Loom! Woohoo. It measures about 11×17 now. I like it although I wish the blue fibers didn’t felt so much over some of the yellow. The yellow was alot brighter prefelting, but I like it! It’s a tad wonky, but I still like it. I want to make more.
Pattern specs? Hmm it ended up being 130 stitches on size 9 needles, using Brown Sheep ww wool. One strand. I know you are suppose to use bigger needles when felting but I used what I had and I really like the way it turned out. The bottom is knitted using 20 stitches and going for 15 inches (the side measurements of the bag) The top is done by casting off 15 stitches and recasting on the next row for the button holes. I used the Stripe Generator (see side bar) for random stripes.
/wave I’m off the either Nap or play more Everquest, or maybe clean up my yarn drawer. Never know
I cried once in 5th grade when my teacher refused to let me be Recess Monitor. She said, “Tina, come on, you know like I do, when you start things, you don’t usually finish them” Well No, I didn’t know that. 5th grade seems kinda young to come face to face with such a life changing knowledge about one self. (I did go on to become an Awesome Recess Monitor, because little did she know, I’m more the type to prove someone wrong [in your face!] than I am the type not to finish something) But anyway, what does this have to do with knitting?
I’m a starter, and not a finisher. waaaaaaaaaah. But it does mean I have more pictures of my works in progress =) lol
Here are my latest socks. If you remember, I have made 1 other sock in my life (Not a pair of socks) This is going be my first real pair. I waited almost a full week with the yarn at my house before I couldn’t stand it anymore and casted on. I did a full repeat of the pattern and that was enough to hold me over until I “hopefully” get some of my other wip’s done.
My Fiesta bag (er sack? er massive mistake?) The bottom is so wacky and wonky that I’m trying hard to ignore it and hope that somehow the magic of felting will fix everything (Although, I know it won’t but I always set myself up for a hopeful outcome) I just want this project done done done and off the needles so I can start another project! (I only own one set of circle needles lol)
I know I have other wips but they were hiding and didn’t want their picture taken today….
Woo Lookie, I made another Felted bag. This is only my second and I still have alot to learn. This one I used Knit rows instead of Garter stitch for the most part and I can now see how different that makes the felting look. I think I like garter better.
This is the bag Pre-Felted. It is about 13.5 inches by 13.5 inches not counting the handle. The bottom and sides, including the handles are garter stitch. It was hard getting the sides to be equal and as I look at the finished object I can tell I didn’t quite get it equal enough. It’s a little quirky.
This is a close up of the pre-felted wool.
And here is the Post-felted stitch. Interesting color melding.
My eye hurts. Oddly enough it’s the one that my husband always gets infected, except this time it’s me. I’m not sure if it’s really infected though. It’s just a bit dry and red. I hope it calms down a bit more before Knitters Night, I’d hate to scare them away with a flaming red eye.
Yesterday was such a mad house. We were all a bunch of grumpy bums at home. Each of us were really on the edge. I think it’s because of the messed up week. It’s not the day it feels like, nothing is how it should be. Maybe today will go better. Maybe not. Either way, I’m not going to be home to see lol.
What’s this crazy yarn you ask? It’s 100% virgin wool and is destined to become a purse. S More and more as I look at the pattern I could have loomed it, but I wanted to try something easy on some big needles.
I have my shopping list for tonight, though I doubt I’ll get to buy everything on it. I need:
- Sock yarn,
- DPN’s Size 2 – 5 (one set at least)
- Size 7 and 11 knitting needles,
- Some (lots and lots?) lace weight yarn…
- Oh and some cable stitch holders.
Considering I shouldn’t spend anything I’m not sure how much of that I’ll get.
My boy turns 8 in a week! Wow. I better start thinking about birthday plans. Don’t think he’d like a rainbow colored felted purse….
Well, it’s done. Purple Passion felted up this morning. Being my first ever felted project, I think it will turn out okay. I see what I did wrong, and I probably could have felted it longer, and so now will know in the future.
Here is the bag before I felted it.
I’m not real sure I sewed it up right, especially the bottom, but it kinda looks like a bag.
Here it is drying, upside down after I felted it.
I got a mess of water in my laundry room now I need to go clean up, but it was pretty fun. It shrunk alot more than I thought it would so it won’t be big enough for a Bible bag (not my normal take to church one anyway) I think I like it, but I’m gonna wait until it’s completely dry. I’m trying not to see the mistakes, but at least I know now what to do and what not to do.
Which means! I need…more…yarn… now…..