Friday, June 20, 2008

At the movies

Do you knit at the movies? I do. I don’t actually go to the movies often but when I do I want some big ole fat idiot knitting with me. This usually means a felted bag or something similar. I don’t even know how long ago I started this bag using Plymouth Outback wool and mohair yarns. I love these because you can get the wool and mohair in the same colorways. I’ve made a purse using both together with the colorway synced up which was lovely but for this one, although it started with both strands together became stripes of the wool and mohair.

A while back I got the book called
Andean Folk Knits by Marcia Lewandowski. One of the big pattern elements for bags is external pockets. This got me thinking about how I could incorporate these into this bag. As I started those, then I suddenly thought this must actually need to be a felted backpack. It all just sort of happened organically until I ended up with this:

I really like it but I don’t know how it will felt. Guess we’ll find that out this weekend!

Sunday, June 15, 2008


I’ve been wanting to do the Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise sweater for the longest time. I even started it once a while back but didn’t concentrate enough to get the hang of it. If you’ve never heard of this baby sweater, it’s a little origami with knitting. Here’s a picture of the finished piece before it’s folded. Looks like a lot of nothing, doesn’t it?

Then, with just a flick and a fold, it becomes this:

I tell you the woman was a bloomin’ genius. What sort of mind comes up with this? Genius.

I got my new fiber from Halcyon. The same UPS guy delivers to my office that delivers to my home so when he came to the office Friday, I asked him if he’d delivered back here yet. He hadn’t but he was able to go ahead and give me my box so I wouldn’t have to try to get to the office before they close.

It is the darker color like what I’m working with now but it has more lighter color blended in so I think it will look really nice plied with the current color.