Felted Bag

A new finished object—a felted bag!
Felted Bag

This project was mostly done already, just needed a handle and more felting.

I used an “Embellish-Knit!” to make icord*, needle-felted it on, and then ran it through the washing machine.

Well, and the sewing machine. Just to be sure.

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This was knit with the box bottom built in. Starting with a provisional cast-on, then backwards loops to increase, and joined in the round for easy color blocking.

*The “Embellish-Knit!” machine was originally purchased for the brain hat.

Butterick B5745

Photo by Matt Salvo

I made this to wear at my sister-in-law’s wedding.

There are a lot of pieces to cut out, but it comes together fairly quickly. Especially the second time. And if one follows the directions.

The fabric is “Yarn Dyed Handkerchief 100% Linen Fabric 4.5-oz” in color 28 (mint) from nyfashioncenterfabrics.com and was just right for this project.

I added a lining, and did the top-stitching by hand.

Truly, it is a beautiful piece. Great for dancing on one of the best days.

Stranded Swatching

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Swatched on size 2s, both of these came in at 6 stitches to the inch. The first one (bottom) was knit back and forth. I thought I might get a different gauge if I swatched in the round (above), but it came out the same (although, the stitches in the round are more even).

My interchangeables only go down to 2, so now I have to determine if I will adjust the pattern from 7 sts/in to 6 sts/in, or if I pull out a fixed circular 1 and swatch yet again.

I will already be changing the stranded colorwork to more of a Peruvian-inspired look—the pattern would guide me for fit—so it may be too much to also change the guage. I like the fabric created on the 2s, and it sounds daunting to knit a vest on size 1s, but it may have to be done.

Made to Measure – 6244 spotting

I love my sewing machine. But, I also love to knit while watching TV. I’ve slowly been making my way through all of the episodes of Midsomer Murder that Netflix has.

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While recently catching an episode called “Made to Measure,” it seemed like each character in the village featured a sewing machine in their home. And in one, there was one that looked just like mine!

Interchangeable Experiment – Results

After completing three honeycowls in Manos del Uruguay Maxima on HiyaHiya sharps, Addi Click Lace short tips, and ChiaoGoo Twist short tips, I decided on the ChiaoGoo.

I purchased the 4-inch tips of ChiaoGoo Twist interchangables in sizes 2-8. I picked up various lengths in both the Twist and Spin cords. The best of both worlds! No memory and good structure with the Twists, and light-weight and swiveling with the Spin.

I haven’t been knitting much lately, with the re-focus on sewing (or maybe I over did it with honeycowls back-to-back-to-back?), but they have already come in handy on a few smaller projects.20130629-182217.jpg

Invisible Zipper Foot and Skirt

My cherished sewing machine didn’t have an invisible zipper foot, so I stopped by my local shop to pick one up. They provided one that they thought was a match for my snap-on, slant shank setup. But, it did not, in fact, snap on.

I completed one skirt just by balancing the foot as I sewed. Even then, it was better than using the normal zipper foot.

I returned to my local shop and picked up a spare ankle. I used E3000 to attach it to the invisible zipper foot, and I haven’t looked back since.

While visiting San Jose last September, I couldn’t pass up this kimono voile. A maximum of one yard was just in my price range, and I knew it was destined for a skirt with an invisible zipper.

This is my third time making this skirt since deciding to return to making more of my clothes.

The pattern is New Look 6843 view A, but I’ve added a lining, deepened the waistband, and adapted it to effortlessly use an invisible zipper (using this tutorial from Colette). Next time I’ll lengthen it a bit, and it will be just right.

Interchangeable Experiment – Part 3

Honeycowl
Control Variables
Pattern: Honeycowl, cast on 180 stitches
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Independent Variable
Needles: ChiaoGoo

Review
The ChiaoGoo needles worked very well. The join was indistinguishable during knitting. The tips were slick. I even almost lost some stitches while traveling with it in my bag since they slid right off. I love the red cords on these. It adds a little bit of weight, but they don’t have any memory. All in all, the needle faded into the background and all I thought about was the knitting.

So now, the difficult decision. For me the choice is coming down between the swivel cord of the HiyaHiyas and the no-memory of the ChiaoGoo.

Also, I may have Honeycowls out of my system for a while.