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.

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


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.


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