Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Knockoff Bag

Okay, I was looking through the latest issue of In Style and saw this bag. I've wanted to branch out into cables, and this doesn't look too hard. Lani found a knockoff pattern and I definitely want to make it. I have some old wooden bangle bracelets that might be perfect for the handles, especially considering how small one of the comments said the bag was, but I'm going to go by Hobby Lobby just to check out the handles there (and also to look for buttons for my cardigan!)I think I'm going to make the bag three cables wide instead of two, like the pattern calls for -- I'm pretty sure I can figure out how to do that, and I'll get the ladies at The Knit Nook to double check my pattern before I get started.

I just noticed that the Knit Nook is having a huge yarn sale July 15. I see myself becoming very poor in the near future . . .

Monday, June 26, 2006

Finished Zeeby's Bag!!

I've determined that I hate sewing, but I finally finished putting together the pieces for Zeeby's bag, and it's cute. I really do hate sewing the seams, though, and I'm not completely satisfied with how they turned out. I wasn't quite sure how to sew garter stitch to stockinette stitch. Nonetheless, I'm proud of my little bag and brought it to work today to show off. I just used one color (Brown Sheep Company's Oatmeal), and put some buttons on it from Kopilot. There are two small buttons -- an owl and a tree -- created by artist Kathleen Lolley. I made a little progress on my ribbed scarf, but the most important accomplishment for the weekend is finishing about seven inches of my first cardigan!! I cast on right before my boyfriend's gig on Friday night and knitted while he played, then took it to another show yesterday. All seven inches have officially been knit in bars thus far -- I guess it's better to knit than to get wasted. The cardigan is coming along way more quickly than expected, and my goal is to finish it in a week. Just a few more inches and I'll start the armhole shaping ^_^! My next garmet is going to be the WWII vest from Severina's site. I've never used needles smaller than size 8 U.S., but I'm up to the challenge. The next Saturday I have free, I'm going to go up to the Knit Nook and start on a simple 'lil hat. So much I wanna knit!! Between now and then, though, I'll post pictures of my bag and my progress on my cardigan.


Friday, June 23, 2006

pictures of my first scarf

Not bad for a brand new knitter! I used Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky in a light brown, dark brown, and cream color and size 17 plastic Daisy needles. It's my first attempt at branching out beyond swatches, and I think it turned out pretty snazzy.

'cos I'm punk rock!

I am officially a "punk rock knit girl" -- which is cool because I somehow stumbled across the site and that's how I got into blogspot in the first place. So for all of you other punk rock knit girls -- holla.

I've only been knitting for about two months, but I'm definitely in love. I went into a bookstore to buy a LSAT book and left with Stitch 'n Bitch. My first finished project was the "Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf" -- my boyfriend loved it so much that I gave it to him! He's a musician, and right now it's holding his metronome (good summer usage for a scarf). I have completed "Zeeby's Bag" and am in the process of sewing it together. It turned out okay, but it's definitely not uber professional. I'm a little over halfway finished with the "Ribbed-for-her-pleasure Scarf" in Brown Sheep Company's Lamb's Pride Bulky "Orange You Glad" . . . it's sexy.

My most exciting knitting news is that just this week I bought yarn for my first cardigan -- a simple little number I saw hanging in my LYS (The Knit Nook -- if you're ever in the Louisville area check it out!). I loooooove cardigans and can't wait to get started. I bought a different yarn than the pattern calls for, and am currently trying to figure out what size needles I need to use. I also bought my first pair of addi Turbo's and I'm *amazed* at how fast I can knit with them! The lesson -- BUY ADDI TURBOS! I was afraid of using circular needles since they're so small -- the shortest needle I've used up 'til now has been 13 inches -- but I they're the greatest.

As soon as I save 'em to my computer, I'll post the pictures of my first project -- it's just a simple little scarf, but dammit, I was so proud when I finished it!


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

yay, my first post!