Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Easier? Intarsia Bag


For me this bag was like reading Harry Potter. I just couldn't put it down. The photo is the bag before felting. I will screw up my courage and felt it soon, but I'm spending some time with it as it is first.

I decided to do an Intarsia bag differently. First chart a design you wish to follow. Graph paper with nice big squares works nicely . You will need 62 squares in width. Scotch tape might be needed to accomplish this . Find your crayons and get creative.

Materials and needles are the same as Knit One's Bag of Tricks.

Start with knit on cast on for 60 (62) stitches. Mark the center line , which will be the side seam of your bag. Now knit following your chart. In my case the back of the bag is just blue. When you have finished your chart, leave the stitches on your needle. Now is a good time to neatly finish all of your ends. Get out your tapestry needle and sew the bottom seam , then sew up the open side seam. Mark the beginning of the round . Now begin to knit in the round doing knit 1 row, purl one row for 8 rows. For the bind off row , Knit 2 , bind of until 2 stitches remain. End knit 2. Now work I cord for your strap to desired length. Finish the end with Purl Too's tab for sewing the strap onto the bag if you like.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Where's Knit One?

I've been tagging, and counting and madly finishing all the UFOs I could for the Christmas Craft Fair that I participate in every year. I do this with a friend who crochets Christmas ornaments, incredible sheep, Canada geese , Sand Hill Cranes and swans. Forgive the shameless plug, but the show is held at the Shaker Heritage Society site in Albany, NY 10 AM to 4PM, from Oct. 27 to Dec. 20 (Closed Sundays) Phone 518-456-7890 for more information from one of those friendly machines we all love so much or email me at closeknitfriends@gmail.com. It really is a lovely show, a great place to Christmas shop, and if you are in the Albany area it would give you a chance to see my bags " in the felt" Check out the size of the wooley bear in the photo!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Give her a felted bag and she'll be thrilled, but teach her how and look out


We have been receiving such extraordinary comments on our felted bags that we were asked to give a class in felting. What a time we had. It wound up being two classes since many people were anxious to begin and so we had a small “pre” class. For this reason there were several completed bags at the teach-in.
The one pictured is by Barbara. The yarn is several shades of a Galway purple and she jazzed it up with an old costume jewelry pin she happened to have.
Speaking of yarn, we have been added to the blog at Yarnware and are returning the favor. The company has lovely yarn, much of our Galway came from there and the best part is that they are having a fantastic sale right now, as we speak. Even the Addis are on sale! Knit and I were commenting that one of the best fringe benefits of yarn is that it has no calories. A totally guiltless vice, except for the price but Yarnware is taking care of that this month.More photos of the group and the bags will follow. I know all you serious bloggers know how to put several photos on one post but we don’t. If you’d like to let us in on your secrets we’d be most appreciative.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pink Hat


A while ago I received word that a dear friend had been tapped for a club which has too many members, none of whom want to belong. She was my daughter’s best friend in high school and is now a mother of two. So without thinking, out came my favorite addi 9 circs and a very soft yarn and before I knew it, I had a chemo cap. There was a time when I was very involved in knitting for need. One year I decided to make a cap a day, or at least 7 per week. I topped 400. Strangely, at that time, I actually knew no one who was in need of this headgear and they all got dropped off at oncology centers, hospitals, American Cancer (there, I’ve said the word) collection centers.
Now the hat has a head under it, so to speak. I have learned, over the years that they are not chemo caps; they are hats for people who have delicate scalps which are cool even in a warm home. Although I automatically slipped into my “classic cap” mode, any hat will do. They should be soft and fun and whimsical and dramatic and all those things hats were meant to be. I am working on a very Scarlet O’Hara tea on the verandah one now.
This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am more aware this year than I want to be.
Please, do something. If you don’t care to knit, give time, help, or money. I am a survivor of this insidious club which likes to make members of those who are much too young. One of my fondest hopes is to someday hear someone say, “Chemo cap? What’s a Chemo cap?”

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Grab and go 2


As promised, another in the grab and go series. This one works great with denim. I especially like it because it also uses one of those wonderful mosaic designs. It’s roomier than my other bags because when I’m in denim I usually need more stuff. Like a screwdriver, a Swiss Army Knife and other feminine essentials. All sorts of things seem to come up when I'm in casual mode and I do like to feel prepared. My daughter once told me I should always carry a Swiss Army Knife. Don’t know why but being a dutiful Mom, I do and this is just the bag for it. But I digress. Of course, denim or not, it does have a matching little bag and key chain. This set is absolutely on my way fave list especially since we're now getting into jean jacket weather.