And now my MIL can take a 32 oz. square Nalgene bottle with her wherever she goes! It just happened that this bottle was a perfect candidate for blocking the bag as it dried.
Someone had asked for the pattern, so here is what I did.
Yarn: coned wool, probably DK weight. MC = dark pink, A=light pink, B=seafoam green. I am guessing that I used about 100g of MC, 50g A, 50g B.
Needles: #6 and #8 Boyes Aluminum interchangeable circular
Notions: stitch markers, 3 stitch holders, and a button or bead for closure
First, I mapped out the pattern I wanted. I knew I had 3 colors to work with, and I wanted hearts. I made this chart for the colorwork. The grid paper was easy, I just made an Excel spreadsheet and made the columns and rows equal, then printed it with gridlines to have a blank sheet to work with. My pattern will work with any chart that is an 8-stitch, 7-row repeat.
With a #8 needle, CO 39 stitches in MC, with yarn doubled for extra strength (note that you should use #6 needles here to have a clean, square bottom). K 28 rows in stockinette stitch.
Pick up and K 13 sts along the left edge of the rectangle just worked. Pick up and K 39 stitches along the CO edge. Pick up and K 13 sts along remaining side. (104 stitches)
pm. K 4 rows in MC.
K 42 rows in chart, beginning with the row that has color B (first MC row in my picture is superfluous).
K 4 rows in MC.
BO 46, place 6 on holder. BO 46, place 3 on dpn, remaining 3 on holder. Make an I-cord with the 3 stitches on the dpn until the cord is 20 inches long. Place stitches on holder. Make a second I-cord with the last 3 stitches until it is also 20 inches long. Twist the cords together and join with the 6 stitches on the opposite side using kitchener stitch.
Using crochet stitch, make a loop that will serve as the closure.
Felt and dry. Add the button or bead where the closure loop will reach and stay taut.
One of the viewpoints along the way looks down into Lookout Point Reservoir.
Now back to cuffing that durned sock!
Well, all right, it's not so hot but I'm damned proud!
Now I'm off to the laundry room to take this bag down to size.
Runner's World Magazine (yay summer and sunrise runs!)
Marigold tea (mmm, calming relaxing evening tea)
Cute choco-crazed woman card (yeah, baby!)
And best of all, my own Lily of the Valley Perdita in a soft green with lovely emerald beads and sequins! Displayed here on my pale scrawny wrist (somehow it fits perfectly too!)
And I have to point out that the fastening is even more beautiful, with these exquisite silver roses:
Wherever you are out there, thank you Secret Pal!
This evening I hand-felted it with hot water and soap, here it is still wet:
Okay, I'm starting to enjoy this more.
My plan is to make the bottom and handles with the dark pink color. I am also going to double the yarn on the bottom, just to make it more sturdy. I had read a few other comments about the bag needing this if you want it to sit on its own. Since I am going to have a 8-stitch repeat pattern, I am going to not do the decreases. There is probably a cool and clever way that I could accomplish the decreases, but I do not have the time for that kind of mental anguish.
MIL is a very sweet woman, I want to give her a nice present for her big day. Wish me luck!
A skein winder (it's been nice working with you kitchen chair, but you may now return to your original duties as butt-holder).
And over ten pounds of hemp fiber! DH will be so pleased when I make him a beanie of handspun, handknit hemp! Okay, let's not get too optimistic yet... It looks like it's all ready to spin!
I will need a few more accessories, like a threader and bobbins and - oh yeah - lessons!
Keeping my fingers crossed for nasty stay-indoors type of weather!
Pattern: Women's Cable Anklets from Handknits by Beehive - Socks Men and Women published 1948
Yarn: Regia Cotton Surf - 41% superwash wool, 34% cotton, 25% polyamide
Gauge: 30 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette
Needles: Bamboo #2 dpns
And just to prove that I actually did complete a (somewhat) matching pair, here they are cuddled together in socky love. Color is washed out intentionally to spare thine eyes.
It looks like yarn, it feels like yarn, by golly it is yarn! Hooray for me! Hooray for the fair Poodle who taught me to use my drop spindle! Hooray for the sheepies who made all this possible!
And for all of you fiber artists who have cats, and smugly post pictures of your cats at work with yarn, here is proof that canines are also capable of producing chaos in the skein. No, she's not eating the yarn, she's drafting! Really!
Uh oh, I think I feel a fever coming on. Yes, this is most definitely something virulent that has caught hold of me. I seem to have all the symptoms of Fiber Lovin' Syndrome. The only cure is:
Hmmm, maybe it's just another symptom? At any rate, now I am the proud owner of a well loved spinning wheel! It was purportedly created from a kit in the 1970s by some folks who wanted to live a simple life (ha!) on a farm. There are no labels on the wheel, and I am trying to find the maker of the kit. Anyone who might know is welcome to give me some clues!
Zombie kitty of love!
Luscious laceweight yarn!
Chocolate yums and more chocolate yums and the HP sauce I had already tasted and put in the fridge! (um, no closeups are available due to the untimely demise of said tasties)
Sweet felted pin!
Happy sheep buttons! (they are shy and refused to let me take a good closeup, sorry!)
Sock monkey card!
You're the best, Secret Pal!
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