Just A Few Good WIPs

Since my post about living a monogamous knitting life I’ve tried extremely hard to concentrate on only a few projects at a time. I’m doing okay…ish…

Minus my two blanket projects that I haven’t touched in monnnnnnths, I only have three projects on the needles/hook:

Solid Granny

Solidan (pattern > Solid Bottom Bag Crochet Tutorial): This is going to be a project bag – hopefully a knit night type bag. You know, something that can hold a couple of project bags and a small notions bag and be thrown over the shoulder. I’m working it up in a fairly tight gauge because as we all know, cotton S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S something fierce and I want this to be a large bag but not a LARGE bag. The combination of a US F hook and a shit ton of Peaches & Creme cotton yarn seems to be producing a nice and tight stitch – so far, so good.


Pascal (pattern > Arrowhead Socks): After multiple (soooo many) sock patterns were bought and downloaded, I finally found a pair of socks to make for the 2013-2014 EpicKALCAL. This pattern hit all of my requirements for this project DK weight yarn, easy lace pattern and top-down construction. I busted out my MarigoldJen DK yarn for this project and magic! I love the way it’s working up! Please note that this is like the 3rd freakin’ project I’ve tried with this yarn…so glad I found a good pattern for it…freakin’ finally.

I also used this project to try out the ever so popular Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I don’t really like a heel and gusset because it doesn’t fit my foot well. It makes my socks bunch up in the back of my shoes and spill out. Not a good look. I like this method much, much better. Not only does it fit better than the usually heel, it works up like gangbusters! No counting stitches, holes or picking up stitches down the side. ANNNNND the stitch count never changes and you can use it on any stitch count. LOVE IT.


Kittyhawk (pattern > Yellow Dwarf Shawl): This project is kind of a thing. Okay, soooooo at first this was the Metallurgy Shawl. But that pattern made me its bitch and I didn’t like working on it. There was just too much back loop this and don’t back loop that and the lack of true rest rows took its toll on me…about 10 rows in. Which is sad because it was reallllly pretty. But one day I was cruising around Very Busy Monkey’s pattern pages and noticed that she’d started another shawl series called ??? that included a pretty shawl called Yellow Dwarf Shawl. I was like “Oh that’s cute! I should make thaaaaaaaaaaa…OMG! That has the same body as the Metallurgy Shawl!!! Maybe I could turn the Metallurgy into this shawl!!!”

*buys pattern and notes that bodies are the same and I can easily switch from one pattern to another…gives self high-five*

So after a lot of stitch counting, frogging due to dropped stitches, additional dropped stitches being fixed by a friend while watching football, my Metallurgy Shawl is now officially the Yellow Dwarf Shawl! Progress is being made! PROGRESS DAMNIT!!!

My plan is to wrap up my bag first because I have lots of free time this week and I have the Superbowl on Sunday. PRIME CROCHET TIME.

I want to start the Washington Square Cardigan and Steven West’s Garter Squish NOW NOW NOW but I will show some self control…maybe. Don’t judge me.

Must knit all the projects!!!

Tote Lovin’


Whaaaaaaa!!! Final bag of the Put it in the Bag Challenge is in the books!!!

So love this bag. So Love! It’s sturdy and roomy and I love the colors!

Look at the inside!!!


Both the exterior and lining for this bag are cut from upholstery fabric. Very expensive, even with a coupon, expensive upholstery fabric.  But I have to admit that I have a fair amount left of both pieces of fabric (because upholstery fabric is very wide) and this stuff makes for a great bag.

I got this pattern from Brett Bara’s Sewing in a Straight Line.  The pattern was very clear and easy to follow (I know that I say that a lot, but I only like to working from well written patterns – I don’t like wasting time trying to figure out what a author/designer meant to say).  The only modification I made was to the straps.  I didn’t like the way the interior material looked as straps so I just continued to use the exterior material without any trim as straps and I think it came out great.


Although I think the bag is pretty classy and done really well, Bailey isn’t impressed.  That’s okay though, I’m really happy with this bag and the other bags I made for this challenge (here and here). 

I hope everyone enjoyed this challenge and has some great bags to show for it!

It’s On!

Are you ready?

Thread?

Zippers?

Scissors?

Patterns?

And most important – FABRIC???




It’s time for the PUT IT IN THE BAG CHALLENGE PEOPLE!

Just in case you forgot…here are the details:

  • Challenge Dates: September 1 – 30, 2012
  • This will be a three bag challenge.
  • This is a sewing challenge. The bodies of the bags have to be sewn – not knitted or crocheted.
  • Categories:
    • Tote Bag – This bag should be able to hold at least three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn easily and have at least one handle (the handles can be handmade or store bought). Having a closure is optional for this bag.
    • Drawstring – This bag should have a drawstring closure and be able to hold at least one ball of sock yarn and a set of 6 inch dpns easily.
    • Zippered – This bag should have a zipper as its main closure. It can be any size – coin purse to beach tote.
  • At least one bag has to be fully lined.
  • This is a three bag challenge. Any one bag can overlap any of the three categories but it can only count for one category. For example, a bag can be a tote bag and have a zipper closure but it can only fulfill one challenge category – tote or zippered – but not both.

You didn’t forget did you?

Tell me I wasn’t the only one that stalked bag tutorials on Pinterest like a crazy person!!! Orrrrr, that I wasn’t the only one that dropped a small fortune on more fabric, notions and whatnot than I needed to complete this challenge?????

A Slap in the Face – A Challenge

Takes off a dueling glove and slaps you in the face with it…

*smack smack*

I guess I should tell you about this challenge before I start slapping you around.

*smack smack smack*

Sorry, I can’t help myself! Virtual dueling gloves!

Anyway, my friend Eve and I are very competitive. We once tried to out-Catholic each other and I’m not even Catholic! (She totally won – not only is she actually Catholic, she’s been to the Vatican…I seriously thought that my set of rosary beads from Ireland were pretty Catholic but you really can’t out-Catholic Vatican City). We’d been talking about making our own project bags and pinning various tote/cosmetic/drawstring bags on our Pinterest boards for a while now, but not actually doing anything about it. So while sitting around procrastinating one day I came up with the Put it in the Bag Sewing Challenge and put it to Eve:

  • Challenge Dates: September 1 – 30, 2012
  • This will be a three bag challenge.
  • This is a sewing challenge. The body of the bags have to be sewn – not knitted or crocheted.
  • Categories:
    • Tote Bag – This bag should be able to hold at least three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn easily and have at least one handle (the handles can be handmade or store bought). Having a closure is optional for this bag.
    • Drawstring – This bag should have a drawstring closure and be able to hold at least one ball of sock yarn and a set of 6 inch dpns easily.
    • Zippered – This bag should have a zipper as its main closure. It can be any size – coin purse to beach tote.
  • At least one bag has to be fully lined.
  • This is a three bag challenge. Any one bag can overlap any of the three categories but it can only count for one category. For example, a bag can be a tote bag and have a zipper closure but it can only fulfill one challenge category – tote or zippered – but not both.

I knew Eve wouldn’t be able to resist a good challenge and she couldn’t. She swore at me, accepted the challenge and then virtually slapped me in the face with her dueling glove.

Do you sew? Do you want to join us? You should! J Eve and I would love to have you!

Please drop me a line letting me know you want to play along!

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What is that you say? Will there be prizes? Hells yeah! The best prize of all: Bragging Rights. An opportunity to respond with “Oh, I made this!” and a coy smile when someone tells you how cute your bag is! Or, if you’re like me, you can say “BOOOOYAHHHH!  In yo’ face!  I maaaaade this! WHAT UP NOW?!” while doing the running man and holding the bag inches from their face.

Klassie.