Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Odds and Ends
I felted my bag on Monday and LOVE it! I am going to have an acrylic piece cut for the bottom to stabilize it more, but I think it will be a perfect book bag. The colors are very me! It really was fun to knit a bag after all the sock knitting I've been doing lately. If you missed a previous post, the pattern for this bag is 'Baby's Got a Brand New Big Bag' by Maia. I used Paton's Classic Wool with just a little Andes wool that I had left over from my felted clogs I made last fall. I double stranded my yarn and used size 15 needles. It's quite a large tote!!
I also finished my Fetching Fingerless gloves. They are so warm!! It is very cool out this morning so they are perfect!! They will be especially nice when I start working again mid-January in the tax office. My hands always freeze at the computer!!
I decided to start the second side of the circle tote, even though Sheri gave me permission to not hurry, since my socks won't be ready by next weekend anyways. (I thought I could earn extra points by being the first one done with our deal!!) So I cast on and got about half of it knit yesterday and realized that my gauge is WAY OFF!! I had knit the first half in June (BEFORE I started knitting socks) on size 10.5 needles. Then I knit all those socks on tiny needles and I think I became a tighter knitter!! Anyways, I don't know if you can really see the problem from this picture, but I am over half way done and it is just a little over a third as big as side 1!!! (And when you look close the knitting is obviously much tighter even though I knit it with the same yarn on the same size needles!!) What is a girl to do???? I think I will set it aside for now and cast on a pair of Monkey socks. That will make me happy!!
Oh, and shopping makes me happy! I decided to go into the town of Galena yesterday which is full of fun shops. I wanted to go the the yarn store, but remembered just as I got there that it is closed on Tuesdays! Bummer. Before I knew it, I found myself in my favorite store purchasing a coat. I confess, I have an addiction to coats. I don't know why. Some women collect shoes; some purses; for me, it is coats. (I think it's because I'm always cold and always wanting to get warm.. which coats are good for!!) So here it is.
When I confessed to Steve that I had bought yet another coat and showed it to him, my very own 'Mr. Wonderful' said in his 'Mr. Wonderful' voice: "I don't mind that you bought that coat one bit. It looks really good on you". I think he's getting it!!
Well, off to cast on some socks. Any advice on my bag dilemma would be appreciated! Have a wonderful day!!
Until Next Time...