Friday, March 31, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Here's Diva's original picture of the Hobo Bag. Chelle is graciously working on this for the store 'cause i just think it's so groovy.
The pattern says it's for experienced knitters. i don't think it's for super-duper experienced knitters, but it uses a few tricks to make the bag a professional quality you'd want to really use, so I'd say it's for the adventureous. It uses double knitting to line it! I was going to just do it in pink in Lana Gatto Aton but chelle says it's really difficult to work the double knitting in a single colour so we quickly added some orange (i know it sounds halucious, i think 'Chelle may need glasses to defray the glare from the colour, but i wanted to save the really good colours for the customers).
personally, i think the light & dark brown combo would make a stunning classic colour combo, but i also like the green with the lighter brown. http://www.needfulyarnsinc.com/yarns.php
Here is the shade card of Needful's Lana Gatto Aton, the pseudo suede i'm using for the stitch diva Hobo Bag. Why Aton? It's imported directly from Italy to Canada so it costs a lot less: $10.50 CAD versus $10 USD + shipping + duty for the Berroco equivalent.
people are always asking me if i knit all the store samples. i wish i had the time, but sadly, no. i have a few happy elves with needles who help me out so you can see what patterns look like and how yarns knit up.
This is my spring/summer choice for the new HempMadame de la Lace is working this one up in sapphire (it's her fave colour to work with). I love the lace in the pattern but i also like the washability of the textile since it's for the warm weather. I once heard someone say that horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow. lets just say i'm inclined towards arid climates and i tend to glow all summer. ;-)
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
1st trial. crocheted with scraps of manos del uruguay, 7 or 8mm hook. base rounded at ends to make an oval
- shrank little in height
- shrank alot in width
- too thick
- very nubbly
- like flat bottom
- organic aesthetic
- didn't bother blocking
- bottom shrank in a lot more than the top part
- use DK weight yarn to crochet
- prefer a more portly body
- use solid colours
- use diff colours for each part for measuring simplicity (base diff colour than body, etc)
- make base proportionally larger
Dimensions (pre & post felt)
- base width 6":4.75"
- base length 9":7"
- body height 9":7"
- mouth width 10":9"
Based on the Letter Bag from Stitch n Bitch nation, i applied the same principles but bulked it up to give it structure.
-used 2 strand of lamb's pride bulky for the side/bottom strip
- single strand of lamb's pride bulky for the front & back panels.
- changed the opening to overlapping flaps
- included air holes on each side to keep the air moving
- made it taller to keep birdy out of the wind (although he just climbs up the sides anyway and pokes his beak out the holes)
- handles knited flat but curled up to match the aesthetic of the i-cord decoration
- i knitted the icord on, but don't think it made a difference. 1 strand of lamb's pride bulky