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Thursday, June 17, 2010
I've been making Soap Sacks! Over the last couple of days I have been working on a gift. My dad seems to like to use soap from The Soap Works (I like the Emu Oil soap myself), so I have made him a little sack for his soap. I've been really happy with the little soap sack I use at home, it has really helped preserve the soap!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
We finished the Knit Market Bag in the Sublime Organic Cotton DK. The pattern we used, from lionbrand, was not good and we don't recommend it. The yarn was great (still is), and we still recommend making a bag for yourself. Here are some free patterns that look better and have been properly vetted:
Friday, June 11, 2010
I finished my 'Baby' Surprise, or should I say, I got around to taking pics & posting it. It is more of a kiddie surprise, it is much larger than Zimmerman intended. If you want to make one baby size, it's probably best to use a fingering wright yarn, like the Noro Silk Garden Sock. My arms are a little short, i could have picked them up and added some length, but I'm sorta done with this baby.
arms from underarm: 9"
arm circumference: 12"
body length from shoulder: 20"
chest circumference (closed): 24"
tension: 14 sts & 24 rows = 4" in garter stitch
As for the experience, I grade it a C. It was a nebish; not exciting, not entertaining, kinda boring, but not the hardest or the worst thing I've ever made. It wasn't my kind of thing, but maybe it will be yours. I'd raise the grade to a B- if the aesthetic was more exciting.
The Noro was definitely the yarn to use, it looks great!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
I'm making progress on my Baby Surprise Jacket. I'm working with 5.5mm needles, so I think it will actually be a toddler surprise jacket. Currently, it looks like the pelt of an animal (if Noro yarn was an animal i think it would be the size of racoon, so I'm personalizing this project as a flayed 'Noro').
The Noro Furin is lovely! I can't say enough good things about it. The pattern is OK. It is written in Elizabeth Zimmerman's casual vernacular, so I have been making notes in my little book, trying to keep track of what I am supposed to be doing. That aside, I'm a little bored with this pattern. Maybe it's the garter stitch or maybe it is all the 'easiness'. I can probably attribute it to the aesthetic, which isn't really me (too close to macrame). That said, thus far I am really happy with the way the Noro is working with the pattern. The Furin's texture is fantastic with the garter and hopefully the striping will be attractive.