A busy knitting weekend

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a pretty poncho for baby emilySo we all know that I was sick for the past two weeks. While I was sick, I decided that I should start getting ready for Christmas. I know, it’s not even halloween, but hell, I was laying on the couch, wanting to be busy, but unable to do much. So, I picked up my knitting needles and started by finishing things that I needed to finish. I finished that green cable knit turtle neck sweater I was working on. Then I finished this uber cute poncho (a gift for my friend Anne’s child Emily). Isn’t it cute. I used Lorna’s Laces Worsted Super Wool in ChildsPlay. It’s machine washable, which is very good for a toddler. I’m really pleased with it, even though I needed another skein to make the fringe really fluffy.

pink purse pre-feltingAfter finishing all my projects that I really wanted to finish (there is a baby blanket that I need to finish that I hate working on, but that is another story), I started working on purses. I figured that I would felt purses for my friends for Christmas. I mean really, I like knitting, I love purses, and if I like one I make, I don’t have to give it away, right? So, lets start with this one. I meant to bring the yarn labels so I would remember what I used, but oh well. This one was done in Lambs Pride, I used some novelty yarn in just the flap.

pink purse after feltingThis purse was kinda a experiment. I wanted to see how my seams would turn out, if I finished them normally. Well, I know now not to finish them normally. But, I still think the purse came out beautifully. I could have made it a bit smaller, but I don’t want the strap to get any shorter, so I’m keeping it like this. I think it’s lovely, even though the bottom seam is a bit bulky.


black purse pre-feltingThe next bag I worked on was done in “forged iron” using Goddess yarns Julia. It says it’s made by knitters for knitters. It’s a wool/alpaca/kid mohair blend. It’s also going to be an experiment. I have no idea how it is going to felt. No one in the yarn store had felted with it, or honestly knitted with it before. Lets just say, I hate knitting swatches. This may haunt me later. smile I loved knitting with it. It passed through my fingers so gingerly. It’s really soft, and as you can tell, it’s a very consistant knit. I love that. I like the bumps of some yarns, but this yarn would make a lovely sweater I think. I’ve taken out the bottom seam, and have to re-sew the bottom, so felting may happen tonight or Thursday.

red purse pre-feltingThis purse is going to be a bit different than the others, it is going to have a wooden handle. I made it out of Manos del Uruguay, in a solid red, and then a variegated red blend. The handle is a cherry maple, and I think it’s going to be lovely. I originally bought the supplys to make a purse for myself. I followed the pattern, and I ended up with a change purse after felting. Hmm. So, I picked a different pattern, and now I’m making another experiment. This purse should also have an icord strap. NOT. I didn’t have that much yarn. smile So, I’m going to see what happens when I put the handles on.

I’ve also made a purse out of Noro Kureyon. It’s browns, fuschia, and lavendars. It’s not quite an experiment. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be perfect. I’d better start knocking on wood now.

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  1. That stuff is SO cute. The more I read blogs from you knitters, the more I want to do it. But alas, there’s just no time (at least not until after tenure). Perhaps I could do latch hook rugs instead cuz they’re easier. tongue laugh

  2. Those purses are awesome!  Daisy’s mom is quite the knitting talent!!

  3. Those purses are way cute! I especially LOOOOOOOVE the black one, and the pink one on the bottom. That black yarn is beautiful! Are you sure you want to felt it? wink

  4. hey, question for ya. did you knit those in the round? or straight and sew them afterward?

  5. They’re really pretty!

  6. I LOVE that purse!!!