Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Felted Bag for my sister's b-day

Well, here is the felted bag I just finsihed two days ago. This bag and the small button up coin purse are for my sister's birthday. This was my first time doing I-cord instead of crocheting a handle. I must say I like it much better. Much firmer, even if it was a bit more time consuming, it was worth it. The bag isn't any particular pattern, I casted on 100 stitches with one strand of black wool, I then knitted in the round until the bag was roughly 13 inches long. The last three rounds I added a black angora type yarn, so soft! I would knit five and decrease one for the first two rounds, then decreased every three stitches and bound off the following round. When it was off the needles I sewed in clear crystal beads every three inches or so. And this is how it turned out. I hope she likes it. I promised to make her one a few months ago, but I havent mentioned it since. I'm hoping to surprise her. I think I will knit up another small button coin purse for one of the girls, I would like a quick finish. Even though this bag took only four days, I feel like a quick finish! Thanks to the people who gave me such nice comments in my previous entry, your all too sweet!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Button up clutch, coin purse

I found this pattern at Lion's Brand Freebie patterns. It works up so quickly. It's only about four inches big, perfect for coins, credit cards, etc.
I'm going to be including it with the black felted bag I am now working on for my sister's birthday. I think she'll like it. I used black wool and Zodiac yarn. I plan on making a few more, it only took me about two hours, maybe a little less. I sure am hooked on this knitting thing! I now have a wish list in my head a mile long. I would love a set of Denise Knitting needles, more bamboo dpn's, an electronic plus row counter, a swift and ball winder. And of course, YARN! I can't believe the amount of wonderful, free patterns on-line. I am creating a notebook of free patterns. I hope to be starting my Christmas ideas in July. I need to finish my sister's birthday gift and one other gift before July. I would also like to finish anything else that is currently on my needles before then. Except for the afghan, that is much longer term. I'm close to finishing Kayla's socks (my oldest DD) well the first sock anyway. Then I will need to do the mate. I'm going to desperately try to finish the bag for my sister and three coin purses (like the one I pictured except different colors) before Tuesday. Tuesday is the last day of school and I thought it might be nice to give our kids each one of those, seeing how they expressed great interest and asked if they were getting one. Well, time to get the older kids up for exams today. And I'm in desperate need of coffee.