A few weeks ago (?) I started sewing a Japanese knot bag out of some cute fabric a friend gave me. I couldn’t get far at that time, due to kids and confusion with the pattern. But today I finished it!
I meant for it to be a project bag, but as soon as it was done, I was heading to the library and stuck my wallet, phone, and keys inside, instead of taking my big (and unnecessary) backpack. It was perfect! Here’s an awkward selfie to document the simultaneous use of handknit sweater, handknit socks, and handmade bag.
Also! Yesterday we went to the beach and the kids decided to wear their recently tie dyed shirts, so here they are in action.
And! My indigo-dyed yarn is finally dry- here’s what they look like.
I didn’t spend as much time in the marketplace as usual, which was good for my wallet. I also notice that with every year that I go, I feel less inclined to buy a lot. But it’s still really fun to see what’s new– patterns, yarns, trends, and to visit favorite booths (I’m looking at you, Miss Babs! http://www.missbabs.com).
The day was fine, the evening was frustrating (the Wee Boy knocked the Christmas tree over– twice!), and I wasn’t in the mood for detailed knitting. Bingo! Drum carding! I’ve spun up the first 1/2 of my cormo locks, with the second 1/2 not yet carded. Perfectly timed.
Tonight was my knitting group’s annual stash exchange, a party where we take our unwanted yarn, pile it on the table, and take turns choosing new-to-us yarns! It’s so much fun! The table starts out overflowing, but by the end it’s sparse. What isn’t chosen gets donated to charity. I was a little dismayed to find myself taking so much home when if promised myself to leave with less than I’d brought.
However, when I break it down, it’s completely reasonable! Bear yarn! Charity yarn doesn’t count toward the stash! Yarn I’d taken that no one wanted, so I took it home. And that only leaves this! 3 sock yarns, one skein of bulky handspun, a few skeins of orange wool, and a huge amount of fiber for spinning. Totally reasonable, right?
I am especially motivated to knit this up. This yarn is what we call a Repeat Offender, meaning that it’s shown up at the stash exchange a time or two. This time I plan to ball it up soon and get it knitted up so it doesn’t make another appearance. :0
Today was a more productive day than usual! First of all, I sewed up the last strips squares for my quilt top– meaning I have four strips to sew together, then to the bigger piece that’s waiting so patiently.
Ready to become part of the whole quilt!
I took a quick trip to my LYS, Imagiknit, to pick up some yarn I’d ordered for my POP blanket. And I found some nice things, including these adorable Mochimochi Land kits for knitting these teeny tiny creatures.
And this! 3 feet of fiber for spinning! If I can work down my fiber stash, and this is still at the shop, I will be super tempted….
3 feet of fiber!
Their selection of local yarns is getting to be very nice.
This yarn was so thick, it was about as big around as one of my fingers.
And a trunk show– I’m not sure if this was just Coco Knits or if there were other designers featured here, but they were lovely samples.
And later, at the beginning of Knit Night I had this:
Beginning of Knit Night
And by the end I had grafted the toes and woven in the ends, with some admiration of my even floats along the way.
My best floats ever?
Finished Eisern socks!
My plan is to focus a little on my POP blanket and the quilt, now that these socks and Halloween costumes are finished. But I am also feeling the need for an instant gratification project, maybe a hat or some kind of cowl. Hmmm.