April 14, 2014
Posted by Leslie A. Gordon under Knitting
| Tags: bag
, yoga mat
I finished my yoga mat bag. (By the way, I love when I find a pattern I want to knit that turns out to be in a book that I’ve had for ages!)
(Sorry for the distracting extras in the photos…)
Unfelted, it was the size of a small sleeping bag!
I like the way it came out, though the strap is probably a few inches too long. The bag itself may be a little big (I haven’t used it yet). If so, I may re-felt it a bit more.
March 30, 2014
This is going to be felted so it needs to be knitted extra looooonnnngggg.
Believe it or not, I’ve still got about 10 more inches to go before decreasing for the bottom. There’s also a 40-inch strap to be knit. But I love it so far and can’t wait to see how it felts up.
March 18, 2014
I made a pair of what the Knitmore Girls would refer to as “vanilla socks.” If the yarn looks familiar, it’s because I loved the Stricken Smitten that I got in the Cookie A Sock Club awhile back so much that I scoured Ravelry for another skein and bought one from a Raveler who wanted to unload. Yes, it’s even the exact same color. I don’t care — the yarn is so wonderfully soft and surprisingly durable. I just wanted another pair. Next up: a felted yoga mat bag!
February 23, 2014
So I wanted to make this wrap and I wanted to use bulky yarn because I was trying to copy something I saw my yoga teacher wear. That mobius cast-on is trickier than it looks, especially when you’re casting on a lot of stitches, and I sort of guestimated how many stitches to cast on given my substitution. Using this method, you can’t really tell whether you’ve gotten it right until you bind off. Meanwhile, as I was knitting, I was thinking, “Would you really wear a wrap?! I mean, your yoga teacher can pull off anything, but you? Not so sure.” Well, lo and behold, when I bound off, I realized I had a cowl rather than a wrap and I LOVE it! I had actually been queuing/favoriting a bunch of cowls on Ravelry so I ended up happy in the end.
In other news, this is the first time in about seven years that I did not go to Stitches. We arrived home late last night from the mountains after being gone for a week and I just couldn’t make it happen. I mostly wanted to go to see my favorite podcasters (the 2KnitLitChicks, the Knitmore Girls, Stash & Burn, Never Not Knitting and designer Tot Toppers), particularly since I still have a large gift certificate from Imagiknit and didn’t need to buy anything. Next year!
February 11, 2014
Posted by Leslie A. Gordon under Knitting
| Tags: Knitting
, leg warmers
I’m in my forties. I probably shouldn’t be wearing leg warmers. But after attending a yoga retreat last month, I got inspired and couldn’t help myself.
I used one ball of Plymouth Encore and this pattern. I cast on 44 stitches.
January 30, 2014
So my kids’ school is so cool and hip that we had a yarn-bombing of the middle school library last night. It was awesome. Here are some photos:
It was fun — and I can’t wait to hear what the kids thought when they arrived this morning. In other news, I did, indeed, ditch the socks with errors:
And, in fact, I ditched the yarn altogether, selling that ball to another Raveler. After the yarn bombing swatches, I turned to a pair of leg warmers (yes, leg warmers — I’m having a mid-life crisis):
I hope I can pull these off. (My ‘tween daughter has already insisted that I cannot.)
January 14, 2014
So I acquired some super-hard-to-get Lollipop Yarn from a kind, destashing Raveler. I knit this far, trying to ignore two mistakes that I made early on…
The mistakes aren’t visible in the photo but, believe me, they’re there (on the underside). So I’m putting this away for a few days while I decide whether, since I only wear hand-knit socks around the house, it really matters all that much that there are mistakes. At the same time, I spent mucho dinero on this yarn — I want to feel good about the socks they become. So we’ll see. In the meantime, I’m working up a quickie hat for my yoga teacher as a thank you for the amazing retreat she hosted this weekend. Also, my kids’ school is having its very own campus yarn bombing in a few weeks and I’ll be knitting up some swatches for that. In the meantime, what do you think — frog or keep this two-thirds-complete sock? Also, forgive me for being a bit of a dolt, but is there a trick — other than cutting up your yarn — to keeping even stripes in self-striping yarn on the heel/gusset?