This one took (seemingly) forever to finish! But I actually started it last week and finished it Wednesday night (I spent at least an hour everyday on it, and then all day Wednesday sewing up everything together). I’m pooped, but satisfied with the results!
I finally got myself a set! It was $70 at my local Michaels store, but with a 40% off coupon, I purchased the set for $45. I read alot of reviews, and the only complaint with this set was that the needles screw off from the cables every once in awhile – which is scary because who wants to drop stitches!! But I think if you screw it on tightly enough (and the set gives you little tools to make it extra tight), there shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, it has more needle sizes than the Denise set (prettier colors too), and it’s not plastic (I’m an aluminum kinda gal). So far I’ve used it for my latest bag (see below) as straight needles, and haven’t had a problem yet. It’s smooth and slippery.
I’m using my #10.5 needles to make my latest bag (This is the Rowan Arctic Bag – a picture of the final result is to the right of my needles). My Yarn Market Rowan order came in and here’s what I’ve done so far (30 rows of seed stitch).
So I’ve ordered a bunch of yarn for a couple projects I intend to start – only to find out that some of it has been backordered. So in the meantime, I figured I’d try my hand with some embellishments, specifically flowers. I tried out a handful of patterns I found online, and some worked, and some obviously didn’t. My frustrations were ripped (see below).
P.S. It took me the longest time to figure out – but I finally got my percentage bars to work! The current percentages don’t reflect my actual progress in these projects just yet. But now you know what I’m aiming to work on – once I get my yarn, of course. =)
I finished SnB’s Marsupial Tote last week! I finally had a chance to felt it over the weekend. Here are the pics! (Some of them are a bit darker because I took them at night – sorry)
Here is the bag after felting, laid flat on the ground. I felted it for only 10 minutes in my washer. It was so hairy! I bought a lint shaver and it helped a little, but its still kinda hairy (but not as much as before).
I’m finally done with my first knitted bag (pattern from Joann’s)! It’s a bit small, but I’m so proud of it because I even got to use my new sewing skills too! So here’s a pictorial of how the process went:
I handsewed the handles on (with doubled up red thread). I got the lining from the scraps at JoAnn’s. Here, I’ve already measured and sewed the lining together, and I’ve just pinned it onto the bag (the bag is flipped inside out) so I can sew the lining onto the bag. I used invisible thread, which is nice because you can’t see my seams, but it was a pain in the butt because it was so hard to see the actual thread while I was doing it. It’s a bit shoddy, but who cares! I did it! =)