Archive for October, 2007

Two-tone tote


I finished and felted my two-tone tote! It’s not quite as ‘totey’ as I expected, but I still love it. I think it needs a closure though, because it has a tendency to gape a bit, so I’ve bought some snaps for it. Just gotta sew ’em on, and hopefully I’ll have a totally cool and functional new bag.

I nearly ran out of dusky rose, but since I hadn’t totally felted my swatch I just frogged and used that. I also had to resort to nipping off some skein-change-ends so I wouldn’t run out of yarn for the i-cord. It was a little touch-and-go, but I got there.


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First online yarn purchase

Viscose velvet Viscose velvet From Yarn Traders – 4 skeins of each colour, and all for less than $20 including shipping. Good stuff.

It’s viscose, but the colours and sheen look dreamy. I don’t know yet what the raspberry will become, but I’d like to turn the honey-colour into the Brioche Bodice from Interweave Knits Summer 2006.

Also in the news, my Airy Lace Wrap-around Sweater from Fitted Knits is halfway done – just the front ties to go. The sleeves might be a little long, but I’ll wait until it’s sewn up to make a call. I’m not convinced it will matter; unlike the
cable panels for the back and sleeves that got shortened considerably.

Now I just have to go on a sewing kick to get the dress done. I’m tempted to wait until summer when I’m home in Christchurch, but really I’ll just play it by ear. If I feel like sewing before then, it’ll be done earlier.

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Latest project

ttt2.jpgI’m halfway through making this bag (from Bag Style) and already I adore it. The apple green’s done, so now I just need to swatch my dusky pink to check the gauge, felt the swatch (to make sure it will, just to be safe), and start knitting! I can’t wait until the whole thing’s finished. The colours make me so insanely happy.


(you found my quick’n’dirty workaround!)

Edited to add: Liz’s comment made me realise that although I’d answered Sandi by email, that wouldn’t help anyone else with the same problem. I struggled with the instructions at that point and had to write out the rows I was supposed to knit so I wouldn’t lose track.

Breaking it down, the instructions say when you reach 36 stitches, repeat the last 14 rows 4 more times. The last 14 rows are contained in the previous sentence: row 1, row 2, then rows 3 – 6 three times. That’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6.

So if you knit:

rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6
rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6
rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6
rows 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6, 3, 4, 5, 6

you should end up with a total of 72 stitches on your needle.

Row 3 increases 1 stitch, and row 5 increases 2 stitches, so that’s 3 stitches increased for each repeat of rows 3 – 6. Those rows are repeated 3 times in ‘the last 14 rows’, so your stitch count should increase by 9 at the end of the 14 rows. Four repeats of the 14 rows increases your stiches by 36 (9 stitches increased x 4 repeats).

I hope that makes sense!

P.S. the same applies on the decrease side… the 14 rows you need to repeat are 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 7, 8, 9, 10, 7, 8, 9, 10.

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