Friday, April 25, 2008

Springtime Knitting

I’ve spent most of this week trying to decide what to knit next. I finished the Lace Ribbon Scarf and am very pleased with it, but it has gotten too warm to wear it now. I thought I would make another one in cotton but nothing in the right color was in the right gauge and I wanted to use my stash. I looked through magazines, books, Ravelry and web sites for patterns. I really don’t wear summer sweaters and it is too hot already to knit with wool. I have a ton of scarves, socks, mittens and hats. So I decided to make a bag.
At the last wedding I went to I carried a hard metal case clutch bag and it actually shed all over my black skirt. Little flecks of gold were all over everything. I couldn’t even figure out where it was shedding from. Also, it was too small to carry anything after I put in my camera and lip gloss. So I searched all over and found the pattern for Square Cake from Knitty. Instead of using the Tilli Thomas Disco Lights, a yarn with sequins, I found some Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere in a soft green in my stash and combined it with a strand from an old cone of metallic gold called Callenzano from Silk City Fibers. The gauge is right and I am making it in the smaller size. Cotton is not as dressy as silk would be but it may pass. If the bag comes out great but it is not sleek enough, I may spring for the Tilli Thomas and make another one. A trip to Montclair where there are two great yarn stores is not too much trouble for me at all. The bag is a fast knit and I don’t need it until the end of June anyway. It may also make a nice holiday gift for someone at work.
A colleague and I bought new tiny digital voice recorders for work. Last weekend I made a few sock covers for them. They were really quick and I was able to use some leftover Socks that Rock. The hardest part was finding D-rings to attach so we can keep them on our key rings.


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