Monday, May 14, 2007

Knitting Update

Just thought I'd give an update on some knitting progress I've made. I did start & finish a Fantasy Naturale Market Bag for my secret pal. I'll be sending this off to her with some other goodies tomorrow. Here's how it looks:

I kind of like the rainbow yarn! I hope she likes it too. This bag is very slightly different than the pattern. For one thing, I picked up 96 instead of 100 stitches. I find it's just easier to pick up an even number of stitches per side (24 instead of 25). This one also is slightly less long than the pattern calls for; it's 14 inches instead of 15. And I made the handles just a tad longer and wider by a row, which you can see in the picture below. You can also see just how much this bad boy will hold. I wrapped a small pillow in a piece of black velvet fabric and shoved it in there so you can see the pattern and capacity. There's a lot more room to go, if I wanted:

So now I am working on the baby kimono for my sister's little baby girl, who will be named Aubrey, by the way. I'm about halfway done that. Here's a picture of the progress so far. This is the back:

I really like working with this yarn too. It's called Circus. I got it for $1.5o a ball from Smiley's Yarns. Nice stuff: 85% cotton, 15% acrylic. I bought WAY more than I will need for this kimono, so I see a matching hat and some booties happening too.... In fact, I bought the same amount of this yarn (5 skeins) in another colorway too, called citrus. it's yellows, oranges, and greens with the ivory. So depending on how long it takes me to get this one done (with accompanying hat and booties), I might get TWO sets done. That would be cool.

And as for the socks, well I still have a long way to go, I think. But I did manage to turn the heel on one of them. Here's how that looks:

So that's all for now! :-)


Katie J said...

Looks great! I'm loving the market bag pattern and will be sending one off to my secret pal as well. I love the kimono but do you like the pattern? What bootie pattern will you use? I know Pat has a good one.

Gina said...

The pattern is pretty easy to follow. It's infinitely easier to do on circulars, which I am using. I can't imagine knitting it on straight needles. I am hoping to get my hands on Pat's bootie pattern! The hat will be a no-brainer; circulars or dpns all the way to the top.

Beth said...

I'm very impressed with your knitting progress! The market bag, again, is great. I do so want to make one of those.