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Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit (and weave now, too!) but I seem to take more photos of my toddler than my crafts these days. She has that cute factor going for her. Because of this, I have started a tumblr called Tiny Taughts of our home lessons, crafts and projects. Please visit me there and I promise to come back here soon!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bags of tricks

In my little loom-knitting world, the pattern has become the guide, not the law. Sometimes I have to make little tweaks to make it work for me. And sometimes I just guess.

Laptop cozy
As a novice, I knit the laptop cozy from Loom Knitting Primer
for my sister last year. But after felting, it was a very tight fit for a 15-inch laptop.

So when I cast on for my own cozy this summer, I made sure to add stitches. The pattern calls for the 41 pegs on the yellow Knifty Knitter loom. I used 61 pegs on the blue Knifty Knitter long loom. I flat knit on the loom, minus one end peg. Since I was going to felt this I didn't worry about the slightly-larger gap between stitches at the opposite end peg on this loom.

Laptop cozy

Now I have a bag that is just the right amount of cozy for my own 15-inch MacBook. Once it's dry, a pink felted pocket will be stitched on the front for the power cord. I might even add a strap someday.

Lil flap purse
My next lil purse was all experiment. I didn't know how much it would shrink. And I couldn't remember if the white yarn had enough wool in it for felting the flap. Well, I guess it didn't but that's ok ...

Felted clutch 2

I cast on 28 stitches with Bernat Felting Wool on the red Knifty Knitter loom. And from there:
Knit 3 inches.
Add the white Lion Brand Tiffany fur yarn and knit for 2 inches.
Cut the fur yarn and knit for 4 inches.
Add the fur yarn back in and knit for 2 inches.
Cut the fur yarn and knit for 3 inches.
Basic bind off.

For the flap:
Cast on 8 inches. Garter stitch for 5 inches. Basic bind off.
(Remember, I thought this yarn was going to felt so this flap is a little longer than planned.)

I sewed the flap onto the purse and into the washer it went. I think the flap felted a teeny tiny bit because it is a little shorter and the stitches are very smooth now. And of course the fur popped up as the main wool felted down.

After 3 runs in the front-loader washer and couple days to dry, it was time to finish this lil guy. I hammered on a magnetic snap and sewed on a button. And ta-da, I have a cute little purse for a special someone.

Bee Bopper Bag
My last project today is a work in progress. I am working on the Bee Bopper bag from the Lion Brand Web site. I made a tweak before even casting on. The patterns calls for the Authentic Knitting Board. But I just don't enjoy knitting on this 28-inch beast yet. It's HUGE for one thing and I find it hard to pick the loops over nails. So I have switched to a lesser evil, the blue Knifty Knitter long loom. Here is one half of the bag and the strap so far ...

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I have made a bunch of changes in the pattern and plan to add some pockets, too. My goal is to finish and line this bag before Stitches Midwest on Sept. 11. So stay tuned for my improvisations.

1 comment:

  1. Your projects are turning out wonderfully! Isn't it great to take something and make it all your own? I love that yarn you're using for the bee-bopper bag. Lovely colors. :)

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