Thursday, May 24, 2007

Head start??

I chose my Holiday Headstart project for this month when an e-mail from Knitting Daily came in. There was a link to the cutest little felted bag (it's on the left ), and I knew it would be perfect for my cousin's daughters. I could knit one this month, and one later.

I know this will be hard to believe, but I couldn't find any yarn in my stash that would work for the bags. I wanted pink for Alexis, but the only pink I had was bulky weight. I wanted purple for Alina, but the purple skein I had was too pretty to felt down and give to a preteen. So off to the yarn store for two skeins of Lamb's Pride - one in Lotus Pink and one in Wild Violet. Perfect.

I cast on the pink purse when we got home on Saturday. I finished binding it off this morning and was all set to felt it. Want to see?Oh yes, that's right. Just a pile 'o balled up yarn. Apparently, my brain took a little vacation while knitting this purse. I must have incorrectly marked the start of my rounds after picking up stitches from the bottom of the purse. After knitting the body of the purse, and the handle, and the flap - and weaving in all my ends - I held it up to admire. The bottom of the purse was turned about 45 degrees from where it should be, so the left end of the handle ended up where the flap should have been. D'oh. I really should have taken a picture to show you the misshapen horror I knit. There was no choice but to frog. ****

I can't bear to restart this for May. So, anyone got a quick project I could crank out in 5 days??

**** I do realize I could have just ripped out the handles and the flap and reknit them in the proper place. But instead I decided I would rip the bottom of the bag and re-knit that. It was a disaster and THEN there was no choice but to frog the whole bag. Grrrr.

15 comments:

Kathy said...

This is where crochet comes in and saves you.
DO you crochet? Ive forgotten who does and who doesnt. I can give you some ideas if you crochet.
Ahhhhh, fast fast fast.

Knitting in Pink said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! I hope it goes better the second time around!

~Kristie said...

That *is* the perfect holiday gift bag for little girls and I KNOW they are going to love them ... just as soon as your brain gets back from vacation ;-) Did it go somewhere nice like the Caribbean?

Unfortunately I have no ideas for a 5-day quickie project unless you want to make another pair of Fetchings.

The_Add_Knitter said...

Mittens, girl, mittens...

Sonya said...

I agree about mittens. And Lamb's Pride makes very warm mittens, felted or not. That's such a pretty shade of pink too.

Cathy said...

Goodness Karen! How disappointing for you to have to rip all that hard work! I do HATE when that happens! It must be "bag month" I just ordered the pattern for the Constant Companion Felted Knitting Bag! I hope I have enough in my stash to make it as I didn't want to order the kit (trying to be good here ;)).

KeanaLee said...

wish we could of seen that, too funny.

Jennifer said...

Bummer! What about Calorimetry?

Krista M said...

Oh No! Dontcha hate it when that happens!?!

Kelly said...

What a bummer! If your looking for quick and in light of the hot weather we're having how about a dishcloth.

Zonda said...

Oh that just stinks! I love that pink, I've made a hat/scarf set with it!

MissyJoon said...

worsted yarn? My yoga socks are going pretty quick--1 skein only!

Sorry it didnt' work out;0( the purse I mean!!!!! oxox

Dipsy said...

Oy, I'm so sorry! But hey, I'd also say, perhaps you should do a quicker and smaller project for some instant gratification - a dish- or washcloth for ex? Hm... just a thought... That yarn is totally yummy, what a lovely color!

Alisha said...

Oh that sucks...it is such a great color...I hope you'll try it again and share!!

Sourire11 said...

That sucks!!!! It's such a cute pattern/color... I'm sure you'll kick it's butt when you knit it again!

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