Sunday, October 05, 2008

Progress Pics

The first Candy Corn Bag is now maybe 1/3 done. It's actually going pretty quickly when I sit down and work on it. (I've been easily distracted.) I should have plenty of yarn left for the second bag. This is generic acrylic yarn from an afghan kit someone gave me a while ago. The afghan was one of those 70s era things with butterflies on it. I think it may have actually been a crocheted afghan kit. In any event, it wasn't anything I was going to actually make, but the yarn is certainly usable. Most of it is an off-white color, but there was also orange, yellow and brown.

Here's where I left the Queen of Cups sock.... I'm ready to knit the foot. I just have to sit down and figure out the instep pattern chart. It's not going to be particularly difficult. I just have to do it. I'll coordinate the decreases with the pattern rows so it takes fewer brain cells to remember what I'm doing.

Errold's Grove is still sitting forlornly on the coffee table, ever since I vacuumed up its yarn. I have attached the vacuum yarn to the ball, but have not yet attached the yarn back to the shawl. I really should work on that.

Here's an up close pic of the vacuum-yarn incident. Surprisingly, the yarn wrapped quite neatly around the beater bar and didn't tangle at all. I don't know that I'd use the vacuum to wind balls of yarn, but it didn't do a half bad job.

Unearthing WIPs...
I rediscovered this green polo sweater over the weekend. I knit it years and years ago and even seamed up one sleeve (badly). The rest of it has languished in pieces ever since. I'm seriously considering figuring out how to neatly sew up the rest of it. The pattern is from a 1990s-era Vogue Knitting and calls for a zipper to be installed. I think I may skip that part and just wear it over a tank top or figure out a button closure. I don't think my sweater sewing skills are quite up to managing a zipper just yet. I'm still trying to figure out mattress stitch.

So my reward for finishing the first Candy Corn Bag is to sew up the green polo.

Next I'll have to figure out what to do with the purple grapes vest I thought would look good about ten years ago. I'm not sure it would have looked good ten years ago either, actually. Maybe in the 80s with a poofy blouse (and shoulder pads) and a silk scarf/tie. On the other hand, the yarn is beautiful. It just won't end up being exactly the same vest that the pattern intended.


Carrie Penny said...

The bag is super cute! I love the idea of the candy corn bag, also the little candy corn dolls I have seen patterns for floating around you know what candy corn is just cute period.

Don't you just love finding WIPs or old projects you mostly finished...

OH! For seaming sweaters, I found the direction in the Vouge knitting book I recently got from the library to be supurb. The pictures and directions made it super simple to see and sew. I am a horrible sewer regardless of how you look at it but this helped me to make them more or less look seamless.

Morenna said...

Hi Carrie! Thank you for the suggestion on the sewing up. I had looked at the directions in Principles of Knitting, but didn't think to look in the VK book. DOH!