Tuesday, May 16, 2006

She's crafty

Which is good when she misplaces her knitting mojo.

On Sunday I set out to work some crafty mojo by hitting the thrift store for sweaters to felt. Sadly, our large thrift store apparently only stocks things seasonally - there was not a stitch of wool to be found. On to the next!

I came home and got ready to dye up some yarn - some for my swap pal and some for me! Here's what I came up with - which one do y'all think I should send my swap pal?

Very Berry



I dyed up the Very Berry using an old pyrex bowl and the microwave! Three packets of strawberry kool aid and three of grape (next time I'd use more grape). I was amazed that I could keep the color mostly to one side without any fanciness! I just poured it onto 1/4 of the skein, did the other color on another 1/4, twisted the skein and laid the second half on top and did the 1/4 colors again. It's a very "varigated" skein - the colors really fade in and out of each other. I would love to see it knit up!

Seaside was done using three packets of Artic Green Apple (this color kind of sucks - not very green) and one of Lemon-Lime for the Green and 3 packs of Ice Blue Raspberry. I *heart* these colors. I'll be recreating one of these for me if I send off this one!

Sunset was done using three colors - three packs of orange in one pot, five of lemonade in a mason jar sitting in my big pot, and three packs of cherry in the big pot. Because of the way the yarn laid across the big pot there is a spot of darker color that fades into a lighter pink on either side. I really like the way this looks - the effect of four colors for the price of three! I also love this one and will be making another for myself if I give this one away.

So, what do you think? Leave me a note in the comments! Edited to add: My pal said anything goes color-wise!

Last night I couldn't sit still to knit, and I've been really wanting to sew up some fabric that's been in my stash since last summer. I wanted to do something different from my usual tall and narrow-ish tote bags, so I made one long and not as tall. It also has two interior pockets (and the fabric on the pockets matches up to the interior fabric - when I tried to show the husband the pockets, he said "where?" I guess it worked!). I love this bag - it's a great size for a purse or knitting bag and has perfect length and width handles. I've really got to start writing down what I do when I make these so I can recreate them!

The knitting mojo may have returned this evening. Try to contain your excitement.

Go give Jen some love at her new blog!


  1. Hallo Jen,

    The bag looks great, very nice pattern and fine colours - pink and green. :)
    And the wool looks fantastic too. Hm, I would also have problems to decide which one I should give away. I dont' know your pal, but for some people the red ones are perhaps a bit too extreme??
    Verrry difficult.

    warm wihes

    Astrid, still impressed by your gifts

  2. Anonymous4:58 AM

    Darling bag!

    I'd have a hard time choosing which yarn to send too. I think I'd end up sending "Seaside", but that's cause I love red & purple and I'd want to keep the other yarn for myself. :::Grin:::

  3. What a cute bag. I just got a sewing machine, and now I'm getting more and more inspired by all the totes.

  4. Love the yarn you dyed, especially the Seaside. Great colors. I love the fabric you choose for your bag, such a happy Spring bag!

    Amanda :)

  5. Your yarn came out great - Seaside is my favorite too. That bag looks like th perfect spring knitting tote!!

  6. Anonymous3:59 PM

    Well, clearly Seaside is my fave, but I'm not sure if that means you should keep it or send it :) I guess if we were going for "good person" I should say send it. By the way, if that bag goes missing, it wasn't me!

  7. I like the Seaside, but you know I'm a sucker for blues and greens, and blue-greens! The Very Berry is also gorgeous. I think I'd send the Berry.

  8. I like the bottom one, it's bright. I have a thing for bright colors right now.