Sunday, April 25, 2010

Chickadee purse plus clutch

I finally finished the Chickadee purse that someone ordered to give as a gift. It is the same as the prototype except that I added some iron on interfacing to the body of the purse to give it more structure. I also decided to add a matching clutch. It closes with a button and elastic loop (hair tie).

I also made some hang tags and tied one on with ribbon.

And, some new packaging!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dishcloths 5-6 of 26

5) Vertical Weave
6) Six Stitch Cable
From these two I learned:
  • I am not a huge fan of pass slipped stitch over (but maybe I just need practice)
  • Cables are way easier the second time around (I made this dishcloth once before)
  • As much as I like the idea of not using a cable needle, I am not willing to take that chance just yet.
  • I need to work on regulating my cast on and off tension because I go between way to tight and way to loose. I need to find a happy medium.
  • There must be better ways to bind off some of these patterns because sometimes it just doesn't look very good. I need to look into that too.
I recently got the book Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus, but haven't had the time to take a look yet. I am hoping I can get some good pointers there to help out with some of the issues I am having. But regardless of some of these issues, I feel like I am definitely moving towards my goal of becoming better at knitting. I am quicker and it is getting easier. I am getting better at recognizing my mistakes and fixing them. I am starting to get ideas of how to do things without a pattern. I really like cables! This is exciting. I can't wait until I am done with all 26 and I can look back and see how much I have progressed and learned.