It’s been quite a while since I blogged. It’s not that I don’t care about my blog. Things have been SO busy! There have been some days when I check in to work at about 7:15 AM and don’t get to go home and prop up my feet until about 9 PM. (Whoever said that working in a school is “cake” because of “fixed hours” and “summers off” have never talked to anyone who really works in a school!)
I’ve still found some time to squeeze in some knitting projects.
I finished the hip bag that was supposed to be a birthday present for my art teacher pal. I used the hand-dyed yellow that I talked about weeks ago and a couple other colors from my stash. I tried two new techniques with this bag.
First, I did needle felting for the first time. I’d had the supplies for ages, but didn’t get around to using them until now. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it before, because it’s dead easy! Just put the fiber down and poke, poke, poke, poke to your heart’s content! I found it to be quite therapeutic. On the day that I made the big needle-felted flower on the flap of the bag, I had a very frustrating day, and it felt very good to stab the bejeesus out of something!
I also did kumihimo weaving for the first time. I’d seen a class of people doing it at the Shabby Sheep retreat, and I thought that it would be an awesome thing to do for a handle of a bag. I ordered the supplies online and then set up the loom. Much to my surprise, Little Grump grabbed the loom almost the second I put it down and started working on it. So we ended up sharing the work on the 51″ handle! The result was not quite as bright and “happy” as I really wanted, but I really wanted my friend to have the bag. I figure that I can go back and make another handle for the bag later on, when I have a bit more time to offer.
The pattern came from Jared Flood. His patterns are always well written, and this one was no exception. I would make one change if I do this pattern again, though. The last stitch of the row is a kfb, which means that it’s not all that easy to smoothly pick up the stitches along the edge. I didn’t do too great of a job because the end stitches were just oo tight. While I don’t know if a non-knitter would notice, I do.
Still, the blanket is pretty, and I’m sure that the recipient will love it. I’m relieved to have finished it before the baby is born and before the teacher has a chance to depart for the summer. (I still haven’t been able to give the Equal Parts blanket to its intended recipient!)
There’s only a few more days of school, but I have a couple more weeks before I start summer break. I’ll likely work beyond then though. Little Grump needs to take some summer school, and I’ll go stir crazy after a few days of everyone being gone during the day. Or not. Maybe I’ll sit and knit and watch chick flicks all day!