Sunday, November 1, 2009

Just in time...

Tomorrow my youngest brother turns 26! I thought I would whip this up for him, quick as a flash...
His birthday dinner was today, and I was only up to the decreases. But I had time. Nathan was taking Byron to the steam rally, and it would just be the girl and I at home. Unfortunately, Jasmine seems to believe that if Byron isn't there to play with, I should play with her all day instead! So I got about 3 rows done while the boys were away.
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After the grocery shopping I had about an hour before heading off to the birthday barbecue which, as it happens, is not quite enough time. Instead, I was finishing it off when Matt arrived at our parents' place. Never mind... he didn't pay any attention to my knitting until it was finished and wrapped and I gave it to him (after a quick pic in Mum's bathroom) Ü
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Here's a recent bit of handspun from the purple-ish stuff I got. I'm finding it hard to mix in all the colors because I'd rather just split the batt into thinner strips... which you can't really do when you don't want to separate all the colors. I tried, though. Drawing from the whole batt seems a bit hard for this novice...

Also finished the Mystery Bag KAL (which finished without me many moons ago). I'm so sick of it, and I don't much like the finished project. Even though it's Bendigo rustic (which I'm told felts well) I can't make it felt. So it's big and kind of floppy. I did these handle mods:


after realizing that I hated the cable ones. Only did one side, and I didn't mind the cable idea, but it's too fat (and certainly too pink). Neither can I be bothered doing any pockets. Not sure if I'll use it much! Might be fun to do a teeny one, though... hehe.





6 comments:

kelgell said...

Good thing it's far from uncommon to see you knitting so Matt didn't notice. He he. I like it. I like your homespun too. Looks like you're getting better at it...at least according to that pic. And I like your handles on the bag much more than the designed ones. Your's are simple but the curls match well with the pattern and the colour choice is better too I think. Nice work.

Frogdancer said...

I made 4 turn a square beanies for my 4 sons. You know that something's a success when teenagers VOLUNTARILY wear some hand knitting over and over again!

LBorealis said...

Oh, cool! Love the colors in the hat, and you get major points for taking the best self-hatted photo I've ever seen. The spinning looks great - inspiring, really, I should drag out my poor wheel and try spinning from a batt for a change. Thanks! :)

Tara said...

Hats make great gifts, don't they? They're quick, portable, and usually appreciated, heh. I hope your brother enjoys his.

Ruth's Place said...

The hat looks great. Awesome photo too!

I find batts very hard to spin, your singles look great

Karin said...

I agree, I don't like the pink handle, but the bag is nice.

Love the hat you knit.

Karin

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