Yes, I'm a terrible daughter. But it's finally done! My dad likes to "check his eyelids for holes" in his recliner. My mother is also a warm natured person, so the A/C is usually cranked to the point of freezing. He usually has a blanket or something on his lap, so I figured I would make him a quilt for his "rests".
This is a blue and white Double Irish Chain. I did have a little difficulty with the binding, but I think I just need to learn a technique that I like. Enjoy!
Quilting has always intrigued me. I used to sew in jr. high and high school, but never really quilted. Unless you count the four square pillow I did in home ick. So, I had knit, felted and lined a backpack for a friend of mine, which was immediately commandeered by her 5 year old daughter. I had bunches of fabric left over from lining the bag, so decided to make a quilt for Alex to see if we could liberate the back pack. I tried something simple, and I think it worked out. I have to work on my binding technique, but it turned out pretty good I think.
This is nice and neat folded look. You can see the backing and the squares.
The laid out version of the quilt. Yep, that's Strawberry Shortcake. It's what lined the bag I knit.
A close up of the backing and the squares.
I'm definitely doing this again. I've already picked up the fabric for a quilt for my Dad's birthday in December.
I also like this pattern a lot. I made on yesterday, and I'm a novice sewer. The way the handles are done is pure genius! I love it. I do think the next one I make is going to have a slightly longer handle. It was probably the bag I was using as a pattern. Or my lack of cutting skills.
I wanted to say thank you to everybody!!! Between the links, help that was offered, pestering the intern, and trial and error, I finally got it figured out. So, here is the beginning using KnitPicks DYO sock yarn, dyed using Kool-Aid (Strawberry, Green Apple, Mango).
I've never really sat down and tried to make an original pattern, but I had this Noro Kuryeon lying around and decided a small bag would be fun. And it would be felted, and I didn't feel like knitting, so I pulled out the hook. This is what happened.
I really have very little idea of exactly what I did to make this. I could puzzle it out, and I might try to make another one. What is kind of cool is the bottom of the purse follows the wavy pattern.
I have forayed into the world of my own patterns. I can't lie and say I made this up out of whole cloth. I was definitely inspired by a Multidirectional scarf, (which you can find here: http://douma.net/Karen/knitting/Accessory-Scarves/Multidirectional_Diagonal_Scarf.htm It all started because I didn't like the way the yarn (Noro Shinano) was knitting up. The way the scarf pattern is, you work in garter. With Shinano, it looked messy; unfinished. So I started experimenting. And this is what I got. This is a close up of the stitches.
This is a section of the scarf. It's actually 7 ft. long without the fringe.
So, let me know what you think. And please be kind. I'm working on figuring out how to write down what I did, so there really isn't a written pattern as of yet.
I really wish I had seen this a few weeks ago. I'm almost done with my clapotis. I did it in a yarn that was in the clearance section at the LYS (50% off!). It is ONLine Linie 88 Feeling in a pale yellow, a yarn I haven't seen, or been able to find, since. It really makes the stitches pop, especially the twisted knits. Well, here it the clapotis:
and here is what the stitches look like up close.
Also, MissLuLu, if you are using a thinner thread with a smaller gauge, you will need to do more repeats to get it as wide as a normal clapotis. The only difference will be when you are working the straight rows, you will need to do a few more repeats. From reading the pattern it looks like you do the same number of repeats on the straight row that you did on the increase row. For example: If you ended up doing section two (increases) 20 times, you would do section three (straight rows) 20 times also. You would then do section four (decrease rows) 10 times. Everything else (like the beginning and ending) should be the same. Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but that is the way that I am reading it. And I took a really close look. I have a dk weight merino in verigated pinks that I was considering. It's just slightly thinner than a worsted
Tunisian will felt fine, but it take a couple more washings than knitting does. I did a bag in tunisian and washed it my customary three times like I do with my knitted items, and it didn't felt as much. I think it was because it is a thicker weave. Other than needing to process it a couple of extra times, it went fine. Here is what it looked like after four washings. The yarn is lopi lite 100% wool and, as you can see, you can still make out stitch definition, which can be helpful if you have a really neat pattern of stitches.
Good luck with it. And Tunisian is great. Wonderfully mindless if you are doing basic squares.