Busy weekend - it took over a week to get round to putting the fringe on the Kureyon scarf I made for a friend.
To make the colour change from kureyon to black more interesting, I knit 1 round knit 1 slip 1 with the new colour, ending up with alternating stitches of old and new colour. I then carried on knitting with the new colour.
Oh, and Masa liked his scarf so I'm happy
I have so many WIPs that I wanted a bit of instant gratification, so I grabbed a pair of 10mm needles and some weird acrylic slub yarn from the 100-yen shop and knocket up this hood/bonnet thing.http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c49/senshisteph/craftystuff/Image002.jpg
And I lined the scarf on my shibori felting project! It's a gift for my MIL, and it's all handmade - hand-felted (Japanese washing machines don't have a hot wash), hand-sewn (one day I will get a new foot pedal for my machine...)
This is how it started out:
This is what it became:
Inspiration from http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter06/FEATwin06FK.html
I had a request for a tute so here goes:
1-sweater Shibori bag and scarfMaterials
1 feltable sweater
non-felting yarn to tie (Knitty says cotton but I used some scrap acrylic yarn with no problem)
Objects to make your bobbles (I was hand-felting so I was able to use glass marbles for the flowers and little glass eggs for the random bobbles)
lining fabric (I used 2 35x50cm patchwork squares)
Handles (I bought mine but you could make them by cutting out 2 long rectangles - trimming the ends to round them off - and sewing together all but the first and last inch to make a tube with open, flat ends)
Fastener for bag if desired
Cut up your sweater like so:
1 sleeve will be the bag. You should have 1 long rectangle (front and back of sweater) and one short one. Sew these together to make your scarf. The rest of the sweater, cut into squares to make leaves and flowers. There might be enough left over to make a coin purse or flower corsage/pin! Wish I'd thought of that earlier...
Follow the instructions in the knitty article to felt scarf, the wide end of the bag sleeve, and flowers (I cut 5-petal flowers instead of knitty's 6-petal ones). To make leaves, fold squares diagonally, tie in the middle and felt. When dry, cut across where the tie is, stitch the ends together. I hid the raw edges of the leaf by sewing them into the sides of the random bobbles. Small flowers were made by felting smaller squares and cutting them into 4 petals instead of 5.
Fold the felted sleeve in half and trim so the wide end matches the narrow end like this:
sew these edges together.
Sew flowers and leaves to bag front and scarf ends. My flower petals were quite floppy so I stitched around the bobble, then put a fixing stitch near the end of the petal. Leaves were sewn in tight to the random bobbles. Make sure you leave clear spaces on the bag front to attach the handles.
Line bag and scarf, attach handles (you may want to attach handles before lining)... voila!