Up Knit Creek

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Normal service resumed

Yep! I've got over my motoring angst (well, not over exactly, more that I've put it to the back of my mind) and am back to my normal ramblings about knitting and associated stuff.
Today I met up with nine other members of the Angel Yarns forum for lunch, knitterly gossip and a look at everyone else's books and current projects. We had a lovely lunch here and talked about far more than just knitting. Everyone had brought their favourite knitting books with them and we could easily have opened a bookstore. I think my Amazon wish-list may be just about to grow........damn, I didn't write down the titles! I'm not too sure what the waitresses thought about these strange women who were too busy discussing knitting to order their food but at least we didn't misbehave. Unfortunately, Lewes does not have much of a yarn store anymore (it used to be home to Kangaroo until business rates went sky-high) so any thoughts of stash enhancement were quickly dashed. There is one shop that sells yarn and they certainly have more variety now than they did a couple of years ago but there is little there of interest to me at present. Just as well really, my stash never seems to get any smaller...........

There has been knitting but it has been of a somewhat secret nature so I can only give you a little taster:
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All will be revealed in the next couple of weeks, promise.
Current work is a bag in recycled sari silk that I am pretty much making up as I go along. This yarn is some that I got from Ebay and is not how I thought it would be - the colours are not as vibrant as in other sari silk yarn I have used and the yarn is very hairy and not (in my opinion) very well spun ( as a spinner of some 4 months' experience, I think I know what's what!). In spite of this, I think the bag will work out quite well, especially if I add a few details to give it a more finished look. When making bags, I always worry about the handles as they can really make or break the finished article and today saw me trying work out ways to poke knitted i-cord down a transparent plastic tube to make a more substantial, yet toning, handle. I haven't figured this out completely yet, but I think it may involve persuading a very small animal to run through the tube with the i-cord attached to its tail - whaddya think?
OK, I'll get my coat!


  • "small animal!" Tee-hee!!!

    Isn't it interesting how you perceive yarn after having made some?

    By Blogger Sheepish Annie, at 11:07 pm  

  • Your sari silk is so much finer than any commercial stuff I have seen. RE:the bag handle, how about using a tunisian crochet hook or a pieace of adapted clothes hanger wire?

    By Blogger Queen Frogger, at 8:23 am  

  • Wondering what type of small animal would get down the tube? Maybe you would have to look at the insect world . . .

    By Blogger Lyonheart, at 11:11 am  

  • It's pretty mucht the same with our knitting group in Hamburg where we bring books, too. This was meant to help us deciding whether a book might be of interest for us, but some ladies started refusing just to look at them since their budged became stressed too much. ;)


    By Blogger Jinx, at 11:44 am  

  • Could you thread a tapestry needle with cotton thread, tied on to the end of the i-cord, drop the needle through and pull the cotton to pull the i-cord through?

    Either that, or a spider ;)

    By Blogger Helen, at 11:45 am  

  • You just need a tiny drop cord, attach a small weight (very small!!) to a piece of thread attached to the i-cord and drop it down the tube weight first, hopefully that would work (with some shaking.......

    ....now what could you use as the weight?.......

    ...a metal bead????.......

    By Anonymous abi, at 2:13 pm  

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