Sunday, April 20, 2014

Great Big Squid bag update...


Our plucky heroine is still gradually sorting through the photos from her trip to visit family, but my carry-along handwork project is almost finished:
This was the perfect thing to bring along on a long cross-country train trip… time for our plucky heroine to get in lots of practice with the two-handed fair isle technique; the technique now has become very natural, after three weeks occasional pickup work. The bag will look a lot better/smoother once it is actually finished and the knitting has been blocked...

Am just doing some extempore finishing of the upper edge and the bottom edge now, since I only printed out the image chart and not the actual bag pattern, I am making it up as I go… will do a drawstring top rather than open as the pattern shows, I have little use for bags that don’t close, whilst colorful decorative knitted pouches are a wonderful way to keep travel necessities organised, and tourney season is fast approaching...

back of bag has a different design than the pictorial front...

Monday, April 7, 2014

alternating current


Alabama Chanin style can be funky, or can be a lot more mainstream... One of their more recent journal posts showed a look that was much more conservative than their usual, and I found it to be an interesting way of adding subtle decoration to a pretty ordinary looking dress. Each of their stencil designs can be used in many different ways, depending on not only which colors you choose for your project, but also in what way you decide to stitch, cut, or embellish the stencilled designs. Their 2014 stencil of the year is much more geometric than the floral designs mostly associated with their style.

Whilst I like making my own stencils, their download page is a great resource for stencil designs already worked out and road tested for useability... I have actually downloaded and used one of their designs (Magdalena) when I made the grey tee shirt last year.