Wednesday, December 13, 2006
olive ya!
Thanks so much for all your helpful emails and comments regarding my Farmer's Market Bag. The votes were 70-30 in favor of olive - this was the color I was leaning toward originally so it was nice to have some corroboration. I'm going to try and get the duplicate stitches and felting done over the weekend and post a picture of the finished bag next week. Thanks again!

Monday, December 11, 2006
decisions, decisions

I decided I should really deal with all my UFOs instead of starting something new. So here's the Farmer's Market Bag I knit from Weekend Knitting awhile back. As you can see, I was very close to finishing but abandoned it after being unable to decide which color to use for the duplicate stitches. I substituted some deeply-discounted Lopi I found for the original pattern's Classic Elite Montera (first photo) so the colors are not really the same - the pattern uses sage for the duplicate stitches. When I bought the Lopi, I picked up the olive and orange since they were also in the sale bin and seemed to look good with the other colors.

Olive or orange? Cast your vote by leaving a comment. Thanks - I'm looking forward to finally completing this bag so I can felt it. :)

Saturday, December 09, 2006
how cute is this?!
Sheldon - I love how his shell is removable (scroll down to the bottom)!

OK, OK, I know it's pathetic how three months ago I said I would start knitting again and I still haven't yet. But I swear I'm working on it. The first step is to find a pattern to inspire me. I'm thinking of this (click on "VIEW INSIDE PAGES" underneath the book cover and it's the lilac sweater on the upper left). The main problem is looking for a less expensive yarn because the one used in the pattern is about $15 per skein and I would need nine skeins. I'm usually good about substituting but I have to say that I'm also usually much happier with what I knit when I use what the pattern calls for. I suppose I could wear it everyday for the next six months to make it worthwhile - that would only be about 75 cents a day!