Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

It Was A Tough Fight, But I Won (I Think)

Frogging the cream bulky sweater I bought yesterday (the 90% wool, 10% angora one) was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. Instead of bulky yarn, it was knit from three strands of heavy worsted weight used in a unusual sequence.

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There would be three rows knit with two strands, and then a row knit with a single strand. This didn't make too much difference while frogging the circular yoke as it just meant that one ball of yarn grew faster than the second ball. But when I hit the sleeves and the body sections, all of a sudden I had three balls of yarn being wound at the same time.

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It got a little tangled from time to time, but I finally finished it and wound up with about 25 ounces of very soft yarn. I'm thinking that I may try dying this once I have it wound into hanks on the swift.

In other news, the second button-hole bag is complete. This one measures 20" across and 17" deep, not counting the folded bottom piece. I'll probably wait to felt it until I've knit up the six skeins of Lopi in green & purple.

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I also finished the lavender shawl but decided to spare you a photo of a simple triangular shawl that looks just like the one from the May 9th post except for the color. I have another one started in a variegated yarn in green, rust, tan & dark taupe. Tonight, I'm either going to work a bit on the baby afghan which has been sadly neglected this last week, start frogging the teal sweater I bought yesterday or start another button-hole bag with the green & purple Lopi. Decisions, decisions {g}


Anonymous Heather said...

I like your bag! It turned out great!

8:15 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

That bag is going to look great when it's felted! I mean, it looks great now but the design will really add to the finished look. I can't wait to see it all done.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Pioggia said...

That's a weird way to knit up a sweater, I'm glad you figured out the frogging part without tangles. As for your felted bag, how about a picture with a small object as a size reference?

7:07 PM  
Blogger Momma22wildfires said...

Glad the angora didn't hang you up at all. What a weird way to knit a sweater, but at XXL, you must have TONS of yarn! I agree that you should get brave and dye it. It's a little messy, but loads of fun!

9:01 AM  

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