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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Location: Northern Detroit Metro area, Michigan, United States

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Finished Designs & Samples

I haven't really been as lazy as the lack of blog posts might indicate. Instead, I've been working on designing items in the recycled Sari Silk and knitting up the samples to be photographed for the patterns. The box is packed and ready to ship off to Stephanie at The Wool Peddler , so I thought I'd show you a few more of the projects that have been keeping me busy.

This belt is a quick project - it took about two hours to make last night and it looks great on a pair of jeans. I think that a 100 gram skein of Kathmandu Twisted would make at least two belts and perhaps more.

Kim designed a crocheted version of a Lightning Bolt scarf, so I had to come up with a knit version. It's worked on size 15 needles and took about 150 grams of Kathmandu Handpicked. It's another project that can be completed in an evening or two.

This is the idea that started the whole project. Merry, who is now acting as our agent, wanted a pattern for a knit bowl in the silk yarn. This rectangular one is knit in the round without any seams and stiffened with white glue.

Remember that little tease from a few weeks back? It was a close up shot of this place setting complete with mat, napkin ring and table runner. There are also two more designs, a simple lacy pattern and a window-pane design.

Another quick Christmas present is this cell-phone bag which is also large enough to hold a digital camera. There will also be patterns available for the purse and three amulet bags. There are photos of the purse and two of the amulet bags in the August 16th & 22nd posts.

This shawl would take a little more time, but it's a classic. The weight of the silk yarn combined with the easy lace pattern makes it easy to wear. It's shown here held together with a shawl pin (ok, it's really one of those barrettes with the long pin, but it works), but it will hug my shoulders without being pinned on which is more than I can say for my Clapotis. It was difficult to pack this one up for shipping as I wanted to keep it!!

So that's how I spent the month of August. {g} All of the patterns will be available soon through The Wool Peddler (link above). Many thanks to Stephanie who has given Kim & me the opportunity to do some designing!


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