Friday, April 25, 2014

Sweater to Bag

Once upon a time my husband bought me a Ralph Lauren sweater for Christmas. It was hand knitted in heavy wool, nice and warm, and the Westie on the front is super cute. We had Macie the Westie at the time, so we collected many Westie things. The sweater was very large, and thankfully I never grew into it, but I never wanted to part with it.

A few years later I decided to give felting a try, maybe it'd shrink the sweater a bit to make it fit better. It shrank, a lot. I turned it into a pillow case and it became part of our Christmas decoration for the next few years. Then it found a place in our guest room sofabed, huddled together with a bunch of other pillows.

In the past couple of weeks Henry moved into the guest bed and I had to find a place for all the pillows. Macie Sweater was to become the Macie Bag. My friend Bethany helped me measure and cut out the shapes, hemmed the edges, and sewed up the sides and bottom. There was minimal waste on the front and back. The sleeves became tube handles. The only hand sewing I had to do was a few super thick places because of the hems and the fairisle knitting, plus sewing the handles onto the bag.

The Macie Bag is perfect!

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Noah Finale

Project:  Noah
Pattern Claudia by MJ Kim (Ravelry free download)
Yarn:  Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool Worsted, 100% merino
Yardage:  250 yards in stash, used about 150 yards
Needles: Size 6 & 8
Cast on: March 30, 2014
Cast off: April 3, 2014
Cost: stash yarn don't count

Notes: Knitted this hat for my husband cause the man is follicly challenged and likes to keep his head warm. The cable pattern is done on size 6 needles, then the rest on size 8, so it goes very fast. I did K1P2 for the top ribbing, instead of twist1P2, but I think because it's done on bigger needles it looks fine. The yarn is incredibly soft, and the man is happy with his new hat.

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