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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Carrie

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I’ve finished my Carrie wrap/scarf/narrow shawl thing!  I did a light blocking, consisting of laying it out on towels and spraying it down with water and patting it into shape.  No blocking wires, no pins.  It was big enough without them.

This was an easy project that didn’t require a lot of concentration to knit.  I loved the little picot bind off and I think that’s a nice way to finish that final edge.  I think this pattern would work well in a multi-colored variegated yarn as well as a solid also.  I might be making more of these!

There was a question about the Wiksten Tank yesterday and since I’ll be finishing another one today, I’ll get some photos so I can explain how I finish the arm and neck edges tomorrow.  I don’t know if I’ve ever read the directions for those, I just do what I was taught years ago.  My way has a few more steps, but it makes them lie flat when they’re finished.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Another Wiksten Tank

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This may well be a week of Wikstens around here because I have two more that are almost finished!  This is another Liberty of London Tana Lawn print.  I love these fabrics.  Lawn is super soft and lightweight, but it’s still a surprisingly sturdy fabric.  It’s perfect for our climate here in North Texas and the prints that Liberty uses are easy to wear.
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I haven’t checked yet, but I think this tank will work with my Alpengluehen cardigan, which would mean I can wear the tank past summer!  I’ll have to see, but those blue green flowers look like they’ll match the blue green yarn.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

I’m Still Here

There’s not much blogging going on this week because there’s not much that’s bloggable going on this week!  I’ve been cleaning up my sewing/knitting room after The Bag and pre washing my fabrics for Camp Loopy Project 3.  I’ll show you my fabric choices and project plans next friday, right before I start cutting on Saturday, August 1.

I’m just about through straightening and cleaning upstairs, so I will be back with actual projects next Monday at the latest.

Have a great weekend if I don’t pop in tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Crochet Kitty

Yesterday afternoon I sat down to crochet a couple more squares onto my blanket, but before I could get the first one finished, this happened.
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Then he fell asleep.  Obviously, the Crochet had to wait.  Max needed cuddles!
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Monday, July 20, 2015

It is Finished!

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I finished my Camp Loopy 2015, Project 2 over the weekend!  This is the Holiday in London Duffle Bag and I purchased the pattern from The Loopy Ewe.  Let me give you a tour.
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On the inside of the bag (yes, I think if I folded him carefully, I could fit a Golden Retriever in here) there are five slip pockets.  The two you see above are big enough to hold my iPad and/or a magazine.  You can also see the key clip dangling at the top of the picture.  I suppose you could also clip other things to it as well.
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On the other side of the interior are the other three slip pockets.  They are all deep enough that stuff won’t fall out easily.  You can also see the zipper pocket I made.  The zipper pocket and the key clip weren’t in the pattern, I just decided they needed to be there.  Just because.
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I added some leather ties to the zippers just for fun.  They can work as zipper pulls or just as fun tassels.  I used a face to face zipper so I could unzip from either end.
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Here is the front of the bag.  There are three slip pockets on the front, and three on the back (but no sparrow on the back).  The large pocket with the sparrow will hold another magazine or a folder.  On the left side of the bag, you can see the tab and D-ring, which is for the long strap, shown in the picture below.
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I did make the long strap wider than the pattern called for because I read some comments that it just seemed too narrow for such a large bag.  I just bought bigger hardware and made the strap to fit it.  All of my notes and sources for hardware are on the Ravelry project page.  This is probably the most involved bag I’ve ever made, but working on a little bit each day made it manageable.

The bag is carry-on compliant, although this is going to have to go in the overhead bin - it won’t fit under the seat.  I really think I could probably pack for a week in this bag without any trouble.  I certainly won’t get lost in the airport!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

It’s Coming Together

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I’ve added the handles to the outside front and back of the bag, and the pockets to the outside and the lining.  You can see the front of the bag above with the pocket basted on.  I still have to sew the pocket dividers, but I think I’m about to start sewing the bag together!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Camp Loopy 2015 - Pieces and Parts

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I’ve been doing a little bit of sewing on this project every afternoon, and I think that I’m finally ready to start putting it together!  Honestly, although I still have stacks of pieces laying on my sewing room floor, I’m probably about halfway through or more with the total amount of sewing on this bag.  Going clockwise from the top right you can see: the key clip (that will go in the interior of the bag and is something I added, not in the original pattern), the D-ring tabs (those are on the exterior of the bag to give the long strap someplace to clip), The zipper placket (it’s also fully lined on the underside), the long strap, and the handles.  I also made an interior zipper pocket on one of the sides of the lining.  The pattern has slip pockets both inside and out, but I decided I wanted a zipper pocket on the inside as well, so I added it.  I just forgot to get it in the photo.

I’m documenting all of the steps as well as sources for my hardware on the Ravelry page I set up for this project.  If you’re really curious and want more information, you can go here and check it out.

When we first got the details of this project, I wasn’t very excited about it and it took me a while to decide what to make and how to use the yardage.  I’m really enjoying it now.  I also understand why Vera Bradley bags cost so much!  On the other hand, my third Camp Loopy project will be much simpler.

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