Monday, May 23, 2011

T-Shirt Grocery Bags

A few weeks ago while walking home from the library with a rather large load of books, our library bag broke. It was one we had received from Pixar and I had hoped it would last a while, but alas! It didn't.

Then, while listening to the Knitmore Girls Podcast, I heard Gigi mention making project bags from T-shirts. I couldn't find a pattern linked to on their site or Ravelry group. However, on Instructables (I love that site!) I found this tutorial and today I made some grocery/book/everything tote bags from some old shirts McKay doesn't wear anymore.

I used a zigzag stitch as suggested in the comments and I'm going to hope that the author is right in that they'll hold library books. As you can guess from the fact that our library books broke the other bag, we check out a lot.

In knitting:

I haven't been getting a lot of knitting done with the move this weekend. My yarn is actually all packed and I packed my needles today, so I only have 2 projects out: my rainbow shawl and a pair of socks for McKay. I'm guessing I have about 6 more hours of knitting on the shawl and then some blocking.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Shawl in Progress

I'm still working on my lace shawl. I'm really loving it, though it's taking me half an hour to do a row now.

I've officially signed up for the county fair. I have until June 10 to finish and block this and take it to enter it in the competition!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Mom's Socks

Pattern: Vinnland
Yarn: Kraemer Yarn's Saucon Sock in lime

I bought this yarn on March 17 when my LYS had a 20% off all green yarn sale for St. Patrick's Day. My mom's birthday is the 18th, so these were designated for her.

The bind off in the pattern was not giving enough to get over a heel, so I tried Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. It worked well and I'll probably use it when the sewn bind off is called for because I won't have to get out a tapestry needle for it.

I finished them in time to get them out for Mother's Day. I mailed them out yesterday morning and paid extra for 2 day arrival, so I'm hoping she'll get them Saturday.