Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Little Different

Here is my bag. I know. It isn't exactly two tones stripes. I had a little trouble finding some yarn, so I settled on this multi-coloured one. I did actually buy another gray type one to use as a stripe, but the two didn't really go well together, so I decided to just wing it with this one.

Once I got the bottom of the bag together, thank you Jody. The rest has been pretty straight forward so far. And I think it is pretty funky. I am already planning a few more as gifts.

It came!

Because I'm feeling like a girlie girl...

Jody's Blue-and-Brown Bag

Here's mine:

KAL Fibonnaci Bag

I'm still chugging away at the I-cord. I debated using 10.5 double-points because I didn't buy size-10 double points, but I ended up using my circulars instead. It's just irritating, having to slide the three stitches back and forth, which is why the cord isn't done yet.

I have a front-load machine so I don't know when I'm going to get this felted. I keep debating between the laundromat and a neighbor's machine.

One last thing: see how my stitches make those weird lines instead of Vs? That happens to me too often. Does anyone know how to stop it?

I have big balls....

of yarn. Tee hee! I had planned on putting this post up before Chichimama nagged us to do it, just for the record.

Here is my yarn. The red is a bit off thanks to the flash on my camera. The red is Cascade Eco+ and the gray is Cascade Ecological wool (same brand the colors are just given a slightly different name). This is an Aran weight yarn and rather unprocessed. It has more of a sheepy smell than I am used to and is on the scratchy side.

Here is the base of my bag. I knew this would turn out smaller than the pattern since I am using a slightly lighter yarn so I doubled the number of main color rows on the bottom and widened the base a bit.

Here is the icord for the handles. I started these first while I was waiting to get the circular needles for the bag. I am almost done with both handles.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yo! Pics!

I know at least two have you have already cast on, so where oh where are the pictures?????

I am still waiting for the yarn to arrive. Twiddle, twiddle, twiddle some more. I have a feeling it is in the group of packages that got delivered next door, but of course the neighbors aren't home, despite my peeping Tom-like surveillance of their driveway. Why the nice delivery man didn't just LEAVE THE PACKAGES on the front porch like he always does is beyond me, perhaps because it was a nice sunny day instead of raining.

Anyway, please please post pictures! I want to see your colors! And drool just a little bit...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Get Ready, Get Set, Cast On!

My casting on will be somewhat delayed as the tummy bug seems to have somehow morphed into what I can only assume is strep throat, so instead of hitting the yarn store while A is at school tomorrow we will hopefully be hitting the pediatrician and then the pharmacy in an attempt to return my vomiting, miserable child with a fever and sore throat back to her usual self. Ahhh, the joys of winter.

But, just because I'm not casting on shouldn't keep you from doing so. So go forth and knit on the Fibonacci Bag!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

An offering

Given the possible ethical dilemmas with the Carried away bag, I thought I would offer up a free pattern that I like. It is called the Fibonacci bag.

Another Option

So given my druthers, I would go with the carried away bag. But I also don't want to make everyone buy the book, or cause any ethical dilemmas! Soooo...although it isn't a felted bag, I offer this one up for your inspection.

A practical ethical question

I just ratted out someone for copying the entire works of a famous comic-strip author, but I also just finished using Amazon's "Search Inside the Book" feature, screen capture, and an image editing program to steal the directions for a pair of socks AND the carried-away felted bag.

Is this Very Bad? Can I justify my actions by arguing that it's no different than going to the library and photocopying the directions from the books? Should I buy the books on principle, because the knitting designers need the money a LOT more than the famous comic-strip author?

And does it affect our project decision, knowing that the carried-away directions don't require a book purchase after all?