Saturday, September 18, 2010

Art Update!

A number of you have been kind enough to ask me how I was doing on knitting my first pair of socks -- and would I please post a photo! Well, I'm halfway through the task! Here is my first completed sock!

I have barely started sock-two and its safe to say that folks on my Christmas list can plan not to get socks this year! (And if you are lucky enough to be given socks by someone, you thank them PROFUSELY because they love you a lot!)

That said, I am enjoying it, although my eyes aren't what they used to be and those size-two needles are a killer!

I do better with bigger needles so felting is my thing! Here are two recently completed purses. The other two are "in production" -- knit, but not yet felted or needing iCord or some sort of handle.

This one is my variation of the easier-than-anything Booga Bag pattern. Actually, I make enough changes, it probably really isn't the Booga Bag anymore, but since I never write anything down, it makes it pretty hard to duplicate! In fact, it's not even close!

I took the pattern, made it wider at the bottom, decreased more at the top and changed the ties so rather than looking like a tote, it has a gathered drawstring tie.

And I'll never be able to sell this one -- the button itself was five dollars! People don't really appreciate that sort of thing. But its very small, sort of dressy. Big enough for a wallet or camera or phone or maybe a combo of the two, but not a lot more!

(Truth be told, I really don't sell much knitting. Too many people do it and if you break down the hourly, you make zip. Some patterns have restrictions on that and others just not worth it. I tend to knit with good yarn, and people don't always "get" that, either. So for the most part, I give it away.)

I have to say, fall is a wonderful time to knit. Winter, too. The garden is wrapped up; it feels like a time to cozy in! So, there's more on the needles! After all, Christmas is coming!

Look for more, coming soon!

(Now on Chopsticks and String: My take on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.")


anno said...

Beautiful socks ... they look so cozy & colorful. Bet you'll love them (and I KNOW you'll have a pair sooner than you think) this winter! Love your felting projects, too.

Around here, am working up to some smaller scale projects... maybe a dishcloth or two. Classes started last week for m., and it looks like this year is gonna be NUTS!!!

Tamara said...

Love your felt things! My mother was a felter (is that what you say?) in my youth and I loved what she made then. So Jeanie, I've just awarded you the Cherry on Top Award - for the extra efort you go to in blogging. I love your honesty, your creativity and your encouraging. Thanks.

Joanne Huffman said...

Love the sock! You might want to consider hopping, if the second one takes a long time (that's what happens to me). The bags are beautiful. I agree with you about it being easier to give, rather than sell beause you can never charge what things are worth.

Christine said...

love the colors of the sock, i bet that took forever, your knitting is so even, so eloquent!

Annie said...

You are so right about knitting/crocheting. I tried selling mine for a while. Just was not worth the effort. Consequently, I have fun and stacks of scarves and wrist warmers and hats laying about. Someday, just the right inspiration will come and I'll give it all away. That will feel very satisfying.

Annie said...

p.s. I like the color choice of your socks.

Privet and Holly said...

Gosh, Jeanie,
I've been reading
your posts and
I've laughed,
cried and been
nodding my head.
FIRST: socks ~
I am planning to
give them as part
of my X-mas gifts
this year....from
someone else who
knits them ~ I
think they are great!
SECOND: I met the
most darling girl
from Japan at a
conference I attended
this weekend, so loved
your post about Japan
and your friends;
THIRD: The post about
you and Jeri was just
so lovely. What a
beautiful friendship
between two beautiful
ladies! Hope your
weekend was a great one.
xx Suzanne

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

lovely knitting
I haven't crocheted in years!

Wrightboysmum said...

Love the sock reveal, I've been waiting lol. I can see why you hang on to the knitting as well. Great stuff. I want to see the finished set.

Ruth said...

Love that sock. I don't even know how you do it. I mean, I know you follow a pattern and all. But how did anyone figure knitting out in the first place? Those tailors so long ago . . .

I just love felted purses, and yours are the sweetest.

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