Fruitcake Knits

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An almost-finished object… the modular felted backpack! “Almost finished” meaning that all that’s left is to whap in the grommets and find some nice straps for it. I have the shiny metal things ready and waiting but haven’t picked out something suitable for the straps yet.

This is the bottom, pre-felting. The purple yarn was running *very* low, so I switched up a few of the colours to avoid running out of yarn…

(Dagnabbit, camera, you’re supposed to make the knitting look even, not “I rushed through the bottom of the bag so I could felt it!!”)

Pre-felting size; colour a bit off.

Still learning this camera’s self-timer… had an accident or two in taking today’s pictures. After only a couple of runs through the washing machine… magic! Cascade 220 felts like… magic! Amazingly enough, the backpack felted to a size that fits around a kitty litter tub perfectly.

(This is what happens when the camera is told to focus on the fridge, not on the rodent. I think I need a human-sized cardboard cutout to prop up where I plan to stand… then tell the camera to focus on *that*, not whatever happens to be in the neighbourhood. Or maybe an inflatable Air Force officer would work better than a cardboard cut-out….)

Pardon the fuzzies which I haven’t picked out yet. It’s still a bit damp, but these colours are actually accurate.

Front/back –

Sides –

Haven’t taken a post-felting picture of the bottom since the bottom is still dripping and I very cleverly picked a bucket which had something inside so I can’t tip it over. Ain’t I smart. Oh well. I had something else to say about the Upstairs Studio PicKnit – which went great! – but it’s about time for the Astros game. After we win tonight… World Series! (And yes, we will win tonight. Though “tonight” might mean “next game”.)

edit many moons later to add – yes, the grommets were successfully added and the bag has been used quite a bit. Probably needs a washing and reblocking, really.

Comments (29) October 17, 2005 @ 7:20 pm |

Modular felted backpack progress…

Picked up Hyphen-Boy’s modular felted backpack again… maybe this time I’ll actually stick to it and finish it! The backpack is made of these tidy little modules which take about 15 minutes each to knit. Eight modules make up a tier, and the bag has a total of twelve tiers. While each module only has about 300 stitches, all the picking up stitches and yarn changes and decreases and such clutter makes it an entertaining knit. Entertaining in small doses, I mean. After half a dozen of these, my mind wanders. Still, 64 done and only 32 to go!

This is the front or back – the other side (is it the back or the front?) looks the same.

And these are the sides, which will be folded in and only slightly visible. (Look at the examples again.)

Size reference coming some other day. Believe it or not – I prefer “believe it” – this is a very portable WIP. Five balls of yarn, a #8 circ, scissors, pattern (just in case), and the blob itself all fit very nicely in a single bag. It’s an awesome bag, too. 25 cents at a yard sale and I get…

Though I do confuse myself sometimes by keeping the scissors in that bag. A couple days ago I was looking for them – they’re very nice scissors, mind you – and couldn’t figure where in tarnation I left them. That means I hadn’t touched the backpack in too long, I suppose.

Other pattern notes so far – the modules not being very flat or even pre-felted irks me. It just… does. The pictures show that it’ll all come out in the wash (sorry), but as it is it’s not tidy! The “p2tog across” row looks especially lopsided, what with it not being symmetrical. Unclean, unclean! But it claims to look good post-felting. I’ve been trimming the tails every tier or two, too, to keep the innards tidy. BIG box of scraps accumulating. Will show that off some other day. For something to be felted, #8 needles seem a bit small for 220, but that’s what the pattern calls for and it seems to match the pre-felted pictures in the pattern, so who am I, the lowly rodent, to argue?

Anyway. Tomorrow is a shindig at Upstairs Studio, the greatest yarn store ever to store a yarn. Hope I see some familiar faces! Stalkers – look for the lace fiend wearing a Yarns 2 Ewe shirt with the old address. I’m sure there’ll be a passel of those there!

Comments (19) October 14, 2005 @ 7:00 pm |

Happy Labour Day!

Haven’t posted about the felted backpack much lately, have I. Each of the little modular bits doesn’t take very long to knit – two or can be done in a single episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, provided I knit through commercial breaks – but toting around all the balls of wool needed is a bit bothersome.

Anyway. Three full tiers are done, and I’ve started on the fourth… though that side isn’t shown in this picture.

Yes, I am wearing it. Looking at the pictures on the website, it does appear that this is the right size… at least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

The doily is up to round 64… graciously modeled by what Freckie says he looks like.

See, this is the problem with updating in the morning. The sun is on the wrong side of the house. (Speaking of, we now have Hardi-Plank on the outside! )

See this bit?

Completely boring to knit. That’s all it is. Zzzzzzzzzzz. And I still have about several more rounds of this before something interesting happens. At least Freckie is here to keep me entertained.

Umm… boy… don’t be dozing off on me here … you’re supposed to be entertaining me. (@)

Comments (41) September 5, 2005 @ 10:13 am |
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