Yup. 26 and a half hours, and here’s what I have to show for my knitting:
The yarn is Crystal Palace’s Iceland, color Scuba Dive. I’m attempting to turn it into a case to hold my sunglasses that we finally found in a store again.*
I think I’ve tried about 15 or 16 things now, and frogged them all. I wanted to do something clever that would have texture and show off the colors. I came up with an interesting rib pattern I haven’t seen before**, and really wanted to make work for this. But I couldn’t make the pattern work out knit in the round.
I’ve finally resolved that I’m going to knit a flat piece, felt it, and stitch it up. Of course, I tried to sit down and just knit it. Then I decided that size 8 needles were too tight for felting, and had to switch needles. Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.
Size 10 1/2 seems okay, but it occurred to me that for this to work at all, I need to know how much this yarn will shrink by. So what you see above is what I’ve finally arrived at after 26.5 hours of knitting – the first inch of a 4×4 inch swatch to test felting percentages on.
In other news, we saw in the local paper that a nearby quilt shop had finally been able to open in their new location. This place is located just a couple miles up the hill from me, out in the boondocks on a country road, across from a vintage (yet still working!) apple orchard. Gryphon and I decided to celebrate her new location – 4 times the size of the old one – by dropping in to check it out.
I looked around a lot, gave all the fabric a fair chance to speak, and in the end only this fat quarter of a nice retro print made a strong enough case for coming home with me.
This may or may not wind up as a pointy kitty. It may become some other sort of stuffed toy. It could even become the lining of a knitted bag. Hmm…might be cute as the lining of the sunglass case I’m working on above…
I’ve always eschewed the notion of taking up quilting, but I was looking at the classes Wanda listed in her newsletter, and some of them sounded like fun. And it did occur to me that lessons in quilting could help to hone my sewing machine and cutting skills.
It’ll probably have to wait until our budget improves. But I know that the Bunkhouse Quilt Shop is always close by when I’m ready!
*The sunglasses in question are the Fits Over ones that you can wear over your prescription glasses. I have been known to get migraines from bright light, and the Fits Over sunglasses have good side and top protection for your eyes. And if you get the polarized ones, you even cut the glare.
I had a pair, and loved them. They made it possible for me to spend more time outdoors in bright light. Then the frames broke, and we couldn’t find them again. The drugstore we’d bought them at never got them back in, and no place we looked offered this brand.
We could get them online. Only thing is, the list price for these sunglasses runs from $50 and up, and I wasn’t finding anyone discounting them online. We paid only $19.95 for my pair at a local Brooks Pharmacy.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, we dropped into a new Walgreens near the Panera I knit at. And lo! there they were in the sunglass display! We didn’t have the money that day, but we decided it was a medical necessity for me, and we scraped it together this week.
Now, of course, I want to protect these precious sunglasses well. Thus, the endless effort to knit a nice little case for them!
**It’s actually not a complicated pattern, and I’m sure my not seeing it before stems largely from the fact that I don’t own a single stitch dictionary, encyclopedia, library, or compendium of any sort. I’ll bet if I had a chance to cruise through the Barbara Walker treasuries, I’d find it.
Meanwhile, I’m feeling a little clever for having come up with it anyhow. It’s completely reversible, it balances the Knit and Purl stitches (thus laying flat), and it’s got nice, bubbly texture which doesn’t overwhelm a multi-colored yarn. I’m likely to create a simple scarf pattern that features it, and offer it as a freebie here.