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Sunday, November 05, 2006

a knitting post!

fall has officially begun: i started knitting again! and not only knitting, but knitting in style with my first pair of addi turbos...

my friend erica asked me to knit something to donate to the silent auction at the compassion over killing holiday party this year. so i finally had the motivation i needed to get off my butt and start knitting again. i decided to make another bag from stitch 'n bitch like the one i made for myself. it comes out really impressive-looking (if i do say so myself), particularly for the amount of work that goes into it.

the first thing i did was take an inventory of my yarn stash and my unfinished projects. i ripped apart the tank girl tank i had been working on. i'm just not into it any more. i decided that, to save time and money on the cok bag, i will knit it on size 13 circulars with a strand of recycled sari yarn and a strand of the plum reclaimed yarn (ripped from tank girl) held together. that should knit up really fast and be a lot less expensive than using just the recycled sari yarn. i knitted up a swatch and it looked great.

but my thriftiness was then thwarted, because i discovered that i needed a 24" size 13 needle and all i had was 16". i went to my lys and the only metal needles they sell are addi turbos. so i splurged. i had previously poo-poohed spending over $20 on a pair of knitting needles, figuring "how much better can they really be?" duh. they are SO much better. they weigh nothing and feel perfectly balanced in my hands. and the yarn glides over the slick metal more effortlessly than any other metal needles i've used. so now i'm addicted to very expensive knitting needles -- great. (i did refrain from buying anything from the very tempting sale yarn bin, though!)

but i'd rather splurge on knitting needles for myself than on yarn that's going to be auctioned off. and it actually looks really good with the plum recycled yarn. i think the bag will have a broader appeal this way, which is obviously good for an auction item.

so i had a great idea for the lining, i hope it works. i volunteer at cok twice a week, and one of the things i end up doing for them is folding the tee shirts that they get printed up with their designs and then sell. well, they got this defective batch of their "dog on a plate shirt" that they have to send back and i snatched one (with erica's permission). i'm going to try to make the bag lining out of the tee shirt. won't that be super cool and unique? i just hope it works because the tee is made out of that really stretchy "baby doll tee" material. it seems a lot harder to work with for a novice seamstress like myself. but i'll give it a shot. if it works, the entire bag will be made out of recycled materials: recycled rayon sari yarn, reclaimed cotton from a thrift store sweater, and re-purposed fabric from a defective tee shirt. cool huh?

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6 Comments:

Blogger michelleknits said...

that would be cool! i hope that works out. and even if it's too thin, i bet you could find some salvaged fabric for the lining and still go with the recycling theme!

Sun Nov 05, 01:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

It's great to hear from you!!!

What a great idea. I have some of that yarn but didn't like the UNbiased bag they had for it on knitty.

Sun Nov 05, 08:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

Which pattern did you use from Knitty? The only one I can see that looks like it is "Tinsel".

Mon Nov 06, 01:05:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

it's the chinese charm bag from stitch 'n bitch.

Mon Nov 06, 07:41:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger DesirĂ©e said...

You can get Addis cheaply from Herrschners at:

http://www.herrschners.com/search.aspx?q=addi+turbo&tab=

=)

Mon Nov 06, 01:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

Oh, I thought you had said the pattern was from Knitty. Off I go to my books!

Thanks for answering so quickly!

Mon Nov 06, 04:49:00 PM GMT-5  

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