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Archive for December 20th, 2006

My Winter Schedule!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

I have finally filled in the last knitting class for January through early April on my Google Calendar. You can always get to it by clicking the “Schedule” link above on my navigation bar, which is probably the easiest way to get there.

Or right now, you can just lick on this link: http://colorjoy.com/weblog/calendar-colorjoy/

When you get there, you can click on any event to see more information including descriptions of the classes. I hope you find something to reward yourself after a bit of holiday knitting. I’m convinced that January should be designated “Selfish Knitting Month” after the crazy stuff we put ourselves through in December!

Diana’s Holiday Mini-Sassy Bags and Footies

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Diana has done it again. The girl is prolific and creative, and takes the time to follow her muse.

christmasbabyfff12.jpgI thought maybe a baby Fast Florida Footie (size infant/O, as part of the 8 size for-purchase version of that pattern) would make a cute Christmas Tree ornament. She was up for knitting me a handful of them, at least one for each shop where I sell the pattern. I sent her yarn.

Next thing I know, she has ideas of her own! As in: the baby/coin purse-sized Sassy Summer Bag she designed (and which is part of the printed pattern for the larger purse) in Christmas colors? Oh, my! So cute! (I designed the adult-sized purse. When Diana test-knit the purse for me she came up with the coin purse version. I put it in the pattern with her blessing, it was so cute we needed to share it.)

christmasbabysassy12.jpgAnd then Wednesday night at Knitting Guild I was informed that the mini Sassy is the perfect size for an American Girl Doll? How cool is that?

If anyone is inspired to make one or more of these, my patterns are available for immediate download on KnittingZone.com. They are also available as paper/printed copies in page protectors… on my shopping cart in the Patterns section. I do ship same or next day, but it’s 1st class mail so some folks would not get it very quickly from Lansing, Michigan (which is where I am).

Or if you are very experienced in socknitting, you could get the free version of the Fast Florida Footies pattern and adjust it yourself to the 24-stitch cast-on size. That will not work for everyone, but it would be fast if you were an experienced socknitter who knows how to make adjustments.

For the record, these samples were knit in Cascade 220 yarn, I do not know the color numbers (Diana has the ball bands). I got the yarn at Little Red Schoolhouse a few weeks ago. The bags were felted and they used 2-stitch I-cord as handles.

The footies in this photo were not felted… we tried a few and they are not as cute felted as they are here. You could make the footies from regular sockyarn using size 0 or 1 (2.0 to 2.55mm) needles, perhaps, and get an even smaller and cuter version for tree trimming. I like the ones I got, they are festive stuffed with tiny candy canes!