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Archive for September 12th, 2007

Sweater Season: Wool is in the Air

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

There is a chill in the air. It has arrived, that time I call Sweater Season. In Lansing, Michigan, we have sweater season a very big proportion of the year. I’m glad I love wool, mohair and alpaca sweaters. I do not like a chill much.

zig.jpgThis week I will be listening to Kitty Donohoe’s song “Autumn Dance” a lot. I could just put that one on repeat and listen for an hour!

I have been working on a felted bag pattern (with tons of help from Diana) this last several weeks. Last night I felted the first bag that is actually “just right” by Goldilocks standards. It is the seventh test bag.

This pattern is really fighting me, and I’m not at all used to this sort of struggle. Usually I get bogged down by sizing socks, not by just getting a concept to come off of the needles the way I pictured it. I’m very lucky, I usually have success with the first prototype.

The one I just finished is a stranded-colorwork bag for carrying a water bottle. There will also be a small pouch (wallet, keys, cellphone size) and a knitting-project bag larger than my Watercolor bag.

These are tentatively called ZigBagZ because of the zigzag color pattern. One yarn is solid and the other is a slowly self-striping yarn.

In this photo the solid is Patons Classic (almost identical to Cascade 220) and the striping yarn is Noro Kureyon. The photo is imperfect in that the purse was a little scrunched up where the purple is at the bottom, but the warmer-toned top of the photo shows the patterning well.