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Archive for August 23rd, 2009

Many, Many ZigBagZ!

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

The other day I was at Rae’s shop, and it turned out that there were many ZigBagZ in the shop at one time. I stopped my plans and decided to do an impromptu photo session. How could I resist? I spent over a year “birthing” the ZigBagZ into pattern instructions, and it just thrills me every single time I see a new one!

A Zillion ZigBagZ

The Burly bag at top left (rust) was knit by Carol. The burly brown/green top right was knit by Diana/Otterwise and is owned by Rae’s shop.

The bottom row of larger bags, left to right, is my own prototype MaxiZig (turquoise handles, no surprise) which I use as my daily purse. The next larger bag, green handles, is a MaxiZig knit by Carol, and then there is a navy-handled MaxiZig knit by Diana for me which I use as my knitting bag.

The very front row is a BottleZig and MiniZig, both knit by me as samples for Rae’s shop. The only model missing is the SportZig, a larger bottle version (I have one for my Sigg bottle).

I just love Carol’s bags. Here is a closeup of the stitch pattern for the bag at center front:

zigbagstitchpattcarol400

I think it is absolutely splendid. Nice job, Carol!

Elizabeth’s Fine Sock

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Elizabeth works for Rae. She is relatively new to socknitting, but she is wasting no time and going for excellence right away.

This sock was knit toe up so that she could make it as tall as possible. She had merely inches of yarn left when she bound off the last stitch.

elizabethsock

What is even more fun, is that she dyed this yarn in a class from Rae. They had machine-knit sock blanks and applied dye to them (in this case, in stripes).

You can imagine that I like this colorway that she chose, quite a lot. The colors are so intense that my camera did not capture them fully, but you can see they are lovely.

The blanks have two strands of sockyarn held together as one. You unravel the blank as you knit the first one, and wind the second strand into a ball which will then become the second sock.

I am pretty sure this is only Elizabeth’s second pair of socks. She did a mini-sock keychain as her first socknitting experience, but that’s technically not a pair

Go, Elizabeth. Nice job!