Thursday, February 21, 2013

Recent progress

I finished the "sweater" tea cozy and have been using it. It works well and is plenty big to fit all of my teapots.
 I had thought the purse was done, I'd stitched up the openings and buttonholed the edges, but I've decided I need to better stabilize the handle and I prefer a closed purse. So I've been working on a pattern and I got some calico to line the purse, make a zippered opening and line the handle. I plan to finish the edges with bias trim from the fabric.

If I use the sleeves, I'll have used all of the sweater. I think they'd make nice knitting needle holders. I plan to make round "caps" for the open ends, covered in the calico from the purse, similar to the little pods I made before Christmas. Then I can add a drawstring at the top.

It feels very satisfying to have plans for the entire sweater.
I've gotten the knit tie underway. It's about 6" long. This is the back.

And this is the front. It will be about 5' more of the same. (I figured if I did an inch a week, it would take me more than a year to complete it. Hopefully, I can speed up the knitting pace a bit!)
 I've made some progress on the London quilt. I can't quite figure out how the turn in the river will work out, but it will. What you can't see, but what is a great help, is that my sister helped me to cover both sides of my fragile paper pattern with contact paper. It's much sturdier now and easier to work with.

I added some more fabric from a new line of William Morris prints and a couple of fabrics I made (one painted and one rust dyed). I have more than enough hexagons covered, I think, but I need just the right color for each spot so I keep making more.

So, that's what's been keeping me busy. I'd love to hear about what you're working on these days.


terryb said...

Love the tea cozy sweater.

Looks like you've been busy.

Jenny Woolf said...

I love the look of felt, it reminds me of pastel drawings which I also love.