On Monday I decided it was time to graft the handles on Sophie (I had finished knitting it ages ago). I hate grafting, so it took a lot of huffing, puffing and swearing to get the bag ready for felting. (The matchbox is there to give you some sense of scale.)
I've only seen one Sophie before this, and it was surprisingly small. This is why I decided to CO 59 stitches instead of 39, and I figured two skeins of Cascade 220 should be enough. I got confused with the decreases because at that time I thought I was making the bag twice as big as the original. And I kept on doing the i-cords for the handles until I ran out of yarn.
While the bag was in the washing machine I decided I might as well finish another long-forgotten project, Backyard leaves. If you remember, I even blocked the two halves in *cough, cough* January, but I just couldn't get myself to do the sewing. I thought it would be done with a technique similar to grafting, but the instructions just tell you to "sew CO edges of the two halves tog, aligning the "stems" at the base of each leaf". After some humming and hawing I managed to do that.
Originally this scarf was supposed to be a gift for mom. Sorry, mom. This is just my kind of scarf.
By this time I was feeling quite frisky about this sewing thing. I was whipping out FOs left and right, so I decided to tackle my oldest WIP that only needed buttons sewn on. (Actually that is a lie. There's one WIP that has been waiting for... maybe 15 years? I'm chucking it soon. Really. Oh, and I prefer not to call them UFOs, for me they are like long lost friends. Friends that have been in plastic bags on the piano for several months. But I digress).
This long vest had troubled me from the start. (Umm the pattern costs $2.50 now. When I started this thing you could still get it for free.) If I use cotton yarn, I prefer mercerized cotton because I love the crispy feel it has. I thought the Austermann Record 210 I used was too soft for this project, but I needn't have worried. While I was sewing the buttons on...
...I noticed how beautifully the yarn brings out the simple pattern. But when I went outside to air the vest (Where did all that dust come from? Ahem.) I noticed something was missing. Yeah, side seams would be a good thing. *sigh* More sewing ensued.
Meanwhile, Sophie had felted nicely after two runs in the washer.
Isn't it cute? I'm very happy with the result and I can well understand why this pattern has been so popular. The only thing that bothers me is that the opening of the bag is fairly large, so I need to get some sort of magnet or velcro closure. I don't have to sew it in place, do I? *shudder* Maybe I can just use glue.