Thursday, August 03, 2006

Two more bags and...the Claw!

I was lured into making another round of bags for two reasons, the first being a fetching promise of Koigu from Monika in Ontario, and the second being a gift for Rebecca. Rebecca had some perfect yarn, with plenty of yardage and a great price for sale on the Destash blog that has made it possible for me to make the Mommy Snug sweater from the Spring 2006 IK. My 2nd sis is prego, due in January, and lives in Wisconsin - she's gonna' need it! Making just the two bags would be an inefficient use of fabric, something that pains me to no end. Working in costumes you can't avoid the waste unless you're going to keep every scrap because you might need it some day. Frankly, I need that space for my yarn and when I'm working I sew so much that I tend not to do it at home very often. Lately has been an exception due to the time off I'm taking. I actually feel like sewing.
The point is that in order to make the best use of the fabric I picked up I had to make four bags so these two are up for grabs.

Another reason for the sewing...it's a good use of my creative energy since I've been knitting this gift. If my former boss Dave actually looks at my blog, well now is the time to head elsewhere on the internet or you might spoil the surprise for yourself.

Okay. I've been knitting this gift and feel compelled to say that this thing, however handsome it is, however loved it will be (I think it's pretty dandy and well suited to the recipient), it has become my nemesis. It has nearly broken my knitterly sanity. It is a blanket, a throw actually, but no matter. It's cotton. 100% cotton. As it grows it gets heavier and more unwieldy and it turns my hand into...
The Claw! I have recently had some rather desparate moments in which I realized that whether I wanted to crank through this thing or not, it had a pace all it's own. If I get any speed going, my hands fatigue quicker. If I pace myself the goodwill that I want to pour into it starts to slip away as each strip goes on endlessly (you guessed it, it's a log cabin). There have been points in which I had warning twinges in not only my hands but my wrists as well. Not. Good. So why can't I just set it aside and start another project and alternate between the two? Because I WANT. TO. FINISH. IT. I want it done before I leave next Wednesday for two weeks in Indiana with my family because it's to big to take along. Plus, there is IT looming on the horizon (More on IT in the next post, probably to come from IN) and I really don't feel like I can get moving on any of those projects until I finish this.

Sigh. Thanks for listening to my rant. I will beat this thing!
Tschuss.

11 Comments:

At 2:25 PM , Anonymous susan said...

I love the bags. The fabric is just awesome!

 
At 3:39 PM , Blogger janna said...

I love the pink one!

 
At 6:36 AM , Anonymous Julia said...

I'm rather taken with the green/blue one. What will you take for it? Been working on a bit of cotton myself lately, but it's not too bad, which cotton yarn are you using?

 
At 7:35 AM , Anonymous Kristin said...

I can totally relate to obsessively wanting to finish something. That's why I usually don't have too many unfinished projects lying around. I become consumed.

Those bags are gorgeous by the way!

 
At 10:41 PM , Anonymous Amy said...

I love the green one... But Julia has apparently already laid dibs on it. foof.

 
At 9:28 PM , Anonymous Christine said...

If I didn't have a bag already, I would be all over that pink one. Or the green one. I love the circles. However, my adorable plaid bag has served me well while on vacation! (Now we need to figure out the prints to send...)

 
At 5:07 AM , Blogger knitncycle said...

I'm telling you, you should definitely sell those on Etsy! They are great bags! I love both of them!! Let me know if one is still available--just contact me thru my blog. Now I will be a cheerleader for you---You can do it! Knit like the wind girlfriend! Seriously, maybe try massaging your hands and fingers with lotion to help with the aching.

 
At 10:16 AM , Blogger S t a c i said...

The Claw! I've had the cotton-knitting claw. Sometimes the claw creeps up my elbow...

It was great meeting you in Austin last weekend...well, two weekends ago now.

Love the bags! You really should consider etsy.

 
At 3:36 PM , Anonymous Lynn said...

Hi, Sarah! Our upcoming Fort Wayne knitting group meetings all happen to be at Borders (Coldwater & Coliseum) in the cafe area at 7:00. I hope you'll join us next Wednesday, August 16, or the following Monday, August 21. Comment me again if you need more info... :)

 
At 5:10 PM , Anonymous Christine said...

I knew you were fabulous before, but now I spotted on your Blogger profile page that you are also a Libra. It all makes perfect sense now! ;-) Libras ROCK!

 
At 1:04 PM , Anonymous Jana said...

If you haven't already swapped, I would love to swap for either the pink of the green - I have a bag but no pocket! Yours in ingenious. Let me know what you would like to swap for a bag. I have sock yarn in wool or cotton; pick a brand or colorway and I'll see if I have it.

 

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