Tuesday, June 12, 2007

One knitter's nightmare is another knitter's dream

And the new owner of the FPS nightmare DREAM is.....Cheryl!!

The best news is, she really wants to continue what I've already started so it's win/win for both of us! YAY!!

Can you believe it, Cheryl just FINISHED a gorgeous FPS and she actually really wants to knit another one!! Here's another lil secret: our Cheryl has a pattern in the new
Knitty!! Now clearly this is one of those Knitting Goddesses I previously made reference to :)

Cheryl, if you would please contact me with your mailing info, your SECOND FPS will be winging it's way to your doorstep faster than you can say laceweight
sucks rocks! :)

Congrats you crazy woman Cheryl and thanks again for everyone else who bared their souls and their knitting disasters!

Moving forward, here's the cute little FO I mentioned....

It's the Dolly Bag from Rowan


Isn't she adorable?

This was this season's thank you gift for renewing my status as a Rowanette. She's knit with 2 skeins of Handknit Cotton in the Celery colorway and as size 4 US (3.5 mm) Addi Lace needle. The pattern called for a size 6 but I alway have loose tension with cottons and I wanted a very firm fabric because the bag isn't lined.

This was a totally fun knit. I cabled without a cable needle and even the bobbles/nupps weren't heinous cause they are the knit in the front and back of the stitch x5 then slip the 4 stitches over the 5th kind NOT the purl a zillion stitches together on the purl row kind! (::::cough FPS cough::::)

I think the FK Mom has her eye on this cause it is fairly sturdy and not as "Dolly" as the name implies as it is about 8 inches wide at the bottom and 6 inches tall without the handles. If you have the kit I highly recommend this bag for a quick summer knit!

Unfortunately, I didn't make it out for WWKIP day because I had the headache of the century! All the rain and barometric changes completely did me in (altho I did knit in front of my two neighbors so that kinda counts, right?)

I was down for the count but I did manage to start Bonita later in the evening. Then I started her again on Sunday cause as we all know, swatches LIE!!


The pattern calls for a US #5 for a gauge of 5.5 sts/inch. I was a hair under at 5.75 sts/inch so I went down to #4 and 6 sts/ inch, did the math and picked the larger size. Of course when I knit the first full pattern repeat and pulled her off the needles she was ginormous! So now I'm knitting the smaller size with a US #3! It's that pesky tension and cotton thing again! Good thing I happen to have made a recent acquisition of a full set of Addi Lace needles so I had my feathers numbered for just such an emergency! (bonus points if you get that reference - my brother used to do the most hilarious impression of the speaker of that phrase when we were kids and still does on request, heh!)


So even tho this is less knitting than I hoped to accomplish by now, here she is......


Isn't she pretty?

I ADORE the Nostalgia yarn I'm using, it's so sproingy and soft! Plus I love the subtle variegation and how it looks with the beads and the lace! See? I never waxed this poetic about the FPS :)

This is a WIP I'm *really* enjoying!

Of course I can't let that picture slide by without a mention of my current manicure - this is another of OPI's "Brights Collection" called
"Call My Cell-ery" . How could you not love that name?? I admit the color is a bit Shrek meets Slime but I'm getting a kick out of matching my manicure to my knits! Plus it's a fun summery color so why not? I must admit however, if I don't knit something red or pink soon everyone I know is gonna think of me as "the weird knitting lady with the funky nails and the handsome and studly cat" Oh wait, they already do :)

Speaking of handsome and studly cats, will this one do?


I think so :)

26 comments:

ck said...

Woo Hoo! I can't belive it. I think I'm crazy too...but might as well jump in on another one while the charts are still fresh in my mind. I'll email you my address.

The bag is TOTALLY cute and matches the manicure :)

La Cabeza Grande said...

Where to start?

Cheryl: lucky (gorgeous) lady, cute Knitty pattern.

Dolly: Fabulousness in celery-colored cotton.

Pumpkin: Yes, he's all that.

Carole Knits said...

Good luck to Cheryl. Bonita is going to be wonderful and I like your green nails.

Anonymous said...

The bag is so pretty!

Kris said...

That anonymous was me. Oops.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

That is a really adorable bag!

Mel said...

"Well I say son, it's a joke, son...a joke." -- Foghorn Leghorn

(Did I get that quote, right? If not, pretty durn close.)

I too like to keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency. Yay! Bonus points for me! :)

The Dolly bag is soooo cute. I think I am going to have to break down and make me a cabled bag. Such a hardship.... ;)

Cuddles to the P-man!

Agnes said...

You are the first knitter I know who matches the colour of her project with her manicure! So funny! Lucky you are a one-project knitter ... imagine with 15 WIPs?

Debi said...

I say, I say, I say Mel, you win today's see-gar! It is indeed Foghorn Leghorn! Glad to know you like to keep your feathers numbered too :)

Cookie said...

Cheryl will do a great job with it. I still can't believe she made one in black.

Love the bag and the nails. And that pretty boy kitty of yours.

beth02116 said...

love the green-ness of the bag, the manicure!
what is the lovely bag resting on? looks very roan-y to me. and stunning.

beth02116 said...

i meant - ROWAN-y! i can knit, but spelling.....

AmyP said...

I love how you seem to match your nails to your knits!
The bag is really cute, but is the colour really that green?! It reminds me of a kids fizzy limeade drink!

KnitNana said...

I love the little bag! And you are really hooked on green, huh?
P-Man is his ever-most gorgeous!
(((Hugs)))

Opal said...

Love the bag! So sorry to hear about your swatch woes. The manicure is too cool! Matching nails to knits makes complete sense to me.

Lorette said...

I love your manicure, and the little bag is great!
P-man, as usual, is looking studly.

Madge said...

You've got all sorts of green gorgeousness going on today! The nail polish, the cute Dolly bag, the beaded Bonita - it's all great!

Debi said...

Beth - the Dolly Bag is resting on a pillow from my couch - Room2Go not Rowan, LOL!

Yes, Amy, it is a vibrant green and the color is very true on my monitor. Bonita's color is off a bit as are my nails. It's so hard to get all the colors in a post correct!!

WandaWoman said...

Good luck to Cheryl, she's a glutton for punishment. Love the new project you're working on. The nail color is so pretty.

Marguerite said...

Looks like your freedom from FPS has inspired some gorgeous projects.

Isn't it liberating to send unloved knitting (or yarn) away to someone who will love and care for it?

Hugs to P-Man.

Bets said...

Glad you are feeling happier and FPS found a good home! Back to your lovely, productive knitting.

Terri said...

Foghorn Leghorn keeps his feathers numbers for juthst thuch and occathion... Glad you are feeling better. The little bag looks adorable. It might be pretty lined in a nice paisley even the pattern does not call for it. I had to knit in public one day in advance at a coffee shop as my Saturday public was a group of ten 7-year-olds at a birthday party...

Carol said...

Hope your head's feeling better. The sudden changes in pressure do a number on the noggin huh? Of course I love my dose of studley feline :) Meooww!

Monika said...

Your Dolly bag is absolutely adorable! Cabling without cable needle rocks! Normaly I'm not a fan of knitted bags, but this one, I would put on my to do list, lovely color too.
You and your nails! You really look like Shrek's bride! ;o) (with all the green in your life)

Leslie said...

That bag is something I (a confirmed leather purse person) would really consider using - if I knew for sure it were washable. All that and green too!

Diana said...

I love that Dolly bag! I have several felted bags so I'd sure like to do one unfelted! The shawl is going to be gorgeous. I too love the subtle shades of green.