Sunday, September 10, 2006

Birch Progress & Some Sewing


WEEKENDER BAG With all the knitting and summer laziness, I've let Amy Butler's Weekender Bag pattern collect dust since I bought it back in February. Sad, huh? I guess you can say I have issues. I've been sewing forever, long before I ever started knitting, but I NEVER use patterns. I've never found patterns to match the idea in my head, so I've always just used the trial and error method. It's always worked out for me. Now that I'm trying out a pattern, it's not the sewing that's bringing me down but the pattern itself. I feel like I have to learn a new language. All that said, after seeing this pattern I have to at least try. So I went out and bought some materials (can I just say I spend an hour at Joann's yesterday?):

-2 yards, Amy Butler's Sunbloom Lotus fabric in Parsley purchased from Reprodepot for exterior and hopefully handles and piping (I thought I could find a perfect match for a coordinating fabric, but these colors are impossible! I ordered a half yard extra, so I'm hoping that's enough)

- 2 yards, heavyweight cotton (with hideous eyelet to be discarded) for lining

- 4 yards Peltex. The pattern calls for heavyweight interfacing (which the saleswoman in Joann's said was Peltex) and Timtex (which many replace with Peltex). There was no interfacing nearly as thick as the Peltex, so I opted to use Peltex for everything. Cross your fingers I don't kill my sewing machine.

-5 yards cotton cording

- A 30" zipper. I had one choice. I think it's close enough.

- A couple spools of thread.

Wish me luck!

BIRCH I've been making some progress with Birch v. 2 and am halfway through the 5th repeat. Here's a picture. I'm all about class when it comes to project bags.

5 repeats doesn't sound like much, but I'm sure I'll just fly through it as the rows get shorter. Wishful thinking? Regardless of how much more I have to go, I WILL finish this before I see my mom next! I'm not sure when that will be, but I know I will see her on November 5th (the day I run the NYC Marathon!) I hope to see her before then, though. Anyway, I'm devoting about 80% of my knitting time to this project; it would be 100% but I refuse to touch Birch if my mind is not 100% clear. I have the pattern down, but still want to avoid any mistakes. Tinking back with KSH gives me anxiety.

That's all for now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!