Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Tote, A Monkey and A Baby

I just have to say that I absoutely love my felted sheep tote. This tote has become my new knitting bag. I am so glad that I added all the pockets to the sides instead of just the two end ones (as the pattern originally calls for). Even though this tote is small in size, it just seems I can keep adding more and more to it and some how room is created within it. Almost like a bottomless bag! As you can see from the picture below, I still have room to add more stuff inside. Right now, there are three knitting projects inside this tote. I have decided that I am definitely going to knit the larger tote bag using the two skeins of Manos del Uruguay from my stash. I won't have enough yarn to do all the pockets but that's ok. I just love this bag so much that I can't wait to have a larger version of it.

Speaking of using yarn from my stash, I am in the middle of another project using two skeins of Knit Picks Palette yarn in cream from my stash. I had purchased the KnitSimple Fall 2007 a few weeks ago because I loved the baby sets in it. One of my girlfriends is expecting her first baby very soon and I wanted to knit her something special. While I was entering my stash on Ravelry this weekend, I decided to see what projects people were making with the Palette yarn. Low and behold, there is someone using the very same yarn I had in my stash to make the 3 piece layette set from this mag. I never would have thought to use this yarn for this project. Maybe because my mind has been whirling around in space for the past week or so? So I decided that I am going to make the ribbed hat and baby booties. I don't have enough yarn to make the ribbed pullover.

Last night I finished the first Country Garden Monkey sock. It looks awesome and fits perfectly! One thing that I enjoyed about knitting this sock is that I learned a different way of doing the heel flap/gussett. I found it to be very easy considering the last time I did a cuff down sock a few years ago I dreaded doing the heel flap. Anyway, I am planning on casting on for my second sock sometime today. I don't want too much time passing between these two socks. I have so much knitting to do over the next few months. I don't want the mate to get lost in all my Christmas knitting!


  1. OOOh, the baby stuff is going to be so adorable! That will be a pampered & sharply dressed infant, to be sure. I must not look closely at the tote bag. If I contemplate it too much I will cast on for that & have way too many projects going here. After I seam my basket of "to be sewn" I will add a new tote project.

  2. Damn that Monkey looks awesome!!! Fall is right around the corner and the Wall Str knitters need to have new socks to wear. I couldn't believe how much stuff you could fit in your tote!