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Monday, August 20, 2007

Sometimes I just want to knit stockinette


I find myself reminiscing about old Honolulu at times. It's all relative about what is old. This view of downtown Honolulu illustrates my point. The building boom has created many new skyscrapers in downtown. They are mostly expensive, but no doubt have fabulous views. None of it looks "Hawaiian" to me. Sigh.

I started Minimalist Cardigan from the new Interweave Knits. I tried to talk myself into believing I had enough yarn, but no amount of positive thinking can change 8 balls into 12 balls no matter how much I want it to be, so I better stop now. The Cascade Key Largo I got from Opal is very nice to knit and in my favorite color, indigo blue. I wonder what else it wants to be? I hope it's stockinette!


Yoga Mat Bag from Last Minute Knitted gifts is miles and miles of mindless stockinette. It was something I needed. The Kureyon left over from Kim's Rosedale is very festive. The rule was not to buy more yarn so I mixed it with some Cascade 220, but alas, I've run out of orange for the strap. I hope the two yarns felt at the same rate, or it will be a very interesting bag! I've avoiding going to Ben Franklin to see if there is more orange. I had good intentions of not buying more yarn. I toyed with the idea of using a rope strap with grommets, but I'm not sure. I will let it marinate a bit.

My local Goodwill produced a great stand (?candle holder) for the latest needle felted Totoro pincushion. I'm stuck on the idea of gluing it in. As a rule I don't like to glue anything no matter how fun a hot glue gun is. I'm also trying to decide if I should put some silk ribbon leaves around it.

11 comments:

mysticalfeet said...

Golly gosh, that Totoro stand is absolutely elegant!! You remind me that my house is full of cool things to display other things in, and I need not default to the paper bag or shoebox of choice.

The yoga bag is tres cool; I look forward to seeing how the felting goes. I'm thinking that maybe a yoga mat bag would make me want to go to yoga class more, eh?

debbie said...

i love the colors of the yoga bag - it reminds me of those mexican blankets....i was eyeing up the minimalist cardigan too....

Lolly said...

I really like the yoga bag, Barb! how pretty :)

and that Minimalist cardigan has been on my mind too. So wearable!

Felicia said...

Love that pin cushion in the stand. It looks fabulous.

nova said...

I like the mix of colors in the yoga bag, it will be a fun bag. I am sorry you don't have enough yarn for the cardigan. I am 3 skeins short for tangled yoke...

Opal said...

I have an order to knit the Minimalist Cardigan too. It's too bad that I didn't have enough yarn for you to make it with. :-(

The pincushion and it's stand and the yoga bag look fabulous!

beadlizard said...

Could you use a bit of dark wire or even dark thread to loop around between the wrapped wires on the stand, then go straight through the pincushion to the other side and wrap again? It would hardly show in that little groove between the wrapped wires, and it would anchor the pincushion. Whatcha think?

The yoga mat is so cheerful -- what are the dimensions?

myra said...

Things really have changed quite suddenly haven't they? And I sigh every time I see yet another huge self storage building under construction when I drive around the island.

Michelle said...

did the mat bag get felted yet? i forgot to ask about it last night. hope it fulfilled your need for plenty stst and that you're enjoying the minimalist's stitches nowadays. happy aloha friday! (i still get a kick out of that)

R a i n said...

The yoga bag seems like such fun =)

Sorry you couldn't finish that gorgeous cardigan.

Oh thanks for dropping by my blog =)

Julia said...

I love the Minimalist Cardigan, I really want to knit it, but I've got about a million other things on my knit to do list! I think I'll stalk the internet for finished versions and see how I like them. Need to do research before committing to a project!

I also really love your unique yoga bag, the scraps turned out well. And, of course, the Monkeys are great! Can't go wrong with the Monkey pattern.