lucky dog knits

Sunday, April 30, 2006

O.K. Enough felted bags already!!

So Havn't we all gone through a knitting phase? socks, scarves, or FELTED BAGS! I have gone through a felted bag phase and I'm done! I don't think that I can knit another felted bag EVER! O.K. maybe a while or when I see that next really cute pattern. Sorry about the sideways pics.

I started out my phase with the Rose trellis bag in vogue knitting magazine. It wasn't that hard to knit, but the thing I don't like about it is the sides. It is knit in the round, and because the bag increases at each side going up, the trellis pattern does'nt line up visually at the sides. After knitting the bag you need to make 12 roses and 36 leaves. O.K. that was enough but then after felting, sewing all those roses and leaves on was a pain, I must admit that I did not do such a great job of sewing the leaves and roses on invisably because I was going to buy some Kaffe Fassett rose fabric and make a lining and hide all the mess. Well don't we all know how that goes I think I used the bag 1 time and didn't buy the fabric and now it just sits.

Next bag was the Scraptapulous bag, a pattern written by an employee at a local yarn store in my area Yarn Cafe. The next time I knit a pattern written by a novice I think I would ask how many times the project was knit using the printed pattern. There were several mistakes, typos and confusing directions. Anyway it was kinda fun to use up a lot of scrap yarns that everyone has in the scrap pile. it seemed like it took forever to knit though and I'm not entirely happy with how it turned out and again I don't think I have ever used it.
The Picture of bag #1 is actually the bag that started the entrelac phase. I purchased the kit for this bag on e-bay. I had never knit Entrelac before and guessing from the swatch that the woman left in the kit she hadn't either aparently we were having the same problem I just couldn't get it I tried and tried and looked up entrelac in my books and just couldn't get it, so I put it away probably for about 6 months. BINGO my local yarn store Amazing threads was teaching a class on a felted Entrelac market bag using the knitters book BAGS. I learned the trick I had been missing in class and knit the brighter colored bag first. My teacher had embellished her bag with embroidery but I decided to use the Shisha mirrors I got when I was knitting the mittens from Mag Kandis' Smitten Mittens book.
While I was knitting the first bag for the class I took out the E-bay kit and started on that. No wonder I was having such a hard time the directions were so bad. Any way I finished the grey/red backpack bag and was so inspired I started a 3rd bag using scraps of lambs pride worsted in kind of a gradeated/ rainbow effect. I do actually use those 3 entrelac bags.

Friday, April 28, 2006

One Skein projects

I fell in love with Leigh Radford's book One Skein She has a variety of great projects I was interrested in and since I have a couple of expectant mom's in my life I thought I would pick it up get a jump start on the gift knitting. I love the book because who doesn't have single skeins of yarn on hand from finished projects. Also when you see that great skein of yarn at the store and you think what would I do with this or if it's a little expensive this book is great with lot's of ideas and quick projects.
These bibs were fun and quick to knit, basically a night in front of the t.v. I did however buy new yarn for these bibs Debbie Bliss and Rowan Handknit Cotton. I did wash and dry the orange bib because I wanted to make sure that it would wash up o.k. since most new mom's will throw these in the washer and dryer. It washed and dried up just fine I did have to press it though.
Oh one sugestion on the book. Take it to office max or kinko's and have it spiral bound. They do it in 5 minutes for 2.49 it's great for a book that you want to lay open and work from while you are knitting I had to put something heavy to weigh it open and it was kind of a pain. So of course After I finished the bib's I remembered the spiral bound thing.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

O.K. So I do need Matt

O.K. I am such a looser I really did need My son Matt to help me with this I just couldn't figure out how to put the pictures up so I waited until he came over for Easter and we figured it out I am going to try and put up some pics of completed and ongoing projects soon.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Daphne and Sherman

Daphne and Sherman are the reason for Lucky Dog knits.

Daphne is my 2 1/2 year old Beagle we also nick name her CROTCH. God love her she is the sweetest dog but she is a royal pain in the ass, she is the neediest dog on the planet, she needs love, she needs attention, she needs her ball, she needs to sleep in our bed at night, she cries the most annoying high pitched cry when she doesn't get her way. You couldn't come to my door right now with out her having a caniption fit. But we love her and have fun with her.

Sherman is my 2 year old Boston English Bulldog. we nick name him pussy boy he is the biggest fraidey cat on the planet. He is afraid of paper, any loud noise, any quick movement, and his own shadow. This might be because he was a rescue dog. When his puppy mill owners got wind of the humane society coming to investigate they loaded all the moms and pups into a truck and dumped them on the side of the highway. He is the sweetest dog, calm, patient and loving. He also has the most hilarious disposition

Together they make a good pair, a handful, but fun. So any way when we first got them I made them each sweaters. I made the felted pattern from the Jill Eaton book Simple Chic. They were fun to knit and they looked adorable in them but of course they wouldn't wear them. So after some experimenting I came up with felted neck warmers. They are fun, quick to knit and best yet use up small amounts of leftover yarn. They love wearing them and if I don't say so myself they are damn cute. Lucky Dog knits came about because I said to them one day "look at how cute you are, You must be the Luckiest Dogs in the world to have some one knit such nice things for you"

I really enjoy using Lambs pride worsted or cascade 220. I enjoy making different combos of stripes and colors. I have even attached knitted flowers and decorative buttons to them. They are fum quick rewarding projects. I have sold some to friends and tried to sell them on E-Bay but I had a problem with people not finding them I mean how many people are going to look up Dog Neck warmers so I usually didn't have more than 5-10 people view them. So there you go that is Lucky dog knits.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

See Matt, I can do some things on my own

Hi everyone My name is Kim This is my first attempt to do anything techie other than E-Bay or my on-line banking. I have 2 sons in their mid 20's when they lived at home a couple of years ago I would just holler "Matt" "Tony" "can you help me, or can you do..." but they're gone now and I have to learn this stuff on my own. I have been toying with the idea of doing my own blog for a while now but I think the clincher was the Knitting Olympics. I participated like everyone else but I was unable to get the button because I didn't have my own blog. I would tell people about participating in the Knitting Olympics and they would say "what do you get? and I would say with hesitation " well... the self satisfaction of completing a challenging project" But it would have felt maybe a little better to say "a button on my blog AND the satisfaction of completing a challenging project" So any way Here We Go!!