Well, lookee here....
Entrelac sweater swatches.....finished and blocked.
The bottom swatch is the second one, done on size 6 instead of 8 needles. The size difference was noticeable before blocking; hardly at all after. But the difference in fabric feel and stitch definition is very pronounced to me. Size 6 it is.
Chicago felted bag.....felted.
I'm having trouble getting good color and angle. But I hurt my back yesterday, and I don't have the mobility right now to try different angles. I wish I could put in one of those photo shots like the car companies use, where the angle keeps shifting so you can see it 360 degrees. There are some colors on the back of the bag that are different from the front, and they add so much to the overall impact. Also the chartreuse streak on the flap looks so prominent in the picture, but it looks more natural in reality. Anyway, it's a neat bag, very different once again from the other felted bags I've done. (Entrelac, Constant Companion, French Market Bag) , I'm so glad I spotted it on Brenda's blog in the first place.
New Fuzzy Feet are on the needles and started. And now I understand better the powerful hunger of my stash monster. New Fuzzy Feet....same style as the last ones....same yarn and color as my FMB....ho hum. This is a utilitarian job....been there, done that, just want to get them done and move on to something far more interesting. Interesting means different, in some way. A new style, a new color combination, a new yarn, a new pattern stitch. My mind is humming with ideas for all kinds of things. I'm finding that I want to actually understand a pattern, not just follow it. I want to know where I can make deviations from the pattern, and how to do it so it works.
On that note, I discovered this website, ArtYarns, from a link on the Knitlist a few days ago. Register for the tutorials. They are free, and you will learn how to use short rows to do things like these. I've used shortrowing now for socks, scarves, and bags. Entrelac is only one kind of design pattern that uses shortrowing. It appears that the possibilities are endlessly fascinating. When I started knitting, color, and the texture of the yarn itself, were the big attractions. I'm evolving into using color and texture of the pattern instead. See this sweater? I spotted it on the Threadbear blog just yesterday. One of these days, I'm going to do this. I don't know when, but it's got my name on it. Cabling interests me too...Sarah, is there an Aran class in the future?