Friday was also a short day because we had a trip out to Canary Wharf (east London) to see our new office building where we will be moving in November or early December. The longer commute is going to suck but the actual building is a huge improvement over our current decrepit 1970s eyesore with flooding toilets and malfunctioning air conditioning. Light and bright and great views over the canals and across the Thames to the O2 centre, and lots of shops around. And more importantly, lots of places to sit outside and knit on my lunch hour, something sorely lacking in the Victoria area.
So I've got a bit more done this week
First up was a finish on the quilted knitting bag which is my own design and started several years ago as part of a group project in my former quilting group. My theme was knitting so I included a self-portrait of me knitting with our former cat 'helping', sheep, and knitting-related items like tools, a sofa, teacup and teapot etc. Most of the blocks were foundation-pieced, the sofa and self-portrait and the words 'knitting' are fusible applique. The blue faux-knitting fabric on the sides was a great find, and the bag is given its structure by a snap metal frame like a doctor's bag. It's a fairly large bag, about 16" long by 8" wide, so will be good for holding larger projects. Inside is a zipped notions pocket topped by a measuring-tape ribbon. I'm fairly pleased with it although it hasn't come out as perfectly as I would have wished. I seem unable to shake from the back of my mind the conviction that the Craft Police will one day swoop down and inspect my output with a magnifying glass, naming and shaming every flaw. Ridiculous I know.
I managed to work my way through to a finish on the second knitted rabbit. I had to adapt the female bunny pattern as it had 'tights' knitted in a smaller gauge yarn so the boy bunny had to have a new tummy shaped from worsted-weight. He also had to have feet in a different colour as I ran out of grey yarn, and I had to design my own feet and legs as the girl bunny again had shoes and tights in a different gauge. Then I had to come up with a design for a raglan sweater for him, which came out fairly well, knit in Rowan 4-ply cotton stripes. So it all took a bit longer than knitting the girl bunny but I'm fairly pleased with how he's turned out. In retrospect I would use thinner yarn for his nose but I'm not so bothered by it that I would rip it out now.
After finishing the quilted bag, I thought I would reward myself by sewing a Minion pincushion. This is from a free pattern by Lady Joyceley, which I think came through to my email from Pinterest or Hobbycraft, can't remember. The pattern is in two sizes, big and mini. I decided to try the mini size, thinking it might make a nice pincushion for my second lace cushion. I don't know if I printed it wrong but mine has come out VERY mini! It is quite cute, very fiddly to make, and not much use as a pincushion, so it will now live in front of my PC monitor.
I finally broke down and ordered a yarn swift, after years of getting by with husband help, or the back of a chair. I wanted to wind off six skeins of sock yarn to knit the Now in a Minute shawl by Brenda Dayne, which has six triangles of colour for knitting in a gradient yarn. I have so much sock yarn that I was able to pull six skeins which I think will look nice together. Ignoring the voice shouting in the back of my head ("BUT IF YOU USE PART OF EACH SKEIN, YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE ENOUGH FOR SOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!") as I am not running a sock yarn museum, I easily wound off six cones using my new swift which worked really well (and unlike DH did not make any comments or get tired arms, although he is very patient - except for that time I wound a huge skein of lace yarn).
So it's been quite a crafty week really - the best kind of week to have, don't you think?