As you all are aware I am a major crafter. I know how to knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, tat, latch hook, embroidery, & several other crafting skills. Since I am taking part in Jessica’s Pineapple CAL, I have noticed something with my crochet & knitting styles. See the pictures below, the one on the left is my knitting style, & the one on the right is how I crochet. Notice anything odd? I am right-handed also by the way.
I don’t know why I tension the yarn in different hands. Does anyone else tension in opposite hands? I would think that since I tension with my left hand in crochet (first one I learned) I would be able to tension with it for knitting. Nope, every time I try to tension or knit Continental style, I wind up losing my stitches or can’t get the yarn to wrap over the needle correctly. Hence, why I knit English style.
- Pattern: my own design
- Needle: US 7 – 4.5 mm
- Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids
- How much used: 1092 yards, 594 grams 3 skeins = 1092.0 yards (998.5m)
- Color family: Black
You see those photos up there? Yep, that is Grace’s owl bag completed & ready to send. I know I finished knitting it about three months ago, but I was in the middle of moving house, than my father’s wedding (still trying to figure out what he was thinking) followed by the start of tax season. Followed by fighting with my Mom’s (now mine) Sears Kenmore 148.15600 (Model 1560) Sewing Machine. Plus, I was scared to death of the zipper. I had only done one other zipper & that was in Home Etc with my beloved teacher, Betty Ebert, there to walk me through it. Now I was on my own & praying I got it right. Yep, went in without a hitch. So happy with that one. Then came the lining of the bag & then done. Grace left the lining fabric to my choice & I found the green owl fabric at my Michael’s. Took a pic & asked her if this would be cute? She fell in love with it & so it got used. I bought 4 yards of it (I like making sure I have plenty), thinking that if I screwed up completely I would have enough to re-do the lining. Oh, before you tell me that a knitted strap is going to stretch, please notice, that the underside of the strap is lined also (top right photo above). This way the strap won’t stretch & it gives a pop of surprise when it is shown. I picked this tip up from Pinterest about the strap. I used 4.5mm brown safety eyes from 6060 (Etsy shop). I put a total of 32 eyes on this bag. Trust me those safety eyes are not easy to put on, they hurt if you have tender hands. Overall I did have fun making this bag. It was my first time using a pattern that I came up with. Not the owl cables but the other parts of it, I made up. Now to get it to Grace for her to see if she likes it or not.
The Sewing Machine
Mom bought it brand new, taught me to sew on the machine. This machine is all metal & over 30 years old. Kicker? It doesn’t like to be moved & so when you move it, the machine needs to sit to get used to the change of temp. At our old house we didn’t have anywhere to leave it up so it stayed in the case all the time. Since the machine is completely metal *love that* temperate changes effects it. I have it set up in my office & I don’t think it has ever been used so much. B is trying to get me to get a new one, but they are all plastic & I don’t want them. So there is a mild war going on right now between us. My Kenmore is over 32 years old & it still is sewing just fine. I can find all the parts to it & so I don’t feel the need to change machines.
Well, that is about it. Keep watching cause I have a post about the CAL (Crochet A Long) that I am taking part in to type up & the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is coming up on May 12 through May 18th & I will be taking part in that also.