Saturday, May 3, 2008

Drum roll please....

I wrote all your names on a piece of paper

(there were 25 tote bags knit!!!! How cool is that?!)

put them in a basket

and had my kids draw 3 winners!

Congratulations, Studio D you won the yarn

Congratulations Yvonne you won the flicker(an upgrade or moo cards) prize!!!

Congratulations Paula you won the blog re-design!!!

*the winners will be contacted with information about collecting their prize!

Thank you all for joining this KAL, it was so much fun to knit with you and see every ones progress! Feel free to keep posting your tote bags here, I plan on making a few more myself and love seeing all the different styles!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

just in the nic of time

FINISHED!! I also wanted to have a few done by the end of April but only managed to get one done. Oh well it was still fun and I LOVE the finished product. Very roomy and stretchy. Thanks to my friend for helping me and encouraging me to finish!

keep em' coming!

That's right, keep em' coming! I'm going to be checking for late night entries in the morning, so finish up those bags and tomorrow or maybe a day later I'll draw names... I know how deadlines are, so if you even finish them up tomorrow post anyways and I'll count it towards the drawing:O) The more the merrier, right?!

Currently I'm trying to finish up a pair of socks for the SAM5 KAL... Must go finish....

Its been so much fun to watch everyone and the different color and yarn choices all the totes are beautiful! I hope you all had fun and or learned something... The next time I post there will be a winner! Good luck~

My Final Answer

This was such great fun and I loved watching everyones projects fly by. Great work Jessica!! I don't think I updated the last ones so here they are.

I'm going to take them all to the grocery store for a test run this weekend (if the rain stops!).

Elisa's Nest Backpack

I knit the bag in the round, & therefore the opening at the top was quite small. Reading through everyone's tips it's now clear why knitting flat & then seaming most of the way up the sides would work better...

I made my bag into a little backpack for my daughter to take to the beach. It's not really Elisa's Tote bag at this point!

Next time I'll allow more than eight days for a project but I have really enjoyed my first KAL :)

In the bag

My second tote is finished and someone seems to have made it their own! I worked this in Rowan Denim cotton. It’s much firmer than the Rowan Cotton 4-ply and I prefer it. This is quite a short, fat bag as I ran out of yarn (one ball of each colour).

I was hoping to have a third finished for today using the remaining Rowan Cotton 4-ply, but the I had to rip it out as I’d fallen into the final YO trap and had lost some stitches along the way. Watching TV and this project don’t seem to have worked for me!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Finished Three

I finished 3 bags and have another one on the needles, but I don't think I'll finish it before the end of the day tomorrow.

The first one I made used Louet Euroflax Linen (green bag). It was not a fun yarn to knit but I love the finished result. I followed the pattern and knit it flat but when I seamed the sides I left about 2-3 inches at the top unseamed. I like the opening at the top done this way.

The second one I used Peaches 'n Cream cotton (blue bag). It was okay to knit with, nothing special. I knit a garter stitch bottom, picked up stitches and knit it in the round. Then I attached the handles but left the sides so that the handle did not include those stitches. It's nice, a little shorter than the other and a little wider. It will probably be good for some heavier things.

The third one used DMC Senso Crochet Cotton/Arcrylic blend (pink and orange). It was actually nice to knit with and has a very nice feel to the bag (not as sturdy feeling as the linen). I knit this one in the round bottom to top and I just stitched up the bottom when I finished. The opening at the top is not as large as I would like so the one that I am working on now I will stop a few inches from the top, split the stitches onto two needles and knit back and forth creating a section that is not knit in the round. I much prefer knitting this pattern in the round so I will do most of it that way. This has been a fun project and I will probably knit some more to give away to friends/family.