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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beaded Jacket and Green Bag

I've been semi-successful in my attempts to concentrate on only one thing at a time and finished the back and one sleeve of the beaded jacket I'm designing for the Charity Craft Fair.

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Here it is roughly pinned and draped as best I could over the dress form. I decided to go for a fitted design so the body is shaped and the sleeves are set in. I'm also now considering a twisted i-cord edging (a bit of which is pinned to the bottom). It's not twisted perfectly but I just wanted to get an idea of how it might look. I think I'm now beginning to lean more towards a simple edging like this rather than an ornate one as I feel the beads and lace on the main part are ornate enough in themselves without the addition of a very fancy edging.

Below is a green bag which I've almost finished to celebrate Project Spectrum's May' colour.

Pattern: 'Arctic' from Emma King's 25 Bags to Knit (with some modifications)
Yarn: Main part in DB Merino Chunky/pink flowers in Rowan Big Wool
Handles: 'Madeleine' (615 108) made by Prym

I've put one of the handles in position for the photo but they both still need attaching and I need to get some nice bright funky lining and either some vilene or plastic canvas to place inside the lining for stiffening. The green yarn is the result of frogging a scarf (below) that I'd almost completed but decided wasn't really doing anything for me so to the frog pond it went.

I also wanted to mention the floss threaders/bead threaders again as I feel such an idiot. The ones I ordered from Express Chemist are larger than the ones that Ellen at Earth Faire sent me and are really too large to go through the holes of beads suitable for knitting. I hadn't noticed this and sent some to Cherry. Apologies, Cherry, I'll send you a replacement but please be careful not to lose it as I only have a few of the original ones. Next time I order some beads from Earth Faire, I'll add a note to Ellen asking her the name of the make of the dental threaders that she sent which are perfect for the job. I can then google for them and, hopefully, will be able to order some online and provide the link to anyone who's interested. I've also edited the earlier post in which I mentioned the threaders as I wouldn't want anyone else ordering them to use as bead threaders.

Dreamcatcher asked about the dress form and I answered in the comments section that it's available from John Lewis but it might also be helpful to know that it's an Adjustoform dress form and you can find more details here

In other news, Ruth (Woolly Wormhead) has two gorgeous new hat patterns for sale here. I've purchased both and Ruth has very kindly given me permission to use these and her free hat patterns for Charity Craft Fair knitting.

The sun is shining and all is well only marred by the fact that our agenda in the coming week includes clearing out the garage. More welcome plans include a trip to Brighton to visit that wonderful bead shop that I keep hearing about. Can someone in the know please advise me exactly where it is in Brighton? With the Craft Fair in mind again, I might be able to get some of the red, teal or hot pink coloured beads that Acrylik suggested would be good with black yarn for knitted Goth style bracelets. There's also a crochet workshop on my agenda in which I hope to, at long last, learn how to hold the hook properly. I've been crocheting for years but would really like to learn how to hold the hook in the correct way as it should help with both speed and evenness of tension. If there's an opportunity, I'd also like to have a look around Fibrecrafts which is not too far away from where we live . . . . .


  • At 3:41 pm, Anonymous jess said…

    wow! It is like you are planning to open an emporium with all this fantastic charity knitting.

    Thanks for the pattern link, and I loved the Sweep festival photos - what an amazing spectacle!

  • At 4:25 pm, Blogger Marie said…

    Very cute bag, but I can't believe you frogged that lovely scarf!! The beaded jacket is absolutely stunning!!

  • At 5:07 pm, Anonymous Annarella said…

    Wow Hazel, the jacket is looking stunning!!!... you must be slightly out of your mind to be giving it away though ;)


  • At 5:36 pm, Blogger nanatoo said…

    Can I add a third 'WOW' as that jacket is amazing. I totally agree about the edging, it really is ornate enough without the lace. I-cord is great.

    I LOVE the bag. You are such an accomplished knitter and when I grow up I hope to be as good as you :)

    Sorry if I pointed you to some duff threaders, it never occurred to me that there would be different sizes. Still, if you ever get a dental plate you will be ok for cleaning underneath it :D

    Ew, clearing out the garage. Worth it though.

  • At 7:50 pm, Blogger Vintageme said…

    I love that bag..and the beaded jacket .Holly.

  • At 8:51 pm, Blogger Steph said…

    Beautiful bag - and the beaded jacket is looking wonderful!

  • At 9:25 pm, Blogger Rain said…

    Wow, it's beautiful, it will be stunning when it's complete. I agree that it could carry off a simpler edging.

    I'm smitten with your bag but also can't believe you frogged such a beautiful scarf. All that moss st would have driven me mad but the end result is definitely worth it, the handles really suit it.

  • At 9:54 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Am bowled over by how fast you must knit!
    Hope you find the bead shop OK, the website looked like fun!

  • At 9:56 am, Anonymous SigMa said…

    The beaded jacket you are making is beautiful and I think making a simple edging is the right thing. The lace and the beads don't need anything leading the attention away.
    Too bad that the lovely scarf had to end up in the frog pond, but I think you made good use of the frogged yarn. The bag is so cute!

  • At 10:47 am, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said…

    That jacket is going to be beautiful. You are so talented and so generous!
    Having just had the most enormous filling,(the dentist had to use a road drill) I will use the flossy things in the proscribed manner to ensure I don't need any more!
    Sounds like we are all on creative hyperdrive atthe moment - a bit of sun and wheeee!

  • At 11:20 am, Blogger acrylik said…

    The jacket is looking wonderful, and I really like the idea of the twisted cord edging, it suits it very well.

    I also love the bag! The addition of the flowers just adds that perfect finishing touch.

  • At 5:56 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said…

    The jacket looks wonderful, and I agree with everyone else, the i-cord edging sets it off perfectly.

    I also love the bag, great colours. Did I spot some Yorkshire Tweed there? It's such a shame that is being discontinued.

    Thanks for the links re the dress-form too :-)

    If it's any consolation, our garage is due for a good tidy too.

  • At 6:36 pm, Anonymous Charlotte said…

    Lovely bag and jacket - the edging goes really well with the beaded design, very swish!

  • At 1:18 pm, Blogger Seahorse said…

    I'm hugely impressed with the jacket. I love the bag too - great colours to use together!

  • At 3:22 pm, Blogger yuvee said…

    Hi there,
    I live in Brighton, which bead shop are you talking about? Is it the Brighton Bead Shop? If it is, it's on Sydney Street in North Laine.

  • At 12:51 pm, Blogger uhoava gnu said…

    What a beauty is your Beaded Jacket! That's such a big work to do, but you are already done most! Wow!

  • At 4:37 pm, Anonymous sharon said…

    Both are absolutely lovely. I love the stitch used on the bag.

  • At 4:52 pm, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said…

    Are you okay Hazel? You are very quiet!!

  • At 6:31 pm, Anonymous Annarella said…

    Everything alright there? You seem to have gone so quiet... Hope you're having a great weekend xx


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