As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I got a series of wonderful handmade project bags for my birthday, and immediately began to organize my knitting queue. Now I’m on to the next step of the process, putting together a complete notions case for each project bag.
I already had this wonderful little box from Nancy’s Knit Knacks. These seem to have become quite popular in the last year or so, I’ve seen them in a lot of LYSs I’ve been to. They’re great at both storing a lot of things and organizing them all. I even picked one up for my DH to store electrical bits and bobs in. So that’s the first bag basically done.
I love my notions box, but that didn’t stop me from looking for other options. I also realized that I needed a sock needle gauge.
I found this adorable one from Debra’s Garden, as well as this tiny knit repair tool (read mini crochet hook) at Paradise Fibers. I’d never ordered from them before, but they take PayPal, and the order process was reasonably smooth. They also offer a ‘Deal of the Day’ and have a mailing list which provides periodic coupon codes. This site is dangerous!
I also ordered some Lantern Moon nesting notions bags from an eBay seller. They were projected to arrive in the mail today, but the Post Office web site says that shipment is delayed. Hopefully I’ll be posting about them soon.
I finished the dishcloth I mentioned in the last post.
It’s kind of silly, really, how much fun dishcloths can be. I could have gotten several dozen dishcloths for what I spent on the yarn for this one.
Of course, I have enough yarn leftover to make a bunch more dishcloths or, more likely, several really nice market bags. As much as I like working in wool, there are definitely some things which call for cotton, and cleaning cloths and stretchy bags are two of them.
As I mentioned before, I decided to go for highly contrasting beads for the shawl. I also opted for unlined and transparent. Which meant that the local craft store didn’t have them in stock. I found some really nice ones at an online bead store, but they had a $25 minimum order, and I just couldn’t justify that kind of expenditure, especially as I don’t bead that much.
So I found some very similar ones on Amazon. They are Czech glass from Preciosa in 6/0. This means that you can expect 6 beads strung per inch. Depending on the brand that might be closer to 3 or 4 mm, and the size of the holes is not necessarily consistent. It makes sense to order extra beads, because there will be some breakage and/or (if you’re like me) some beads will scatter across the floor when you unstring them. I got 900 beads, and the pattern calls for 287, so that’s covered.
As I said before, I don’t bead that often, but I do occasionally, and I have a nice craft caddy which is reserved for beads, and they will get used eventually.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I haven’t heard back from any of the previous giveaways yet, but I entered a drawing for a beautiful Nelsonwood Crochet Hook from Underground Crafter (24 March).