Posts Tagged ‘Flying Goat Farm’

Goat Bag

I’ve reknit the base of the bag, this time as a simple 60 x 38 rectangle.  That’s 2280 stitches.  Then I picked up stitches picked up stitchesaround the two short edges, and knit off the provisional cast on.  Obviously picking up edge stitches changes the direction of the knitting, and there is a clear demarcation.This is to be expected.

OGoat Bag Bottomn the other hand, I just got lazy with my provisional cast on, and didn’t worry too much about how it would look.  You can see the awkward line of stitches towards the bottom of the photograph to the left.

I considered frogging it back to the cast on yet again, but decided against it.  It’s The bottom to side transition on the long sides won’t match each other precisely, and the short side transition will be something else again, but given that this is going to be felted, and that the problem area is not going to be in an often viewed area of the bag, I’m not terribly bothered.  It’s something to remember for the next time, though.


I’ve selected a couple of motifs from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s 150 Scandinavian Motifs to work into this bag.  I have a total of 196 stitches in the circumference (slightly more than I should have if I were working the ‘ideal’ pick up ratio of 3/2, but that’s fine).   I worked out the prime factors of this, not because I’m a numbers geek* but because I need it to be able to work out the motifs I’ll be using.  It turns out that 196 is 2 x 2 x 7 x 7.

The first motif I used was a simple transition between the brown and gold-brown colors.  I knit five rounds of brown by which time I was definitely starting to run low.  If I’d be really  clever about it I would have weighed the remnants of the brown, but I wasn’t, so I’ll just have to guess at the end point.    The next round I knit one stitch of gold and six of brown, remembering to ‘catch’ the gold every fourth stitch  This should be enough to keep the floats from felting funny (or so my reading tells me.. we’ll see).  The next round I increased this to three gold stitches (centered around the one stitch) and four brown, no wrapping required.  The third round of the transition I knit five gold stitches (catching the brown in the third stitch) and two brown.  Then I cut the brown, and now I’m working in a gold background.

After three or five rounds I’ll start with the goat motif.  It’s 21 stitches long, so I’ll have  to add seven plain stitches between goats.

I’ve already picked out a 13 stitch flying bird pattern (for Flying Goat Farm, right?), which will fit beautifully.  I’ll have it flying above the goat’s back, so it will integrate into the top of the pattern without overlapping the colorwork.  That leave another black space, lower down in the pattern, which is about 18 x 4 stitches.  I’ll look for an abstract or flower motif to fill in that space, and I’m good to go.  I’ll have 7 repeats of a 28 stitch pattern.

This is going to be fun!



* OK, yes, I am a numbers geek, and that’s the kind of thing I do, but it’s also really handy to have in this case.


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Rethinking the Plans

Tapestry Mohair

Flying Goat TapestryI got four skeins of “Tapestry Mohair” yarn from Flying Goat Farm’s booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year. Long term readers may recall that I have a complicated relationship with mohair yarns in general, but I also have a weakness for locally produced fiber, and I just fell in love with the colors (I think I’ve been going on a brown-orange kick lately).

FGF tagNaturally, when I got home, I went to add my new prizes to my Ravelry stash page.  Unfortunately, this yarn hadn’t (and hasn’t) yet been entered.  I opened one skein enough to plop a ruler down by it and guestimate 12 WPI, which would make it sport weight yarn.

FGF WPIFair enough.  400 yards of sport weight mohair should make a really cute felted bag.  I did a pattern search, found a pattern for a no-sew felted bag, which called for worsted weight yarn but listed sport, figured it would work,  and popped it in my queue.

The Problem

This morning I decided it was time to at least skein, if not cast on, the project.  So I took out my trusty nostepinne…

The distance between segments is one inch, so it’s pretty clear that this isn’t 12 WPI. 16 to 17 is more like it.  Which would make it light fingering to laceweight yarn.  The Ravelry database still hasn’t been updated.  I went to the Flying Goat website, and didn’t find a listing for the yarn, but there was a blog post which mentioned tapestry yarn.   What she describes certainly looks like what I have, and it’s a light fingering. So now I’m not at all sold on using the pattern, at least not as is.

The Solution

I realized I have to swatch and felt before I make up my mind.  I really don’t swatch as much as I should, so something that forces me to do it isn’t all bad.  It’s just a different process.


Yarn Diet

There are two large projects I’m considering once my self imposed summer yarn diet is over.  One is a cricket sweater for my husband (he’s a ‘universal’ sports fan, and the Peter Davidson is “his Doctor”), the other is the Aidez sweater for me.  I’ve already priced out the yarn for these projects at my LYS, and planned to use my accrued ‘frequent customer’ discount for both.

Craftsy currently has both these yarns on sale for 40% off.  I was very briefly tempted to break the diet, but when I compared the sale price to the LYS price with discount the totals (for each project) were within a dollar of each other – not counting shipping.  So I’ll stick with plan A.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I’ve entered a drawing for a skein of Madelinetosh Merino Light from This Knitted Life (3 July)

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