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Monday, June 27, 2011

my exams are over, finally

I had my last exam on the 24th of June, and since then I've had lots of time to knit!
I've finished the laptop cover and the main part of the patchwork bag

I made a little crochet pouch on the inside of the cover to put my usb mouse and keyboard connector in, as my laptop is only mine because the keyboard on it doesn't work anymore! It was my mother's and she spilled a glass of water over it) It fits really snugly, so that's one FO I'm happy with! I used leftover yarn from a red cardigan my mother knitted, and the button was also a leftover one from that project! That's one of my favorite aspects of knitting: there's always something that be done with the leftovers :)

On to the other bag: It's coming on quite nicely, even though I say so myself! -Another project using leftovers :)-
I've made a start on the handle, but that'll still take some time...

Remember the shrug I had to take apart? Well I'm reknitting it now. It still needs some work, but I hope to finish it soon...

Ps. The Leuven culture authorities (30cc) are organising a yarn-bombing event at the Dijletrappen on the 17th of September. More information here. I've got some more stuff to post, but I'll have to do that tomorrow!

Monday, June 13, 2011

So it's exam time....

... and because the term has been so short and we've just had a long weekend, I've been knitting quite a lot, instead of studying. Very bad of me, I know.

On Friday, I worked on a laptop cover I'm knitting: It's knitted with the yarn that was left after my mother had knitted herself a jumper, and it has my favourite cable on it! It's I got it from a book I have: 'The Essential Stitch Collection' and designed the bag around it. It's not much of a bag really, just a long strip that will be sown closed on either side. What I still have to think about is whether I'll sow in a zip or use a button to close it at the top, or if I'll just leave it open ... I also took this project to the knitting group on Saturday, and it was received with quite some interest by the people sitting close to me!

Another WIP, the patchwork bag, is also coming on nicely.
Now, one side and the bottom are completed. This bag has two layers, but I decided to make the bottom three-layered, so it would be stronger. I don't like sewing that much, so I decided to pick up stitches on either side of the bottom and then knit the strengthening piece straight into the bag, witch was quite a challenge, as I had to do a four-needle bind-off at the end! I'd like to finish this project by the end of the month so I'll be able to use it to go and get my report on the last day of term, but somehow I don't think I'll get there...

And finally, another hat I knitted this winter for one of my classmates who has only just sent me the photo... Same model as the two Noro caps I knitted, but a different yarn. If you're wondering what the black and white sploge in the corner is; it's my sheet, this one happened to have a cow print on it ...