Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cabled purse progress

Above is the current status of my cabled purse project. I am hoping to finish this before Saturday - the official start to the Summer of Socks!! I have about 4 more inches to go on the cabling body of the purse, but last night I decided to start on the I-cord since I bought my US 6 dpns yesterday. As you can see, I finished one I-cord (folded in half at the top of the photo) and started a 2nd last night. I need to complete 3 to form the braided purse strap.

My Knitting Answer Book is in the photo because I used this to refresh my memory on cabling without a cable needle. I have been using this method and it's been working well for me. I always keep this book by my side when I'm knitting and, as you can see, I have several green sticky notes marking pages I refer to more than once. It's a great resource!!

If you are trying to envision what this purse will look like when complete, I took a photo of the picture on the pattern:
I still need to look for the perfect button to complete it. I will check my button stash first, but I will probably have to go shopping for one.

Here's a close-up of the cables:
This has been a really fun pattern to knit. I love small projects. I have yet to knit a full-size sweater or afghan. That is why I love knitting socks. Even though it's a lot of stitches, there's no assembly or piece-work and I don't even block mine, I just wear them. Just weave in two ends and you're done! This purse shouldn't be too hard to assemble. The pattern does call for a fabric lining so that will be a first for me! But, if I plan on using the purse (which I'd like to!), it will need a lining because the stitches are a bit loose (at least I think they'd loosen up when I put stuff in the purse). I, of course, didn't check my gauge, I just used the recommended needles and cast on. This shouldn't be a problem except that I may have to adjust the size of the fabric piece used for the lining if my gauge ends up off from the pattern. Only time will tell!

Well, I think I will go knit more of this project now since I only have 3 evenings to complete it!

1 comment:

Margaret said...

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"I always keep this book by my side when I'm knitting and I have several green sticky notes marking pages I refer to more than once. It's a great resource!!"


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