Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Success & Failure

Tomorrow I will mail my Christmas gifts to family and friends. None of these said packages will include knitted items. I hoped to finish a blanket for someone special on my list but I haven't finished the border and their birthday is in February, so with that I've alleviated all holiday knitting stress!


Instead of finishing holiday gifts, I have been playing with patterns thinking I could design something. I know, who do I think I am to think that I could design a knitted item? It's not really designing per se but more of an adaptation of an existing pattern. Gotta start somewhere, no? The latest is this pattern, originally created for a dishcloth of all things but I thought with an amazing liner color to really show off the lacey parts, it could be an interesting bag. Simply put, I am challenged mathematically. I don't want the gusset of the bag to to be knit or stockinette and trying to figure the pattern in the round while getting a tighter gauge so that the size of the bag comes out as expected has given me a headache. It's still pretty though and I may actually finish it up and add it to the dishcloth collection.


I also knit these little wrist warmers but alas, I hate finishing (as is publicly known) even something that would take less than half an hour. I even bought these clip things to make it easier but even they haven't enticed me to get around to it. The yarn is a Superwash that didn't work for a scarf idea but worked nicely for this simple pattern. If I ever finish them, I may just keep them for myself or more likely, I may just keep them in the UFO pile like so many others. I suppose if I could actually wear these knitted lovelies, I'd finish them but that story has already been told. Florida's hot, poor knitguyla, blah, blah, blah. ;-)

I have a Christmas party to attend tonight and I'm torn between the red shorts or the green shorts. Decisions. Decisions.

Tree photos soon. I just can't decide -- garland, tinsle, beads, flowers or babies breath? Feel free to weigh in with a comment or two! Good cheer and Happy Holidays!

7 comments:

Dave Daniels said...

Ok, green or red shorts? Maybe go with black. It's really all about the shirt and the vest. You DO have a festive vest, don't you?? [<--said like Lucy on Charlie Brown Christmas.]
For the tree, how about tropical with some seashells and maybe a few glittered starfish ornaments? Could be campy fun and a good excuse to shell shop. (Can you tell I'd rather be in Florida for Christmas?)

Melanie said...

I think your designs are pretty good!

knitguyla said...

Thank you Mel, you're the best. Do you know Dave? He lives in your hometown! His suggestions of glittered starfish ornaments simply mocks me and my plight here in Hell!

Anonymous said...

Aloha! I like your green creation. What size needle? Did you use size 7?

Dave Daniels said...

What??? what'd I say??? I have glittered starfish ornaments.

knitguyla said...

Anonymous thanks and yup, size 7!

Krystal said...

I like that design and looks like it would make a great bag. Good luck on your designing adventure! I'd love to try my hand at it but my ADHD or whatever.....uh, what was I saying again? Oh, right...Um... Happy Holidays!!! :-)