Pure Romance Inspired Cash Bag

January 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Colorwork, Organization

Pure Romance Cash Bag

Original Pattern by The Gypsy. Feel free to share, but please do not sell the pattern! Thanks!

In Indianapolis on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you have the awesome opportunity to be able to go to the zoo with free admission when you bring a canned food item. Given that today was the coldest day in two years, I decided to forgo the zoo trip and knit something. This super simple pattern will make a fabulous cash bag for my Pure Romance business, or a super cute little clutch for your afternoon out. Enjoy!

 

 

Abbreviations:

CO: Cast On

BO: Bind Off

RS: Right Side

K: Knit

STS: Stitches

 

Materials Needed:

Size US 11 knitting needles

A: One Skein Dark Grey

B: One Skein Bright Pink

(Or whatever colors your stash is begging you to work with)

Yarn Needle

Buttons, Velcro, Bows, or whatever you want to use to help the bag stay shut and look pretty.

 

With A, CO 40 STS. Knit 4 rows. Switch to B.

With B, K 2 rows. Switch to A. With A, K 4 Rows.

Switch to B. K4 rows. Switch to A. K 4 rows.

Switch to B. K6 rows. Switch to A. K 4 rows.

Switch to B. K8 rows.

Switch to A. K 8 rows. Switch to B. K 4 rows.

Switch to A. K 6 rows. Switch to B. K 4 rows.

Switch to A. K 4 rows. Switch to B. K 4 rows.

Switch to A. K 2 rows. Switch to B. K 4 rows.

 

Holding strands A and B TOG, BO.

 

Weave in CO ends. (Both yarns)

 
Thread needle with both strands from BO. Weave ends through the end stitch from BO row to end of 18th

row. (End of 3rd to last B stripe) (You are just trying to camouflage it.)

Lay piece flat with RS up.

 

With CO edge, fold first 3 A stripes away from you. This will be the opening flap.

What is not folded is the bag.

Fold this section in half and seam. Flip RS out. Add any buttons, velcro, bows, etc- whatever suits your fancy to keep it closed and make it pretty.

Knit Happy!

The Needle Abyss

April 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Organization


My apartment is littered with knitting needles. I have a single DPN on the desk, a circular needle in the kitchen (not really sure why, though….) and many, many needles in the Clover case in the coffee table cubby. This is not including, however, needles in use, the needles in my yarn baskets, and the needles in my KIP bag. Something definitely needs to change.
I remember buying the Clover needle case. ( http://tinyurl.com/3c7vj7r ) “Finally! I can keep my needles organized!” Haha- wow. If anything, this case has hindered my needle organization. It was great when I first got it- a full three months into my knitting career, when I had maybe five sets of needles. But now that I’ve squeezed as many of the smaller ones into the 2inches by one inch case, but I don’t think I could get another size 2 in if I tried- let alone all of my needles over a size 8. Now that my needles are scattered across my apartment, I think its time to get creative.
The ideas listed in this article are only those of my own- I would love to know what my readers are doing to tame their needles! Be sure to comment and share your tips!

• The quilter method:
o This idea is based on the pattern I found in the Stitch n Bitch Handbook. It is essentially fabric sewn with mini pockets in order of size. Pretty- but not the best if you are new to the sewing machine.
• The excuse-to-knit-something-easy method:
o This method can be quite fun if you’re in need of some method knitting. Cast on enough stitches to give you a knitted width of about 16 inches. Knit with a sturdy yarn in garter stitch until it’s as long as you need. Sew a button on the cast on end and make a loop on the bind off end to give you a way to close it securely. Then, just poke the tip of the needle in about one inch from the edge to where it is under about 3 stitches, then again at the other end to hold it together. Repeat as necessary, then roll up and secure with the button for easy storage. I got this idea from one of my paintbrush kits. This can work for straight needles and circular needles, but you might want to loop the cord of the circs so it doesn’t get caught on anything while rolling.
• The shoebox/memory box/photo box/you get the point method:
o This one is great for people who have lots of storage space and lots of needles especially in the same size. Now, when I say shoebox I’m not talking about the Shape-Ups box or an 8 inch stiletto box. (Though those would work fantastically for circs!) I mean more along the lines of those comfy, cute-flats-I wear-to-the-grocery-store boxes. You can get boxes that are already pretty in the scrapbooking sections of most stores, or you can decorate your own if you don’t like having a bunch of shoeboxes where people can see them (Just paint them with a water based paint or decoupage them!). Make one box for every 2 sizes or so. You can keep sets together with the tiny rubber bands you get for hair, chopstick holders, and attached point protectors for easier access.
• The what-most-of-us-will-probably-do method (also known as the buy it method):
o Just buy it! You can buy pre-decorated boxes, pre-sewn versions of the quilter method, or use an old scarf for the excuse-to-knit-something-easy method, assuming you have a scarf that is wide enough.

Remember- the knitter that organized knitter is the happy knitter. Knit happy!

New Yarnz Resolutionz!

January 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Organization

You know what they: time flies when you’re having yarny fun! Unfortunately, yarn doesn’t always fly as quickly as we’d like. Here are some tips to stick to your 2011 yarn resolutionz!

Plan Ahead:
o Now, granted, impromptu-type projectz, (i.e. baby items) can’t be planned. But let’s be realistic. We all have those books tabbed with mini-Post-its, odd bits of yarn and Starbucks receipts. Let’s put them to use and plan some projectz out.

Start by making a calendar and designate a date to start the project by, goal finish date, and estimated finish date. Write down the recipient, materials needed, and any notes you have on the project, such as which pattern size you are using. (For example, K3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 9))

• Will Power!!!!
o Once I step into a yarn store, most of my will power- that is to say all willpower not being used to watch my bank account balance- waits outside for me. Before I know it I’ve got lots of soft baby yarn without having a newborn recipient to knit for. (Baby booties are my weakness!!) My goal is to only buy yarn I need for SPECIFIC projectz. “But what about my stash?!” you might say. My response is this: How many storage containers of yarn do you have?

Then you should wait that many months before buying non-project specific yarn. This will not only help you accomplish more projectz in the coming year- it can help with your goals to cut down on spending and clutter!

• Make an Adjoining Resolution:
o Already made a resolution to eat less, quit smoking, or spend less money going out? Keep a small basket next to your comfy tv spot and keep a project or two in it to keep idle hands from the junk food. (That’s one of my favorite tricks!) Keep a couple teensie needles and some laceweight yarn in your purse or project bag to take to work and turn your smoke break into a bookmark knitting break, then donate the bookmarks to a local school or library to turn a habit into something positive.

To save some cash on a bored night, instead of going out to dinner and shopping, pick up something quick and easy from the grocery store and knit along to your favorite movie, sitcom, or podcast. (Netflix has a great package for less than $10 that includes unlimited DVDs and streaming of movies and tv shows.

The iTunes store has hundreds of free podcasts that can be played from any iTunes compatible device, including laptops, and www.hulu.com has plenty of free recent tv shows online!)

Wishing you all a wonderful New Yearz!

Knit happy!!!

Keep It Organized (by Jen Chambers)

February 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Organization

I guess it’s because of the new year and an easy time to make decisions for change, so now is the time to organize my knitting.

I have my box of FOs (Finished Objects) that I’m now whipping into shape. I’ve never kept a knitting journal and have always wanted to. So I gathered up a notebook, plastic page protectors and found a great Knitting Journal info page at KathrynIvy.com.  I have started getting organized.  I’m taking photos of my finished projects and keeping notes as to where the patterns are found.  I’m also keeping notes any changes I made as I knitted. I’m snipping bits of the yarn used in the project and taping it to the page so I can see actual color and feel of the yarn. I think this will be very handy on the projects I end up giving away as gifts.

This is a big improvement over my old system which was a scrap of paper here and there, notes stuck in my knitting bags and notes lying on the floor in front of the couch. Now I’ll have a good record of what I’ve accomplished and how each pattern was worked.  I sure wish I’d started this notebook sooner but at least it’s happening now.

I’m also making a copy of each pattern and keeping it with the journal page. Now I’ll be able to quickly start that project again rather than searching back through 50 knitting books and magazines to find the pattern. That will save me a lot of time.

As I go through knitting books and magazines, I’m making a copy of future projects I want to tackle. I have a Ravelry list of future projects, a file folder on my computer containing patterns I’ve downloaded and now a stack of projects I’ve copied.  Now I’m eyeing my stash and thinking of ways to get that beast tamed.

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