Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Rats Are Circling

I cast on for the white elephant Booga Bag.

As much as I dig the idea of the chain handle, I think Stephanie is right, and I had been unsure about this myself--attaching it would be a bit of a pain. So I think I'll take Elizabeth's piece of I-cord advice handed down by Zib, and just make a ginormous length of a few stockinette stitches. It curls anyway right?

Plus I wanted to give the bag a little "oomph" and was thinking about putting a novelty yarn edging on it. I think the chain handle would compete with that and just be a bit too much.

Because it's Saturday and it's laundry night, I knit a quick swatch of the Lion Brand 100% felting wool along with some novelty yarn my first CASP Sherry gave me (yeah, yeah, I know it was for Chunky, but I did donate about 1/2 of it to his old classroom in Lansing!).

Here it is prefelted:


And admit it, you all like ugly porn. Not all yarn porn is pretty just like not all regular porn is gorgeous blondes with quadruple E boobs. Check this out:


Sexay! Actually it looks like something I cleaned out of the litterbox today.

Here it is post-felting:

the rats are circling

As you can see, the rats are circling in for the kill.

Looks like it only shrank about 1/2 an inch horizontally. I'm not too impressed with the felting after one cycle with this yarn. I'm hoping it's only because I mixed it with novelty yarn. I've heard good things about this Lion Brand stuff.

So what the heck, I'll throw caution into the wind and I'll go ahead and do the edging in the cat poo accent.

I also finished the Top Secret Project tonight and am tickled pink about how well it turned out!!

Problem is I submitted it somewhere and that somewhere was really vague as to when the time frame when you can assume your design was rejected. Ugh. It's killing me. I REALLY want to show it off!

Bah, I don't know who I'm kidding, it's a very simplistic design, I ought to just go ahead and post about it. However, I'll save it for a day where it doesn't have to complete with cat turd swatches.


Blogger OldLadyPenPal said...

Felted cat turd swatch, no less!
I can't wait to see your mystery project! Knowing you, it'll be kick app!

(Ok, I just didn't want to type a bad word. I got a rep to protect!)

10:20 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

hehe, love the rats! Good luck with the bag! I've heard a bit about the lion wool felting how to find it for you. Something about the height felting faster than the width.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Be sure to include a nice note with the bag when you gift it..."The Elephant Cat Turd Bag - enjoy & Happy HOlidays". And maybe put a few of those rats inside for good measure. Can't wait to see the rest.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Pyewacket said...

Why in God's name do you have plastic rats in your house? I'm having Laundry Room Flashbacks. *whimper!*

Hey, thanks for sharing the Toque pattern.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

They're rubber rats and blame Cpurl, it's all her fault. ;-)

11:25 AM  
Blogger Carol said...


3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what game did you get the rats out of? They look like they are game pieces. But the sample looks real good. Can I come to your party and choose your gift? If not the person who does get it will you look into wheather they really want it, and if not will you give it to me? Love, Mom

3:14 PM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

ROTFL, I'm so happy I could contribute to cat puke!

7:15 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

The swatch makes a good rat yoga mat.

I can't wait to see how the elephant poo/rat booga comes out! I'm so dreading my company's not yet announced white elephant coming up.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I think you misunderstood about the faux i-cord. Though, a few stitchs of stockinette forever would work, too, probablly.

The Zib method: get a long circular and cast on a bajillion stitches. Then cast them all off. I suppose you could work one row of them to give it a little more heft before you cast off.

Re: the top secret project. If you submitted to Knitty, you should write Amy a message and ask her. I already got my winter rejection and so did at least one other person I know of.

9:54 PM  

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