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Monday, July 03, 2006

Shaving sari silk... (sunburst sling bag done!)

sarion

Sunburst Sling Bag finished
Medium size
Started: April 25, 2006
Finished: July 2, 2006
Sari Silk from Yarn Place, 3 - 8 oz balls
Addi US 8 (5mm) and 10.5 for binding off bag edges

What a difference a pair of scissors makes! You know you're in trouble when it takes longer to shave a bag than to seam it. (You didn't know you could get dating advice here, did you?)

I took a pair of scissors to the bag, clipping the stray "silk" strands and vacuuming the bag and the table as I went along. I like it much better now (you can see the old hairy closeups here). I can even see the garter ridges, and the pattern itself.

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You can see a bit of "before & after" action-- I hadn't taken the scissors to the bag strap yet, just the panel.

I really like the pattern from JustOneMoreRow.com -- its really smart. I'd like to knit this again in some orange banana silk, or something. I don't even like bags :) It is a quick knit (even though it took me months to complete!), and uses short rows without wraps (I just can't hang with short row wraps). I followed the pattern exactly as written without any trouble, though the strap my be a few ridges longer than written, I lost track. I did use a US 10.5 needle to pick up and bind off the bag's edges though-- trying to bind off loosely in sari silk is hard and when I did it the 1st one on the US 8's I used for the body and strap, the panel edge was way too tight and curled inward.

This sari silk, like I said... not feeling the love. It isn't super twisty like some, it didn't shed, only about one break in the yarn per ball (not in the same color sequence, but who cares for this type of yarn)... but the hairiness is just a big turnoff. I hate that I had to take a pair of scissors to it. It was a good deal though ($18 on sale), and cleaned up well. Another "brand" from another vendor would be my first choice for knitting this pattern in sari silk, though.

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I took this last nite after "shaving" one side panel. As I gathered it up to throw away, I was reminded of a boyfriend... we were making out, he jumped up and shaved off his beard, and we made out again-- so I could tell the difference. His beard in his hand looked like this (just a little less mardi gras). I prefered the beard though ;)

I decided to follow all yalls sage advice and not use an iron on interfacing. I decided to not line it at all, though I may end up regretting it (I know). I don't plan on carrying anything heavy in it at all-- maybe a book, socks in progress, random toys and baby cups, so I'm not worried that much about the stretch. The design of the pattern also should help alleivate stretching out; the knitting from the nexus instead of a horizontal or vertical base will help that, I'm sure.


Previous Posts on Sunburst Sling Bag (by Just One More Row) in sari silk:
April 24, 2006
April 25, 2006
April 29, 2006
June 29, 2006

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For those of yall who thought I was joking about starting knitting with my Dye O Rama yarn from Adrienne right away...

peachclover

Cloverleaf Socks (PDF!)

Started: July 1, 2006
US 1's dpns (2.25mm)

A very fun pattern. I am knitting cuff down (obviously) so I could put on a fold over picot edge on top... loving that on top of the yarn and how there's a secret stripe on the inside of the leg where the edge was folded over.

Have a great day!

26 comments:

FairyGodKnitter said...

You should save the silk trimmings til next spring and put them out for nesting birds. Love the new socks you started. They say summer.

Jenna said...

It looks great! I love the shape of it, so cool. And that boyfriend story is adorable :)

Alyssa said...

The bag turned out great and I love the peach socks. Keep on knitting on:)

Rachel said...

Er, um, uh...I maybe might possibly perhaps might like to recind my advice about not ironing on interfacing. It turns out that the fabric world maybe might possibly perhaps may have invented an iron on interfacing specifically for purses. Now, the only problem is that it makes knitting squashy. Um, yeah. You'll see soon. :)

Chris said...

Wow, shaving it REALLY helped. I like it. Before, it looked too crazy.

Your sock is cruising along!

Sonya said...

What a cool bag! The shape is interesting and I love the colors. The birds would love the shavings. I always laugh when I see a big pile of dog hair from our brushing sessions incorporated into a bird nest.

PBnJ said...

Wow! The bag really turned out great! Good job! And the socks are really pretty too - love the colors! :)

Larjmarj said...

Looks great! what a fun bag.
Love the color of the socks...reminds me of orange push ups.

Roo-Bee-Faye said...

I really like the edge on those socks. Very dainty and summery! Your bag does look fabulous now without all the "fur." The suggestions made to leave the yarn for the birds is great! Little nests of sari silk next spring--I think we know who the "cool" birds are gonna be!

Chrissy said...

WOW! You're a quick knitter. The sock looks great, and I like the shaved bag better.

lexa said...

Bag looks much better shaved, definitely. You're like me and don't carry much in a bag except some knitting and child goodies! Yeah - you should save the shavings for the birds, it'd make for very funky nests!

Love the sock you started. I think I will start a sock for myself tonight. I'm having withdrawal. Been knitting cotton dishcloths for the store for the past few days. It's getting a little dull.

rose said...

The bag looks great. I'd never thought of trimming sari silk to make it cleaner. The sock looks good, too. It reminds me that I haven't knit a sock in about 2 months. I should cast some on soon.

Karen said...

What a beautiful bag!! And your socks remind me of orange creamsicles.

April said...

the bag is absolutely gorgeous, i bet you'll get all kinds of compliments the first time you use it.

that peach yarn is too yummy for words ...

Bridget said...

I love that sari silk bag!

aquaknits said...

The bag turned out great, much better after the shaving.

Not only did you get a start on those socks, but you've gotten quite a lot done, really cute!

Annie said...

Great bag! Love the trim job too, looks less, um, over-grown hippie. :-) I had no doubt that you were going to really start those peach socks right away - knit on!

Karen said...

Really nice bag! I like it better with the ends shaved off too.

Areli said...

I love your bag! It cleaned up so well :-)

tatjana said...

it looks wikkid wikkid wikkid!! wow, what a debacle, with the shaving n all! but totally worth it. and now that i am newborn sock knitter, it is my mission to cheaply imitate your beautiful picot trim! i know, i'm shameless. but it's your fault for tempting me ;)

Anonymous said...

Love the way the bag ended up. Hmmmm ... I think I have some sari silk tucked away somewhere. Hmmmm ...

mf said...

Love that peach package! the cloverleaf is a great pattern! I did a pair once on size 0's with lang.. I dont' recommend...lol

Zonda said...

Nice job on the bag! It cleaned up really well!

Hehe, you were right, you are going full force on your sock! Looks yummy!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, it's one of my favourites! And I just saw your pattern in the summer knitty and I'm in love with it...yay!

Anonymous said...

I love the bag. I have 2 skeins of Sari silk. It looks like the large one takes 3, do any take 2? The site didn't say. I think it's a great pattern for the sikl.

Melissa said...

The bag looks great!
The socks you got published are awesome by the way.

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