Thursday, February 14, 2008

Advice Well-Taken

When you guys speak, I listen. To prove it, I offer up photos of the swatch I knitted at your suggestion to test the giant black MIL sweater's felting potential (complete with 4 inch square in red thread for gauge testing). You probably can't really see the difference in texture from the photos but it worked brilliantly. The Cascade Eco+ firmed up nicely so I don't think she'll have the stretching problems any more. However, thanks to swatch testing I didn't overfelt it--the texture is still very sweater-like. The sleeves shortened just enough while I was able to block out the zipper section so it didn't ripple.
Pre-felting swatch:
Post-felting swatch:
Another case in point: following your helpful advice, I took the Rather Huge Noni Bag to a shoe repair shop to have the leather handles sewn on (since my New Jersey suburb isn't rolling in saddle shops--LOL!). He did a wonderful job of making the handles strong and secure.
Here's the up close photo of the shoemaker's stitching.
And here's my Noni Bag all ready to carry yarn, books and the kitchen sink. Did I mention it's Rather Huge?
Thank you all for the incredibly useful, truly fabulous suggestions! What would I do without the yarn geniuses here on RTY?
Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!

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Blogger LauraP said...

I'm so glad the felting worked for the sweater - I'll keep that tip in my back pocket in case I need it. And the Noni bag - it's gorgeous with those leather straps! I love it!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Beautiful bag! I love it with the leather handle. Hmm, I think I have that pattern somewhere....

9:58 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Julie, my only issue with the Noni Bag is that I think it's somewhat too long for its height; it's a bit floppy. I'd shorten the rows a tad if I made it again (and I probably will because I love the pattern). Just my two cents.

Thanks for the kind words!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

The bag turned out great, and I'm glad the felting worked for you MIL's sweater.

11:41 AM  

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