Wednesday, March 07, 2007


My students have been hard at work with cables these past 2 weeks. I assigned 4 different cables for them to sample. Once they got the hang of it, they can now design and make a project with cables.
Here is an assortment of their efforts:

this cable is called "TAFFY"



I got all of these from the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Vol. 2: Cables. Such a great book! The kids are using the book to get ideas for cables they can use in their designs. Just to be fair, I decided to do this project along with them. One can never get enough practice with cables, right?

Here is my project, a definite work in progress:
1. My materials. The yarn is a soft yellow bulky weight that I got at Jo-Ann's 4 years ago. It was intended for a sweater that never happened. It feels so good to use up stuff that has been sitting in the knitting oasis for so long! I knit this based on the purse I posted in my last post. That is my goal purse. So, no pattern to follow! FUN!!!!! Also pictured is the fabric I will line the purse with, as well as the piece of "plastic-board" that will help the purse be purse-shaped.

I cut the plastic to fit into the knitted shell and scored it along two lines so I can define the bottom. Cutting this stuff is harder than it looks! I ended up using a steak knife. Not so safe. I was pining for my rotary cutter, but it is at home and I am at school.

Here is the purse with the plastic inside. Check out the cool SnB calendars! The kids were so happy when I handed them out today. They couldn't believe I got them presents! I bought 36 calendars, one for each kid. Hopefully they can find some inspiration in the daily bits of wisdom. It was so cute watching them flip through the pages and saying "Oh, I'm going to make that sweater" and "Ms. Newbill, can youteach me how to make socks?"

Next step: lining the purse. I have a sewing machine in class, so later this week we will be lining a few purses. Once I have the lining in, I will take it to a cobler and have him add brown leather straps. Hopefully not too expensive. The last one only cost me $15 for the leather and the labor.

1 comment:

anneland22 said...

OMG - those are a lot of cable samples. What are they gonna be in the future?