Friday, December 6, 2013

Finished Object Friday: Istanbul (not Constantinople)

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I have two...TWO!...things to show you today. First off, here is another installment in the Cookie A Sock Club, Istanbul (not Constantinople...sorry; still genetically incapable of saying one without the other):
 
I tried a new heel on these (short rows with wrap & turn) because I DETEST picking up gusset stitches. It looks a little strange to me and I was worried I'd feel the decrease there along the heel, but I wore these the other day and only noticed it once.
 
My real disappointment with these socks is how HUGE they are. It seems I'm a very loose lace knitter (which is odd to me given the death grip I have on the needles all the time). I knit the small size, and even went down a needle size, but I guess I should have gone down another needle size. That being said, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color of these (Inkwell by Miss Babs) and the lace is beautiful.

And to answer the question I know you all have, NO, I am not wearing white tights underneath these. My legs are really that white in sunlight.

Next, I finally FINALLY finished a square box that I started...back in May?? Gee whiz.
 
I still love my sewing machine, and although some bits of the bag are kind of wonky, I'm pretty pleased with it. It's lined an everything!
 
This is not for the faint of heart, though, and I gotta tell you that you should go pay those sellers on Etsy whatever they want for one of these bags!! One bit of the instructions I followed had me staring at the screen for about five minutes straight before I understood them!

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13 comments:

Zeb said...

Hun, you CAN knit :P
Some of us have tried so so many times, and failed miserably, EVERY time LOL

The socks are awesome, and so is the wee bag!

Annie said...

Gorgeous socks! How on earth do you manage to do those lace patterns and stay focused enough to finish without errors? Amazing work.

And very cute square box. Now that you know how to make it, the next one will be much easier.

Cathy said...

WOW, love love love those stockings!

Kathleen Rogers said...

Those socks are so beautiful. I hear you on the size thing. The first Cookie A pattern I knit was a lace sock and it was maybe the third pair of socks I knit. They came out huge. I was going to put soles on them and use them for slipper socks. Then I offered them to my sister and they fit her perfectly. I reknit for myself at a MUCH tighter gauge.

Sara said...

Those socks are amazing and I am jealous! Some year I need to take up knitting.

Jackie said...

Another zipper?! You totally rock that sewing machine!

Love your socks!

WonderWhyGal said...

I am in LOVE with those socks! OMG! They are absolutely amazing.

Carmen N said...

I recently finished my first pair of socks that did pick-up stitches. I have to agree that they are horrible. I'll have to try another method next time. I love the color and lacy pattern of your socks!

Carol said...

I can appreciate the work that went into making that bag - they are not that easy and your lining is beautiful!

Val said...

I LOVE those socks. They make me want to make some, which is a problem because I really don't like making socks.

Karoline said...

They are both great, I love the socks colour

katie metzroth said...

Your socks are gorgeous and your bag is pretty! love the liner.

I'm fascinated that you DETEST picking up gusset stitches because I kind of like it. What is it about it that you hate? Pls tell us more. :)

Melanie said...

Ha! I tried making a knitting bag similar to that once......yeah. Did not turn out well. (Or at all.) I am majorly impressed you did one up. The fabric is darling, too.
Love love love the color on the socks! (Lace socks, in general, are always loose for me. They looooooooove to stretch.)

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