Seduce: to win over; attract

Yarn seduces me with her siren call. "Pick me! Pick me!" I am hopelessly enchanted by yarn and am delighted by the endless choices.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

What have I done?!!

I told myself, "no new craft projects!, you will not take up quilting, you will not start spinning, and no, you may not start rug hooking!" "You do enough other crafts to keep you busy for a 100 yrs!"

And then...
I was seduced by the Bond Knitting Machine...

It is wonderful! It is quick! and I can think of soooo many knitting projects to do on it and still have some hand knitting as part of it.

It all started when I mentioned She-Knits Mystery Bag KAL to my friend, SuKnitWitty. We immediately signed up!

And then a few days later, SuKnitWitty shows me her Knitting Styx Bag she made with the back having been knitted on the Bond Knitting Machine. Well... I had never heard of a Bond and asked her about it. She then explained, she knitted the back on the Bond and then knitted the Berry Stitch on the needles. Well, I thought how wonderful it would be to knit the backs of sweaters on the machine (time saving, yes?) and then hand knit the front in whatever stitch pattern I wanted. I might even be able to figure out how to knit the sleeves on the machine (again saving time!)

A week later I was visiting SuKnitWitty and she showed me her bond machine. She showed me how it worked. She even let me try it out (bad idea), I was hooked!! I machine knitted the back of a bag for myself. I came home all excited and chatted endlessly about how great this machine is and all the wonderful stuff I could make if I had one.

I hand knitted the front of the bag, stitched it together, and SuKnitWitty helped me with the lining ('cause you all know I know nothing about the sewing machine).

Ta da... the Blueberry Styx Bag

back knitted on the Bond machine

inside lined (with what else?... butterflies of course!)
and the handles done in Tunisian crochet and folded in half and slip stitched closed.

Yes, I have asked Santa for a Bond Knitting Machine. Now if I can just wait that long.


SuKnitWitty said...

It's OK.....I'll take all the credit and the blame. 'You Go Girl'....what's one more, even two, maybe even three. There's still quilting, sewing and whatever in my Bag of Bags.

SusanB-knits said...

SuKnitWitty, I did mention I might make a small quilted project, didn't I? You are so bad... hehehe

Jacci said...

That came out really nice! I love it!

LNS said...

You can pass the time by watching the instructional videos on Youtube. I swear, it isn't as "watching paint dry" as it sounds, really! I harbor a secret desire for one of these machines too, but 1) knitting machines don't come cheap and 2) I would run out of yarn, or worse 3) I'd run out of yarn money faster than I can make it ...

The bag is b-e-a-u-tiful by the way!

Gigi said...

Hi Susan,
After you sent me the pattern link for that beautiful ruffled wrap, I looked it up on Ravelry and someone had made it using a knitting machine for the 'body' of the wrap then picked up and hand knitted the ruffle part. Sounds like it would be a huge timesaver, ya think?
Love the bag!