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As several of you know, I cast on for the Karin Tote the other day. Well, I finished knitting the bottom and ends of the bag on Monday...


Being all stockinette stitch, it is hard to get a good pic before blocking, but you get the idea.

Yesterday I decided to do the strap and thereby finish all regular knitting... now I have enough knitting time invested that I cannot let the cabled sides intimidate me.

Well, I just cast off the strap portion, and I am a bit uncertain about how exactly to block it. Should it look like this?


Or this?


Other knitting: I was able to knit a while on my alpaca scarf on Monday.

I promise it is growing!


In other totally unrelated news: I believe we will have a new grandson in about a week.

Happy Knitting Everyone! --Susan

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 27, 2010 at 9:42pm
OK, I still cannot post pics of my progress... but so you will all realize where I am right now, here is a pic of the flood waters in front on my house.


We are OK... have plenty of provisions.. just waiting to be able to drive more than 100 ft. from our house. --S
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 27, 2010 at 7:19pm
Janet, When I finish the front, I'll post a picture here... except for the front and back it is all plain old knitting... I'm a bit cable challenged... but getting over it with this project. It's a $20 kit, and from what I can tell it is well worth it. You will need to purchase high power interfacting (i.e. Pellon 72F) and some lining and a few notions (buttons and magnetic closers)... but the knitting part is a bargain. --S
Comment by Janet Kelley on January 27, 2010 at 7:12pm
That's going to be a great looking tote; somehow I missed that pattern on kp. Think I'll have to go scope it out.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 27, 2010 at 4:48pm
Thanks for all the encouragement! I will need it... I'm knitting a few rows, then taking a break, etc. I took some pics, but my computer isn't wanting to read anything - ugh! May have to call tech support tomorrow... I'm still thinking that the strap is to be like pic #2 - put you can't tell until it's blocked... as soon as I can load pics on my computer, I'll show you what I mean. Awfully excited about Sam showing up! ♥s
Comment by Didomum on January 27, 2010 at 4:17pm
Susan it looking good so fare can't wait to see how it turns out as I'm starting a similar bag. The scarf look great as well. And Congratulations on the new grandson bet you can wait.
Comment by cherylbwaters on January 27, 2010 at 3:38pm
Susan, I know you can do it. When it gets frustrating put it down and pick up something simple. I looked closely at the photo on the front of the pattern and agree with Kate that the strap looks more like photo no. 1.

Your alpaca scarf is really looking good.

And off the subject. In less than a week, little Sam will arrive!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 27, 2010 at 1:20pm
I just picked up the 60 stitches for the cabled sides, and did the first purl row... now I guess I'll have to pay attention to what I'm doing, instead of keeping one eye on the computer screen and the other on my knitting... sigh. --S
Comment by Sock Girl on January 27, 2010 at 12:56pm
Love it! I am working on my Carry-All Bag
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 27, 2010 at 12:42pm
Kate, Thanks, So on each end you have a little triangle of single fabric sticking out from the rest of the bag? I had the impression that by doing it on the bias, you had a slight slant of the stitches by putting the BO and CO edges together all along the length of the strap, which is what the second photo shows. --S

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