Tuesday, July 10, 2007
She loves gin and I love rum
This little jug was knit in Cleckheaton merino spun (80% wool 20% acrylic) which felted well and so fast, I was really surprised. Just one strand made quite a nice solid fabric. I've been knitting all of these vessels from the top down. With this one I started with the handle, just a long strip knit back and forth, then cast on more stiches and joined to work in the round.
I was idly browsing the button section in Lincraft, thinking that I ought to look through my collection at home before buying something. But once I saw this one, I Had. To. Have. It.
I felted the whole thing before joining the handle on at the bottom of the jug using the button. For some reason I really wanted the button to be functional - even though there is no real reason to ever unbutton it - so I did actually cut a button hole in the handle. Unfortunately it moved around too much, so I ended up tacking it down with a couple of hidden stitches.
I didn't think to measure it before it went in to Crafts ACT but I'd say it was not much taller than 10cm. It also wouldn't sit quite flat, due to the weight of the handle pulling it back just a tiny bit, just enough to look a little bit off. I hope the way it is displayed in the exhibition will hide this, but I had to tack a little bag of glass beads inside it to get it balanced. Dodgy but effective. I'll have to put some thought into how to tweak the design so that next time I knit one, it can sit nicely on its own. Oh yes I have to make more of these.