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Mini Gift Bags

Last year, I decided to take part in the Pay it Forward scheme… well six months on I finally got around to sending out my parcels and a few months after that I finally get around to blogging about it!

As part of the One Skein Swap a few years ago I was sent a mini knitted bag, to this day the mini bag sits in my knitting kit, I use it to store hand cream, lip balm and a nail file for all my girly knitting emergencies! The bag has a special place in my heart, it was the first hand knitted gift I ever received but is also serves as a reminder of all the wonderful friends I have made via the knitting world and their generosity. I wanted to spread this reminder…

… So for the Pay it Forward, I made these little bags… each one is based on a sock pattern!

The “Pomatomus” Bag is done on 96 stitches on 3.25mm needles. I began with the twisted rib for 15 rows (including an eyelet row for the i-cord), then I started on Chart A from the pattern for 3 repeats.
Finally, I repeated rows 1-12 omitting the YO (therefore decreasing a stitch each round), the result was an amazing swirling pattern on the base.  Until 8 stitches remain.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through the remaining sts and pull tight.

The “Jaywalker” Bag, started on 104 stitches on 3.25mm, 10 rows in stocking stitch (again including an eyelet row).
Row 1: K1 M1 K6 S1 K2tog psso K6 M1 K1
Row 2: Knit
Repeat rows 1 and 2 35 times, then omit the M1s until 6 stitches remain.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through the remaining sts and pull tight.

The “Monkey” Bag is made in a similar fashion to the Pomatomus bag (with 96 stitches).


100 things

  1. My birthday is on Halloween.
  2. I was born in London in 1974.
  3. My full name is Dipika.
  4. I hate my name.
  5. Everyone including my parents calls me Dee.
  6. I don’t have a middle name.
  7. The hospital I was born in was across the road from my parent’s house.
  8. Both my parents were born in South Africa.
  9. My parents had an arranged marriage.
  10. They have been married over 40 years.
  11. All my grand-parents were born in India.
  12. I have one sister.
  13. I am the youngest – by 17 months.
  14. I use to always fight with my sister when we were little.
  15. Now we are really close.
  16. One of my earliest memories is seeing my sister fall down the stairs.
  17. I have never had any pets.
  18. I have lived in London my whole life and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
  19. I am left handed.
  20. I have been with my boyfriend, Jason for over 7 years.
  21. I met him at a firm I was temping at.
  22. When I first met Jason, I thought he was annoying – but he made me laugh.
  23. The first night we met we talked about driving across America together.
  24. My favourite subject at primary school was Maths.
  25. I use to think I would become a maths teacher or something.
  26. I have always loved the Star Wars films.
  27. I remember seeing Empire Strikes Back in the cinema and being scared of the Wampa snow monster at the beginning of the movie.
  28. I learned to knit when I was 8 years old.
  29. I designed and knitted my first jumper when I was 10.
  30. I use to watch The Goonies every week, when I was younger with my sister.
  31. I started wearing glasses when I was 17.
  32. I went to a girl’s school.
  33. I am glad I did as I think it gave me more opportunities.
  34. I meet my best friend, Sabeena on the second day of secondary (high) school.
  35. I was at the Brit Awards in 1989 (Yes that one!)
  36. My favourite subject at secondary school was Media Studies.
  37. My favourite TV show was Twin Peaks and I still love it now.
  38. My best friend immigrated to America, just before we started Sixth Form – but we are still in contact.
  39. I have three A levels in Sociology, Economics and Film Studies.
  40. I was the only girl in my Film Studies class.
  41. I was a typical grunge kid, doc martins, baggy t-shits, ripped jeans and floppy hair.
  42. I have every issue of Empire Magazine since 1992.
  43. My favourite place that I have visited is the Grand Canyon.
  44. I have a B.A. (Hons.) in Social Sciences.
  45. I went to university in East London (near where the Olympic village will be).
  46. I am obsessed with Tiffany’s.
  47. The colour scheme of this site is based on the Tiffany’s website.
  48. My favourite colour is blue.
  49. Especially, Tiffany’s Blue or #00CCCC.
  50. I cry whenever I see E.T.
  51. I became a vegetarian in when I was 20.
  52. I still eat fish.
  53. I remember the last meat dish I (knowing) ate.
  54. It was a McDonald’s Hamburger in Acapulco.
  55. I hate mushrooms.
  56. This is very awkward as a vegetarian.
  57. I always regret the fact I never saw Nirvana live.
  58. The last holiday I went on with my family was in 1994.
  59. We went to China.
  60. I graduated in 1996.
  61. I got my first job three days after leaving university.
  62. I got my belly button pierced the day before my 22nd Birthday.
  63. I spend two months traveling around America on my own in the summer of 1997.
  64. I wanted to eat breakfast whilst staring in the window of Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue.
  65. One of my favourite museums is the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
  66. I started waering contact lens when I was 21.
  67. I once saw Billy Corgan at O’ Hare airport.
  68. My favourite city I visited was Seattle.
  69. I have two tattoos.
  70. One of a Scorpio on my thigh.
  71. The other is of three stars on my lower back.
  72. The last time I went to the Reading Festival, I refused to camp and stayed in a hotel.
  73. I have vowed I will never go to a Glastonbury Festival again, after the quagmire of 1998.
  74. Less than six months after meeting Jason we traveled along the East Coat of America for 6 weeks.
  75. We spend two weeks in Orlando visiting theme parks.
  76. We drove from Miami to New York.
  77. After the holiday, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Jason.
  78. I want to go to every Disney Park; I just need to go to Tokyo.
  79. I planned my summer holiday of 1999 to coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode One.
  80. I did a post graduate course on the Open University.
  81. I wrote my final thesis on the Alien films.
  82. I am scared of mice.
  83. We once stayed in a youth hostel in Amsterdam with mice – which was the worst night of my life.
  84. I love Converse; I have 3 pairs and really want another pair – in Maroon.
  85. I love baby tees, especially ones from comics or films, my favourite t-shirt is a Tank Girl one I brought in 1995.
  86. I started playing The Stone in 2001.
  87. You can briefly see me in the Stoners film.
  88. I taught myself HTML.
  89. I gave up my job to do a Web Design course.
  90. I need 9 hours sleep a night.
  91. I am trying to collect every copy of Batgirl III comics.
  92. I own all but on of the Birds of Prey comics (missing issue 40).
  93. I cannot drive.
  94. But I love our car.
  95. I prefer the taste of Diet Coke.
  96. I am a really slow eater.
  97. I don’t want children.
  98. I have a god-daughter.
  99. I think I am cursed to never go to a Knit Flicks.
  100. I love making lists so this was fun :).
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Yarn: Opal Elemente in 1075 .
Pattern: “Sock it to ’em” Starter Kit Pattern.
Needles: 2 mm DPN’s (5 needles).
Notes: I was a little scared of knitting with DPN’s, I had heard horror stories about ladders and missing stitches, but this pattern was really easy to follow, it was a little strange on the first few rounds of the rib – but by the time I got to the knitting part it was very easy.

The only real issues I had with the pattern were the live grafting, however, the instructions on Knitty were really helpful here.

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Sock It To ‘Em

Sock It To ‘Emâ€? Starter Kits

Well now I am home – still in American time – but slowly getting use to the idea the holiday is over… and since I have been back, I have been playing with my new toys…
Waiting for me when I got home was a package from Get Knitted – addressed to SP5, inside was a “Sock It To ‘Em” Starter Kits – containing everything I needed to start knitting socks, the pattern, the self-patterning wool (in a fabulous blue colour), the DPN’s, stitch markers and even the darning needle to weave in the ends. So since I have been home I have been knitting socks.

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