Yesterday afternoon I got out my size 000 needles and hunkered down to knit the beaded amulet bag kit that Susan gave me on Friday.
The first step was to string all the beads onto the working yarn (which is DMC perle cotton, by the way).
Note to myself: Cats love to help you string beads. If I plan to do any beaded knitting in the future, I must distract Lucy with some really potent catnip before starting.
“I’m innocent! I never touched those beads!”
The beads were strung on thread, so it was just a matter of tying the end of a strand of beads onto the working yarn and push them onto the yarn. As Susan pointed out in the instructions, sometimes you’ll run up against a bead that has a hole too small to go over the knot. You can crush this bead with a pair of pliers to get it off the thread and move on from there.
I think in the 6 strands of beads I had less than 10 beads with holes too small, so there was very little crushing of beads performed. A bit of a pity, because I sorta enjoyed it.
The flip side:
And I gotta say, I’m quite pleased with the results.
Just a quick heads up — I’ll be at the Martha Washington Library in Alexandria VA on September 18, 2006, 1:00pm. If you’re in the area, stop by and bring your knitting!