Sunday, December 17, 2006

Pretty but Prickly; Have Band-aids Ready!

Here is the finished Tilli Tomas Evening Trinket Bag.

It's cute and glamorous with its beaded silk yarn and lining, but it was not as mindless a knit as I thought it would be. First of all, you have to pull the yarn through the grommets one at a time with a crochet hook and slip them onto your knitting needles. The lining where the grommets were was inflexible and made it hard to knit the first few rows. The worst part was the reverse side of the grommets were sharp and kept slicing my fingers (it's hard to avoid touching those while knitting the first 10 or so rows)! Considering I play the violin for a living, this really made me upset; I'm careful about using sharp objects - I just never expected them to be in my knitting! Also, I had to muscle the beads around so that they would show up on the right side...yes, maybe that was control freaky of me...but I figured the beads should be visible.

In short, this kit was way too much trouble for me to want to make another one again. Any of you out there come across a Tilli Tomas kit with grommets, watch your fingers!


  1. Oh, this baggy is very cute! What are you going to use it for? I don't know what a grommet is (cute word though), but I'll find out. Have to be careful for your fingers! ;o)

  2. The bag is really cute! But grommet cuts all over your fingers. :( Ouch!

  3. Awww, this looks absolutely amazing - so funky and yet very elegant! It sounds like a pretty complicated job though - I hope your fingers will be as good as new *very* soon!