Friday, July 10, 2009

Independence Sampler Bag



I had the idea to make a knitting bag using sort of a sampler of stitches and patterns, some of them my favorites, some I have always wanted to try. I started with basket weave around the bottom, then threw in some lacy bands, but not so open that stuff will be at risk of working it's way from the inside of the bag out, it gives a nice stretch-ability to the bag too. I also worked a swath of moss stitch, which I love and have always wanted to try. It is a very generous project bag at a relaxed 12 1/2" tall, it will really expand beyond that because the fabric is so stretchy. You can see below that at 40" around, it opens wide enough to accommodate a rather generous project.



The yarn I used was simple Sugar n' Cream 100% cotton, the variegated is called Painted Desert (00190) and the solid is Red (00095) It took two full balls, plus a little from the third, of the Painted Desert, and all of the ball of Red. It did lint up a bit, but what can I expect, right? So I ran it right through the washer! I mean were talking dish cloth cotton here, so this bag will get better with a few washings, meanwhile, I needed to help it along. So instead of my usual hand wash and block or steam blocking...plop headlong into the washer and then...you guessed it, the dryer! And after that, I took a sweater shaver to it!!! I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I think I will try to post the pattern if anyone is interested.

Have a great week, Happy knitting!

Blessings Friends!
Melissa

5 comments:

  1. WOW! That is a niffty bag.
    You are getting to be quite a free-hand knitter.
    Gives me ideas but now I need the time.
    If you write up the pattern and bring the bag to a meeting (show and tell table) you could probably sell the patterns. It would surely work with hand spun too.

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  2. I would love to do the pattern again in some of my own hand dyed, hand spun and add lots of glitz with buttons and beads and sparkle and use it as a purse!

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  3. I do rather like that bag!!I enjoy seeing non-cloth things made from PnC! Pattern please!!

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  4. I love this bag, Melissa!! Do you still use it?!?
    Love the 'windswept' photo of you in the free-style shawl a few posts back, too!
    XXO-

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  5. Heather, I made this as a birthday present for a friend who was a new knitter, I believe she still uses it to carry her "sewing" which is her cute way of talking about knitting..."Were gonna rent some movies, bring your sewing."

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