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Skills Needed: Knitting in the round, simple cable, stranded colorwork, i-chord, felting
Featured Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky
I actually finished this project quite some time ago and was using it to house yet another of my knitting projects. Then it hit me, I should definitely include this bag on my projects page because I use it all the time. There is a small amount of finessing that has to go in to this project, the color changes can be a little annoying if that's not really your thing and the felting takes time. However, if your willing to take the plunge, this is my favorite yarn bag. Because it is felted, it really slows down the amount of push through by needles or loss of stitch markers, yet it still maintains a knitted look. Don't get me wrong, I am a hoarder when it comes to totable bags, I have so many sizes and materials that are filled with all kinds of knitting dreams and nightmares. However, for whatever reason, I always make sure this bag is in use- and by in use I mean containing an active knitting project and not one I've promised myself I would get back to...someday. I think it is because the bag is also something I made. If I get discouraged, my project bag reminds me that what I'm knitting can be finished, can be useful and can be beautiful. It's like a living knit testimonial.
I do remember I completely frogged this project on my first attempt. I was going through some very emotional things in my life and my husband kept a weary eye on my progress, politely asking if perhaps I was doing something wrong. Of course I pish-poshed his concerns away and plunged forward, toiling for hours on what was inevitably me knitting my emotions instead of knitting the pattern. Once I realized my husband was correct, I started over and the project was actually easy to knit. I think the difficulty in this project might come in paying attention. While it looks simple, there are quite a few things going on with this bag. None of them are too challenging in themselves, but miss something and you will be a very sad knitter. When I finished the green bag, I made a brown one for my mother. She is a crocheter, not a knitter, but I have seen her brown version of my bag in use on many occasions. The second go around was much faster than the first. Duh, right?
Summary: I would say perhaps the pattern price is a little high, but considering how often I use this bag, I think it has proved itself worth the money. Felting it is a must, it is a shapeless blob otherwise. The stiffness and density felting gives this bag makes all the difference. The pattern is well-written and there are many small skills involved in this bag that are fun to learn/brush up on. It makes a really spectacular project bag.