This square cake has no calories, but lots of fiber. I guess I should have made another bag, instead of eating Tiramisu tonight. Oh well, the New Year with its resolutions will be here soon enough, and who wants to diet anyway?
This cute little bag was designed by Jairlyn Mason and the pattern can be found here. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make one. I made the larger version.
Yarn: I've got lots of different colorways of "Endless Summer Collection Luna" in my stash (elann.com), and I like this shade of blue, as well as the shiny thread. It's viscose and cotton blend. I wanted some kind of cotton, because I believe it will hold up better. I used only 2 balls (50g/109yds).
It turned out 11" wide and 8" high without the handles. I made the handles 5" long, instead of the 4" called for. They are still a little too short for my liking. But I've used this bag and it's alright. It holds the wallet, keys, some tissues, and a few other small things. It's not big, but sometimes I don't want to lug around half my house.
I was worried about the stitch pattern not showing up, and how the yarn would react to blocking. It's not wool, but it held it's shape after blocking. The stitch pattern is as good as it gets with purl and knit stitches. Not bad. I like the whole bag a lot.
Oh, and of course I had to sew a lining. Not my favorite thing to do. I didn't want to get the sewing machine out, just for that, so I sewed the side seams by hand, ironed the lining and sewed it on by hand. There was a little dilemma, because I didn't want the stitches be seen on the outside, but since the lining was light green, you can see the blue thread and the stitches. Oh well, am I a perfectionist? No chance!
The original didn't have any buttons on, but I couldn't resist. As I said, I like this bag a lot, and can see me making another one in the future.
The pattern is well thought out, and well written. It was a pleasure to follow the instructions.
I might point out, that I did NOT choose the orange yarn I have in my stash for this bag, although I had thought about it.
We had wonderful snow fall today. Thick, fat, wet snowflakes. I had a great time with the dogs outside:
Biko - unflaggingly returning the ball to be thrown across the pool as far as I can. By the time I pick the ball up and throw it, she's halfway around the pool already, so I have to think quickly to get the most exercise for her. I tell you, she's tireless, and can on for longer than I want to.
Sam - he's hard at work, punishing his big bad ball. He's so funny. Every time I manage to get the ball away from him, and throw it, he goes after it, and chews the hell out of it, for at least five minutes, at which point he's ready to wrestle with me again.