It’s time for a Fibre Friday post. We haven’t had one for a while, so I’ll show you what I’ve been up to.
First and foremost, I recieved a gift while at Romancing the Capital! C.J. very kindly gave me three cakes of her handspun merino. The plies are slightly different colours, so all three cakes have a marled effect. I can’t quite decide what to knit with this beautiful yarn, but am having fun considering the possibilities.
I’ve finished one project this week. It was a plain knit, but done in a self-striping yarn, which always jazzes things up a bit.
This is a round-based market bag knit out of Patons SWS. This yarn is discontinued. It’s a soy and wool blend that felts really well. I also used some Patons SWS in solid green as an accent. There isn’t a pattern for this bag – I started at the center of the bottom and increased every second row until it looked big enough. Then I knit up the sides, around and around, until it looked deep enough. I knit a handle from one side that looked wide enough, then decided the length by making the colours symmetrical. That looked long enough. 🙂 I knit I-cord around the edges of the handle and the top of the bag, and also at the outer edge of the base. I had tried some fair isle bands just above the base but they came out a bit less clear than I’d hoped.
Then I put it in a pillow case and washed it with a load of towels.
Now it looks like this:
The I-cord is easier to see, although it didn’t felt as well as the body of the bag in some places (especially along the edge of the handles). I might fuss with it, but I might not. I’ll have to line it, but I like how it looks already. It’s soft and thick, and if I put a drawstring top on it, I’ll use it a lot.