I bought this yarn because KnitPicks was having a sale on their luxury yarns. So far I haven’t knitted with anything approaching luxury. And I wanted a bag. After much deliberation I settled on MagKnit/Black Sheep Bag’s Sophie. There were two new techniques I needed to learn — picking up and knitting stitches along the bottom’s garter-stitch edge, and I-cord for the handles. But I felt confident I could do them.
And look! I did. It’s beautiful! I couldn’t be happier with the result.
Notes from along the way: I missed a couple of decreases somewhere along the way, and ended up at the top of the bag with a few extra stitches. No problem — just adjusted the bind-off so that the handles were placed correctly. In the girl’s dress I’m knitting next (the good Lord willing), I’ll have to be more careful, though … For the first time I literally broke the yarn — by pulling on it too hard while making I-cord. So I learned a technique I hadn’t expected to learn: the spit-splice. The fact that it was going to be felted gave me confidence that I couldn’t run into too much trouble … I think I’m a bit of a felting coward. I probably didn’t felt this as much as I could have. You can’t see the stitches anymore, but it’s not stiff, and it’s a little pilly and nubby. But it looked so pretty after only 10 minutes in the wash cycle that I could hardly bear to give it more than a couple more minutes.
Before: H 12.5″, W 13″, D 6″, straps 24″ twisted together
After: H 8″, W 10″, D 4″, straps 25″ twisted together (yes, the straps actually stretched)
It’s something of a miracle to see that shapeless pouch become a sleek trapezoid. I used a beard trimmer (badly) to shave some of the fuzz off (badly), then brushed it with one of Cady Gray’s abandoned baby brush. Even though it’s perfectly lovely, I’ll probably try a sweater stone next time.
Oh, by the way — I figured out what I’m going to do with my beautiful Mogul scarf. It’ll be off to adorn the neck of a collegiate foster child in the fall, courtesy of the Orphan Foundation of America’s Red Scarf Project.