Attention conservation notice: This post is exclusively about knitting.
I liked the Everlasting Bagstopper, but didn’t like its sewn-on ribbon handle.
I preferred the Elisa’s Nest Tote way of doing things, with an applied i-cord border and two i-cord handles. So I on June 1 I cast on what will probably become a hybrid bag I hope will give me what I want: a reinforced bottom and two knitted handles rather than a ribbon strap.
With luck I will have enough yarn to do the bag this way; if not, I think I have some contrasting cotton yarn that might work for the handles.
All I can say about this bag so far is that I like it so much I will be very nerdily excited to shop with it for the first time. I am having knitting nerdlust for this bag rather early in our relationship.
Araucania Ulmo Multy cotton has short stripes, making it sort of multicolored rather than striped in a way that I think I like. I think the yarn is splitty and not recommended for newbies (Kate doesn’t quite seem to find it so, but I do), but it’s lovely to look at and I hope it will wear well as a string bag. In the future (and I think I WILL be knitting more of these bags; I may try to wear one as underwear) I think I’ll try something more durable (colorfast, not prone to mildew, not splitty), though I really love the colors of the bag.
To start my multicolored, modified Bagstopper I had to put aside another project: my first sweater. I was making it for my friend Gary’s birthday. I started in in early May for a late May birthday, ha ha. Never having made a sweater before, I didn’t realize I had no clear idea of how long it would take me to make one.
And one month was not enough. As the G-Man’s birthday rolled around, I was in denial for awhile (knitters, I know you understand), but soon realized that my sweater, while lovely and turning out well, being only half done would really only work as a tube top for Gary, with matching detached wool sleeves much like incredibly weird handless opera gloves. Seeing as how Gary is not a Eurotrash homosexual Ukrainian man, I decided to give the sweater to him later, for Christmas.
It’s Jared Flood’s lovely Cobblestone sweater, knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca.
And really, it was just as well I wasn’t able to finish it. Do you know what the South is like in late May? Yesterday the I saw first fireflies of the year and today it’s supposed to reach 90 degrees. Hey Gary, here’s your heavy wool sweater! Need an electric blanket or a cup of hot cocoa with that, or should I just stand in the corner and mutter insane gibberish as you stare at me blankly?
I got Gary the new Tyler Ramsey CD.
If you’re in the knitalong, please feel free to comment here about your progress or link to your blog. I know Kate (who is also knitting with the Araucania: pics) and Heather G. (straight outta Cochabamba, Bolivia) have also both started theirs.