Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Finished Knitting The Never-Ending Bag & Yarn Acquisitions

I have been so pre-occupied recently with trying to get the radio show/podcast and the social network up and running, that I haven't focused much on my knitting. Infact, I went 2 wks without picking up the needles. {GASP} I know, right? So, anywho.. I decided this weekend that I WAS going to finish the entrelac 'Market Squares Bag' (by Lynda Cyr). I started knitting it back in November and had been poking at it bit by bit and making small amounts of progress over the last 6 months. Then on Friday, Celeste, Marilyn, and I decided that we would have a KAL for the Vogue Botanica Medallion Cardigan and I decided that I needed to finish this bag as this was also a KAL and I was the last person to finish! SO I finished it up and felted it. The top pic is of the bottom of the bag. The bottom picture is of it blocking.

I ordered some leather handles from WEBS that I will sew on to complete the bag. They were relatively inexpensive ($20 for 30" handles). And since I had spent 6 months knitting the bag and $50 in Cascade 220 - I figured I may as well go ahead and buy some nice handles for it. After all, this bag represents a FINISHED OBJECT for me. And you know me - finished objects are hard to come by.

So I have ordered some lovely Cascade Cotton Rich DK for the cardi (from WEBS) and can't wait to begin. I need to focus this week on completing my second "Breeze" anklet sock so that I don't have it hanging over my head during the KAL. I think I will try to focus on knitting mates for all of my socks at Friday Morning Knitting Group. Perhaps by fall, I will have mates for my socks. We'll see.

Latest Yarn Acquisitions & My Plans for It

I got these l'il gems on CLEARANCE from Natural Stitches in PA. I was immediately drawn to the price colorway. I picked it up and fondled it for a few minutes before putting it back down. Then I walked past it again - flirting with the idea of adding it to my stash. Then I picked it up again. And finally, Alicia said, "Just buy it!" So I did! It is Steadfast Fibers Wonderful Wool in Carrot Cake Colorway. It's a wool/merino blend. I only have 380 yds of it so I'm not sure yet what I want to do with it. I'm thinking a felted handbag of some kind. But I only paid $8/hank for it (regularly $14/hank). Gorgeous.

This amazing yarn was also a find at Natural Stitches. Unfortunately, it was NOT a sale yarn. The picture does it a disservice. It's so beautiful that when I saw it, I HAD to have it immediately. (Even at $18/hank) It's Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk & Silver in Majestic Blue colorway. It's a Merino, Silk, Nylon, and ACTUAL silver blend. SO amazing. I have 1680 yds of it and would like to make a shawl with it. I just need to find a pattern I like.

This pretty yarn reminded me of summer the minute I saw it. And since it was a nippy 50 degrees - I bought it instantly! I got this yarn at Knit One in PA. It is Farmhouse Yarns Cotton Blossom Yarn by Dixie in Tangerine colorway. It's a cotton-rayon blend that is hand-dyed. I got 600 yds of this yarn and actually bought a pattern to go with it! I plan on knitting Farmhouse Yarn's Cotton Blossom Wrap, Pattern #13 with it. (Also listed on their site as Cotton Blossom Ruffle Shawl.)

Finally, I got 2 skeins of Knit Picks CotLin (cotton/linen blend) for some washcloths I want to knit. Celeste found and knit up the most adorable Butterfly Washcloths by Susan B. Anderson and I was smitten. I want to knit these up using these two colors and put them in gift baskets with some handmade body scrub and bath bombs for end of the year gifts for DS's teachers. The yarn is in Clementine and Creme Brulee colorways (top to bottom).



  1. It is just lovely great job:)(((((Hugs)))) Darcy

  2. Very cute bag! I know what you mean about finished projects.
    Visiting from SITS

  3. visiting from SITS, but I have followed you for months! Love that tangerine yarn. When do you possible do all that you do??? Do you ever sleep???

  4. Thanks for the compliments!
    Nancy - I do sleep, occassionally. ;P

  5. Wonderful bag! The bottom is a nice surprise. Entrelac takes so much time. Good job on finishing it!

    I have an current obsession with shawls happening. Can't wait to see the FO's.

  6. The bag looks fabulous and your new yarns are wonderful too. I particularly like te carrot cake colorway.

  7. The bag looks fabulous! And I, too, am thinking about doing washcloth and homemade body scrub kit - maybe for hubby and I's moms for Christmas this year. So many cute washcloth patterns out there. You've got some gorgeous yarn!

  8. That bag looks awesome! I love how you did the bottom. Very cute!


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