Knitting for Nieces
I finished this cute little bag one day before my nieces birthday. Unfortunately I forgot to have her "pose" with her bag, but nonetheless, here it is:
Pattern: Rick Rack Purse by Susan Lawrence
Pattern Source: Knit Picks
Yarn: (2) skeins Lion Brand Lion Wool Solid in Dark Teal; (1) skein Lion Brand Lion Wool Prints in Ocean Blue
Needles: (2) Clover Takumi Bamboo 24" circular needles size 10 1/2 US
I've knit this pattern once before, but I appreciated the brilliance of it more the second time around. The knitted edge around the base of the bag is simple to do, but is ideal for adding a bit of extra stability to the base of the bag. There's also a section at the top of the bag where you add purl bumps that identify where to knit and attach the I-cord handles. The designer thought of everything. If you're looking for a great felted bag for either yourself or a young girl, I give this one a huge thumbs up!
I did a bit of stash enhancement the last few days. I placed an order with Knit Picks for needles and skeins of their new sock yarn, Felici, and Risata. I also lucked out on a closeout sale of Artyarns Supermerino at Yarn4Socks.com and then helped Lain with her de-stash by purchasing some sock yarn and and such too. I've been itching to also get some yarn at Blue Moon Fiber Arts, but I'm having a horrible time deciding between all the new colors they just released. Thankfully The Loopy Ewe hasn't updated recently (as of this writing), otherwise I'd really be broke!
And just in case you're wondering, the sock design classes I took from Cookie yesterday were absolutely wonderful, and I'll try to get a post written up in the next day or two.