Monday, July 09, 2007

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:

Katelyn's Church Bag


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.

19 comments:

tiennie said...

That really is a cute bag! Can't wait to see your post on Cookie's class.

Angelika said...

Cute little bag. Too bad my nieces are older or tomboys and my boys wouldn't like a felted bag. How did you keep the holes for the ribbon open? I felted a bag once before and I had to redo my own holes. They felted close.

Cathy said...

Oh What a cute bag! I bet she looks adorable carrying it around! You do such beautiful work!

Yarn It said...

The bags are really cute! I should knit one sometime. They look like fun. How great that you took a class from Cookie! I can't wait to hear about it.

KeanaLee said...

It looks so cute! I lvoe the colors.

SJ said...

Great bag!

Looking forward to hearing about the class with Cookie!

Carole Knits said...

The bag is really cute. I bet she loved it.

Karen said...

I thought I'd seen that bag before - :) Your second one is as lovely as the first. Please do let us know what you think of the new Knit Picks yarns!!

Dipsy said...

What a very, very cute bag this is - I love the pattern as well as the cool color!

abby said...

Yay! New yarn! I do love me a bargain... and hearing about other's bargains. Start something with the new KP soon, please!

Love the bag. It looks very nice and sturdy - very important in a bag.

Laura said...

Oh no! What wonderful sock yarns! Okay. So, what colors did you get?

Judy said...

Great bag! Can't wait to hear about Cookie.

"some yarn at Blue Moon Fiber Arts, but I'm having a horrible time deciding between all the new colors they just released."

Oh, gee... thanks for pointing that out!

The_Add_Knitter said...

So unbelievably cute, lucky nieces!!

Julie said...

What an adorable bog!

Any word yet from the doc? I've been thinking about you.

slyn said...

I love the bag, it turned out so beautifully! Happy Birthday btw!

jillian said...

So cute! What a lucky neice!

lynda said...

What a cute bag!

and... Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

I like your bag, but I was trying to find a pattern for a girls Sunday School Purse or may be called a girls church purse. these have draw strings , and when you open it up it becomes a doll bed. and you add a little doll to it..
If anyone knows about this purse please contact me at
kj_vj_jones@msn.com

Sorcha Cavanaugh said...

Help! I desperately want to make this bag for my niece for Christmas...have already bought the yarn in fact...but the link to the pattern gives me an error!!

Thank you!
Sorcha