TWO knits out of the same magazine? That's a first (well for me I mean):
pattern: Calyx handtote by Pam Allen from Knitscene
yarn: Patons wool merino in Black and Red
Well, this is a GREAT pattern, quite simply. My handles felted up beautifully, with no mess (thank-you Patons!), and I love the combination of felted knitting with the plain stockinette. It's not quite enough felt to make me feel like I've got a felted bag (which I'm not so keen on...). Also once my handles were done the bag went up really quickly, and I'm quite pleased with the overall look of the finished product. Check ravelry if you're planning to knit this as there were a couple of pattern problems with the handles, which I think stalled a few people out right off the bat. It's an easy fix though, and then you're underway.
I didn't bother with the suggested leafy appliqué and decided instead to felt my embellishments. I just knit a bunch of squares, then cut out some hearts and whip-stitched them on. Here's hoping they don't fray on me, but so far they seem to be fine.
I kinda like how puffy they turned out. My original plans were for a slightly more rockin' lightning bolt from one corner to the next, but when I put my templates onto the finished bag, the hearts looked way better. I'm hoping the red & black colour combo takes some of the overall "sweetness" out of it. For the most part I trend towards the less precious side of life. The jury's still out on whether she's a re-gifter mind you.
New on the sticks:
Elisa's nest tote from the purl bee (a gift for a co-worker), and still another string grocery bag:
The Emerald string bag from Worsted-Knitt. I was hoping these would both be really quick knits for gifts, but now I'm not so sure. Particulary in the latter case I'm finding the size 19 jumbo needles in combination with the tiny string yarn a bit hard to manage in what are (I'm informed...) my "freakishly small hands".
I guess I might be more offended if I didn't know it to be true.