It has been such a long time, I was afraid I had forgotten how. I needed some instant gratification so I decided to choose something that I could finish quickly. A felted bag, that is a good quick project, yeah, that is where I will start.
Here is how my thought process went on this project, "I think I will knit a Sophie Bag but I think I want something a little thicker, heavier, sturdier. OK, I will use size 15 needles and double the yarn. Yeah, that will be perfect, except it will be way too big. No problem, I will just make the bottom a little smaller (30 stitches X 20 rows) and make the decreases every 8 rows instead of 10 so it won't be quite so tall. Perfect, absolutely perfect, except I have these two rings that I have been wanting to use for something. OK, I will just knit them into the bag and attach an I-cord, one end to one ring and the other end to a clasp so that I can have an adjustable strap instead of the twisty handle on the original pattern. That should make it perfect...no more changes, except for a flap, a flap would really be nice, I think. But that is all, just a couple of minor adjustments to the original pattern. You can hardly tell the difference. Here is how it looks right now:
I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (330yds) in Sapphire Heather. I am fi'in to throw it in the washer and see what happens.
I also found a little time to knit a calorimetry. I love it! It is perfect for those of us that have too much hair to try to cram into a hat. It knitted up very quickly and couldn't have been any easier. I used Cascade 220 for this one.
It is getting plenty of use too, with all of the winter weather we have had. I have lived in Oklahoma all of my life and I don't ever remember having this much snow/ice in one winter before. I love the snow, it is so beautiful. It is also enough. I would love to see a couple of weeks with temperatures in the mid forties.
Here is the felted bag after two trips through the washer. It is a small bag, about 8" across the bottom, 6" across the top and about 6" deep. About the perfect size for me, I prefer small purses. Yeah, it is the perfect size, the perfect color. Yeah, now I finally think that it is PERFECT. Except maybe I will add a magnetic snap...