No one can accuse me of being vain after seeing that photo.
Besides, it’s just silly. Those are Ian’s glasses.
Lucy declined to wear the glasses. She’s a smart little girl.
. . . on Booga Bags!
Thanks again, Julie, for sharing this pattern with all of us. I just can’t stop knitting them!
As I mentioned yesterday, my current bag is in Kureyon 55, shades of brown and cream . . . like Lucy. I’ve got a bunch of Kureyon in this colorway, thanks to L-B, who sent it to me in a trade. So I’m making a bigger bag for myself. I love how the bags stand up by themselves, so I wanted to make one to use as a commuting knitting bag/purse. So I wanted it bigger.
I have cast on 60 stitches instead of the 34 called for. I plan on knitting 40 rows for the bottom, rather than the 34 called for. I want it a little bit deeper from front to back, but not double. The pattern has you knit 64 rounds after you pick up stitches around the bottom. I’ll play that by ear. I do like the height of the bag as it is, so I might not mess with that, or if I do, just a few more rounds.
I’m going to knit a rectangle to felt and sew on the outside as a pocket (maybe 40 stitches wide?) and if I have enough yarn, I’ll knit a pocket for the inside too. And a skinny rectangle to make a tab to use as a closure on top. I may make a big buttonhole in it and look for a “fun” toggle button to use.
The possibilities are endless.
I’ll post a photo of my bag in progress when I’ve got enough to give you some idea of the colors and striping sequence.
A question in yesterday’s comments on teaching beginner knitters.
What I have done in the past is to cast on stitches and knit the first row, then give it to the student and explain/demonstrate the knit stitch.
My experience is that casting on can be scary to a new knitter. Knitting the first round after casting on can be difficult too. I like to see students get comfy with the knit stitch before I make them cast on.
When said student seems to have gotten the hang of “knit,” I teach purl. I don’t like to wait too long before teaching how to purl, because of my own experience. I knew how to knit years before I learned how to purl. I detest purling, and I blame that gap between learning the two skills. I think if someone learns knitting and purling almost simultaneously, it’ll be easier.
What do you all think?
Mmmmmmmm . . . it’s just plain yummy to knit. A real stress-buster! The pattern is intricate enough to keep my interest but simple enough to be a pretty quick knit. And the 2-ply Hebridean wool? If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to do so. It’s soft and springy and a sensory delight to knit!
What the Heck is with the Weather?
The forecast for yesterday was in the low 80s. I think we broke a record for heat. It’s supposed to get to 81 today. As you can see, Lucy does not approve of such heat in November!