Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Summer Bag And A New Book

With all this bag knitting...I thought I would change it up a little and try a new pattern. I have so many more to knit and I don't want to get bored with it before I get them all done. So....

I decided to give this one a try. This is Mary's Summer Bag from Knit Picks. I love this pattern as much/if not more than the Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty. It only takes two balls of cotton. I used Sugar & Cream in Sea Mist and a co-ordinating blue.

I admit that I'm not particularly thrilled with the top part (ruffle) or the little twisted cord handle. I prefer a handle with a little more bulk to it...much easier to hold on to. I've already started another one in shades of green and white and this one I will tweak when I reach the top. Maybe I'll do something a little more similar to the Everlasting Bagstopper with the top...we'll see when I get that far.

I got this in the mail yesterday. I love Vickie Howell...she's so talented and so much fun to watch...although Knitty Gritty isn't available here anymore. :( I started watching it when I was teaching myself to knit and I learned so much from this show. This is her new book and it's the perfect size to fit in your take-along bag with your knitting. It's got tons of useful info, tips and even a sheet of knitter's graph paper that you can make copies of to use for your projects. The back has a handy little tool for checking your needle size and your gauge. It's definitely worth the whole $7.95. Great price for a handy, helpful little book.

The bonus....I snagged an autographed copy. How cool is that!?

Back to my next bag....pool time will be here soon and I gotta get these things done. *mental note to self- go get black yarn for bags* For the boys...they don't want those girly colors....YUCK! lol



Cat said...

I sooo love that bag. How cool that you snagged an autographed copy!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!


Tea said...

I love the stitch pattern on this bag & the colors you used! The ruffle and handle would bug me, too.
Can't wait to see the green one! :)

Briley said...

The new bag looks wonderful, but I agree about the twisted cord. A wide handle/strap would be much better.
The new book looks like fun, and an autographed copy makes it even more special!

hakucho said...

Your bag's very pretty...drawstring bags do have their place, but I agree with you...I like sturdier handles on my bags :)
Weren't you the lucky one to get an autographed copy of that book!!

happy knitting :)

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

I'm going to have to check these bags out :) They look great!! I'll have to check that book out, I Like Vickie a lot too, Seeing her on Knitty gritty is what made me want to start knitting :)