Ok, here goes. I haven't actually finished this bag, but I'm too excited to wait! I'll post more pix when it's done. Which should only be a few more days. I just have to spin up a little more yarn.
First I started with some combed merino dyed in shades of baby blue and a deep brown color. Commercially dyed. then I added in a healthy dash of faux cashmere for softness and more depth of color. I've noticed that the yarn I'm spinning with this nylon cashmere is so pretty. It just seems to glow! I swear- almost looks like silk. I love it! and I love that it's only $1/oz too!
Here's the little rolag snails in a bucket all ready to be spun:
And here's the singles on the bobbin:
And a fun artsy pic in skein form:
Then I wound it by hand into a center pull ball. I use my swift that came free with my wheel, and a thick dowel as my noste. I've never done entrelac before but have seen some gorgeous things. And since I happened to have that issue of IK with euny's fab explanation of it, I went for it and haven't looked back! It's fun, albeit time consuming. I've tried to knit "backwards" like I know some people do, but it's just not for me!
So, here's how much I have so far.
I'm knitting on size 8 needles although the yarn is a single at about 8-9wpi. I wanted it to be a tighter knit because it's a bag. I'll definitely line it still, though, because of how entrelac is on the inside. Probably in brown.
Can you believe I'm thinking of gifting this bag? I've already spent sooo many hours getting it this far. I hope she appreciates the effort! Thanks for looking!
I finished knitting the bag. It's blocking right now:
I've also bought some fabric to use for the lining. The pinstripe will be the inside and the blue/green fabric with the circles will be for the inside pocket I think. I also got some matching ribbon if I need it for anything and some pretty grey buttons that match the lining fabric. Which is also grey-ish. I figure it'll work fine, though, because where blue and brown mix they make grey. The bf approves anyway! =0) I hope to be done soon! I wish it would dry faster!
if anyone has any ideas for handles, I'm open to them. I got some neutral vinyl leather looking ones at work (joanns) but the color just doesn't work with the DARK brown in this piece. I'm thinking of going out to the leather store in the industrial area of portland. It's so fun there, and I'm sure they'd have something I could use. I've thought about ribbon or webbing or fabric, but I really want it to look as professional as possible. Let me know! thanks!