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« on: January 24, 2015 03:56:34 PM »

My younger sister does a lot of international travel for work, and 2014 was particularly busy.  Leafing thru Mary Jane Mucklestone's 150 Scandinavian Motifs I started picking different images for the different countries she'd gone to.  Owls, for Greece.  Flying horses, for Kazakhstan.  And a row of dancing women for the girls program in Malaysia.  And I started dreaming... of a sweet little laptop cover....

When you have an idea, you can't wait to get started.  I didn't have fingering yarn, or sport yarn, and any "nice" yarn at all.  I did have two skeins of Red Heart, in a rich gold and intense scarlet.  So, I started.  Just a swatch, you know.  Just to see if the idea would work....  

I quickly realized that this was going to make a way taller bag than I had imagined, and - unless I made it about the size of a pillow case, I wasn't going to be able to get all three motifs in one bag.  And by that point I was 8" into the first bag, so I wasn't about to stop....

I wished I'd used a softer yarn, but these turned out quite nicely as bags to hold special trinkets or sundries in your luggage.  Still in the process of putting in their linings, but I wanted to share.  This is the second bag I made, and I made a hem at the top, which will help when I put in the zipper.  I love this motif the best!

This is a fairly flat bag; altho not as flat as I mean it to be.  I started by knitting a rectangle for the bottom, and knitting from the bottom up.

This is actually the bag I made first, when I was still under the illusion I would get all these motifs in on one bag.  This was knit from the top down.  (If I did it again, I would knit a pearl row and fold over a hem.  Live and learn.)

I didnt get the bottom of the bag quite the way I wanted it I was going for something like a paper bag bottom, and I didnt decrease quite fast enough.  But this is not too bad!

My sister has lots more travel on tap for 2015 - maybe this time I'll acually *pick* the yarn!
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015 04:11:14 PM »

As someone who is "knitting challenged" I will tell you that it boggles my mind when people can actually knit pictures into their work!  Wink. These are great and I know your sister will love them!

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015 05:38:19 PM »

What wonderful knitting! So much love and thought are in both bags, your sister will be touched!

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015 10:20:47 PM »

Beautiful patterns, great choice of colors, even though you didn't really choose.  What a thoughtful gift!
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015 11:17:59 PM »

They are very beautiful! Such lovely work.

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