February 1, 2005
What fun to see how other mad knitters are interpreting the humble Buttonhole Bag. Lookie here:
These two are by Leslie in Kansas, a self-described “felting nut”. (Glad to know ya, sister!) Leslie’s bags are in double-stranded Lamb’s Pride Worsted, and it looks like they came out just as nicely as with the Lamb’s Pride Bulky. Love Leslie’s color choices. Turquoise and brown: Kate Spade, eat your heart out! Check out Leslie’s before and after pix.
I would like to ask my fellow buttonholers one question: when the felting ecstasy is over, what are you using the bags for? So far, I’ve just admired mine. I want to put them to work, but they are not handy for shlepping on the subway due to the lack of shoulder straps. I’m guessing they’ll live in the house, holding small knitting projects (felting projects, but of course) or my circular needle collection, or perhaps in the KayMobile, holding tissues, wipes, and quarters for parking meters. Car decor–whatta concept.
I’m also dying to know if Robin’s bevy of bags did well at the charity sales. Surely to God they were snapped up immediately–I mean, could there have been anything CUTER to buy at those sales? But I’d like to know the details, such as were there any fights or other unladylike behavior?
My So-Called Red Scarf
Believe me, it was hard to resist the urge to turn 3 skeins of red Manos del Uruguay into a Buttonhole Bag experiment. But I listened to my better angels, and I’m turning two of them into my contribution to the Red Scarf Project. This project gave me the chance to try Stacey’s pattern for My So-Called Scarf, which uses a funny 2-row slip-stitch pattern that gives the illusion of a woven fabric. Here’s the progress so far (a scan because Guess What The KayCam Just Died, Right on Schedule):
I’m using one skein in a solid (although Manos, bless its heart, is never totally solid) tomato red and one in a deep colorway of variegated red and aubergine with the occasional flash of deep pink. So far I love it. Mindless knitting at its best, and it’s creating a beautiful fabric. The goal of the Red Scarf Project simply is to send one person to volunteer in a Chinese orphanage. Chinese orphans have been very, very good to me. Which brings us to today’s Knitting Bar Exam Hypothetical Essay Question: would it be wrong to buy back my own scarf? (Open your blue books, and begin….Now.)
I’m loving this stitch pattern. The perfect fabric for my longed-for Fake Chanel Jacket. Now I just need to find the perfect non-wool yarn. The search continues.