We have to say, we are feeling a little twingly today. It’s the publication day for our new book.
To celebrate, we’re passing out a party favor.
Monteagle Bag pattern! Free!
It’s one of our favorite patterns in the book. OK, we would say that about every pattern.
You may have heard about the trouble with plastic shopping bags. (If you haven’t, here’s a little background on the problem. Not a pretty sight.)
Well, once again, knitting makes it possible for us to turn something mundane into something F.U.N. Ann Hahn Buechner, one of our favorite people and most inventive knitters, concocted a shopping bag that is a quick knit, sturdy as the day is long, and happens to be a lot of fun to make. It’s not so much knitting as it is macrame with knitting needles. (In a good way!)
We encourage you to make a batch of these, which will accomplish several things at once:
1. You will learn some totally insane new stitch patterns. (By “totally insane” we mean that one of them was invented by Mary Walker Phillips, and one of them was invented by Debbie New. Mary and Debbie in the same pattern–can you DIG IT? We knew that you could.)
2. You will use up some linen or cotton yarn that has been lingering in your stash, enabling you to justify buying more yarn.
3. You will wave goodbye to that drawerful of plastic grocery bags you didn’t much know what to do with anyway.
4. You will get to talk to people at the grocery store who envy your bag and want to know where you “bought” it.
In a world gone mad, we hope you guys enjoy the book. That’s why we wrote the thing! It’s a love letter to knitting, and knitters. (A rilly long letter. With pictures.)
Remember Mason-Dixon Rule Number One: Knitting is spoze to be fun.
Lots of love,
Kay and Ann