Okay . . . I know I said I was going to post something quilty, but for the past few weeks I’ve been knitting socks as well as making quilts. My son’s girlfriend, Cirilia Rose, is an amazing knitter and knit designer who works as the Creative Director for the Skacel Collection. She has inspired me to take up knitting again, which is something I haven’t done since I was a teenager.
Cirilia suggested I start with socks, and I’m so happy I did. She gave me everything I needed to get started — double pointed needles in every size imaginable and skeins of beautiful sock yarn — plus she loaned me a bunch of books on knitting all kinds of socks. For me, hand knit socks are perfect because they are quick to knit, don’t take much yarn, and they’re both pretty and practical. Socks also make a great portable project requiring only a skein of yarn and some double pointed needles. And gifts — who wouldn’t love a pair of cozy, hand-knitted socks.
Right in the middle of my second pair of socks, it dawned on me that I really wanted a special bag to hold my knitting. I thought of Lucy’s crocheted bag tutorial on her blog (Attic24), and I remembered that I had a bunch of small skeins of tapestry yarn that I thought just might work. The colors were a little weird, and not nearly as coordinated as Lucy’s yarn selection, but I was determined to use what I already had on hand. The look I was going for was something like the roundish, multi-colored, woven basket type bag with leather handles that I had in my hippie days. I decided to leave off the scalloped edging and flowers on Lucy’s pattern, but I added a lining in a 70’s reproduction print. Because the bag was kind of floppy at the top (and had a tendency to roll up), I attached some heavy interfacing to the edge of the lining which really helped. I guess I should have made a knitted bag instead of crocheted, but I’m only knitting socks (at least for now).