Ah, it's another snowy morning in Boston. It's just beginning to stick on the sidewalk, and seeing snow makes me think that I'm better off knitting in my PJs and slippers than I am running around doing my share of the housekeeping. Of course, it usually doesn't take too much to make me think that.
The latest issue of MagKnits arrived in my browser last week. This edition's theme is bags, and (no lies here) I love all of them. Knowing that I will never, ever have time enough to knit all of these patterns I must pick and choose. Being the practical knitter that I am this one caught my eye immediately:
Swatch and Block by Jorun Boklöv. It's a smaller version of my very serviceable but slightly boring messenger bag (a Manhattan Portage number in gray) which I use all the time. Sometimes you want a little splash of color, you know?
And, because you also know that I cannot knit a pattern as written, I'm already thinking about how I can change this. Instead of a heart (too girly) how about a star or a couple of funky flowers in one corner? Instead of the open top, let's substitute (okay, that wasn't really my idea--Jorun suggests that in the pattern).
In addition to the felted messenger bag, I have been thinking lately that I need a new hat for my new winter coat (here, in Mountain Pine). Since I have a scarf that matches the coat, and gloves that match the scarf (perfectly), I think that I also need a hat to complete the ensemble. The gloves will soon be replaced by mittens. Knitted mittens, plus a handknit scarf, plus a handknit hat equals too much knitting for one wearing.
Enter the felted hat. Felted hats are knit, and they're nice and warm (very important around here), but they don't necessarily scream "handknit". My plan is to knit something like Bow hat from Pick Up Sticks! [To clarify, the exclamation point is part of the company's name, it's not a way to express my surprise at the pattern selection.] I'm a little bit unclear on the hat's shape. Has anyone knit this? One photo makes it look like a bucket hat (good). Another makes the hat look like a helmet (bad). It's probably a sizing issue. There is always Bonne Marie's felted bucket hat, but I have heard that some knitters have had problems with the pattern. Would anyone care to weigh in on that?
These will will wait until after the holidays, because before I can even swatch for a hat or a bag for me, I must finish my gift knits. Back to my scarf I go!
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