Last Sunday, I found myself at Knitsmiths. I'm a devoted Knitsmither, but lately my attendance has been spotty. Some very fortunate developments in the personal-life department have lead to some very unfortunate realities in the knitting-group department. Luckily my fellow Knitsmiths are understanding and supportive to a fault.
I digress. It was Sunday afternoon and I was at Knitsmiths. Who else was there but May! Now, if you follow the Knitsmiths' blog, you know that May is a champion crafter. More often than not May (or one of her daughters) will be wearing this fabulous sweater (or skirt, or jacket, or pair of pants--you get the idea) and you'll ask May "Did you make that?" and the answer is always "Yes." I'm in awe of May's skill and patience with all things fiber.
This Sunday was no different. May whips out this amazing bag, finished with oh-so-cute handles and a thoughtfully inserted lining.
May's skills extend beyond the item's production. She also has great attention to detail. Take the lining, for instance. In order to prevent the woven fabric from peaking through the knitted one, she attached black fabric to the lining's outside. A simple solution, but one that I probably would not have though about doing myself.
A few of us hatched plans to swipe May's bag while she wasn't looking :-). No not really. But what a few of us did do was hatch plans to knit our own versions.
May used this pattern (you need to email Kate to get a copy of the pattern) and she made some changes to it. I love how May's bag tapers slightly at the top, and the alternative handle choice she made.
For me, a slightly smaller version of May's Fake-a-Gamo would be a cute spring/summer bag. May advised that you knit this in cotton, and I agree, but I was also wondering about Berroco Suede. May's yarn (she used Idean Almedahl's Cotton Lux) seemed to be less of a spun thread, and more of a woven one. It was almost like a thick, but non-stretchy, ribbon yarn or a cord.
Let's just put this on the project list.
Oh, and it would seem that my CharlieCard Mittens have caught the eye of many a transit blogger. *Blush* I'm so flattered! A recent Live Journal thread contained this helpful suggestion from Lizzie Girl.
I would make a modification - place the button at the other end of the pocket, so that if it comes undone your charlie card doesn't fall out and make you extra sad (extra sad because now you've wasted money on these mittens that didn't work righh AND lost your charlie card.)
Friggin' brill! Why didn't I think of that? I wonder, however, if it would make slipping one's mittened hand into one's pocket more difficult, because the flap might get snagged on the edge of the pocket. What do you think?