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Pattern: Dumpling Bag from Interweave Knits, Fall 2008
Yarn: Patons SWS, 2 balls.
Needle: US 13 circular and dpns
Difficulty level: easy

I started this bag back in the fall fairly soon after getting my issue of interweave in the mail. I was in the mood for starting something new, this bag looked super cute, and I had yarn for it in my stash! I had to put it away after my first night working on it because no local stores had size 13 dpns. I finally got back to it the other night and finished it. This was my first time felting and I found the whole process pretty exciting!  My roommates who were unaware of wool’s ability to felt were fairly certain I worked some sort of weird knitting magic.

The bag turned out to be a fun quick knit which was the perfect introduction to felting. I’m not as happy as I thought I would be with the finished result but I honestly can’t tell you what I’m unhappy about. If I was to make it again I think I’d adjust the handles a little bit and maybe try a different embroidery pattern on it. I saw bags that had been embroidered with embroidery floss after felting and I really enjoy that look.

Please ignore my discontent because the bag IS cute as is.  And best of all this bag strikes Interweave 2008 off my book list!

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Mirror mirror on the wall

who is the fairest mitten of them all?

Pattern: Magic Mirror by Kristel Nyberg
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns, Classic One Fifty
Needle: US 3, dpns
Difficulty level: easy-medium
Things I learned: To trust my instinct, and how to fix a cable twist by dropping the cable stitches down and reworking them back up.

When my mom called me and suggested that she would like a pair of mittens for Christmas I instantly decided that she needed cabled mittens.  This pattern was exactly what I had in mind.  It is a gorgeous and well written.  The only issue I came across was that there is a mistake in the chart key.  Both the designer and Knotions are aware of the mistake, but unfortunately as of now Knotions still hasn’t corrected the mistake on their website.

On top of loving the pattern, I love the yarn I used.  It was so very soft and the stitch deffinition really lent its self well to the cables.  All in all I’m extremly pleased with this project and would rank it as one of my favorites.  Visually the pattern was just what I wanted, the actual knitting was fun, and the yarn was a joy to work with.  It can’t get much better than that in the knitting world.

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