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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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Last year turned out to be a pretty busy year for me. The result was that I did very little knitting, and no blogging. The good news is that I’ve finally graduated and my Christmas knitting is late as ever, but almost done. This is means more time for knitting, and that what I’m working on is no longer secret! I’m really excited about getting to share my knitting again, and with this new blog, but for now I’m just going to introduce my new goal:

In 2009 I want to knit from my books.

Let me explain. I have a lot of lovely knitting books and I love each and every one of them. Despite my love, I haven’t used them very much. I have added a project from every single book to my queue, attempted a pattern from just over half of them, and finished a project from only a handful of them.

My books deserve more love. In 2009 I plan to give it to them. I have 13 books, plus a subscription to Interweave. That means 14 projects for the year in 2009. That is more than I’ve ever knit in a year before. Let’s see if I can do it! Anyone want to join me? I know I can’t be the only one who doesn’t give her books enough love. 🙂

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