I'm still not thrilled, but...
Having eaten a decent meal (and felted a bit more) I don't totally
hate my felted strawberry tote.
Strawberry from Spring 2007 Knitscene
, designed by Kate Gilbert. Yarn:
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in red, grass, and daffodil. Needles:
enormous, ancient, US 13s.
I bought the magazine specifically for this pattern because it is cuteashell
, but i really didn't enjoy knitting it. At all. I love fair isle...with smaller needles. the 13s and the yarn held double stranded, it was just not fun. I trudged on though, because I wanted
that purse. I think my main problem (aside from my inability to fair isle neatly with those needles) was the yarn substitution. WOTA felts nicely, but not at the same proportions as Cascade 220, which the pattern called for. And duh, I didn't do a felted swatch, because 1. I'm lazy, and 2. I don't know the rate that Cascade felts at anyway. (I could figure it out, but I'm not all that fantastic at math, and i wanted to CAST ON!) I wanted the purse on the cheap, so I went with Knitpicks. Now I have a freakishly long strawberry purse, that's lumpy and bumpy because of my wild tension. I had dreams of entering this in the fair, but for now, I guess it can just hold my wallet on my glamourous trips to the grocery store. Live and learn, right?