I knitted a stranded colorwork basket weave in the middle. I had not tried colowork like that before so I didn't know that I would knit it more tightly, apparently, than the rest of my plain stockinette gauge. As a result, the design shrank into a green girdle when I felted the bag. Closer look?
It looks like a gourd, no? Well, I was bummed, though not surprised that my full-speed-ahead approach didn't produce something staggeringly beautiful. I sent it to time out for many a moon, but assured it that I wasn't going to let it languish; I bought lining fabric, something slippery since I promised I would use the bag for projects and I don't want the yarn of future shawls and scarves to stick in the bag's gullet.
So, the lessons learned:
- Use larger needles when switching to colorwork from stockinette, and
- Trim fingernails before working with slippery fabric. Snag snag snag.
By the way, the button? A ceramic find at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Its colors match much better in person than in photography.
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