Sunday, December 11, 2005

Not-So-Chinese Charm Bag

I finally have a little FO show and tell. I have so many things in the works, that I really just wanted to finish something. And given my recent state of mind, the Chinese Charm Bag (from SnB) was the best choice - basically a stockinette tube with handles. Oops! Did I give away the pattern? ;-)

So here it is in all its glory. I decided that its really a Not-So-Chinese Charm Bag because the yarn I chose gives the bag a completely different feel. I ended up using some Tahki Angel in colorway 6 (mostly black with alternating tufts of orange, yellow, blue and maybe some red). I had picked it up at the Groves big sale this summer for 50% off. I wasn't all that thrilled with the yarn once I started working with it - it split way too easily. But, the tufts hid those imperfections and I liked the way the colores laid themselves out as I knit. I also picked up a set of bamboo handles from Michaels for about $5.

Here's a picture of the charm, which I got on vacation in Australia this summer at the one and only LYS in all of Queensland - Threads and More (I think).

I lined it with a quilting quarter that I had lying around that matched the blue, but not really the look of the bag. But what can I say, I was going for a bargain that I could finish yesterday afternoon without having to go to Joanne's which I am sure is an absolute nightmare right now.

Overall, a very quick and easy project and you really have the freedom to make whatever themed bag you want. You are only limited by your own creativity...or your stubborn determination not to go to the fabric shop.

Ok, that's all for now, I'm off to my office Christmas party...where I decided not to get dressed up in a coctail dress. I'd just rather be comfortable and warm.


Mouse said...

The craft store is full to capacity right now with people pushing carts or carrying baskets filled with bits and pieces of gifts they believe they will assemble before the holidays.. its like a bad zombie movie. Avoid it at all costs... ask me how I know.

Nonnahs said...

Looks great! I haven't knitted a stitch of my bag. Actually forgot I had that on that backburner, it's so far back right now. But now I'm (a little more) inspired. Look forward t seeing it in person!

iris murasaki said...

Yay, a coworker gave me three balls of this yarn and I needed an idea for what to do with it (preferably something I can make and give back to her). I like this idea. Thanks!