Here it finally is: my completed knitted and embroidered bag, knit in superbly gorgeous Jamieson & Smith 2-ply wool, it has folk-inspired charm by the armful, and I adore it. I had finished the knitting portion of this bag quite some time ago, but was …
I’ve never pretended to be very proficient with a sewing machine. I have never been shown how to use one or read any books, manuals or any other kind of instructional document either about sewing machines themselves or garment construction, so I only have common …
The handles and length of fabric which I bought to finish off the MÃ¤rta Embroidered Bag have arrived! I bought the fabric on a bit of a whim, really, after having searched for months to find something, I think frustration took over and I just chose something. It’s a cute little print, though, and I think it will work for the lining. It’s not as classic as the outside of the bag will hopefully remain for some time, but it’s cute enough for the ‘private’ inside of the bag, which I’ll catch glimpses of whilst I look for my phone or lost keys.
I’m not overjoyed with the handles. They are an absolutely perfect shape and exactly what I was looking for in that respect, but they are plastic, whereas I would really have loved to find actual wooden handles to grace such a beautiful project. Hopefully the handles will not look out of place when the bag is finally finished, though I can always change them in the future if I find something perfect.
Today I took delivery of even more brand new yarn! I’m even more excited by this yarn as it is one of those lines that I have wanted to try for ever such a long time: the well praised Jamieson and Smith 2-ply Jumper weight yarn. This yarn is perhaps best known for its suitability for colourwork. The yarn has a grip to it that makes it the perfect candidate for steeking and smooth, even colourwork.
It arrived in a perfect little project bag, all the way from Shetland, conveyed by the ever-wonderful Jen who went away to Shetland for Wool Week and was simultaneously dispatched as the prettiest yarn mule that ever there was.
I’m particularly excited about this yarn as I have the right quantities and colours to make a project that I spotted in a book a few months ago and have coveted ever since: the MÃ¤rta Embroidered Bag.
There is nothing I do not love about this bag – from the colours chosen, the shape and form of the finished item and the motifs used, which remind me simultaneously of modern Scandinavian design and retro kitchenware.
The whole knitted design is lifted by small but perfect elements of embroidery which just give the perfect amount of detail without being fussy.
In the perfect world I would be casting this on right this moment, but due to a freak moment of disorganisation I appear to not have any 3mm needles, other than DPNs. So, this project is now on hold until the new Knitpro 3mm needle tips that I have ordered arrive. Woe, indeed, is me.