Knitters plan, Yarn laughs


I have been knitting, frogging, knitting, and frogging. Now I’m knitting again. Syd agrees, “not quite right?”.

I saw the “Knotted up” Bag from Bags that Rock Book (this is a felted bag pattern) and picked out some lovely yarn. It is Araucania Nature Wool Solids  from manufacturer “this 100% pure wool is carefully kettle dyed with the subtle variations in colors only hand dyed yarns have it's individual beauty emerges as the artisan carefully blends the colors in a kettle to create it's several unique shades.” Yes it sounds lovely.


Perfect for the bag I had in mind. You know the feeling, yarn + pattern = greatness. Ha.

I started knitting the first time on the bag, which is knitted in 5 sections, front and back, bottom, and sides/straps. After knitting the front, I looked at the amount of yarn left……I had only used a tiny amount. I had cast on with one strand, many felted purses use two strands of yarn held together. This pattern didn’t “say” use two strands.

I searched on the web and looked at the publishers site etc…. I could not find anyone who had knitted the bag. I decided to start the sides/handles and use two strands and see how it went. All the time monitoring my yarn usage, about 3/4 of the way up the side of the bag I decided “yes, it needs to be knitted with two stands.” So I frogged the front and started knitting it with two strands.

Two strands, and  front done, and now I’m happily knitting the back, when, eeeekkk. I’m out of my light color. Insert tragic music of your choice here.

OK, I’m stubborn, I looked around for another pattern to use that yarn with and after some dithering decided “no I really want it for this bag”.

So a charming evening was spent with my patient husband, frogging and winding balls, from two strands to one again.

So I start over again, with the original plan……and lots of little balls of yarn….


May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies…

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  1. Ohhh, I've been there and done that before. I thought I was the only one though. :-)

    Can't wait to see the finished result.

  2. Who hasn't run out of yarn at the most inopportune moment? At least you've got an indulgent hubby around to lend a hand in winding the yarn up.

    I agree...you should absolutely make this bag. It's beautiful, and your choice of colors would make a dazzling one!

  3. I, too, have been frogging. I started a vest, but, alas, the variegation had the stripes horizontal. I don't *do* horizontal with my body type. So I frogged and started the vest with a different yarn. I also purchased a sideways vest pattern from my LYS for the variegated yarn.

  4. Hope the 3rd time is the charm! The bag in the picture looks great. It would be a shame if you didn't get to finish it.
    I've been equally frustrated with my baseball blanket, so I understand.


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