Every once in a while, a pattern comes along that refuses to be ignored. Last Saturday, I was poking around my local yarn shop searching out some yarn to finish up my granny squares when I spied a little pattern display on the top of a shelf. No knitted examples, just pattern folders. Nonibags. Have you seen these? OMG! The bag patterns are classic shapes, but the embellishments...roses, spider mums, camellias...are almost Dr. Seuss-ical. I had to try one.
I chose this pattern, headed to the stash for some Lamb's Pride (Lotus Pink & Ruby Red) and cast on with abandon. In just a short time, I had completed the two sections...a corkscrew center and the petals.
Did I mention that the recommended yarn was Cascade 220? (Hint of foreshadowing.) I used Lamb's Pride because it's my favorite felting yarn...shrinks up so thick and firm...and I had quite an array in the stash. Zipping along, I assembled the blossom as directed, popped it in the washing machine and waited for the always magical results.
*Cue Jeopardy theme song*
The pattern? So inventive and a really fun knit. Relatively quick (under two hours). The result? Solid...solid...and decidedly not funky. (Maybe even a little scary!) The reasons I love Lamb's Pride for felted bags are exactly why it's not a good choice for these embellishments. Too firm, no floppiness. Sucks the life out of them. If you're thinking of trying one, use what's recommended (huh!) or try a single strand of LP. A new spring line of Nonibag patterns is slated to hit the stores in a couple of weeks with a book to follow soon. Check them out if you want a quick little creative diversion!
Starbucks is once-in-a-while indulgence for me, usually on a yarn shop-antique shop-bookstore kind of day. Since the holidays, I've been stopping at Starbucks here & there, hoping to find a stray little bottle of gingerbread syrup sitting on a clearance shelf but it looks like I missed the boat while I was away in Japan. When I inquired Saturday, an ever-so-eager employee (which is actually the description of seemingly every service employee in the Heartland...but that's another post) told me gingerbread was gone until fall but any of their current flavored syrups were available in the large, behind-the-counter size for just a bit more than their small home-sized bottles. News to me!
If you're clicking around this weekend, you might want to check out:
- Becky's first ever sweater!
- Brenda's Old Coat Thursday update
- Cilla Stiles' gorgeous fabric butterfly
- Elisabeth's Gourmet Amigurumi
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...er, weekend. Have a good one!