A woman came into the shop asking for a private lesson to learn to make this bag. The pattern intrigued me, or to be more honest, stumped me in the beginning, so I decided to cast on and make one along with her. It is basically cabling in the round in two colors, along with increasing as you go. Fair Isle and cabling at the same time. It's a great way to learn to cable without a cable needle because you have a MC and a CC so it is easy to see what is happening when stitches are held front or back. My student is still using the cable needle, but at least we got to talk about doing without.
Top left is the bag pre-felted, a watch next to it for scale. The pattern and website have lots of useful information to assist in the felting process. With the two colors, it's like two layers of knitting so you really have to man-handle the bag into shape during the felting.
Now for the fun part, pick out a cool lining fabric and handles and have the nice lady at the quilt shop line it for me.
We're off for winter break. Have a great weekend!