Thursday, December 27, 2007

Square Cake Bag!

My creation


This square cake has no calories, but lots of fiber. I guess I should have made another bag, instead of eating Tiramisu tonight. Oh well, the New Year with its resolutions will be here soon enough, and who wants to diet anyway?


This cute little bag was designed by Jairlyn Mason and the pattern can be found here. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make one. I made the larger version.


Yarn: I've got lots of different colorways of "Endless Summer Collection Luna" in my stash (elann.com), and I like this shade of blue, as well as the shiny thread. It's viscose and cotton blend. I wanted some kind of cotton, because I believe it will hold up better. I used only 2 balls (50g/109yds).

It turned out 11" wide and 8" high without the handles. I made the handles 5" long, instead of the 4" called for. They are still a little too short for my liking. But I've used this bag and it's alright. It holds the wallet, keys, some tissues, and a few other small things. It's not big, but sometimes I don't want to lug around half my house.


I was worried about the stitch pattern not showing up, and how the yarn would react to blocking. It's not wool, but it held it's shape after blocking. The stitch pattern is as good as it gets with purl and knit stitches. Not bad. I like the whole bag a lot.


Oh, and of course I had to sew a lining. Not my favorite thing to do. I didn't want to get the sewing machine out, just for that, so I sewed the side seams by hand, ironed the lining and sewed it on by hand. There was a little dilemma, because I didn't want the stitches be seen on the outside, but since the lining was light green, you can see the blue thread and the stitches. Oh well, am I a perfectionist? No chance!


The original didn't have any buttons on, but I couldn't resist. As I said, I like this bag a lot, and can see me making another one in the future.


The pattern is well thought out, and well written. It was a pleasure to follow the instructions.


I might point out, that I did NOT choose the orange yarn I have in my stash for this bag, although I had thought about it.


We had wonderful snow fall today. Thick, fat, wet snowflakes. I had a great time with the dogs outside:

Biko - unflaggingly returning the ball to be thrown across the pool as far as I can. By the time I pick the ball up and throw it, she's halfway around the pool already, so I have to think quickly to get the most exercise for her. I tell you, she's tireless, and can on for longer than I want to.

Sam - he's hard at work, punishing his big bad ball. He's so funny. Every time I manage to get the ball away from him, and throw it, he goes after it, and chews the hell out of it, for at least five minutes, at which point he's ready to wrestle with me again.


35 comments:

myboringblog said...

The bag is cute! I never would have made it based on the pics on knitty. Funny how that works...

Emma said...

Love it! I looks so great, and I agree--much better than the knitty pics.

Kris said...

Nice bag, I love the color and the stitch pattern is sticks out very well. What fun pictures of Biko and Sam.

I also enjoyed seeing all the nice presents you got for Christmas and the nice presents you made.

Carrie K said...

Those buttons are just perfect for that bag. That's such a cute purse!

Sam and Biko are just so darn cute.

knitmd said...

I love to watch dogs play in the snow!

Pat said...

I love the bag. I've never seen anything like it before. It's a good idea. Love your dogs too! They are beautiful.

Dave said...

Have a Happy New Year Monika!

2paw said...

Oh, the three bags (yours and the two at Knitty) look so different. I like yours and the lining looks fine!!! I am in a bag swap so this would be a good one to make!!
Love the dogs in the snow. Harki does exactly that with her toys, she likes to bite them into submission before she brings them back to be thrown again. I am fishing toys out of the bottom of the paddle pool and they ahve decided not to duck dive their heads under!!!

Knittypants said...

Cute bag, I like the yarn you chose, works great with the pattern

Hannahknits said...

I like the bag! Nice color and beatiful pattern.

Lovely pictures of your dog in the snow, I am a little jealous: I would like to have some snow overhere, we have a grey and boring landscape again.

Debi said...

Totally cute bag! Totally cute pups too! :)

DAWN said...

I loved that bag when I saw it and now that I see how gorgeous yours is-- I really love it! Those buttons really do the trick and finish it off well. Pretty blue. . . gush, gush, it is gorgeous!

Annkari said...

I must have missed that pattern when it came out. Yours looks so pretty! I Especially like the buttons, great job!

Marianne said...

What a fabulous little bag! I'm really glad you knit this one up because from just the Knitty photo? I obviously didn't give it a second glance! (this is just one of the things I love about our community!...)
Love seeing your dogfaced kids at play and that snow is so pretty!

elizabeth said...

Now I know what to do with some of that Endless Summer yarn in my stash! Thank you!

Bobbi said...

so much snow!

You know I didn't even consider that bag when I saw it on knitty, but yours makes me want to knit it! Very nice!

hakucho said...

Very cute bag...looks great :)

sweetfigs said...

A pretty bag, worthy of that pretty roving. The buttons are a nice touch.

Angelika said...

Your dogs are so funny. At least they are getting their exercise and so do you. I think you need to make up an even bigger version, because your fiber doesn't fit all the way. :). It almost looks like a tank top in one of the picutes.

Cecie said...

wenn man deine doggies so sieht, möchte man sich sofort mit ihnen in den schnee stürzen.. hach, sommers die netten poolbilder, im winter schneefotos - einfach herrlich!

aber sag mal, das bäumchen da, das hüpfte neulich schon mal durchs bild: hast du das auch selbstgenäht!? allerliebst!

viele liebe grüsse, silke

Pat said...

The buttons make it!! Looks like a folded up sweater bag - I love it!

lexa said...

Very cute bag! It's funny how things on Knitty, Magknits, wherever, don't catch my eye til I see them on someone's blog.

Your dogs are so gorgeous!

Maggie said...

Ever since I decided to stop knitting sweaters for myself (just temporarily) I have been at a loss as to what to knit. I'm bored of socks. Now I know what!

But from what yarn?

Your pictures are awesome!

Heike said...

Liebe Moni,
was für schöne Schneebilder! Die Hunde haben richtig Spaß und am liebsten würde ich mitspielen und mich in den Schnee werfen!
Hier ist immer noch nicht eine mickrige Flocke gefallen *seufz*

Dein Tasche ist sehr schön geworden - viel schöner als das Original!

Viele Grüße von Heike

Kirsten said...

The bag is fantastic!! I love the color & the pattern! I'm sure it will get a lot of use. It looks so pretty with the fiber peeking out!

Susanne said...

Liebe Monika,
kaum habe ich meinen Post eingestellt, hast Du auch schon wieder einen Comment hinterlassen. Danke!
Da schau ich doch gleich mal wieder bei Dir vorbei und sehe wie immer wieder neue selbstgemachte Dinge, die letztes Mal noch nicht da waren. Die Tasche ist ganz allerliebst - das wäre auch ein schönes Muster für mein Kleid gewesen ;-)). Auch die Zusammenstellung der selbstgemachten Weihnachtsgeschenke zeigt noch mal ganz deutlich, was Du für einen Wahnsinns-Output hast und noch dazu so einen schönen.
Ich freue mich sehr, dass wir uns übers www kennen gelernt haben und freue mich auf ein weiteres jahr mit Dir und Deinen Künsten.
Ich wünsche Dir einen guten Rutsch in ein tolles neues Jahr 2008, bleib gesund und munter und bis bald
Susanne

shannon said...

the more i see your version, the more i want to make my own...

love the color and the buttons were a beautiful addition!

Windyridge said...

What a cute bag. Your dog is adorable. What breed?

weebug said...

Sam looks like he is having so much fun in the snow! I love your new bag and love the lining.

Dave said...

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to offer your condolences and giving me the encouragement that I needed at this time. I hope you have a Happy New Year! :-)

T-Mom said...

Belated Merry Christmas, and very happy new year to you and yours. I love the bag--and the Chevalier mittens! You got some lovely gifts, Monika--can't wait to see what you make with the Lucy Neatby yarn and how your new fibre spins up. What novel are you reading?

Sam and Biko are so much like the Ts--they love the snow and their balls! :)

Hege said...

Happy new year!

The blue colour on your bag is beautiful!

Claudia said...

Love the bag - such a beautiful color and the yarn shows the pattern so well. I also am impressed with the lining. Makes all the difference to finishing it. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Romi said...

Great bag! :)

Violiknit said...

That bag is wonderful! I love the stitch pattern and the buttons! Sam and Biko are so cute! I especially love that last pic of Sam.