Hello, hello! It’s been awhile, eh? I’ve been a bit busy and distracted. Knitting-wise, I’ve been in a total rut, running through sock pattern after sock pattern. I haven’t been too excited about much of anything I’ve made, except for maybe a cowl that I made from some¬†bright lemon-lime angora I found in Paris. Which I totally should have written up but somehow did not.

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“Oh, this? I made it myself with some French angora I picked up in Paris over New Years.”

RIGHT??

/sigh/

Anyway, this summer I’ve been determined to work through my stash. Because let’s face it, as glam and ridiculously amazing as New Years in Paris was, I came out the other side kind of broke. So spending money on yarn when I literally have an entire shelving unit in my office devoted to stash yarn was a no-brainer.

And that’s how I came to rediscover the big bag of DROPS wool that I’d brought home from Barcelona a couple years ago. I have a bad habit of buying yarn as a vacation souvenir with no idea of how I’m going to use it. And knowing that I can’t exactly buy additional skeins later, I tend to buy waaaay to much of it. Seriously, what do you do with 1200 yards of 100% wool? That’s one hell of a hot, itchy sweater, eh?

Finally, I settled on the idea of a felted bag. I especially loved the idea of a Japanese knot bag – partly because it didn’t require buying separate purse handles and partly because I love asymmetry in knitting projects. Keeping in theme with my frugal summer, I decided to see if I could create a pattern for it myself rather than buy something.

And this is what happened.

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Not too shabby, I think.

I’ve made Hachidori available on Ravelry for $4.99.

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