I have wanted to make this bag (ravelry link) ever since I got the book. 'The Knitter's Book of Yarn'
I can't finish my Corset Tank top because I have run out of yarn...never fear I have ordered more! I intend to make the crocheted buttons too so another skein was entirely neccess'ry!However, Cat Bordhi, as marvellous as she is, got the better of me! She has given me a real headache with this bag and I love her for it. A challenge is so much me! I am tenacious with any project that I want to achieve. I will give it my best shot and I will not give up!! I did not understand the instructions which came after knitting the base of the bag. I tried and tried to understand what she was trying to make me do. I tried to just 'do it' in true Starsky style (apologies to those fo you that don't know to what I am referring, we watched the spoof Starsky and Hutch on Saturday night and loved it, simple is our humour lol) anyway....I unpicked and looked and read and read again and picked up and unpicked and googled for help!! Still I couldn't get it. I then made the model as she suggested in the book, it helped a bit but not really cause I didn't know to which bit she was referring in the pattern. Good job we had made a decent job of tidying up yesterday or I wouldn't have felt comfortable spending so much time on this project today. I have sorted out three drawers of filing this morning, I hated that but feel better for doing it. I keep going off topic sorry... Anyway, I had a brainwave and googled for Calla Lily Bag photos and found one really good photo that helped me to see what it was that I was meant to be doing. The base is double fabric isn't it Miss Bordhi? You could have told me!! I realised that I had to pick up stitches from underneath the double layer onto the other needle above, I have tried to show you via my photos in the vain hope that I might help someone else that has had the same problems trying to knit this amazing bit of architecture. We are knitting one 'cup' at a time....got it!
here is a view from underneath. That's a guiding pin you can see not a sewing needle so don't get confused with that as well will you?
So Cat, if you're out there, can I just tell you that I am drawn to your clever work and I would truly love to know how your brain ticks cause both the Moebius and this pattern have taxed me to the limit and I consider myself to be advanced in the knitting department with a logical brain but you got me............twice! Well done you!
EDIT: I have just realised that I have not done this as per the instructions as we are told to 'pick up 42 sts along the middle of the top layer' and I went through both layers as I picked up. I'm not going to frog this as I think it will work OK. In the finishing instructions we are told to 'loosely sew through both layers along midline' and I have already done that in the picking up bit!
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