Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A (Least Favorite) Finish (...Ever?)

A finish is a finish.  Finishing a project of any kind should be celebrated.  However, when I finished this one my first thought was how much I did not like it.  At all.  Not even a small bit.

I found this pattern on Ravelry over Christmas and it just struck me.  It is intended to be a bag for all of your knitting stuff.  The good things about it are: 1) I learned a new stitch; 2) it does feel good on my shoulder; 3) it's a good size; 4) it opens quite widely so everything can fit inside easily.


What don't I like?  Well, it will need to be lined to keep the knitting needles from falling through the holes in the sides.  I did watch Miss Lucy back a crocheted blanket and I don't fancy the idea of putting myself through similar steps. 


I think in the end it is just not me to carry a knitted purse.  I like the color. I like the stitch.  I like all of the things listed above, but I just do not see myself walking out of the house with a knitted bag.  Live and learn, I guess.  I am right back to knitting scarves for now.

Another FAL Q2 2013 project checked off the list!  Next up: Charm Swap.  The last set of charms arrived on Tuesday night so I can't wait to start sorting!

18 comments:

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

Sounds to me like you need to take a breath and come up with a different use for this purse! It looks like it would make a great spool holder, maybe for your scraps? You don't have to use all of your finishes for their intended purposes!!

Lynz said...

Has the yarn got a high wool content? Could you felt it? I love felted bags; it would stop it looking knitted and stop your needle/holes issue. You might lose the pattern but if you won't use it anyway does it matter? And it's super easy to do!

memmens said...

Agh I can't knit but can imagine the frustration of a 'wasted' project! Maybe you could use it as an advert at the show for people to stick to to sewing?!
Looking forward to those charms...x

Judith, Belfast said...

Could there be a way of finishing it without the needles, to make it a little more secure? It's very pretty and I love the colour. Jxo

Annabella said...

Line it a a la Lucy and have a FSQ giveaway - I'm sure a knitter would LOVE it!

Canadian Abroad said...

You make nice hats too. The bag looks nice but if it is not fit for purpose without lining, etc then I would say it isn't a good design.

Patchwork and Play said...

If you can't see yourself using it, (pretty colour and all) I'd have a giveaway! Someone will love it, I'm sure!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

I think it looks very pretty but I know how frustrating it is to knit a nice bag and then realise its totally impractical without a fabric lining. I lined a bag a few years back - I don't remember it being too hard. It was when I started sewing first though, probably if I looked at it now I would be horrified lol!! (That's why I learned to sew. To learn how to make linings for knitted bags. Then I realised sewing is much more fun).

cheeky monkey said...

So now you know why I sent my embroidery pouch to someone who might use it and I do not have to face it any more.
I do not think it is very hard to put a lining in. You made so many bags so you know how to to! Maybe it is the extra the bag needs that you love it!

Leanne said...

So don't line the bag, make yourself a small pouch (maybe long and thinish for the knitting needles - if they are still attached to the knitting project, don't close the bag completely, leave a tiny space at the end for the yarn to flow out into the bag. It is a nice bag but the other problem is that knitted bags will stretch if you don't line them. I would make a cloth bag the size of the knitted bag and then just attach it at the top edge, not all the way around. So the lining just floats inside the knitting, avoiding a lot of need to connect the knitting and lining materials.

kathy said...

1. Felt it
Or,
2. Line it.
Or,
3. You learned a new skill, move on.
Or,
4. Gift it.

It is a lovely color though.
BTW, this happens to all of us who want to learn new ways to make something.

kathy said...

1. Felt it
Or,
2. Line it.
Or,
3. You learned a new skill, move on.
Or,
4. Gift it.

It is a lovely color though.
BTW, this happens to all of us who want to learn new ways to make something.

Katy Cameron said...

Find a willing recipient, donate it to the cause, make your scarves out of your newly discovered stitch, make a cloth tote bag for your knitting, sorted!

I have a similar finish I'm not fond of this week, can't even get up the enthusiasm to take its photo

Flying Blind... said...

What a shame - it looks great in a knitted bag way ;)

Archie the wonder dog said...

I was going to make a couple of suggestions but Leanne beat me to it ;o) It's a lovely pattern and really nicely knitted xx

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Always good to learn a new stitch .... How about you can bring ht along when we have a stitch and bitch session...

Nicky said...

If you really don't like it I'd sneak in into one of those charm packages!

Shh!!

Lynne said...

At least it can be used for storing knitted (or other) projects at home!

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