It’s finally done!
I started this bag back in mid-June. I blogged about it too. I had bought 3 balls of Noro Kureyon to do this bag, and though I looked high and low, in and out, over and under, the third ball was not to be found until I cleaned the craft room and it made its appearance.
So I set about deciding how to do the strap for this bag. I really didn’t want a knitted strap anyway, and thought an old used belt would look cool. So I searched the Sally’s and various Op Shops to no avail. I thought a plain buckle could be had from somewhere and I could add the leather myself. No. Not at Spotlight. Not at Nancy’s. No.
The Bag Fairiess were conspiring against me!
I was to the point of using bought handles, which of course all seem to be made out of plastic. No. Not the look I was hoping for. Not to mention that with a pair of handles, how would i even get anything into and out of the bag, since the mouth of the bag is so narrow. But I found nothing that jumped out at me. Nothing. So my bag has sat for over a month, unloved.
Then, I went to Thimbles and Threads when I dropped off a swapsie in Upper Hutt, and the Bag Fairies were there!! They lightened my wallet by a lot and I got the perfect bag handle! Not only is it made of wooden beads and leather, but it’s a single strap.
*Does a little jig*
So, I set out today to finish the bag. I knit up some small tabs in garter stitch and used then to secured the strap rings to the bag, using a three needle cast off. A bit of a mission, but it looks good in the end.
My friend Beck had given me a great idea about putting in a pouch on the inside of the bag to hold a ball of yarn. That way, when I put my WIP (Work-In-Progress for those non-knitters) in the bag, the needles and yarn don’t get tangled together. BRILLIANT!
So this is the bag lining, pulled out so you can see the the little yarn pouch. I did it as a drawstring with a spring toggle. And I sewed in a little tab into the main lining where the pouch snaps into the bag.
It’s just perfect. My yarn can stay untangled and out of the way, and I can look like a normal person walking around with a bag. Until I pull out my knitting in a cafe, Muahahahahahahahaha.