I'm jumping the gun, but I haven't had a FO post in a while, and I have sent this little beauty off. I have this compulsion that as soon as I make something for someone I want to send it to them right away. Anyone else like that? So even though this is a present for my Mom for Mother's Day, it is already winging its way to her.
Years ago I made myself a bag out of a two blocks, knit rather large. I sewed them together and put on a handle. I even lined it. It is not the worlds best made bag, but I use it ALL the time. I knit it in fisherman's wool, held double on 7mm needles, and for whatever reason it never made it to my blog. So here it is, in all it's glory: the prototype.
Now, several months ago my Mom joined Ravelry and the first thing she said was that she loved the tree of life block that I had made. It is actually called Tree Breeze, but we both prefer Tree of Life. I had been thinking of remaking the bag, but this time in the round--I just hate seams. Thus was the next bag born. Here's what I did:
Bought some gorgeous wool. It is called Araucania Lauca, and it is 80% Wool, 10% Silk, 10% Camel. Camel for goodness sake--how cool is that? I chose green because I thought it suitable for a bag with a tree on it. Buying wool for presents doesn't count in my wool buying ban, see, another loop hole!!
To make the bag I used the Tree Breeze block from Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein I've talked about this book on numerous occasions, I love it!
Using a circular needle I did a provisional cast on, enough stitches for a block front and back, and then an extra 20 for each side. I joined in the round, placed my markers, and off I went. I made the same block on each side so it was reversible. Here's what it looks like:
I lined it as well, because hand sewing anything really shows your love. At least, it does in my opinion!
I'm pleased with how it turned out. I used the Kitchener stitch on the provisional cast on at the bottom, and it does appear to be seamless. I also really like the way the yarn variegation shows up. All in all, a success. Love you Mom!!