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Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Love the clutch purse, and the cables and the button, and the silk! Lovely! :-)

By Blogger Mary, at 7:44 AM  

Bess, Dear, thank you for transporting me into Spring! We're a bit away from it here yet. :-(

Love the clutch! Must try that some time, as I love to cable, and have lots of stash bits that would work -- including the silk!


By Anonymous Marg in Calgary, at 11:55 AM  

Love that clutch, especially with that lining! Gorgeous!

By Blogger Catherine, at 1:34 PM  

It's really a beautiful little purse. Thanks for sharing it and I hope that you get to teach that class.

By Blogger zippiknits, at 2:31 AM  

That purse is Gorgeous with a capital G.

And I was getting ready to ask you what on earth you mean by "the peppers like to sing" (singing peppers? I know Bess's home is magic, but really, the veggies sing? Without aid of cartoon animation?) and then my eyes cleared and I read it properly.

I'm going to make coffee now.


By Blogger Amie, at 7:46 AM  

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008  

For Catherine

Here is flooded Farmer's Hall Creek, where the turtles like to sun and in the evenings, the peepers like to sing.

Here are a few other proofs that spring is on its way.

I finished up that bobbin of brown wool last night. It's drying right now and I haven't any photos. HeyBaby is ready to spin up the rest of the golden CVMxCotswold that I didn't finish over the weekend. That's the fiber I was spinning double drive with such poor success. DD spinning is something for my future. I have plans for this fiber that involves speedy production. I've also decided against the green merino/tencil. I'll stay with the oatmeal CVM. I promise – more spinning photos soon.

I am nothing if not a fractured ENFP and along with socks, sweaters and spinning, I have had this project in the works. I have (dwindling) hopes that I will be teaching a cable class this spring and I needed a simple project for students to make. I love knitting large swatches and I've always thought what lovely clutch purses they would make – but I've never gotten around to making one. Till now, that is:

This shows the color best but the flash washed out some of the detail.

This is a better view of the cable and trinity stitch filler.

Here is the inside.

It's a piece of heavyweight pelon (what they're calling buckram these days, though it's not) wrapped in a piece of silk dupioni (My favorite fabric). The whole was whipped to the edges of the knitted piece which was then folded in thirds and the bottom third's edges were stitched to the middle third's. The top third creates the flap.

The button is fake, as you can see. The purse snaps shut. I would rather have used magnet closures, but I was shopping at the local WalMart.

I'm pleased with how this turned out and there is another swatch knit in a glittery yarn but it's still in its swatchstate.

A birthday is coming at the end of this month and the BirthdayBoy has requested Anything You Knit – which, since he also said he already had a sweater, why would he need two? – and besides, there isn't time to knit one – Socks it will be. Of course, he only likes black, blue, and subtle stripes of black and blue socks so I must do some shopping asap. Or asat rather, as soon as today. Thank goodness for Internet shopping.

Happy Hump Day.

posted by Bess | 6:02 AM