My obsession with my Gtab continues; so I used the opportunity of needing a case for it to use up some of my early handspun yarns. Lately I seem to be too impatient to bother with finding other people’s patterns,so I just sort of made it up as I went along. I knew that I wanted to use stranded knitting to make the bag thick and I happen to really enjoy alternating yarns over 1 stitch (i.e. *K1 MC, K1 CC, rep from *), so that’s what I did. One of the yarns that I chose was the last thing I spun before going to SOAR – it is overtwisted and overplied, which makes for yarn with the basic consistency of bundles of straw. Not very pleasant. The second yarn I used was yarn that I spun in Maggie Casey’s class at SOAR from a fleece that we handcarded ourselves. In comparison, it is the softest and fluffiest yarn that you could imagine. Even standing alone, it’s a yarn that I can actually knit with, which differentiates it quite a bit from all of the yarn that I made before taking her class.
My bag is scratchy and scruffy and rough, but it absolutely does the job. And how many Gtabs get to be carried around in a hand carded, hand spun, hand knitted bag? At the end of the day, that’s what all of this fiber madness is about. My bag might be a little rough and unfinished looking, but every single scrap of it is the reward of the labor of my hands. I go to bed satisfied that I have brought something into this very mass-produced, commercialized world that is totally unique and mine. And I had a lot of fun doing it, though knitting with my pre-SOAR yarn did contribute to a carpal tunnel flare. I’m really looking forward to knitting with some of the other yarns that I’ve made since, since I can tell by their feel that they’re nice and soft.