I used Lion Brand wool in the "Flower Garden" colourway (very pretty and spring-like, in my opinion). The colours are pretty accurate in the picture, though they may be an 'eensy' bit lighter than in real life. I double stranded, and used nearly 4 skeins of yarn (2.75 ozs/78 g skeins). I think...or at least I hope...that I have enough of the yarn left over to make a small child's pair of mittens. Most of the last two skeins were used to make the handle (an I-cord), which I think could have been felted a little bit more...either that or I could have made it a little shorter.
I loved this pattern! It was so easy to do, and didn't take very long either. This was also my first attempt at making an I-cord. I was a little scared of them before because they looked like they might be complicated to make. But I challenged myself to learn some new knitting techniques this year and decided now was the perfect time to learn.
I have a British knitting magazine that I got last fall, and was flipping through it again not too long ago. They had a little column in there that told and showed how to make an I-cord, so I followed those directions. What had I been thinking? This was sooooooooo not difficult to do! Easy peasy! The only thing I didn't like about it, was that I had to make it so long, and that was just time consuming, lol!
I've already used my bag; I took it to church with me yesterday, and I got a couple of comments on it (they were positive ones), though I hadn't really showed it to many people.
In other knitting news, I am working on another sock. I got the pattern from the Sockamaniac Sockalong that I joined not long ago (the button is on my sidebar, under groups, and you just need to click it to take you to the group page). I just turned the heel on it a little while ago and am about to start picking up the stitches for the gusset.
I'm using the Opal yarn that I won from Karen's contest last month, and I'm liking it so far. I'm just worried that I'll either not have enough yarn or that when I cast on for the second sock it won't start anywhere near where the colour that the first sock starts at. I don't mind if it's off a little, but if it is off a whole lot then I don't know what to do. I only have the one skein of it (it's a 100 g skein though). Oh well, I'll just plug along and see what happens. No sense in worrying about it right?
Anyway, I can't wait til these socks are done. I really like the pattern, though I think it might look a little better if it was in a solid colour (the pattern is a lacy one, and while it looks good in this yarn, I think it might show off the lace a bit better in solid). It's still noticeable though, and looks good. I'll show pics when they are completed. School starts back up on Wednesday, and I want to get as much knitting done before then as I can.