Here is my completed Version A Wine Bottle Bag from the Classic Holidays book:
In searching for something to put in it for the picture (my house being curiously absent of wine bottles) I discovered yet another use for these gift bags - bath products! Aren't you convinced that a plethora of these are needed for your holiday celebrations this year?
This was an easy pattern to follow. After getting started I didn't even have to glance at it until the time came to do the bottom decreases. I also learned how to make a twisted cord, which looks impressive but is very simple (my favorite kind of skill to learn). The only problem was that I couldn't get it threaded through the last row of ribbing. I considered doing an eyelet row early on but decided against it. That was a bad decision.
Another problem I had was keeping the vertical floats looking neat, with stripes matching up and no holes around the color changes:
If anyone has advice on how to avoid this hot mess, do tell. I know this is due to a lack of skill/experience doing color work. I tried wrapping the yarn in a couple places, but it didn't seem to help the holes much and then color A would poke through color B - it wasn't pretty. For the next bag I'm going to try knitting flat instead of in the round and then do a mattress stitch seam, unless someone has some magical advice here? Please?
For the next bag I will be doing Version C, which is felted with handles instead of a drawstring. Good thing knittinjen posted those felting tips last week, as I have never felted before - wish me luck!