Project – Knitting Tote
Patons Pattern Book #500871 – Family Felting
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Dragon Dance
Blogger – K1Paula2
Yes, the body of my new project is worked in the round. (Yay! I love knitting in the round.) I'm making the Felted Knitting Tote from the much ballyhooed Paton's Classic Wool Family Felting book.
See why I was so stunned that another blogger hadn't already claimed this project? Not only is it cute and fun to make, it's a tote bag - for knitters!
With so many Patons Classic Wool color options, color selection was tough. So I enlisted my graphic designer sister and our creative sister-in-law (a fellow knitteress - yes that's a word; I invented it) to help me choose the colors. Seeing me once again gravitating toward blues and greens, they both told me I really needed to switch things up a bit. (After seeing three of my four completed projects you might assume I love blues and greens. They're great colors, but the truth is I don't have any favorite colors. I just hate yellow. Gold and ocher are okay, but I loathe butter-, mustard- and lemon-yellows.)
Sis-in-law suggested Dragon Dance - it's a new variegated yarn in sunset hues. My sister liked it, too. I loved it. Using variegated yarn for the body of the bag makes sense, since it might help hide dirt. We kicked around a couple options for the contrasting colors, and decided on Plum Heather for the pockets and Yellow (it's not one of those yellows, it's closer to gold) for the accent. It's also one of the tones within Dragon Dance, which should help tie it all together.
Using variegated yarn keeps the big stretches of knitting from getting boring. It's so cool to watch the colors pool and stripe. When you see how some spots look kind of like flame, the name Dragon Dance really makes sense:
Pretty, isn't it?