April 17, 2006
Well, I finished my knitted bag and as you will see from the first photo - I didn't attach the handles evenly. Of course I didn't realize this until I held it up and of course I double stitched the handles on for security. There was no way I was getting them off that bag easily so I just went with the results. Learning experience - do not stitch on a patterned surface - I swear I had them evenly placed and reassess your work often!
The second photo is after the first go round in the washing machine. It is now going around a second time with the addition of some tennis balls to enhance the agitation. I am hoping it will shrink at least a little bit more.
Learning experience: I would not buy this yarn again. While I love the color, I think I would have had better results with a 100% wool yarn. Not to worry as I already have my next bag pattern picked out!