Sunday, July 26, 2015
Progressing on my Starling Bag...
When I first started this Starling Bag I thought I'd get clever with the stripe pattern - I fancied the teal stripes graduating in size as they went down the bag (skinniest stripes at the top, fattest stripe at the bottom). But after trying this graduated stripe effect, working from the bottom up, about halfway through I realized I would run out of the silver long before I ran out of teal so that killed that idea. And I have no desire to get more of this silver yarn - it's Knit Picks Brava worsted and not being particularly fond of it, I'm trying to use it up and be done with it. So I revised my plan with the stripes. And ripped... And re-did about half of what is pictured here.
For anyone who might be interested, I've written my review of Knit Picks Brava (an acrylic worsted) on this Ravelry project page.
I'm liking the even stripes fine, in the end. It may not look as clever as I originally hoped, but it should look nice. I know that top silver silver stripe looks wider than the silver one lower down, but they are the same width. It's a trick of the camera angle.
The bag should be done shortly now. I plan to finish the teal stripe I'm on, then add one more silver stripe and end with teal handles. I expect that will make a nice size project bag.
While the colors come out great in the natural outdoor light, the silver looks less vivid indoors. So I'm thinking it needs some brightening up. Maybe I'll attach some flowers? Or a motif or two? Then again, maybe I should decide what I will line it with first. A lining might give a clue as to what might brighten the bag up on the outside. Or maybe a pretty or interesting lining will do the trick all by itself!
I mentioned last weekend that I was getting back to my shawl. Well...the more I worked on it, the less I liked the yarn (made up into a shawl). I'm getting a better feel for what seems to work and not work when crocheting with variegated yarns and now I'm working on a post in that vein. So the shawl project is shelved and will eventually be frogged, but a new idea emerged from it. Win!
Looking forward to seeing what all my other YOP5 buddies have been up to this past week!