Since finishing my Stone Layers shawl, I haven’t been knitting much of anything.
I’m plodding along on my Roundabout socks, making slow and steady progress on the leg. I had also cast on for a Gramps Cardigan for Kiddo, but I just can’t get motivated to work on a wool sweater (even a little one) in May. And don’t even get me started on my previous idea of knitting mittens in the spring.
So I decided I needed a new project, and I decided it should be a bag. I love bags, though I’m pretty picky about my everyday purse. I just upgraded that to a beautiful leather bag I found on etsy. It had the right look, enough pockets (but not too many), could be carried as a shoulder bag or worn as a cross body bag, and it is big enough to carry most of the necessities I need on a regular basis (wallet, keys, sunglasses, phone, snacks and toys for Kiddo, a knitting project, etc). I’m pretty jazzed about this bag.
But I also thought it would be nice to have a smaller bag, something to grab when I’m not with Kiddo. So I decided my next knitting project should be a clutch bag.
I headed over to Ravelry and began to browse clutch patterns. It didn’t take me long to narrow it down to two patterns, Downtown Clutch and Grace Clutch. I ultimately decided on the downtown clutch because I had yarn that I hoped would work for it. However, the Grace Clutch made its way into my queue, and I hope to make it soon.
For the downtown clutch, I’ll be using Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk Hand Paint in the colorway of Wisconsin. As the name suggests, the yarn is a blend of cotton (83%) and silk (17%). I had a skein leftover from my Shawl that Jazz that I made back in 2009 (throwback picture below). The colorway is a mixture of tans, browns, creams, yellows, and greens, with a little red thrown in (on my screen the picture of the shawl does a better job of showing the colors than the one of my clutch in progress).
The pattern gave me the opportunity to learn to do a provisional cast on. After, a couple failed attempts (a story for another post, perhaps), I managed to get that figured out. The cables were fairly simple and went quickly, and now I’m almost done with the first side.