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Finished Sophie


It's hard to describe the color of the yarn but Purl Soho calls it "Yakima Heather" (Color #9459). It's a dark greenish brown Cascade 220 with subtle shots of a mustard yellow. When it's felted, it has a bit more dimension than a solid color yarn.

I think this is either my 9th or 10th Sophie Felted Bag. Most have been given as gifts and two are living at the yarn store on display. This one, however, is mine (for now). It was what I was knitting while I was worrying about a loved one facing a serious surgery. (Everything turned out well). Today I bought some gorgeous fuschia Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride to use to finish an existing work-in-progress. WIth whatever I have leftover from that, I'll likely knit a small cell phone cozy to carry inside this Sophie.

My felting supplies:


Zipper pillowcase
Old Jeans
Wool Wash
Top-loading washer

It never gets tiring making something quick and easy with a skein of wonderful yarn and then seeing the transformation when it emerges from some vigorous hot-water agitation. (I'm easily amused).

And, yes, I'm almost finished with my acid green (Kidsilk Haze "Jelly") lace capelet
but I also whipped up a quick head-hugging beanie (Ann Norling Leaflet #55 - Head Huggers by Gail Tanquaray):


It's Mountain Colors 4/8ths wool in "Tamarack." It's a challenge getting this to photograph its true color. It's got a lot more "gold" in it than this. I intend to make another one of these for myself but I'm going to use a Size 7 circular needle instead of a Size 8. The ribbing was a bit on the loose side in the Size 8. However, it's a great basic hat pattern with references for sizes from infant to adult along with different gauges and ribbing patterns. It's similar to Ann Budd's approach in her series of books for figuring out your own knitting patterns that fit your gauge.

I was reading the BEST article today in the March 2007 Real Simple magazine while I was waiting for an oil change, "Half Full? Half Empty? You Decide." Here's a great quote from it, but I'll have to buy the magazine for myself and bookmark the article:

"It's amazing how much unhappiness we needlessly cause ourselves by ascribing negative meanings to simple things that happen in our lives. But it doesn't have to be that way. When we feel like this, we can learn to pause for a split second and ask ourselves these questions: How can I interpret what just happened in a way that gives me energy and propels me forward, rather than dragging me back and making me feel inadequate and frustrated?"

This article was written for people who assume the worst when somebody looks at them in a way that makes them feel something's wrong, or perhaps somebody has not responded to a conversation or some other form of communication in an expected way. There are people I know who have an internal dialogue with themselves in which they're convinced that others are looking at them, criticizing them or mocking them. Whether it's true or not, I think this quote from the article is a gem: "An empowering interpretation is just as valid as a disempowering one. You get to decide what impact life has on you. Make it positive."

I also got to read House Beautiful and Marie Claire (fresh, current issues) and eat freshly popped popcorn. It was like a boutique oil change once I decided to embrace the wait.


Hmm, I'm feeling the need to pick up that issue of Real Simple - thanks for sharing the quote! I love the beanie and Sophie. Great colors on the beanie.

Ah, doesn't that Soak wash smell heavenly!? I have that one and the Flora. MMMM.

Love the quote. Reminds me of this one by Buddha: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought".

We are all about the quotes, aren't we?

Cute hat and Sophie in such beautiful colors. :D

I love the bag and the hat!

That beanie makes me happy. :)

oh! the Sophie bag is WON-DER-FUL!!! love the color.
the hat is fun!
Thank you for that magazine article. I'm going to look for it to have for me. I'm normally not that way, but peri-menopause has made the most paranoid person EVER!
hugs and love!

Great quote! I must remember it.

Love the beanie.

What a great quote! You inspirer, you. :)

omg. its a small world! I was in the yarn store yesterday working on my sursa shawl and you helped me! I had been searching online for images of the shawl, so i could finish the ruffle and your blog came up! then i put two and two together after i left the yarn store...ok...the shawl in the store looked like the shawl online. The girl in the store, who helped me with my ruffle had hair like the girl wearing the shawl on the blog...bingo! LOL! anyway, thanks for your help and I LOVE YOUR BLOG! awesome knitting!

What a great article - and you really took it to heart, embracing your wait in the auto shop! Maybe there's a market for a boutique oil change shop?

Great hat and bag! You're on fire with your knitting!

Love your sophie bag. I just found your blog doing a "sophie bag" search. I just started a sophie bag last night and I'm loving it. This morning I went to Magknits to check the pattern and found that they're no longer publishing patterns online! This is such a shame, I loved so many of the patterns there. Meanwhile, I'm really wanting to finish my sophie! I think I can remember everything except for how to do the handles. Help anyone?