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Soft Drawstring Pouch

This was the reason I bought Last Minute Knitted Gifts last year:

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I love the idea of knitted gift packaging and the Blue Sky Alpacas' Alpaca and Silk has been languishing in my stash since August 2006. I made the i-cord tie called for in the pattern but decided to try the Hana silk ribbon instead and love it. The Blue Sky Alpacas yarns I've worked with improve noticeably after washing and blocking -- the softness and sheen of this bag makes me want to buy more (which is a bit counterintuitive to the idea of knitting what's in the stash!). I used my favorite Soak fiber wash - A Scent for Celebration - to soak the bag before blocking overnight. (For a handful of you who love all things Amy Butler -- there's a new limited edition Soak -- "Sola" by Amy Butler).

And although I'll probably jinx myself by saying it, I've been motivated to continue working on evaluating the stash and finishing works-in-progress. The stash cull has been ruthless, but I feel a lot of peace about my decisions. I'm also relieved about having frogged this. I fell out of love with it when I took it off the needles and put it on waste yarn to try it on. I noticed something unfixable that I had done in the first several rows (plus two other small mistakes I had decided to live with). So although I was nearly finished with it, I frogged it and the yarn is waiting to become something else now. Because I was knitting this for a loved one, my standards were higher -- and I had to balance whether finishing it would even yield something the recipient would love. It's probably not a good idea to give a shawl to somebody who's never worn one. (And, yes, I should have thought this through before casting on). I think I'll knit her a cardigan in a soft, feminine color and I'll make sure it's machine-washable. Have you tried Louet Gems Worsted yet? It's what I plan to use -- with a Knitting Pure and Simple cardigan pattern. Until then, I'm focusing on season- and climate-appropriate knits like sleeveless shells and tanks for myself. I'm tired of knitting for the wrong season.

And, last but not least, I wanted to share some lovely things that have been given to me as gifts or just out of pure thoughtfulness:

Lovely gifts and thoughtfulness

Thank you to my co-workers as well as Nora, Vanessa, Kim and Paul.

Comments

I love the knitted pouch - the bow really makes it. Beautiful!

You're very welcome. x

I love "A Scent for Celebration"! I've been kind of picking up a bottle of it each time I go to my LYS since I'm so afraid I'll never get it again. And what great gifts from your coworkers and friends. :)

Gorgeous! I also love the idea of truly special packaging, though I have hesitated to use a knitted pouch because I wondered whether anyone I know would appreciate it. Your interpretation of this pattern, however, makes me wonder instead how anyone could fail to appreciate such a beautiful object--nevermind the object inside.

Lovely.

The knitted pouch turned out lovely! The yarn has such a nice, soft sheen to it.

I think the cardigan idea is an excellent one. I've not knit with the Louet Gems yarns, but I know the sock yarn weight is universally liked.

How beautiful! It looks so soft - the pouch. I want to rub it on my cheek. I thought of you while wearing my new pashmina, last night. A friend bought it for me in Italy.

I just got that book recently and I need to get it out and have another look :)

Let's hear it for facing the realities of the stash and knitting seasonally appropriate items!

That pouch is just stunning! So pretty!

all is gorgeous.... the pearl stitch markers are so so lovely... didn't think I'd ooo over stitch markers.

The pouch is beautiful! I already drooled all over it on Flickr, but I just love the textures of the creamy knit and the satiny chocolate ribbon. And such lovely gifts!

Such a lovely pouch! The yarn is absolutely perfect for the project and then there's the gorgeous bow. Perfection!

Oh, that Louet. I dream of someday getting enough of that delicious stuff to make Stephanie Japel's Cable-Down Raglan. Someday...

Beautiful gifts. Good karma.

The pouch is beautiful! I think that the ribbon is perfect.

Oh, I bet that bag is yummy!

Which KP&S cardi? Love their patterns...

Wow...the pouch is so beautiful...so soft, sweet and feminine! The bow is perfect also.

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