Here is the Cheery Cherries Bag
Fellow Ravellers will find the details there. But there's some here too.
The pattern started out as an idea that came to me in the middle of the night. Luckily I keep pen and paper by the bed, so I jotted down a sketch with some notes.
I did heaps of calculations to get stitches per 10 cm, how to do the shaping, etc .
I spent a couple of days making charts in Excel and Photoshop.
This bag features
- a linen stitch background for the cables - I wanted a firmer stitch than reverse stocking stitch
- two "fronts", one white, one black, to suit the mood
- intarsia cherry pattern from my own charts
- three dimensional cherry-and-leaf zip pull
- a two colour cable done as intarsia rather than carrying colours across the back. I have no idea if that’s the ‘right’ way to do it.
- themed lining
- braid stitch edges on the outside pockets
- an adjustable and removable shoulder strap (in linen stitch) which can be threaded through to make short handles
I don't think I will do another swap.
I was very happy with what I received, and thought Laura did a really great job.
While the swapee sort of made the right noises when she received it, (more fuss over the cost of postage!), the first thing she knit afterwards was a bag, stating it was because she didn't get what she wanted in the swap. This is despite her saying "surprise me" in the swap criteria.
Now, of course, she can knit anything she wants, at any time, for any reason.
But the timing of this one, and that pointed comment, was mean, hurtful and torpedoed all my efforts. There are many, many ways that bag could have been introduced - eg, "I got all enthusiastic about all the wonderful bags that have been knitted" or "I just had to add to my bag collection" or "I really need a market bag", or, well, almost anything, really, but what was written.
I've read many forum posts about disappointing reactions to things knitted for others. I now know exactly what they mean.