One of the joys of making your own things is that you can make stuff that can't be bought in the shops. It is very rarely cheaper to buy the materials to make your own than to buy something mass produced, but the satisfaction of creating something unique usually overrides the additional cost.
However, there are exceptions to this. Handbags are my case in point. You can spend almost unlimited amounts of money on a handbag, and it won't even last that long. I am always trying to reassure myself that the money spent on a good bag is worthwhile, because it will last a longer time, but in my experience it just isn't true.
SoI decided that it was worth the investment in some yarn to make a good bag. My first attempt - 'Tasha' from knitty.com took forever to make:
I think this was mainly because of the cable detailing on the strap, which I had to unpick and re-knit many, many times.
I think I also made it too long, which can be attributed to the pride I felt when I actually got the hang of the cable design. There was no way this strap was going to come up short!
My second attempt was inspired by a bargain lot of' Rowan Country' from Kemps Wool shop.
I didn't have a pattern to make a bag out of it, so decided to go freestyle. The pattern came completely out of my head, as I pictured the shape I wanted it to felt into, knitted it, felted it on 60 in the washing machine and, to my amazement, out came this:
I got stuck for a while, but the problem of what to use as a handle came from my odds and ends bag as I corded together lots of strands to make a handle, and crocheted some lazy daisies to sew on.
And I think the finished article looks OK?
My only problem now is whether to use this as a work bag? I don't want my colleagues to think I am any more flaky than they probably already do. Turning up to work as an accountant looking more suited to a camping festival is something I already specialise in - is this going to be a step too far?