Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WIP Wednesday


I was suffering pangs of buyers regret when I considered the cost of the fancy yarn for the first Christmas bag, but instead of beating myself up over it, I've decided to knit up every yard of that gorgeous yarn in a series of smaller bags. After all, with every additional bag the unit cost comes down to something more reasonable, right?

I'm working in three sizes: the original large size on 96 sts, a medium size on 64 sts and a small size on 48 sts. The large size is perfect for books or DVDs. The small size fits a gift card plus some small chocolates or candy-canes. And the medium size? Well, something in between. Maybe a pair of hand made socks or some lush soap with a washcloth? I've got lots of ideas!

Did you notice the pompom? My thinking is to make iCord drawstrings for the bags and finish the ends with pompoms. I'll give that a try today and see how that compares to grosgrain ribbon.

Had enough of Christmas in August? Want to see fabulous works-in-progress that aren't annoyingly festive? Check out Tami's Amis here.

28 comments:

Cris said...

The bags look awesome!

Carole said...

I love all of your bags - I'd be delighted to receive any of those for Christmas, even without a gift inside!

pinkundine said...

Love the variety of colourwork, and the way each little bag looks unique but fits together with the theme. Good plan on using up every scrap of yarn too :)

Nicky said...

These ROCK!!!!!

Laura said...

They look like they're going to work for all kinds of presents, and are definitely a present in themselves. Love the idea of pompoms on the drawstrings :)

Sam Findlay said...

These look amazing! And again make me want to sing christmas songs!!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Those bags are beautiful !

Chrisknits said...

Keep the projects coming!! Love them.

Ellie said...

Those bags are lovely! And, imho, there's never enough Christmas in August :)

Sandy said...

Grape and Rasberry, hadn't thought of that, good description. Thanks for the visit....love your projects....keep going you're making wonderful headway.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I bet you'll see those bags reused every year too!

geeky Heather said...

Omigosh!!! So gorgeous, precise-looking and elegant. YUM.

Denise said...

Those bags are very pretty.

RugbyMad said...

I love the bags, they are so pretty. You have made so many out the yarn you purchased, totally worth it. I love the idea of the pompoms too.

Nic said...

Wow! Your blog is the first that I have seen Christmas crafting on. I was just thinking today about making a start but not actually done anything ;) Those bags look amazing and I love your ideas for filling them too. They could maybe be used for subsequent years too thus bringing the cost down more ;)

Dee said...

The pom poms are a great addition to the adorable bags.

Sarah said...

Wow, the bags are gorgeous! And in August, you're way ahead of the game. :)

Kathleen said...

Those bags are mind-bogglingly beautiful. I totally want to be on your Christmas gifts list! ;)

(But seriously, what gorgeous charts and textures you're using. Your knitting is just lovely.)

Heather said...

Those bags are so cute!! Lovely way to present a gift!

Liz said...

I love your bags! I'm making scarves for Christmas presents, lol. I like to be prepared and not have to rush things. :)

Crafty Intrigue said...

The bags look very pretty. You are ahead of me. I haven't even thought about Christmas yet

Frieda said...

Super as usual ! I'd really have a hard time giving them away .Oh , yeah ,and I'm waiting for the countdown to Christmas in your sidebar again this year ;-)) .

sue said...

your bags are lovely and as you say the cost of the yarn doesn't matter if you are using it all up.

Thanks for the comments on my blog - a ten stitch - see last weeks' post for details

http://knitsbysue.blogspot.com/2011/08/wip-wednesday-11.html

MarmePurl said...

I'll take one in each size please! LOL.

wrchili said...

I'm not ready to think about Christmas yet, but your bags are gorgeous anyway!

elephantJuice said...

Oh wow, those bags are so cute and pretty! Great use of yarn :)

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

Your bags are great. I admire your willingness to deal with pompoms, which drive me bonkers!

WildflowerWool said...

I love your Christmas bags. I think the pompoms are a great idea.