I mentioned leafing through my Pinterest pages and finding an Inspiring Photo. This is the photo...
Isn't it lovely? I must admit I never would have given this bag a second look going by the Ravelry picture alone, but clever Cecile of Electic Gipsyland has totally transformed it into something really unique and eye catching.
Originally thought it'd be great to make this bag in a bright, happy, riot of colour but when I found the photo again something else suggested itself to me. I knew I had a few half balls of DK left from other projects in some lovely colours which had worked pretty well together and I'd been wanted to use them up on something. So I raided the rest of my DK stash to find some other colours to add to the eclectic mix and then I got really excited.
The bag starts off making a really quite sizeable granny square, 30 rounds to be exact, which is quite huge. I only dared go to 28 rounds because I didn't want to run out of my yarn left-overs.
Alas, I did not have enough yarn and this was destined for other things, so I started to think about.... Embelishment! (Worth the capital letter I think.)
I love those hangy bits, I really do. I love that photo. I love the braids (whoops, I did it again) of yarn all jumbled in together too.
I added lace round the edges
The most suitable lining I could find
But, I like it and I've had a couple of lovely compliments on it too while parading out and about with it, which makes me very happy indeed!
Edited to add (24th March 2012):Sorry everyone, I forgot to make clear what pattern I used. It was this one by Pierrot Yarns. Also, I used DK yarn rather than 4ply and used a mixture of wool, blends, acrylic, whatever really!
Further Edited to add (21st June 2012):
The pattern and tutorial for the little flowers I made and used on this bag are now availble if you'd like them:
Mix and Match Flowers Written Pattern Download
Mix and Match Flowers Photo Tutorial