The holidays are fast approaching and you know what they bring with them.
Cookies? Yes, but not what I had in mind.
Gift projects? Yes, and I know you are knitting and crocheting furiously to get them done.
Holiday parties? That’s the one!
Holiday parties are a great opportunity to visit with family and friends and take a break from the rush of preparing for either travel or house guests. On the other hand they take you away from your knitting or crocheting, but there is no reason yarn can’t still be close at hand.
Why not dress up your little black dress with one of these cute purses?
You can find these books, and the yarn to make the projects, at your local yarn store.
There are two version of the Grace purse in Louisa Harding’s new book “Three Graces.” These sweet little purses will work up quickly because of their petite size.
The first uses one skein of Grace Hand Beaded yarn. The simple design allows the yarn to shine.
The second version takes two skeins (one each of two different colors) because it is jazzed up with a fun, knit flower. If you can’t settled on which color you like best, this purse would be the way to go.
For a slightly larger purse, consider the Pink Cotton Purse from “Knitting Little Luxuries,” also by Harding. There are three different version shown in the book, illustrating how it can be dressed up or made for every day use.
The varied lace patterns will make this purse fun to knit as well as to use. You can make it in Grace Silk & Wool yarn with a contrasting lining for an elegant look. The matte finish of Willow Tweed yarn will still make a dressy purse, but with a different style. Or you can use Ella Rae Phoenix, a 100 percent cotton yarn, for a more practical every day purse.
Speaking of practical purses, you can download the complimentary pattern for the Hawthorn Bag from the Little Cake book from our website. This pretty purse uses six balls of Willow Tweed and has many options for embellishment.
If pretty little purses like these aren’t your style, try your hand at one of these larger bags that can be used as your go-to purse for daily use. Another bonus to making bags is you don’t have to worry about whether they “fit” when you’re done.
This striped beach bag is knit in Elle Rae Phoenix and is from the book of the same name. Phoenix comes in 24 colors, which gives you many options for combining just the right colors for your wardrobe.
The Margareta Shoulder Bag is from the Noro book “Meet the Man Behind the Yarn” by Cornelia Hamilton. It shows off the beautiful Noro colors and allows you to always have some of this special yarn with you.
Felted bags are great because they are nice and sturdy. Additionally, the felted fabric gives you a “canvas” for adding embellishments to make your bag unique.
This fabulous carpet bag is just one of 12 patterns in an Ella Rae book devoted to felted bags. The patterns all use Ella Rae Classic Wool, a 100 percent wool yarn that comes in 220 yard balls. There are 27 new colors of Class Wool this season, bringing the total to over 200 colors! With that many to select from you’ll sure to find one to please.
As you ponder the approaching holidays remember to take time to pamper yourself. Take a break from knitting or crocheting gifts for other people and whip up a cute purse for yourself. Or when your gift knitting is done and the thought of making another hat or scarf makes you gag pop a purse on your needles for some relaxing stitching.
And after you finish, share a picture of your purse with us on our Facebook page. We love to see what people make with our yarns.