I have always admired the jumpers my Mum has been able to knit in cable, and had set myself a challenge to learn how to knit cable. With the Guild Challenge being brought forward to December, where we have to create a bag using spinning, weaving or dyeing, I thought I had better try and crack this nut. The wool I am using is my first real attempt at spinning, ie once I had sussed out what I was supposed to be doing, and it has quite a bobbly effect, which is as much down to the wool as my spinning, and the wool is quite coarse,so lends itself to a bag rather well.
I sat down and googled "how to knit cable", and I was off! I'm sure there must be some more complicated patterns, but I am really rather chuffed at the effect, and how simple it is. Combine that with using my own wool, and my new wooden circular needles, this is turning out to be a wonderful experience. I like the rustic effect that is being created, and am excited to watch this grow day by day.
The book I am reading is "The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh which I think is adding to the enjoyment of knitting this bag even more, as I am mindful of the stitches, of the wool, of the process of making the bag... can you tell I am loving making this?!
I thought I would join in with Ginny today sharing my knitting and reading, and the joy of both.