Friday is for Finishing, Fine Bags and Finking Of New Stuff

Two-thirds of Britain are enjoying a heatwave. Meanwhile Glasgow is 14C with light drizzle. I dream of blue skies, warm weather and sitting outside with an iced coffee. Maybe that is why I'm making a summery bag? Actually, this was the very first pattern I ever queued on Ravelry: Inga's Haekelbeutel. An easy bag assembled from 16 crochet squares. I'm teaching a session on crochet squares next week, so I'll be able to use my bag as an example of what you can do with squares. The square Inga's bag uses is very plain, but you can obviously use which ever square you want (Ravelry examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). The assembly is pretty ingenious - I'm saying this before I have assembled the bag - and you can even use knitted squares if you don't like crocheting. And did I mention that the pattern is free?

As for the real reason as to why I'm making this bag right now.. well, I had a long and tiring day at work yesterday, which made for some comfort yarn shopping. I got a full bag of Rowan Milk Cotton DK for £12 (down from .. £47, I think?) and some select balls of Pima Cotton which I knew would be perfect for this Haekelbeutel. I'm pondering what to do with the Milk Cotton - I'm thinking either Anais (which a girl in winter has handily just made),  or maybe just a quick top-down raglan a lá Japel's Cropped Cardi (but with different neckline, a lace pattern, buttons and .. totally different, really).

Summer knits on my mind and the summer is nowhere to be seen.

The Mosswell Shawl is off the needles and currently being overdyed. I'm a bit sceptical about the dye solution, but we'll see..