I saw the Sipalu Bag at Knitpicks and I fell in love. I'm the kind of Aries that jumps into everything with cannons blazing and only when I am knee deep in chaos do I stop to ponder my actions.
This kit came with 16 balls of Palette which were all so lovely to look at and I pet them lovingly...and that was it. After reading over the instructions I put the kit away. Yep that's me...or was me...but I digress.
Now and again I would pull out my kit and then I would find a reason to not knit it and back into the recesses of my UFOs it would go.
Now mind you I moved balls back and forth to strand and switch colors but my strands or floats on the back looked pretty good and my fronts did too. I was pretty darn proud of myself and knit the entire side band. Now all that moving of balls had become second nature and I could switch those colors pretty fast. I breezed through the little side welt and cast on my 4th side provisional and began to knit the bag itself.
About six rows after the welt in I dropped two stitches and put them on lock ring markers and put "the kit" away.
And then it was excuses and this and that and really I didn't remember why I had stopped knitting; but I was constantly reminded of "the kit" because the bag of yarn is right by where I place my purse.
Fast forward to 2013 and I finally take a two-handed, two stranded knitting class in Fair Isle. Now there were no more excuses. I teach picking up stitches; I can handle some drops and I pick them up easily making sure the color sequences follow and I am back to knitting. No more ball moving; I just knit with a color in each hand and strand as I go. The whole thing flows without effort. I am back in the game.
My goal is to knit on "the Two Side of Me" as I now will call her, at least once a week, This is only the bag front that I'm currently working on. And it still needs to be blocked. There is still a back and a top and a cord of some sort to tie it all together. So I have a ways to go but that is okay.
I decided on that name because I will knit the other side in the opposing color chart that they included. I liked them both and I thought why not? Not sure how I will do the welt yet...but that is a long...long...way off.
Have a beautiful day,
P.S. Thank you for all you kind comments regarding Mom; they mean more then words can convey. She passed in her sleep last night; she went peacefully into the next world where Dad was waiting for her.