Yesterday I posted a picture of what I was feverishly working to finish as a gift for my daughter for Mother’s Day. I was sure no one would be able to figure out what I was knitting.
But I should have known at least one knitter would have recognized it – and one did: Ethel! She thought it might be an Ishi Bag. It was!
But here’s the rub: I had no idea this was an Ishi Bag. I had a free pattern from the internet for a “garter stitch square bag.” The instructions were minimal, but it was easy to “wing it.” After Ethel’s comment on my blog post, I googled “Ishi bag” and found it at Ravelry.
I used Plymouth Yarn’s worsted weight jeannee (50 g skeins) that I bought at Linda Urquhart’s store Rumpelstiltskin in Sacramento. I used 2 skeins of the purple, 3 skeins of black. (Nb: I had about 1 yard remaining of the purple.)
After I washed and dried the bag, I lined it from material from a pearl grey pillow case I never used. The fabric has an interesting basket weave. As the bag is stretchy, I put two horizontal and two vertical pleats in the lining.
My daughter loved the bag and used it all day Sunday! She asked if I could put in a pocket for her cell phone (of course), and one for her keys (no problem).
By the way, my daughter told me her first [and silent] reaction when she moved tissue paper and saw the purple and black stripes was a silent prayer, “Please, don’t let it be a sweater.” Then when she saw the black I-cord straps, it was “Please, don’t let it be a tank top.” 🙂
Now, here’s a question: What should someone like my daughter – someone who is very well aware of the time, cost and thought that we fiber folk put into our art/craft – say if appalled by our gift?!