This bag is made entirely in the round beginning with a circular cast on. Not a seam in sight! The lace is called Bird's Eye and is a basic Shetland lace pattern with a garter stitch foundation. I know there are some great string bag patterns out there already but I felt compelled to come up with my own Shetland version!
So I've now written up the free pattern for my Shetland Shoppper string bag.....and thanks to the wonderful amazing Ravelry I can offer it as a free instant download right here on my blog...technology is amazing....this makes things a lot more manageable for the blog too. It can be seen on the right under free patterns.Due to this new feature on Ravelry I was also able to create a PDF download for my wee baby hat pattern. Right now this is only available for free patterns but the plan on Ravelry is to offer it for paid-for patterns too! Ravelry is revolutionizing the knitting world!
I've been dabbling with the techy side of things lately...formatting patterns into nice looking pdf's, playing with excel to make lace charts etc....and I can tell you I've learned a heck of a lot in a couple of weeks...my brain hurts a little but I'm secretly very proud of myself and keep running to tell my husband the latest thing I've learned (which I know he doesn't know how to do)!
.....and.....I didn't mention this before as I needed to let it sink in....but....I had a design accepted to Knitscene for the Fall 08 issue!! Obviously I'm super excited....just waiting for my yarn to arrive now....and if that's not enough I also had a design accepted by Yarn Forward magazine in the UK (to come out in April)....my hands will be busy (and potentially sore) for the next few weeks!
edited to add: Oh yeah..I wanted to ask if any of my blog readers are planning on attending Stitches West in Feb? If so I'd love to meet up!