One of my goals for 2014 was to work down through the unfinished object pile. I've mentioned previously that February is typically Knitting Needle Liberation Month in my household. At the beginning of the year, I like to look through what I have and make decisions about what to knit and what to frog. January and February are the months to clear out the stalled projects.
I decided I didn't need wristlets or fingerless mitts. Also, I had taken Susanna's “Lovers and Runders” class in 2013. I decided to combine the two by making a cell phone bag and working the braid at the top. I used a provisional cast-on and worked several rows in white -- including a row with two yarn over openings for the cords. Then I worked the braid, folded the fabric in half, and knit the casing closed. In order to avoid having a lot of ends to weave in, I carefully divided each color of yarn into appropriate pieces. I then started the pieces in the middle, so as to create two live ends. This meant all the yarn ends except the orange in the central motif were woven in only at the bottom of the bag. I worked the bag until the pink yarns became too short. I turned the bag inside-out and worked three-needle bind-off across the inside. After weaving in ends, I used leftover yarn to create cords (love my Ashford fringe twister) and threaded the cords through the casing.
I initially did not like this technique in class because the left sides and right sides did not mirror each other. Part of why this sat in time out for so long is I needed to advance my skills before I came back to it. Now I was able to devise a way to mirror the technique so both side would match. After I made the bag, I went back and worked a swatch three different ways. I'll post that tomorrow.