Handbag Projects

Last Friday we flew away for a long weekend. Hand luggage only, so I needed a small knitting project to take with me. Remembering my haul of yarn from my visit to the Natural Fibre Company, I pulled out one of these beauties.

Lovely littlest daughter will love a pair of socks from two of these. Not sure who, but someone else is going to love a pair too.

I’m not a big fan of knitting socks, but I’d intended to redress the balance of having sent Lovely Eldest a hand knitted pair, by knitting a pair for Lovely Littlest.

Don’t know what’s happened to the colour here – the true colour is that of the balls above.

The flight was so quick and we were so busy that, with having to frog back 18 rows, because I decided to change the pattern, this is all I’ve done. However, since my return I realised Lovely Littlest will never have time to hand wash wool and they’d end up chucked in the washing machine and shrunk. So if I’m not going to knit guilt induced socks, I’m not going to knit socks. I’m also not going to frog again! So with the ribbing and a little of the pattern knitted, I’m turning them into a pair of mittens.

I’ll tuck them away now until need another handbag project – which may be a while.  But while I’m thinking about it, I’m curious. I never stray beyond socks and mitts for my handbag projects. So do you have a handbags projects? And if so, what sort of things do you make?

Bekki Hill

27 thoughts on “Handbag Projects

    1. I’ve yet to learn to crochet squares, but I do love the handbag you made, so hopefully will get to one eventually. Funny isn’t it how sometimes we can be so quick and other times not. I can see the mits taking quite a while now as they’re a bit too patterned for looking at in the car on our windy roads and I’ve no other travel plans for a while.

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  1. The lights must have been on when you took the picture, hence the colour cast – you need daylight, flash (NO!) or change the white balance to ‘tungsten’ on your camera:) My handbag project is one of eight scarves for Christmas presents at the moment. Otherwise it’s crocheted doll’s parts to be assembled later at home.

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    1. Thank you, advice from an expert. Because we were so busy, I took it quickly without even looking at the result – of course I could have gone and photographed it again, but still trying to catch up with myself from last weekend. Great to hear the dolls are coming on – really looking forward to seeing them when they’re finished 🙂

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  2. I like socks for a handbag project, but gloves or a hat could probably squish in there too. For car knitting, I often take my scrap yarn blanket – mindless knitting that means I can still look at the views. That’s only if I’m in the passenger seat though – I don’t recommend knitting while driving! PS If you want to machine wash and even, shock horror, tumble dry your socks, then I recommend Regia or Opal sock yarns.

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    1. Yes, they’re on the list of acceptable for UK airlines – don’t know about others, but I think I’ve seen US bloggers saying they knit on planes. Of course, it’s always at the custom’s officer’s discretion. I take wooden ones because they look less threatening and usually small circular rather than thick straight ones for the same reason.


  3. I love your phrase ‘handbag project’! It’s so meaningful. Unfortunately, I don’t have any because I generally read during a flight, or any from of travel that doesn’t involve me driving. I think you made the right decision in abandoning the socks idea if your daughter was likely to lob them into the washing machine. Some knitting wools just don’t stand up to such rough treatment.LOL It would be a shame to shrink and/or harden that lovely wool. It’s a pretty colour (in the first photo, that is).The change of colour in the second must be something to do with the lighting. But I’m no phoitography expert, so it could be anything. Hope you had a great mini-trip! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Have posted trip as Sunday Sevens today. I’m not reading anywhere near as much as I used to these days as I’m knitting instead. I can knit and read at times, but it has to be something simple I’m knitting.

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      1. So would I be if I didn’t want to finish my book. Once I’ve done it, I’ll make sure I have some time knitting again. I’ll hop over to read your Sunday Sevens as soon as I can. We’re off to Bolsover Castle in a minute to watch a joust.It’s an hour’s drive away from here. I’m just hoping it isn’t going to pour down.

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      2. Hi Bekki. The joust was good and so was the rest of the encampment. Lots of nice medieval stuff on display. I’ll get round to writing about it eventually – I seem to have so many posts lined up to do before it. We’ve had a busy year having days’ out! 🙂
        Hope your Sunday weather is better than our. It’s pouring down here today. I’m so glad we saw the joust yesterday! I don’t imagine they’ll cancel it though. Those knights are made of sturdy stuff. 🙂

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  4. I’m so glad I found someone else who isn’t a sock knitter! This was a subject of much debate on my last post 😊
    Socks for travel knitting are great, although I will admit that, being a monogamous knitter for most of the time, I’ll knit on whatever I’m working on (even a lace shawl)…
    Happy knitting!

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    1. Yes, me too, I was delighted when I found your post about not sock knitting unless except under extreme circumstances 🙂 A monogamous knitter is rare too, in my experience. Have to admit there’s not hope of monogamy for me – at least not in knitting.

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      1. Hah, I think knitting monogamy is just a reflection of my stubbornness 😀 I can’t stop until I’m done with that project… which is curious considering how obsessed I am with multitasking 😳 Is this a therapy moment?!

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