I've been thinking about making a bag for quite some time, but lacked inspiration. Then, a few weeks ago inspiration finally struck when I found some Noro Taiyo sock yarn for sale, though I almost felt the blood drain from my body when I saw the price tag. Nevertheless, I decided to treat myself and splurged on two balls. Inspired by a bag made by a friend here and one I had seen online here I set to work making 24 simple granny squares.
Once all the squares were complete I began with my layout, there was lots of adjusting, re-adjusting, trying to decide if I should add a button or not. Finally I decided on a plan.
I chose a lace weight aubergine coloured Merino yarn to join the squares and a deep cranberry coloured needlecord fabric for the lining. I decided to not rush or skimp on the lining and ended up constructing quite a time consuming method, but I'm glad I did as I feel this gave me the quality of finish on the inside to live up to the beauty of the yarn on the outside.
I decided against a button, whatever I tried it always seemed to distract from the beauty of the yarns. I may change my mind and add a button later if I find I miss one when using it.
I'm thrilled with this bag. It's a perfect size for a day bag; roomy but not oversized. Its nice and deep and when sitting on my shoulder drops down to about mid thigh length. Because the yarn was so expensive, I could probably have bought a bag for less, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been so pretty and I wouldn't have loved it half as much.