Last night I finished the project that I've been working on, and have been waiting to talk about.
It's the Farmer's Market Bag from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. I don't think this pattern should be included under the guise of being knitable in a single weekend. It should be in a book called "Knit for every spare second for over a week, and you might get it done".
The only time I deviated from the fair isle pattern was on the strap. It was supposed to be patterned, but I made it plain instead.
This picture is pre-felting (that's a 16 inch ruler beside it):
This project was actually inspired by my stash. Almost a year ago, I picked up 2 bags of Rowan Rowanspun Aran, and I've had no idea what to do with it since. I was surprised at how little yarn this project took. I only used about 3 balls (possibly 4, I can't remember) of the dark blue, and 2 of the light blue. At least I think it was 2. Geez, I should really start paying more attention! If anyone really wants to know, I can count the remaining balls and tell you exactly how many balls it took.
I used a double strand of this yarn, and a 7mm needle, and I "pretty much" got gauge. Hey. It's a bag, it doesn't have to be too specific.
This picture is post-felting (as you can see, it needs a shave!):
Stu kindly volunteered his old razor to do the shaving (Yes, I did ask first!). It was unimaginably fuzzy when I took it out of the wash, and it's getting better, but it still needs another shave.
I was searching around online to see if any other people had substituted yarns and talked about it, but I could hardly find anything on this bag. I was really surprised, since the book's been out for a while, and it's a really cute pattern. Believe me, it looks much more difficult than it actually is. I was even able to work on this on the bus.