So, confession time. I knit a brioche cowl this week using my friend Fu’s beautiful alpaca/Jacob sheep yarn known as the Bearford Flock. Hours after posting a photo of the cowl on Instagram, I put on a load of washing at 40 degrees. Unbeknown to me, I’d also scooped up my cowl that was drying on the floor beside my laundry basket! It came out of the wash approximately half the size and heavily felted! I was horrified: firstly at wrecking the cowl; and secondly at mistreating my friend’s gorgeous yarn from her equally gorgeous animals that she tends with love every single day!
So, what could I do? Well, I started knitting a second cowl straight away with the leftover yarn, and thought about what to do with the now unwearable one. A bag! I’d make a bag! And, that’s just what I’ve done. I decided not to cut the cowl but use it as a single piece for the exterior of my new bag. To line the bag, I carefully measured and designed an insert. I had the perfect material for this: the dark grey Burel woollen fabric I’d bought in Lisbon last November. So, here are a few photos of the whole process, and the finished result! I’m delighted with the bag which I’m going to treasure! And Fu, I’m so sorry!!!