One week of String-a-long completed and my bag so far looks like this:
I have found the pattern (the Saturday market bag) fairly simple so far and can knit the lace pattern from memory with no problem. My bag seems a lot smaller than I was expecting and I am not really sure why - I have used the right needles and yarn weight and have tried to knit with loose tension but it is approximately 10 cm too small anyway.
I have decided not to care and to carry on at this size for this bag - it should look quite cute and as I have plenty of large string bags that I use regularly a smaller one could come in quite handy. It has knitted up very quickly and I am looking at other patterns to try next - I am swinging towards one of the crochet versions as that will be quite a challenge to my new crochet skills!
I have enjoyed checking out the blogs of all of you joining in and the photo's that some have uploaded to Flickr. Dawn has sped through her bag(s) as has Lesley at Chapter iii, Dolly features has started her lovely coral bag and despite claims of mistakes the bag at Erasmus our Alaskan cat's blog looks great to me! Valarie posted a lovely quote along with pictures of the start of her bag and I am hoping that Jennifer and her Family get well soon so she can wow us with her planned collection of many bags (hope you are better soon for lots of other reasons too!) It is so much fun looking in on all this creativity and I am amazed at how different all our bags are turning out. Do check out the links if you have a few moments, you may find you are inspired to join in!