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Another UFO Bites the Dust (in a good way)

Finally finished with my second Positano Tote! I had terrible procrastinationitis about the lining, but finally just made myself do it this weekend. I brought it to work today, full of all my normal purse stuff plus my newest knitting project (photo below). I love that it stands up by itself and holds so much.

Pattern: Positano Tote from Interweave Knits, Winter 2008 issue
Yarn: Wool of the Andes in Avocado, double stranded
Needles: US7 and US9, 32" circulars so I could knit both the front and back at the same time

My newest project - in Gloss DK! (And, yeah, those are the new Zephyr Options needles too!) I already love knitting with this yarn - so silky and shiny. I'm really excited to see how it does in argyle stranded knitting.

Pattern: Nederland Vest from KnitScene, Fall 2008 issue
Yarn: Gloss DK (not up on our site yet, but here's the Ravelry info page)
Needles: US5 Zephyrs 24" circulars (not on our site yet either, but coming soon - I promise!)

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Comment by Jessica AC Snyder on February 26, 2010 at 6:19am
I noticed you said you used the WotA double stranded. Do you think this would work with the WotA bulky single stranded, or did the double stranding add to the gauge/texture/sturdiness in some way that a single strand of bulky weight wouldn't? Regardless, I am SO buying the back issue of IK to get this pattern, and dipping into my incoming order of WotA. I can always order the bulky in a 2nd color, and make 2, if you think it'd work. (I'm always up for an excuse to buy more yarn. *cheese grin*) You have inspired me. :)
Comment by Ashley Mirra on August 30, 2009 at 4:20pm
hey i just orderd the zepher needles and gloss fingering to make my mom a shawl. i can not wait to get them in the mail and start knitting :D
Comment by allsubstance on August 18, 2009 at 2:20pm
Procrastinationitis! lol! Can I use that?
Comment by Julie Prerost on July 21, 2009 at 8:19am
I love the closure. It looks great.
Comment by Tina on July 20, 2009 at 7:45am
Hi knittingmoonbeams,
I think the WotA color Chestnut would be closest to the Doe color of Gloss DK shown in my photo.
Comment by knittingmoonbeams on July 17, 2009 at 6:34pm
Love this bag. Tina, what color in the Wool of the Andes line would you recommend that is similar in color to your Gloss DK project yarn?
Comment by Sky Knitter on July 17, 2009 at 5:15pm
how can I get this pattern? Thanks
Comment by Roxane on July 16, 2009 at 4:13pm
That may be the coolest knitted tote I've ever seen!
Comment by Tammy McNaught on July 16, 2009 at 7:30am
I absolutely love this tote.
I made a felted one a couple years ago,but love this one more.
Comment by Tina on July 15, 2009 at 9:21am
Hi everyone,
Wow, I'm surprised how much you like the tote! I'll try to answer some of your questions here:
I checked, and you can still purchase the back issue of Interweave Knits that has this pattern in it - click here.
For stiffening to make the bag sturdy, I used thick quilter's template plastic, punched holes around the edges of the pieces and then whip stitches the pieces with yarn to the knitted pieces. The pattern calls for plastic needlepoint canvas, but I thought the quilter's template plastic would be more stiff.
I bought the handles here. Remember that you will need two handles; they are sold separately.
I don't remember where I bought the wood oval that I used instead of a buckle (sorry about that). I think it was a general craft store, and I think they had several workable options - it'll depend on your personal preference.
For super detailed notes about the minor changes I made to the pattern the first time I made it (and I repeated those changes on this second bag), you can see my Ravelry post here.

Regarding the needles - they're coming in a few weeks - early August. I'd really encourage you all to listen to Kelley's podcast next week (July 22) - in that episode Kelley and I discuss the needles in detail.

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