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It was close, but I made it! My sister got a finished Positano Tote under the tree. She did see it ahead of time, though, because we were snowbound together at my house. I finished it the morning of the 23rd, right before we packed up to make the long trek to our parents' house.

Pattern: Interweave Knits Winter 2008 Positano Tote
Yarn: Wool of the Andes Amber Heather
Needles: US 7 24" circular and US 5 DPNs

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Comment by Pat on January 17, 2009 at 8:49am
Gorgeous; have been wondering what to give my sister-in-law for her 60th and this is it. I just ordered the yarn. The lining will be the new "I Love Lucy" fabric, (Lucy is her favorite). I like your version better than the one in Interweave knits. The stitches look much crisper and more tailored.
Comment by Tina on January 6, 2009 at 8:08am
Hi jardinrouge,
I used 8 balls of Wool of the Andes, so it was less yardage than the pattern called for. The difference is needle size was just for me personally because I am a very loose knitter.
Comment by jardinrouge on January 5, 2009 at 9:33pm
Your sister must be giddy with did such a beautiful job on this! Also, I really like your choice of handles and the closure. How much of the Wool of the Andes you used? And does the difference in yarns (Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride vs Wool of the Andes) account for the differences in needle sizes between the pattern and yours (US9 vs US7)?
Comment by Zwaantje on January 3, 2009 at 11:11am
I already found the answer to my own question. It's the 2008-2009 issue. I just took a subscription and will get the issue with the bag. I do have to say that I find this mauve colored one much nices than the green one. Just wanted to mention that...

Comment by Zwaantje on January 3, 2009 at 6:42am
I'm totally new here, just signed up 10 minutes ago. And the first thing I see is this absolutely fantastic purse... WOW is all I can come up with right now.
An after thought: I am always a little confused when magazines are the 'winter' isuues. Is this from the winter 2008-2009, or 2007-2008?
Comment by knitterykate on January 1, 2009 at 10:51am
Your tote is beautiful! I saw the bag in the magazine and passed right by it. Your pics make me want to knit it.
Comment by hoosierwoman on January 1, 2009 at 8:47am
Absolutely gorgeous! I saw the pattern in Interweave Knits, but I'm suffering from having too many handbags, so this project will have to wait. Both the handle and closure are different, but just right for this bag. Great job, Tina! Hoosierwoman
Comment by Bekka on December 30, 2008 at 9:06pm
Absolutely beautiful!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 29, 2008 at 6:48pm
Tina, Thanks. I've already got a long list of 2009 knitting that I want to do, along with yarn already purchased, but I really like that tote. It reminds me of one on your knitting patterns list. It is in a book that I purchased, but not nearly as large a bag. The knitting pattern is the same, and I really like it.

Comment by Tina on December 29, 2008 at 4:37pm
Hi Susan - I got it in the magazine, but it seems that Interweave has been offering the patterns individually on their Knitting Daily web site as downloads after the issue is sold out, so you might be able to get it there after a while.

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