Way back, when I got my wheel about 18 months ago, a dear friend, Dawn, sent me some zwartble/suffolk cross wool. A beautiful silvery grey colour. Some she had carded, some she left for me to card, so I had an introduction to some of the processes that go into spinning wool. By the time I came to spin it up I had managed to get my spinning quite fine and consistent, and I was very proud of my first decent wool.I then got asked by a friend to make her a bag like the one I had made for myself for the Guild challenge this last Christmas. She decided she liked the grey wool, so I set too. However, it was very quickly apparent that I had spun it too fine to be used as a bag, so doubled up the wool to create the right thickness of wool.
And so, as is the way when knitting in the round I cabled, and cabled, and cabled until I ran out of wool!! Yep, because I had to double up the yarn it didn’t go as far as I had hoped, and Dawn kindly sent some more wool, this time I had to wash it too, and the transformation was amazing. Once it was processed, and spun, I could carry on knitting.Until we came to the finished bag! Well, that wasn’t quite the end of the story. About half way into making the bag I remembered a sweet little black and silver button with flower on it that had been part of my Nan’s button stash, which I knew just had to go with this bag. I also decided a lovely bright pink and white floral lining would look good. But do you think I could find such material?Browsing the internet, I happened across some hibiscus material in America that a lovely lady was selling in a sale. It was perfect, and guess what… the flower on the button is also a hibiscus. Which has subsequently given this bag the name of the Hibiscus bag.