I’ve been making these soft leather knitting bags for a couple of months now, they’re a job that I really enjoy doing… Each one has it’s own unique character and markings. The leather I use is this beautiful buttery soft conker colour that glows in the evening sun… Perfect for autumn!
Each leather hide is different, it’s part of the joy and the frustration of working with this medium. I’ve had hides that have needed to be returned as they really just aren’t usable and likewise I’ve had hides that are just too beautiful and special that I want to keep hold of them!
Today was a day of getting orders completed for sending… It was quite a sad day actually, I absolutely love making these bags but in the build up to Christmas I’m also having to slow down and not do so much as my pregnancy is progressing. This is the last batch of these bags that I plan to make until I come back to work next September. I love my work and I’m not looking forward to finally packing everything down into boxes ready for babies arrival (don’t get me wrong I’m excited about the next step with bump but my work is my headspace and my peace… I love to create).
I realised this morning as I was planning and pattern cutting the leather that I didn’t yet have a bag for myself. I’d always intended on making myself one but somehow never quite got round to it.
When cutting leather I like to lay the hide out and plan where to cut pieces, choosing the strongest, cleanest and most durable leather to fulfil my orders. But today that left me with this piece… a large enough piece to make a bag but with a hole in (either from the skinning or tanning progress). Not wanting to waste that amount of leather I decided to make a feature out of it. This bag is about 3” larger than any knitting bag I’ve made before and as it’s for me I added a stitch marker holder on the outside and an internal patch and flap pocket (two pockets only one stitch line brilliant!… See pic above for outside back view and below for internal view).
The bag is made using leather closer to what would be the cows belly and so it’s softer than I would use for a customers bag but fine for me. There is nothing whatsoever wrong with the leather taken from that area, it’s just more fibrous and prone to stretching.
So what of the little hole? Well I patched it with a beautiful rustic red colour and then hand stitched round the outside of the hole using my favourite stitch, one that I used to use to decorate the backs of hand stitched leather shoes and boots. Part of me wishes that there had been a couple more natural holes to decorate in this manor and I just love the stitching!
Such a small and seemingly simple ‘flaw’ but one that I have completely fallen in love with.
So a special bag calls for special contents, I’m keeping my Riverknits custom dye ‘Gringer Nut’ in there ready to become my Whitehorse jumper.
Hope you’re all having a fab knitty weekend and enjoyed seeing a little into the process of how things are made and developed.