The Garter Ridge Soap Sack
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“It’s getting crowded under the tree!”
Fantastic. Such were the words I feared my lil’ sis would say as Christmas drew closer. With other presents all wrapped up and occupying every piece of real estate under the tree, I am faced with the challenge of coming up with something small yet functional for every member of the family. Taking stock of my newly acquired skill, I told myself that this year, my gifts will be hand-knitted.
Now…what would be suitable in terms of time and affordability? Too big, I risk not completing on time. Too small, would it be of any use? After many head scratching moments, the inspiration finally came from an ordinary looking object that for a while, had occupied the corner of my desk.
Soap. Yes, you read that right. A humble bar of handmade soap.
Count me lucky stars! The yarn I needed were abundant in my ‘yarn house’. The blessing in disguise of a forward-thinking yarn hoarder, I’d say. I set out creating my own pattern and soon, I was deftly moving the knitting needles on my way to completing the first soap sack. What great fun I had with Judy’s Magic Cast On technique I had just discovered a week earlier!
With all the packing, flights & only days left to Christmas, I finally managed to complete all five sacks. Vibrant colours for my vibrant family members. Looks like everyone will be getting their gifts after all. Blimey! I could have ruin Christmas!
Now, would you like to knit one for yourself too? I’d be glad to share one of the patterns with you. Having been motivated by Hazel from St. Helen’s (many thanks, dear!) to publish the patterns, although I haven’t had enough time to tidy the rest of the scribbled notes, I’m happily giving away the Garter Ridge Soap Sack pattern.
Go on & give it a try! Let me know how yours turn out.
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