Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I've designed this (beginner)pattern a while ago and it has seen a few transformations. My latest variation is knit in a hot pink La Droguerie Lin, has a long strap and is lined with amazing Liberty fabric. I got both fabric and yarn at Julija's Shop in Antwerp. My favorite shop in the world!

Originally it came as a Knit Kit, but it's a great summer project and I've decided to put it up on Ravelry so it's more widely available.

I named the pattern Bamboo, because the slip stitch ('lazy gal's stitch' in Dutch) reminds me of bamboo in more than one way. Bamboo grows like crazy, this bag does too. It's a super fast knit! The structure of the stitches looks a lot like the bamboo stems, longer parts divided by a horizontal knot. It's also very breezy, like swaying bamboo in the wind. Oh I know... I'm letting myself go. It's just a cool knit and so easy to make!

This bag can be knitted with any yarn. If you’d like to get rid of some yarn that isn’t suitable for clothing, this is your project. If the yarn isn’t very strong you can line the bag with a nice fabric. Or choose linen, cotton, hemp or even acrylic for a strong openwork bag. Knit it, use it, love it!

The pink lined version is knitted with a single strap. Just knit one of the two straps to desired length and re-attach it to the other side. (the instructions for lining are not included in the pattern)

This pattern will be translated in English asap. Please mail me at sasknitsitagain@hotmail.com if you are interested!

Knit On!

Saturday, June 11, 2011


And so it came and went... WW KIP Day, the Rotterdam edition. As intended it started on a square in the North of Rotterdam. In a neighborhood that is old and genuinely Rotterdam-ish and on the other hand up-and-coming-urban-design-shop-ish. A great mix for new innocent souls that can be pulled into our favorite craft. Unfortunately, we weren't able to draw new blood from those non-believers. The cold soon led us to our plan B shelter, NICHE, a nice, bright flower/gift shop with a huge table, coffee, tea and a loo (let's be honest, you can't do without it). Suus, the owner was kind enough to let us sit there for the afternoon. And when the sun showed her face again, we were so comfortable there that we kept put.
It was a full house and all kinds of knitwear had been brought to the table. Most of the knitters are known members of the Rotterdam Stitch 'n Bitch group, but we've also had a few new gals attending, some tagged along with the S'nB members, others responded to my spamming on-line. So even though we didn't actually pulled people from the public into our group, we were able to teach others some new insights into knitting 2011.
I hardly ever get to go to our Stitch 'n Bitch group, so I was very pleased to get a lot of them there to catch up.
I declare WW KIP Day: a success!
If anyone in the neighborhood (the Netherlands) wants to go for another Knit Event this Monday, go check out the 'Markt van wol enzo' in Zeeland. More info here on Facebook en here on the weblog. Go check out Ballee's spindles from Peru and great vintage buttons.

Thursday, June 09, 2011


For my Dutch Readers: Aanstaande zaterdag, tijdens WW KIP Dag, verkoopt SAS Knits It Again Phildar & La Droguerie garens bij Niche Rotterdam. De bloem- en kadowinkel aan de Zaagmolenkade 42, is op 5 minuten loopafstand van de KIP Dag locatie aan het Noordplein. Bij regen en hoge nood is Niche onze uitvalsbasis deze dag.

Vanaf 3 bollen garen ontvang je 30% korting op het Phildar garen. Er is ook een 'euro mand'. Verschillende diktes katoen en bio-katoen, tweeds en mixgarens met super mooie kleuren. Ook is er een bescheiden collectie La Droguerie garens waaronder merino, baby alpaca en pakketten met genoeg materiaal voor een ruime omslagdoek/sjaal:
In dit pakket: gerecyclede wol en kid mohair, die samen gebreid een zeer warme en zachte cocon oplevert waar je in de winter heerlijk in kan snoezelen. Ja echt... ik zei 'snoezelen'! Beginners breien hem rechtoe-rechtaan en gevorderden kunnen er hun fantasie op loslaten.


Next saturday, during WW KIP Day, SAS Knits It Again will sell Phildar & La Droguerie yarns at Niche Rotterdam. The flower and gift shop is located 5 minutes walk from the KIP Day location at the Zaagmolenkade 42.

Friday, June 03, 2011

SAS Knits In Flair Magazine


WW KIP DAY, world wide knit in public day. It's coming up next week! I love WW KIP DAY, it gives me the chance to hook up with my old Stitch 'n Bitch friends. I never get to go to our meetings since I teach classes every tuesdaynight, their hangout night. And so I get a condensed S'nB day once a year. Lot's of catching up, swapping books & Yarn and showing off our latest projects. This year I'm hosting a KIP Day in our city. For those who can make it, these are the details as posted on the original WW KIP Day site:

Netherlands, Zuid Holland, Rotterdam
Hosted by: SAS Knits It Again
Location: Noordplein, Rotterdam Noord
Time: 12;00
Date: June 11, 2011

How to get there:
Het evenement vindt bij mooi weer plaats op het Noordplein in Rotterdam Noord. Het is het plein tegenover de winkel 'Kookpunt'. Een paar honderd meter verderop, aan de Zaagmolenkade 42, langs het water, zit Niche, onze uitvalsbasis. Deze woon-, cadeau-, bloemenwinkel heeft een toilet waar we gebruik van kunnen maken.

Please bring:
Lekkere snacks en drinken voor eigen gebruik en om eventueel uit te delen. Een stoel of krukje voor eigen gebruik. Alles wat je extra mee kunt nemen om op te zitten is handig. Er zijn ook bankjes om op te zitten aan de rand van het plein. HET BOLLENGEVECHT:1.Neem max 4 bollen garen van hetzelfde type/kleur/bad mee waar je afstand van kunt doen (het liefst wat mooier garen, zodat de ontvanger er ook echt iets aan heeft)2.Bind de bollen aan elkaar zodat je er in z'n geheel mee kunt gooien. 3.Als het signaal klinkt begin je je mede brei(st)ers ermee te bekogelen. 4.Dit houden we twee minuten vol, 5.Als het signaal weer klinkt, pak je de dichtstbijzijnde bollenkluwen op en die neem je mee naar huis of je start er meteen een nieuw project mee.

The backup plan is:
Bij slecht weer kunnen we terecht bij het eerder genoemde Niche en nemen we plaats rondom de grote tafel in het midden van de zaak.

This KIP is not knitting exclusive
There are free bathrooms available nearby

If you need directions in English, or need help otherwise, please mail me here, I'd love to help.