Bread is supposed to be the staff of life. For me, knitting is the staff of life. So, the combination of the two seems pretty fitting!
I finally finished what should have been a “quickie” knitting project, but it seemed to drag on forever. Add the fact that I am not thrilled with the outcome, and you can be sure this will not be added to my Top Ten Favorite Knitting Projects. The project in question is my Bread Basket Liner.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the pattern — it is really cute and is nicely written. I think the problem was with my yarn choice. I was trying to use yarn from my stash (::cough:: cheap ::cough::) — my denim Riveting leftovers. I had to knit the thing 20 inches square so it would shrink to 17-18″. That is a lot of extra knitting for no real good reason. Plus, the yarn just doesn’t look that good for this purpose. I think a cotton-linen washable mix would be better.
I took the shopping advice of a reader and bought the Tree of Life Bread Basket and Warmer from SERRV. I got three: two for gifts and one for moi. They are wonderful — a little more than I had planned on spending (::cough:: cheap ::cough::), but really high quality.
I may or may not knit a liner for the gifts: a nice linen or damask napkin would work, too. I may save my knitting for more rewarding projects, although I just might try different yarn and make another for me, to see if I like it better.