The bag mostly uses twist stitches and knit/purl textures to show off the gold fish – little carp – carpette, get it? It all started with one of Ben’s puns, he thought the reticule shape looked like a goldfish bowl.
I was mostly excited to have figured out a not too tacky place to put a realistic motif – did you know that John Ruskin (Charlotte Mason’s John Ruskin) did not approve of realistic motifs in clothing? I’m planning to continue flouting him, but keep on with the living books. Carpette Bag
You measure the yarn against your arm to decide how large a dot to knit. A fun side effect is that the back side of the cowl is a completely different fabric. The dot already reminded my editor of capow! bubbles in comic books, hence the color scheme, but the two sides of the cowl really clinched the name, because the cowl has a heroic side, and a mild mannered side.
This pattern is meant for high contrast hand painted yarns, such as A Hundred Ravens Iachos (and A Hundred Ravens were DELIGHTFUL to work with).