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May 28, 2009

my most recent felted (or rather, fulled) bag

Filed under: sewing/knitting — ilivetolearn @ 12:40 pm

I already have more felted bags than I can use, but when I got the latest issue of Interweave Knits (Summer 2009), I couldn’t resist the Kalahari Tote, designed by Vivan Høxbro. I even had all the right colors in my stash, though instead of her suggested yarn I used Frog Tree alpaca, which I know from previous experience felts nicely in a boucle-ish way. So off I went, on size 5 needles, doing mitered squares. Another technique that benefits from felting, in my opinion…all the little holes and glitches go away. Here is the before item, measuring 17 1/2 by 18 1/2 inches:

bag before

After a go-round in the machine, in hot water with a pair of jeans for extra agitation, it looks like this:

bag after

and measures 10 3/4 by 12 1/2 inches.

I lined it with a light color so it won’t become a black hole for wallets, cell phones, and keys, and even put in a zippered pocket for some of the aforementioned items:

IMG_1304And here is the finished item, modeled by Margo (but in reality, I will never let her use it):

IMG_1307

And I’ve already started another one in blues and greens. I may never go back to entrelac.

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1 Comment »

  1. That is gorgeous! I love the effect, how the colors sort of blur a little bit and get soft looking -like a watercolor. Wow, that is really impressive.

    Comment by Sarah — May 28, 2009 @ 3:38 pm | Reply


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