Friday, January 27, 2006

I'm back...

The felted bag saga continues...

When last I left you, I was ready to install the handles. I was planning on using plastic tubing as suggested in the book. However, there was a change in plans. The plastic tubing would have worked great for a short handle. But this bag is big, and I wanted the straps to fit easily over my shoulder (even while wearing a heavy coat). This meant that I needed the straps to have approximately 13" hang, or be at least 26" total. This was way too long for the plastic tubing, and things weren't working out. So, after a couple hours of struggling and bloody fingers, I decided to reevaluate. I decided to instead knit some handles. I also decided to make them striped also. This was perhaps not the smartest idea, because each of the wools felted to a different width and at a different rate. But, at any rate here is the bag in its current state...
felted stash bag
The handles are still bothering me, even after a few days of use. I'm worried that they are going to stretch too long. My initial thought was to use leather handles and have them installed at a shoe repair shop or something. But I can't even find any leather straps. So for now, this is how the felted bag looks... And it is really huge.

I've also been doing some knitting for The Preemie Project. I've been slacking on that knitting lately, so I want to get some hats finished before the next donation which is next month.
helix hat 1
This hat is knit using Cotton Ease and using this pattern found through blogland. The only change I made in the pattern was to size it down for a preemie head (I cast on 63 stitches on size 7s and 8s to make a hat that is approximately for a 6-8 lb baby. You could cast on any multiple of 9 to make the pattern and the decreases work). For the booties, I used this pattern. This is the easiest bootie pattern that I've found.
helix hat 2
I nearly have a second hat finished already. Then I'll move on to boy colors. Luckily, I have plenty of this yarn sitting around.

If you are interested in doing some charity knitting, sewing, or crocheting, The Preemie Project would love to have you. Laura's project has really exploded in the past few months and now boasts over 100 volunteers from all over the country. You can knit a dozen hats or just one. If you need motivation, The Scottish Lamb is holding a contest. You could win a great prize just by knitting one hat and bootie set... Maybe I should hold a contest also - I'll have to think about a prize.

7 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Melissa said...

I think you're right - leather handles are probably the best way to go. Did you try JoAnn Fabrics website? Otherwise - the bag looks great!

Laura said...

If there's a shoe repair shop they can probably help you out with some simple flat leather strap type handles. At least that makes sense to me. The bag is SO nice and the leather handles would really be classy and professional looking!!

Wool Winder said...

Cute hat! Interesting the way the pattern is written for the color changes.

I have a feeling you'll be changing the handles on your bag, because you don't sound satisfied with them. They look good from here. What are you using the bag for?

Knittripps said...

I think your bag looks nice. It was a good idea opt for longer handles. I love big bags that you can put over your shoulder and stuff all my goodies in. Leather handles would be really classy.

Megan said...

I also think leather handles would look great on your bag. I hope you can find something that works! I do like the handles you have right now, too, though.

Jean said...

Libby!! That hat is ADORABLE!!! I think you were right about the handles on the bag.

Anonymous said...

libby - working on the helix striped cap - i casted on 66 sts, so i'm knitting 3" with a and then 22 sts with a, then 22 with b, then 44 with c? the stripes don't seem to match up - i've frogged it 4 times. it can't be this complicated.

p.s. grazy girl in coralville was great! thanks for the info.

amy

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