Monday, September 11, 2006

Drying out.

All summer Rykert has been trying to get me to camp with him at a ski tournament. I turned him down all summer, until this weekend. He was skiing at a tournament in Waterloo - a mere hour away. Perfect, I can go up on Saturday afternoon, watch him ski, stay the night, and then get back at a decent time Sunday morning - or so I thought. The added bonus was a ski show that was planned for Saturday night complete with firecrackers. Well, Saturday turned out cloudy and unseasonbly cool - luckily I was prepared with an extra blanket, sweatshirts, and long pants. We fell asleep fairly early, and I was surprised by the relative comfort of the air matress. Here was our little camp site (note the orange knitting bag next to my pink chair).
tent before
Well, shortly after we hunkered down for the evening it started to rain. A leak in the top of the tent provided me with a wet pillow and head. Our things (save the knitting) that were lying on the perimeter of the tent were soaked. It was cold, wet, and miserable. I woke up every hour or so thinking that it had to have stopped, but the steady sound of rain drops on the tent said otherwise. In fact, it is still raining - and it is has barely stopped in the past 36 hours. Needless to say, I was in my car and on the road by 8 a.m. with a backseat full of wet bedding and clothes.

Despite this misery, I was able to get some crafting accomplished. I have been working on this felted bag for my mom using Noro Kureyon.
Here it is prefelted;
mom's bag prefelted
Male nurse action figure for scale. I basically used the Booga Bag pattern, but made it slightly larger (by casting on 40 stitches and knitting 40 rows for the bottom). The landlord was forced to replace our washing machine earlier this summer (after a flooded kitchen). Felting in our old machine was a snap - all you had to do was turn the machine on, click your heels, turn around and your knitting would be felted to within an inch of its life. The new machine took a little more work - and a couple extra trips through the machine. But the end result was the perfect size.
mom's bag felted
Male nurse action figure for scale. You may notice that the bottom seems to have some structure. In preparation for the finishing, I sewed heavy duty interfacing in the sides and bottom for extra support.
mom's bag lining 1
I think that this will give the bag more structure. I purchased leather to make straps.
mom's bag with handles
The leather was purchased from Tandy Leather. When you order from their site, they ship from the closest retailer. In my case, out of Des Moines, so the service was quite fast. I also purchased other assorted items that I will need for installation and my first attempt at leatherwork.
leather tools
Step one will be measuring and punching all the sewing holes. This scary tool does the job, but it is not as easy as I thought it would be. I'm determined, because I think the finished product will be nice - though I may be tempted to keep it for myself.
I've also completed another felted bag using the yarn I received from my parents for my birthday. But I will leave that for the next post, but I'm thinking that I may use pink leather handles for this one - I may source them from here.
I'm also working on some Halloween costumes... details to come.

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

Megan said...

That tool? It's frightening. Sorry you got all wet this weekend, but what a gorgeous bag! Good luck working on the handles.

Rykert said...

The tent is still wet, and the inside of my car reeks, too!

Emily said...

That just goes to show you. . . DON'T CAMP! It really isn't that fun.I did it one time with 5 kids and my mother-in-law. Ha Ha.

Anonymous said...

I guess this experience has dampened your enthusiasm for camping. You were lucky you were able to escape asap.Love the pink chair.

Wool Winder said...

Exactly the reason I only camp in a travel trailer with air conditioning, heat, refrigerator, microwave, hot water, and full bathroom. I'm not really into roughing it.

The felted bag looks great!

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