Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Felted Bag

I have boxes of yarn in my pink craft room. More yarn than Rykert thinks I will ever be able to knit. Hmm. He may be right, but I'm making a concerted effort to work through it. It was to that end that I decided to knit this little bag. The inspiration was a version on Ravelry that I had "favorited" months and months ago.

I started with the most basic of felted bag patterns, the Buttonhole Bag. Instead of using 2 strands of bulky yarn (yarn used is Lamb's Pride Bulky leftover from making Rykert's still-unfinished felted slippers) as the pattern suggests, I used one, and so, not surprisingly, the finished product is on the small side. But felting is amazing. Here it was straight off the needles:

Felted Flower Clutch  - Prefelting

Granted, that's a bad picture taken after dark and with a flash. But still, I'm sure you can understand my concern as I threw this in the washing machine. But, wait. Here it is felted and finished.

Felted Flower Clutch 04

Now there's a significant amount of work that went on between the first picture and the second. It took two trips through the machine to get it fully felted. And then a couple of days for it to fully dry. And then I had to shave - I think the mohair content of this particular yarn gives a very "hairy" finished product. I used orange beads to create the stamens in the center and then a few pink beads around the center for a little more (barely noticeable) detail.

Felted Flower Clutch 03

At this point, my fingers had been severely poked from pushing the needle through multiple layers of the felted fabric. I was ready to throw the whole thing aside never to be looked at again, but ultimately, I decided that I was so close I needed to push through the last step. So I dusted off the sewing machine and stitched a liner which I then handstitched into place.

Felted Flower Clutch - lining

I sat back and admired my handiwork, and then promptly remembered that I had intended to put a magnetic snap in the lining. I cursed. And then decided that it did not, in fact, need said magnetic snap. So it's done, and my yarn "stash" is now a few skeins lighter.

Felted Flower Clutch 02

If I had to do it again, and maybe I will someday, I would knit more petals for the flowers to create a fuller effect more like the project that was my inspiration.

So what am I going to work on next? I would like to start converting the random skeins of wool in my pink room into hats to be gifted and donated this winter. But from where I sit on the couch, I can see three (3)* baby sweaters that are in various stages (2 just need sleeves). I should really finish those before I move on.

*Writing numbers in this way has, apparently, become second nature thanks to my day job. I was going to erase it, but then I decided it was kind of funny.

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

Knittripps said...

Hurray for knitting from your stash! I was pretty good the first half of the year, but lately I've been on a bit of a yarn spending spree.

I decided to enter my Swallowtail Shawl in the fair this year. Good luck to you!

Meg said...

wow it came out beautifully!!!

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