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Archive for February 10th, 2005

Watercolor Bag is Gorgeous!

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

I finished the LynnH Watercolor Bag after a very late night. Class went well. I love the bag, love the class, pattern is together enough for class but not quite polished enough for public sale (it needs more photos, primarily). My goal for the pattern publishing date is next week, I think. After my 2 classes at Threadbear on Sunday and Monday are over, that is.

Isn’t she a beauty? Big enough to carry all the stuff I love to keep with me all the time (camera, walkman, wallet, palm device, at least 2 pair socks in progress). Small enough to not be ridiculous (like the one I’ve been carrying lately). Now if I can only get time to knit the one I am planning for myself!

What else is nice about this bag is that it is significantly less expensive to knit than so many other felted bags. It calls for a single strand of yarn throughout (that makes it lighter weight and I like the thinner fabric better).

This pictured bag takes 3 skeins (all of different colorways) of Noro Kureyon (about $8.50 USD a ball) and about half a skein of Cascade 220 (about $6 or so for one skein). I remember once that I wanted to knit another well-regarded felted knitting bag, about twice this size and calling for doubled yarn. I had to wait until I was given a gift certificate for my birthday before I could afford to buy the yarn. This one calls for a lot less wool, although obviously it is a very different design.

I’m almost done knitting a much smaller version of this bag, but I need to set it aside a while for other sample knitting. I think I’m just going to love teaching this class! It’s simple to knit, even for someone who has not knit much. Yet, it’s a good design with beautiful color. What else could a knitter want?

By the way, I’m doing needlefelted embellishments at Threadbear this Sunday. You can use ordinary wool yarns or loose fiber to make spirals, curlicues, and all other sorts of colorful designs on an already-felted item. Bring a felted bag you find too boring, or a purchased felt beret, or go to the Salvation Army store and buy a sweater that has been put through the wash. You can cut the body of that sweater into two squares, embellish one or both pieces of fabric, and make an incredible pillow.

This is one class where you do not have to know how to knit at all, so bring a creative friend or older child. It does require a very, very sharp needle, and there is a chance you will poke yourself, so if you need to avoid that possibility you might want to skip this one. However, a little safety planning goes a long way and the process is great fun. I’ll try to have a photo for you tomorrow. I’ll try! I have so many things to do on my “day off” I don’t know what I will actually accomplish.

I hope folks join me! Send email to Rob@threadbearfiberarts.com if you want to register.

Hope you like the pic.