As you may know, I love a quick project to take my mind off of whatever is taking me forever to knit! I am still knitting the same sleeve on my Corduroy sweater pattern from A Fine Fleece. Yes, I can hear all of you including Olive saying “just get on with it already!”
But I did, I put the Corduroy sweater down for the weekend and started to make another bag. I only have 5 handbags with me currently: a blue bag that my friend Christina knitted for me about 7 years ago, a purple felted handbag that I made a few months back, a really worn red leather shoulder bag, and an orange leather shoulder bag and big orange travel bag that has 2 big compartments – one side for stuff, the other for knitting! My rational to The Shaker is this: the red leather bag is very used and just needs to be put down. Plus, I don’t have a green one – but I do now.
|Front of bag|
|This is the back and I added a small loop|
and button to secure my phone.
Yes, I am bit paranoid about loosing my phone
First of all, I use Cascade 220’s worsted weight yarn for almost all of my felted projects. I have use Patons Classic Wool as well and I like both yarns equally. They both felt up beautifully after washing because there is minimal shaping after you remove your felted item from the washing machine. There is always a little shaping afterwards, but honestly, I have felted with other yarns and I have found that I am pulling and tugging and shaping for a longer than need be, and, honestly, this is time where I could be knitting.
The handbag pattern is called “Sweetwater Hipster Bag” by Julie Finocchiaro and the pattern instructions are fantastic! If you have never knitted a bag and/or felted one and you are thinking about it, check out this pattern! The pattern is $6.95 and totally worth it. It comes with detailed instructions, which I like. I am one of those knitters, the more clearly written instructions the better the outcome and, probably, I won’t have to rip out any stitches – which in itself is a bonus. Plus the pattern comes with instructions to fabric-line the handbag.
I haven’t lined any of my felted handbags but maybe you want to; Ms. Finocchiaro provides fabric-lining instructions with the purchase of this pattern. Now I haven’t lined my handbags because I have made a ton of this little pouches from Kimie Quilts designs. I did an Internet search of this pattern to include in this blog post - but I had the hardest time finding it! I bought this pattern before I knew Olive; that is how long I have had it. I think I bought it back in the last millennium – the late 1990’s! I have stuck with the original pattern design, but I have now made the pouches in fun novelty fabrics and no longer make it with the fusible patterns that it shows in the photo. I have even added beads to a few of the pouches.
|I made the small one from scraps of a dress that Vermouth|
wore when she was 3. It was my favorite dress.
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