Saturday, Felt Day

You got to see the beginnings of the felted bag a friend commissioned me to knit, as a Christmas present for her daughter.

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Well, here it was this morning:

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And, now, modeled by the lovely Gothlet:

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She’s a good sport.

Specs: made from 4 skeins of Araucania Nature Wool Chunky (now on sale at Webs!), 3 of which I dyed to make the dark green stripe, and one left plain for the base of the bag and the I-cord strap. Pattern, based on the famous Booga Bag. However, I swatched and calculated the number of stitches needed to make the dark green stripes line up, then made a rectangle to be the shape I wanted and the number of stitches I needed; which was 40 stitches by 40 rows (20 garter ridges), to make a total of 120 stitches in the round after picking up stitches.

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Man, this stuff felts well. After one 14 minute trip through the washer, with warm water, not hot, there was no stitch definition left.

Now we’re drying (I carefully spun out most of the moisture, and it’s sitting on a foam pad on top of the radiator where it’s nice and toasty, so it should dry quickly, I think); here’s the blocking shot, which is just not as exciting as lace blocking shots!

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That’s four coffee table books in a bag with a towel wrapped around it.

So, while all this was happening, this morning the Saturday Sky looked like this:

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reflecting on this:

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Yep, it was raining today. In Wisconsin. In December. Ick.

But later in the afternoon, it changed.

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Yay, snow!

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We’re supposed to get another 5 to 8 inches tonight.

Did you notice, our little Japanese maple still has some of its leaves clinging?

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So pretty against the snow.

I hope it doesn’t mess up travel plans for those that are doing so, but I’m glad it’s snowing.

(Remind me of that tomorrow when I’m shoveling….)

11 responses to “Saturday, Felt Day

  1. Wow – that’s a huge bag! Great colors though. Beautiful snow pictures….

  2. The weather’s doing the opposite thing to us here. Loads of snow over the week, now today it’s supposed to rain. We (meaning dh) got a lot of snow off the roof yesterday. We figure all the snow will turn to concrete with a day of rain on it.

  3. Love that bag – kinda looks like Camo!

  4. Great job on the bag–green tiger stripes! Have a great holiday!

  5. That’s a great bag. I love how it turned out. Aren’t radiators great for drying felted items?

  6. The bag is beautiful. And I’m a little envious of the snow. All I see is gray and damp outside my window here in the soggy Pacific Northwest.

  7. Wow, I like how that bag looks with the stripes!

    We’re getting that yucky sort of weather here, now…rainy all day, supposed to get cold again tomorrow.

    Hope you have a great holiday!

  8. Did you get lots of wind, too? We got about 6 inches of snow, but the big problem today was the wind….

  9. Love the Bag-That-Ate-The-Gothlet shot! Words cannot express how impressed I am that you somehow (but how?) calculated how many stitches you needed to make the stripes line up. Well done!

  10. Gothlet is completely covered— that bag *was* huge! šŸ™‚

  11. Love the bag over the girl’s head!

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