So here is my second project i ever did after i started knitting. i did this over the christmas holiday last year. (the first project i ever did was a simple 2 color scarf that looked horrible the first half, and then panned out to perfection the second half!! sound familiar?)
so, for this project, i decided to knit the felted "DJ Bag" in Son of Stitch n' Bitch on page 176. I chose the Patons 100% Wool Merino in Black to do this project. i stayed with the US13 gauge needles, but with the help of my wonderful girlfriend, found an image of Sanrio's Batz Maru online and charted it out for the intarsia on the flap. the reason i did this was i had almost bought a Batz Maru Messenger Bag about 8-9 years ago, and when i went back the next week to buy it, they had discontinued it and i never saw it ever again.
so wow, was this project fun!!! knitting with 2 strands at the same time, made for a very durable bag. here's how it turned out:
the most fun was felting it....i was actually a little bit scared, because i didnt know how it would turn out. i probably could have felted it a little more, for it is just a little on the flimsy side. but i didnt want it to shrink too small. once i committed to the felting amount, i sewed the lining in. it came from a pair of extra large sized black denim jeans i found in a thrift store on the discount rack. i cut what sections i needed, sewed the peices together, and fashioned one of the back pockets in a spot that i thought would be suitable to put accessories into, and presto!
the liner actually took a bit of time, as the bag didn't felt exactly perpendicular. it is slightly oblong. anyway, now it is my knitting project bag, and it's a nice conversation piece too! my advice is that if you like a project you see, and you're thinking of a more personal idea for the intarsia, by all means go to the trouble of finding another picture or image to intarsia. doing an intarsia takes a bit of time anyway, so why not take a fraction of that time and chart something out. it's sooo rewarding!
there are a few intarsia graphing sites online if you look a bit, and it makes an already pretty cool project so much more personal. i was so happy when stephanie gourley, the creator of this pattern, left a flattering comment for me about my bag (on another person's DJ Bag question i commented on a few days back). that's pretty shocking.......thanks stephanie!!