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« on: October 21, 2004 08:43:54 PM »

so i'm working on the monk bag free pattern from the upcoming (or maybe out now) "folk bags" book.  here's the link:
http://www.interweave.com/knit/books/files/FolkBagsExcerpt.pdf
it's actually pretty easy but uses small needles and yarn and it's a big bag so I think it will take a few months!  I'm about 20 inches into the handle/gussets piece so I've really just started.  Anyone want to make it too?  Mine is grey and green with orange trim, but I'm optomistic and also bought yarn to make a purple, green, and orange one...
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2004 12:03:39 AM »

I'm all over this, yesterday i went out and bought some Rowan wool cotton for it.  My plans are to make it a big smaller, probably 8inches by 10 inches, and to maybe make a cable along the  strap so that I don't go mad with the moss stitch.  I haven't started it yet, but  even making it smaller I'll probably be going at it for a couple of months too.  I'm making mine brown with purple trim.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2004 06:48:53 AM »

I think i'm going to join too. I bought some nice wool a few days ago , it was on sale, so i took a few pieces, not quite sure what to make out of it. And this bag it's going to be  Wink

This is the wool:
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2004 08:46:02 AM »

Just a note to those doing this project, http://sweaterproject.org/archives/cat_monks_travel_satchel.html he says that it's rather stretchy and not suitable for holding heavy books or loads, and suggests either felting or doing a single crochet around the gusset.  I might take his advice about the gusset, or maybe line it if i can.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2004 10:34:53 PM »

i've been thinking about doing this bag ever since I first picked up Folk Bags at the book store when it came out last winter (or maybe early spring).  This may be just the motivation I need to pull out my copy and pick up some yarn!

I think I'll probably lightly felt as well as line it though.  I am a pack rat and need to be able to pack my junk in there!
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2004 05:49:07 PM »

I'm planning to line it (including the strap) with some sturdy handwoven fabric so that the weight will rest on the fabric rather than the knitting... this will also mean that I won't knit the inside pocket, but will make a fabric one instead. I was hoping this could be a present for christmas time, but I don't think I can finish it in time to send it off too... oh well. knitting on!
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2004 06:47:56 PM »

pictures of yarn and seed stitch...
I'm usuing a bit smaller needles, but my gauge is actually a tiny bit bigger so I might have to adjust a little for the front and back.  Blackcat- we may have the same yarn! mine is half merino and was on sale too, but in japan... I had to buy full bags so I'll probably be making some orange hats later on!


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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2004 09:31:52 AM »

So yesterday I went to the fave yarn shop and some brown sheep lamb's pride worsted in tiger lily wouldn't quit talking to me so I brought it home.  I swatched it up and felted it down to get my shrink percentage figures and recalculated the pattern so that it will felt down the the approximate measurements of the original pattern.

I have gone ahead and started doing the front of the bag, as I'll be using the tiger lily as color b.  Later I'm going to pick up the other colors once I decide what I want to use.

I'll add pictures soon hopefully to show off the swatch.   This will be a nice semi-quick project.
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2004 12:01:26 PM »

Hi Ne  Smiley, it'll be interesting to see a felted version of the bag, hopefully you'll be able to report the sturdiness of the bag post-felting.  I'm finding the moss stitch for the gusset on small needles a bit of a task  but  I'm finally getting into a rhythm with it and have done a couple of inches.  Can't wait to get to colour B  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2004 04:53:12 PM »

based upon my swatch, the felted version should be incredibly sturdy.  I can't wait until I've done enough of my color b to determine how much of color a and c I should purchase.

THis is going to be a fun KAL.  Who doesn't need another bag?
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