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alexandraf
« on: August 21, 2007 12:17:21 AM »

I finished this quite a while ago, but just got around to posting it!


link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9482337@N03/1190535479/

This was my first felted endeavor, and though it turned out cute in the end it was quite a hassle. It all started when I decided I wanted the perfect carry-all. Of course, it had to be huge, bright, and sturdy. I suppose I could have just sewn one, but felting one sounded more fun. So I knit a bag large enough to fit my fridge in, then tossed it in the sink. After hours of swishing it around, wringing it, rubbing it together, and essentially beating the thing up, it had hardly felted at all. I got frustrated, dried it out, and threw it in my closet where it remained for about a week. I finally caved and spent the $1.00 to throw it in the washing machine, and lo and behold, it came out perfectly felted. It was a hideous shape, but it was felted!

So I whipped up an i-cord, threaded it through there, and told everyone it was supposed to be like that in the first place. And now I have my carry-all.  Grin

Pattern was made up as I went, knit with Cascade 220 100% wool on size 15 circular needles.
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007 01:27:04 AM »

beautiful! it looks so vibrant and juicy!
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007 01:41:07 AM »

After all that, it really did turn out great.  I love the colors!
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007 05:50:52 AM »

I've been wanting to make a felted bag like that for a while... yours looks great!  I was also planning to use Cascade 220... out of curiosity, what are the dimensions of your bag (both pre and post felting would be great if you know, if not, no big deal), and how many skeins did you use?  I really love the colors you used and great thinking about how to make it work with the I cord Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2007 07:05:52 AM »

Great bag, the the shape and the colors.  I have one I am just finishing the strap on and then I will try felting it.  Hope mine comes out half that good.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2007 07:40:21 AM »

Love the colors.  I think it turned out great!
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2007 07:43:02 AM »

I think it looks great!

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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2007 09:14:34 AM »

Beautiful! Love it.
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2007 10:34:02 AM »

It turned out great!  I cannot even imagine trying to felt that by hand!  I go crazy just trying to felt flowers in the sink!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2007 11:21:33 AM »

Thanks, everyone, for your nice comments!!!

I've been wanting to make a felted bag like that for a while... yours looks great!  I was also planning to use Cascade 220... out of curiosity, what are the dimensions of your bag (both pre and post felting would be great if you know, if not, no big deal), and how many skeins did you use?  I really love the colors you used and great thinking about how to make it work with the I cord Cheesy

As far as the dimensions go... before felting, the base was an 8"x22" rectangle, and the bag was 21" deep. After felting, it was 4.5" x 12" and 11" deep. Let's see... overall I would say I used about 3.5 hanks, maybe a little more.

The thing about Cascade220 though, and I wonder if others have had this come up, is that the different colors felted at different rates. The dark pink on my bag felted almost immediately... the yellow was the part giving me hell. Anyone else ever have that problem?
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