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« on: August 21, 2005 01:25:27 PM »

Well, I know that knitting with bias-cut fabric strips has been done by many a craftster, so this isn't the most original alternative material...but do I get extra consideration for the fact that the handles are made of "not approved for use in icemakers (ummm...okay?)" clear plastic tubing from Home Depot? Pretty please?



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The fabric is really cheap-looking polyester satin, but the color was soooo pretty that I had to buy it anyway. The bias strips were tied together end-to-end, and the fraying and irregularity seemed like they added to the fun texture. Cutting the strips on the bias cut down on the amount of crazy-long fraying threads, and made the fabric a little stretchy.

This was a very fast, fun knit. It was just a rectangle, then I used another fabric strip and a giant yarn needle to sew up the sides. Then, I realized that I didn't have any purse handles (or any patience), so I found the plastic tubing I had bought a while back with the intention of trying to make my own addi-turbo-style circular needles http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25372.120, and I used more fabric strips to gather the tops of the knitted rectangle around the tubing.

The two lengths of tubing were formed into circles with an overlap of about 4 inches, which I wrapped in (forgive me)...duct tape. To hide this ghastly makeshiftiness, I tightly wrapped more satin strips around the duct-tape covered areas of the handles and tied it in messy knots.

Of course, I realized that this purse would never hold anything, and that it would stretch out like crazy and quickly fall apart... so I used a rectangle of the satin to make a crude lining and stitched it to the handles and fabric wrapped around the handles.

It is actually very sturdy now, and fun to carry. It did grab a doorknob once, and nearly pulled me down onto the sidewalk, but the purse was fine!
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2005 04:59:27 PM »

nice bag!
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2005 06:07:18 PM »

That is a pretty color!

Chutes to Narrow: is the quote under your avatar from Angela's Ashes? I'm reading that book now (it's so good) and that is the only place I have ever heard the word "pram".
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2005 10:20:25 PM »

i LOVE this bag. it's so beautiful and i've never seen one like it before. great job!
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005 10:27:57 PM »

That is extremely shiny!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2005 10:44:02 PM »

such a lovely color, ludo. props on using the tubing Smiley

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Chutes to Narrow: is the quote under your avatar from Angela's Ashes? I'm reading that book now (it's so good) and that is the only place I have ever heard the word "pram".

i'm not chutes to narrow, but i think that's a quote from monty python and the holy grail. i can't guarantee it (because i'm american) but i think the word pram is what the british call strollers.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2005 11:48:15 PM »

cutest of all the projects Wink
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2005 12:30:51 AM »

That is really neat, and yes, a pretty colour!

British people do call strollers 'pram's, as we do in New Zealand, and we also call them 'buggies'

"the knights of camelot....I have to push the pram a lot!" (or something similar!)
Yes tis from Monty Python....which is great...haha
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2005 03:24:02 AM »

such a lovely color, ludo. props on using the tubing Smiley

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Chutes to Narrow: is the quote under your avatar from Angela's Ashes? I'm reading that book now (it's so good) and that is the only place I have ever heard the word "pram".

i'm not chutes to narrow, but i think that's a quote from monty python and the holy grail. i can't guarantee it (because i'm american) but i think the word pram is what the british call strollers.


Oh,I feel a little dumb now. I thought that "pram" was what the British called strollers.
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2005 07:12:08 AM »

very shiny
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2005 10:26:16 AM »

That is a pretty color!

Chutes to Narrow: is the quote under your avatar from Angela's Ashes? I'm reading that book now (it's so good) and that is the only place I have ever heard the word "pram".
such a lovely color, ludo. props on using the tubing Smiley

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Chutes to Narrow: is the quote under your avatar from Angela's Ashes? I'm reading that book now (it's so good) and that is the only place I have ever heard the word "pram".

i'm not chutes to narrow, but i think that's a quote from monty python and the holy grail. i can't guarantee it (because i'm american) but i think the word pram is what the british call strollers.

That is really neat, and yes, a pretty colour!

British people do call strollers 'pram's, as we do in New Zealand, and we also call them 'buggies'

"the knights of camelot....I have to push the pram a lot!" (or something similar!)
Yes tis from Monty Python....which is great...haha
such a lovely color, ludo. props on using the tubing Smiley

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Chutes to Narrow: is the quote under your avatar from Angela's Ashes? I'm reading that book now (it's so good) and that is the only place I have ever heard the word "pram".

i'm not chutes to narrow, but i think that's a quote from monty python and the holy grail. i can't guarantee it (because i'm american) but i think the word pram is what the british call strollers.


Oh,I feel a little dumb now. I thought that "pram" was what the British called strollers.
sorry ludo, i feel like we took over you thread. but seriously, i like that purse.
as for a pram, i think it means those things that measure distance when you push it.and yes it is a quote from monty python and the holy grail.that movie is so awesome.
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2005 11:21:27 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments (and I am enjoying the pram discussion)!

 I think "pram" is short for perambulator, which is indeed a very long-winded way of saying BOTH baby carriage and something that measures distance traveled by a wheel (who knew? Not me!). I think the Latin it comes from translates literally as "one who walks about".
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2005 04:18:41 PM »

Very pretty!  So the handles are NOT FOR use?  LOL!  What an idea!  Nice job!
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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2005 11:05:56 AM »

OMG that's so nice! it reminds me of christmas for some reason- i feel that i will possess  something similar by mid december- oh yes. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2005 09:17:28 AM »

I love it, it is soooo shiny!  I think I want a bright yellow or pink one...

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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2005 07:32:23 PM »

This is absolutely my favorite color! Cute bag!
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« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2005 11:32:15 PM »

It is pretty.  The shininess, prettiness, and bow-like knitting remind me of...  (sorry).... Christmas!
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2005 03:38:54 PM »

What an adorable bag!  It's so cute, and I think I'm going to try and make one of my own!  What a great idea!
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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2005 11:34:07 AM »

i just stumbled across this purse in procrastinating going to class, but i have to say i love it and am inspired to make one of my own now... good to know about thoughts on handles and lining.... maybe since I'm stuck in a dorm room with no easy access to a fabric store i'll have to sacrifice some old t-shirts, though....
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