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11  My first purses.....I think I'm addicted! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karynlibrarian on: July 08, 2006 06:33:08 AM
Well, in the past three days I've sewn three purses. 

Purse number one.... I used this tutorial http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html.  It is probably my favourite of the three, except I didn't use interfacing, so it's a bit too flimsy.

Purse number two....I used this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52143.0 for the easy peasy tote.  Now...it was not that easy peasy for me!  I had a bit of difficulty with the square bottom, but it did work out.  I did use interfacing for this one and I like the way it is stiffer than bag number 1.  I got the fabric for cheapo at Walmart.  Although the retro print is great for now, I know I'll be sick of it in no time, but at least now I understand the pattern and I'll be making more of these!

Purse number three is hot off the sewing machine.  I used the ever-so-famous Jordy bag tutorial found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0.  I enlarged the pattern to 10x13 thinking that that would be big enough, but it's still a bit too small for the load of junk I tote around.  I still need to sew in a snap closure and then I'll see if my mother would like it.  Next time I'll make this bigger.  I did really like the way the bottom of the pattern works.  I found it much much easier than the bottom on the easy peasey (*cough*) tote.

Here's a picture of the triplets together.

I'm cottaging next week, so I won't be near my sewing machine, but I'll be thinking about my next creations while I'm sipping coffee on the dock.

Thanks for reading!
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12  Stripey footlet in Knitting: Completed Projects by karynlibrarian on: June 30, 2006 11:00:31 AM
My mother hates wearing socks.  She wears footlets all the time.  She also won't wear wool (too scratchy for her).  So.....I discovered a vintage footlet pattern online and knitted it up using cotton stripey sock yarn.

Here's my version:

I'm having a bit of second sock syndrome....but I will get to it soon.

It was a very quick knit.

Here's the pattern if you're interested.


Thanks for looking!

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13  Re: purple felted bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by karynlibrarian on: June 30, 2006 10:55:37 AM
Here's a picture of the latest booga bag I've added to my collection.

Each one seems to be getting a bit better.  This one is lined.

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14  Re: Tired of basic socks! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by karynlibrarian on: May 22, 2006 05:17:52 PM
I've been busy since my original post.

I purchased "Sensational Socks" and "Socks Soar on Circular Needles".   I'm excited about both books.

I also tried my hand at Kool Aid dying.  I'm not thrilled with my results, but I will definitely try this again with different colours.  

Here's the results of my first attempt:

Thanks to all who offered suggestions!

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15  Re: my "roll your own needlecases" in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by karynlibrarian on: April 23, 2006 03:29:22 AM
I did it! I did it!  I am the master of my sewing machine!

It was a rainy morning yesterday, so I decided to give it one more try, and here is the result:

The case is really orangey, the photos make it look more red than it actually is.

I'm trilled!

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16  Re: purple felted bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by karynlibrarian on: April 23, 2006 03:26:00 AM
Here are two more bags to add to my collection:

This one was knit using Cascade 220 (Marsupial bag pattern):

This is another Booga bag using Noro yarn:

Next project? A bag for my Mother for Mother's day.

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17  Re: purple felted bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by karynlibrarian on: April 10, 2006 05:56:08 PM
Ok, I think I"m out of control....

Here's the marsupial bag, before and after felting...

I think I'm in love.  for that bag I used Paton's Classic Merino yarn.  It felted very nicely.

So...since I was on a roll, I also made the same bag using Cascade 220.  (I will post pictures when I can).  I love that bag too, but it didn't felt as nicely as the Paton's yarn did.  I'm contemplating washing it again, or leaving it as it is.

Anyhoo...off to work on the socks I've totally neglected since I've discovered the joy of felted bags!

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18  purple felted bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by karynlibrarian on: April 02, 2006 09:48:52 AM
I discovered crafster a few days ago...and I'm hooked!

Here's a picture of my first felted bag.  I'm a small-project knitter (mostly socks, scarves and mittens).  I'm pretty happy with the bag but would be open to comments/suggestions.

Here's the fist picture:

and the next picture

I think I'm now addicted to felted bags....any suggestions for great patterns?  I've seen a couple of books on amazon.com, but I'm not sure that they are worth the investment.


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