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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2005 08:56:18 AM »

Oh, that bag is soooo cute, Shizzys!  I thought, since I started this thing, I should post my progress (or lack thereof!). 

I've finally picked up the stitches around the edge (I knit the bottom flat) to my satisfaction-- I undid it twice before I liked the way the stitches sat!  Then I tried knitting it in the round, but that was the first time I'd used circs and some how ended up with the stockinet pattern inside for some rows and outside for others.  Don't ask!  So I had to rip AGAIN! 

I was moving for a while, but my complimentary color took longer than it was supposed to to come in.  But it's finally here, and i'm hoping I'll get to work on my bag tonight... and perhaps make some SERIOUS progress Smiley  Can't wait to see others' bags!

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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2005 07:59:27 AM »

Hi everyone, I've just started my FMB today, I'm using a blackish (it has flecks of red and blue) Cascade 220 for my contrasting colour and Rowan Magpie in a chocolate brown for my main colour.  Very dull, yes, but I'm trying to use up what I have in my stash.  I'm doing the bag in the round and it's my first time trying out the magic loop method, which I'm really loving.  I've only tried felting once before but it turned out a mess, but I'm sure I felted it for too long.  Because my washer is a front-loader I'm going to try two hot quick eco washes and wish for the best!
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2005 05:02:06 AM »

I am sooooooooo jelous! I was hoping to start to knitalong and I went to my famous yarn market (remeber I posted about it once) and asked for a 100% wool yarn and heard that it is very hard to fine and toooo expensive to afford, well what is my other options then i said and they pointed the mohair ones and said will felt in the machine and just for 3 bucks/100 gr. I said hmm and as I was short of cash and couldn't think to buy only one as a sample to see, went off to another one, again there was no 100% wool but mohair to felt and this time it was 1 bucks/50gr. I hmmed and hmmmed and thank god bought only one as a sample to see if its felt or not. I came home knitted a sample and throw it to the machine with jeans for 25 minutes, when i took it off it was soften than before and didn't even felt a bit to save my life. But then I remembered that I always wash the jeans on wool-friendly mode in 30 degree (celcius). I said hmmed again and tonight I will throw my swatch into hot hot hot water and try to hand felt it and see!
so the point of this story is don't be so cheap! LOL!

« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2005 10:50:16 AM »

Woohoo I finally finished my bag!  Instead of doing school work (as I should have been doing yesterday) I pushed through and finally finished this thing!  I'm in love, except for the handles, which I think were too big.  If I do this again I'm going to shorten them by an inch or two. 

Before felting:

After (being blocked on super huge shoe box):

My comments can be found on my blog at http://kristiface.blogspot.com/2005_03_01_kristiface_archive.html#111194929010713113

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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2005 06:37:32 AM »

Ooh, looks nice! Incl. the handles, don't see anything wrong with them.
Kinda waspy looking, isn't it?   Cheesy

« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2005 10:48:50 AM »

Thanks, Nederlass.  I'm pretty fond of the bag... especially now that the wet wool smell is gone (yuck!).  I don't think there's anything WRONG with the handles, per se... I just think that I would like them a little shorter so that they sit closer to the body of the bag.  How's yours coming along?  And what kind of yarn did you have that didn't felt? 

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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2005 10:56:26 AM »

Well, almost done with the bottom. Got a little distracted by a certain Rowan cardi.   Grin

The yarn I used was given to me by a friend and bought at a thrift store.
To me it felt like it came straight off a sheep, but alas.
I think it was just a lesson in swatching that I needed to learn.  Undecided

Oh, btw now I'm using a rediculously expensive skein of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed, hee hee. But felting it shall!!
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« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2005 08:46:25 PM »

I'm knitting this on a circular--the flat way...I'm not even half done but I'm patient.

Everyone's finished item is so pretty!!  Good work Smiley

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« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2005 11:57:45 AM »

hey y'all,

here's my FMB unfelted... when i find someone with a non-laundromat, top-loading washing machine around here i'll felt it, but until then it's stalled in its stretchy-arse state...

i'm happy with it, though i'm concerned that the straps will felt too small.  they aren't quite as short as they look (due to optical illusion striping at their bases), but still may be pretty snug. 


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