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« on: February 01, 2006 02:58:49 PM »

I was inspired by the Stitch n' Bitch poster boy bag, but wanted something sturdier. So, I knitted an intarsia image of Bettie Page, knitted a backside and bottom and seamed them all together and threw it in the washing machine. Voila! felted bag!  For the top trim, I knitted some boa yarn into a ring and sewed it on.  The purse handles were natural bamboo and I laquered them black to go better with the bag.  In the future I would probably not use Lamb's Pride to knit an intarsia image.  Because of the mohair content, Bettie had 5 o'clock shadow when she first emerged from the washing machine.  After blocking, I was able to fix that with a disposable razor (really!), but probably should have used a less fuzzy yarn in the first place.

and here's the inside of the bag.  Although you can't see it, the bottom was reinforced by sewing in a piece of plastic canvas so that it wouldn't sag.

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2006 03:18:23 PM »

do you have a chart for the bettie that you can share? i would love that!

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2006 03:21:23 PM »

I do have the chart, but I graphed it out according to post-felting guage.  Before felting, she was a little bit elongated, so it depends on what you'd want to knit.  I could probably put together another chart for unfelted items now that I have a decent black and white image to work with.
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2006 03:30:28 PM »

Your bag rocks!  I love the image.  I've made a couple of too-fuzzy felted things with Lamb's Pride but I never thought to use a razor on it!  Thanks for the tip.

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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2006 03:42:09 PM »

oooh, I LOVE Bettie Page, and I LOVE your bag.

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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2006 04:15:28 PM »

Bettie!! I love it. Very cool bag. I've done some felting with the lambs pride. it really is a fuzzy yarn. I bought a cheap sweater shaver at joanns. You know one of those with the little fan so it sucks in the fuzz after it shaves it off? It works great for de-fuzzing too furry felted items.


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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2006 04:18:58 PM »

ooooooh bettie!  that is so great!  i really like the fringe around the top....and i'm not normally a fring-y person lol.  but that really goes with the bettie asthetic i think Smiley 

this is so awesome Cheesy  Wink

« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2006 04:36:52 PM »

Very lovely. Classy yet cool.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2006 05:00:12 PM »

thats so cherry, sister!!!!!  i'm really gonna have to steal that idea! 
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2006 06:49:18 PM »

omg I love this bag!
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