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« Reply #90 on: May 12, 2004 12:27:37 PM »

Well I finally got around to felting my tote. I was a bit nervous because I accidentally bought bulky wool and all of the felting directions I read said to use 2 strands of worsted. So I used 1 strand of bulky instead. I put it through quite a few cycles because I thought the bag was way too big when first knitted (big bag means I lug more unneseccasry junk around with me).  Halfway through the cycles though it fell out of the pillowcase (I had to tie up an old one, we don't have any zippered ones). It was a pain to try to get as much fuzz out of the washing machine as I could so it wouldn't wash out with the water and clog the drain.

Anyways I think it turned out nice, if not a bit too hairy. I guess I will have to decide if I want to shave it or not.

Oh yeah, and also I couldn't find Lamb's Pride where I live so I use Lopi instead, The colour selection isn't as stunning as the Lamb's Pride colours but they do have some nice ones. Of course the colour selection in bulky is the smallest. If I only bought worsted I would have had so much more to choose from.
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« Reply #91 on: May 12, 2004 12:55:39 PM »

The thing I like about making handbags is that if your gauge is off or you make a few mistakes it doesn't really matter.  You can experiement so much with handbags with some pretty spectacular results.

Do you have any pics of your bag, lilafowler?


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« Reply #92 on: May 12, 2004 01:49:08 PM »

I will take pictures later when it is all dried up and post them!

I also didnt totally follow the directions for the size of the tote. I did what I thought that I would like better. It isn't much different than the instructions though.
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« Reply #93 on: May 13, 2004 08:34:27 AM »

I've got a few projects that I used needle felting on as well - and used some roving that I bought and then couldn't figure out what to use it on!

www.frog-it.com - click on the PUrses.

If you order felting needles, they come with instructions, and I can post more details if anyone is interested...next time, I promise to take pics as I do it...
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« Reply #94 on: May 19, 2004 06:47:28 AM »

Here are my two Marsupial Totes.
The first one is the pattern size, it turned out much smaller than I had figured from the pictures in the book.
The last one is about double the pattern size, 30x66 sts.


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« Reply #95 on: May 19, 2004 06:57:33 AM »

i really like the bigger one.  i am wanting to make one big enough to keep some of my knitting stuff in, along with the stitch n bitch book.  i think i will just double to pattern too. 

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« Reply #96 on: May 21, 2004 10:13:10 AM »

I made another tote the other day and felted it last night. I used yarn that was 100% wool to avoid fuzziness. Unfortunately, it was fuzzier than the one I made with the wool/mohair blend.  Huh I'm beginning to think that maybe I don't felt it right. I just put it in the washer on a hot/cold cycle. Other than the fuzz it felts up nicely.  Anyone have any suggestions as to what I might do differently?

Luckily I was able to get it nice and smooth with one of my dad's old electric razors, but I wish I could get it that way in the first place.
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« Reply #97 on: May 21, 2004 03:36:30 PM »

Anyone have any suggestions as to what I might do differently?
Honestly, I think it is the brand of yarn. I used Galway, which is 100% wool, and it didn't fuzz up at all. My sister has used 100% of a different brnad and hers fuzzed quite a bit. As long as your dad doesn't mind using his razor, you might be okay.


« Reply #98 on: June 11, 2004 10:42:25 AM »

YAY hopefully now I will get some answers... this project has been left undone for days... I have the bottom of the bag knitted and all of the correct stitches picked up... but it just seems like my circular needles are too short!  I have no room to do much of anything.  I used the right length of needles, and my knitting is the appropriate tightness, (what's that called, again?) Did I miss something, or is it supposed to be that way? 

I was tempted so many times to unravel it and knit something else, but I just love this tote too much.  Hopefully all y'all craftster gals can help me out!  Thanks.

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« Reply #99 on: June 11, 2004 12:49:41 PM »

My experience from knitting in the round is that it's always tight on the first couple of rounds. Also, you have to be careful with the picked up stitches. The way they are wound around the needle makes it really easy to cinch up like a noose and it can be tough to slip some of the stitches from the cord onto the needle itself. Each time I've made this bag I've had to constantly try and loosen the stitches so they would slide around the first round. After that it went really smoothly.
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