Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Mini-me!

This bag is just like Lay's potato chips...no one can *make* just one! I had such fun with the first bag, my daughter chimed in with her color combination request and I jumped right on it. This time I used Cascade 220 instead of Lamb's Pride, and altered the pattern just a bit.

Here's the solo shot.



And the side-by-side for size comparison.



Quite a bit of size difference, considering I changed the pattern only slightly. For the green bag, I added five rows to the height (beyond what the pattern called for) and for the turquoise bag, I added just two more rows. Also, I increased three rows on the turquoise bag for the handle to give just a little more strength. Final sizes were 8 1/4" tall x 11 1/4" wide for the green bag; 6 1/4" tall and 10 /2" wide for the turquoise bag.

Beyond that, I think the yarn selection is the main reason for the difference in shrinkage. This seems to hold true based on previous felting projects...Cascade just has a higher "shrink" factor.

Anyway, for me the fun of felting is not knowing exactly how the project will turn out until it comes out of the washer! I actually really like the smaller bag and may be making another for myself. Time to think about the next color combo...

12 comments:

aubree said...

i just love how your bags came out! Between you and Kay, now I must knit a buttonhole bag!! so cute!!

L'Allumeur said...

So cute! I have had that pattern in my queue for a while.

And I'm a Kansas knitter, too! Just started blogging about it. Hope to figure out the digital camera soon...

amy said...

hi there! consider yourself tagged :) check out my blog post today and let us know your music tastes!

i love your blog and the brown and blue bag is great. brown and blue is my fav color combo (besides pink and brown!) and i LOVE handbags. i saw yours the other day and printed out the pattern. i have lots of cascade in my stash but no blue and brown. darn, i might just have to go buy some!

amy said...

hey the link doesn't take you to my blog. that isn't helpful! i am at

http://www.simplysaiddesign/blog

good to be girl

sorry! -amy (again)

Emily said...

Your turquoise and brown color combination is smashing!

Wendy said...

After seeing your cute buttonhole bags I have been inspired! I plan on making several.

zibibbo said...

Me too me too I want to make one too. You are the Felting Queen! Lovely! Brava!

Lauren said...

Adorable bags! I love the colors you chose.

Abby said...

Your knitting is so inspiring! I love your color choices! I love good yarn just as much as the next perosn, but I am picky when it comes to color. Absolutely love those choices!

romy verdae's knit blog said...

i am a new knitter.......my world for your pattern!you are the perfect example of where i'd like to see myself one day as a knitter!beautiful!

romy verdae's knit blog said...

my world for your pattern...........
as a newly lowly knitter...
you are my inspiration!
i can only hope to acomplish such nasterpieces one day1

Becca said...

Hi, can anyone tell me where this awesome buttonhole bag pattern comes from? Your colors are gorgeous! Thanks!