Monday, March 27, 2006

So Roxy!

This weekend I put the final touches on a project that's been in the works for a while. It's Roxy Lady, designed by the talented Wendy (via The Garter Belt). This is the first felted bag I've done with a slip stitch motif, and I think the result is impressive.

For this bag, I knit with Lamb's Pride Bulky (from the stash!) and used about 1 1/2 skeins of each color. I did modify the pattern just a bit:
*I knit only three pattern repeats (28 rows each) instead of the four specified
*I used bulky (rather than two strands of worsted) yarn
*I omitted the hem at the top (due to the bulkiness of the bag once felted)
*I used purchased suede handles, rather than the two-color twisted strap

I was a bit concerned before the bag was felted, as the fabric was quite *bubbly* due to my uneven tension with the two colors.

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The Lamb's Pride felts so readily, however, that everything smoothed out in the wash. I was very happy with the result, and the size is great...almost identical to my favorite Vera totebag!

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I've been wanting to try some different handles on a bag, and this one seemed the perfect candidate. So I ordered these suede handles online and I think the handsewn detail is nice.

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The only final touch I may consider is to knit (and felt) a pocket for the inside of the bag. Other than that, I think this one's on the *finished* list...and will be seen around town often!

28 comments:

Rain said...

It looks fantastic. Lovely and bright for the summer.

Carole said...

I love it! The colors, the style, the handle - it's just really great.

carole said...

That is very cool!

Vicki said...

I love it! You did a great job. Felting is wonderful huh? The handles look perfect on it too :)

zibibbo said...

Lovely work! Great handles there too! Bellissima!

Kyra said...

Look at you!

amy said...

the handles look so cool on that bag! i love the colors you chose too!

Scoutj said...

Oh Oh OH!!! I love it. I showed everyone at the shop your Squiggles bag and they loved it too.

PlazaJen said...

It's gorgeous! And I loooove those colors!

Stephanie said...

Awesome colors, just my style!

goodkarma said...

I just love the way this bag turned out! Every bit, the colors, the design, and the handle is the icing on the cake. Yay!

Jen said...

Super cute! Love the handles.

Karen said...

Love the colors!! Now I feel the need to do another one. :) The handles are great, btw.

Jerry & Maxy said...

Your Roxy is lovely! As Rain said, the colors are perfect for spring and summer. And the handles are a refined touch.

amanda said...

ooh la la! Roxy is awesome!

Karen said...

Excellent! Thanks for sharing your sources.

Sherri said...

I LOVE it!!!! And those handles are GREAT! I really must get my act together & make up one ... but your bag will be a very hard act to follow!!
~ Sherri

Rhonda said...

That's just the size I want to make. Beautiful job!

Cristina said...

this looks so awesome...and thanks for the suede link! i've been looking for a good resource!

may said...

amazing, amazing, amazing!! :D

roxy ^-o-^ said...

All them Roxys and this is gotta be one of the best :)
Thanks for representing!

LOL

*hugs*

ANne aka roxy

Kathy said...

I love your Roxy -- so cute!

ChelleC said...

I tried to go to the link for the Roxy bag, but it ended up looking like the Paypal thing was written in Italian. Is the pattern in English? Maybe I somehow clicked wrong. Can I just buy this pattern at a yarn shop here in town? I'd rather do that. Chelle

Leslie said...

Chelle, the pattern is definitely in English! Maybe you could just send an email to Wendy and tell her you're having trouble with the payment. As far as I know, the pattern is only available online!

Penny Karma said...

Beautiful! Well done! You should be very proud.

Inga said...

Your bag is simply scrumptious. I immediately pulled some lamb's pride from my stash and am fiendishly knitting away. By the way, did you use the 18 or 24 inch suede handles? They are absolutely fabulous!

purrl said...

Very pretty! I love the colors. Nice job.

Stacey said...

Wow! I love your bag! You've inspired me to buy the pattern and make one of my own! I hadn't seen this pattern yet...so thanks!