Saturday, March 10, 2007

Bathed, Blocked and Ready to Go

It took longer than expected, but I finished the mini-messenger bag in time for delivery to its 11-year-old recipient later today. I kind of blew past the actual birthday by a few days, though I suspect she'll forgive me.

Felted messenger bagSpecs:
(2) 138 yard skeins of Manos del Uruguay in 'Agate'
(1.5) 135 yard skeins of Malabrigo bulky handspun in 'Pagoda' (discontinued color)
Size 10 US circular needles for the body of the bag
Size 8 US dpns for the strap
4 stitch markers
2 jumbo nylon snaps as closures

The pattern (my own) begins by casting on 60 stitches for the rectangular base, knitting for 40 rows, then picking up stitches along all sides of the piece. I knit in the round for 4 inches then added a thick cable set off by purl stitches up the center front of the bag. I placed stitch markers at each of the corners so that the decrease rounds near the top would align with the 3" sides. This also left a convenient way to ensure consistency in the number of stitches, as well as placement of those stitches once the body of the bag was complete.

Pre-felting measurements: 18" wide by 20" tall with a 36" strap
Post-felting measurements: 16" wide by 13" tall with a 32" strap

Other notes:
Although the cable is not very distinctly apparent, there is a bit of texture to the bag which I like. I originally intended to do buttons and loops to hold the flap closed. I sewed on clear jumbo snaps instead so the look of the front is uninterrupted. Lastly, blocking was made so very easy with the help of a box roughly desired size of the finished product. I covered the box with a plastic bag, placed it inside the wet felt, pinned everything into shape and let it dry overnight.

Now, to finish a sock before I begin the next birthday gift...

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Blogger Wanda said...

Very pretty bag. The malabrigo looks great all knitted up and felted. I'm sure the recipient will adore it! I just cast on for the Chevro scarf today. I'll post pics sometime next week.

3/10/2007 02:01:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

The bag looks great! I'm sure it will be well loved & used. How did the Malarigo felt? I've heard mixed reviews about it's feltability.

3/10/2007 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Cute bag. I really like the variegation in the pink.

3/10/2007 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

that's a great color! she'll forgive you for being late AND love it!

3/11/2007 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger BertandFelix said...

Love the bag! Don't you love how the Manos felts? All it.

3/11/2007 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Adorable bag! What a great design and I love the boucle-like texture of the felted yarns!

3/11/2007 11:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful gift - I'd probably make something along the same for a young girl. I really like the bit of contrast w. the flap and body of the bag - I'm saving your write up for when I do my first felting. (oh and a ps - all b/c of you :), I "went back" to Cider Moon and ordered some Pistachio merino roving and some more Glacier yarn in Apple Crisp...and I'm supposed to be sewing a costume for a school's play,,,,
Terry, who's playing...

3/12/2007 04:48:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

I love it. The colours and the texture. Just divine. :-)

3/12/2007 05:24:00 PM  

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