This is the collection so far. Gotta get back to knitting. The next bag will be knit evenings, while I'm traveling. I'll be riding my motorcycle every day going 5,500 miles between now and late September.
I hope to record some of the knitting from my tent camping sites.
The middle front bag is spoken for.
This is the drawing I used to plan this "Cell Phone" and "Key" Pocket purse (see the phone in the pocket on the left?) See my grandaughter's hand print on the right?
I didn't do the i-cord method on these straps, instead I crocheted a chain triple the finished length of the strap size I need in the end, using two strands of yarn held together. Then I pinned the center of the "crocheted chain" strap to a cork board. I did the ole macrame' technique of knotting each strand, to the other, making a lumpy knotted cord. Then I felted the piece. To macrame' I basically place the right chain length under the left, and take the end back through the loop made when I took the right length under the left, then I pull the knot snug and repeat the step only with the left chain length.
Check out the June blog where I posted this drawing.
I'm about ready to open for business.
What is holding me up is computer time. I'm wanting to design the patterns for each of the current items I've made, have a .pdf file print out for each, record myself literally step-by-step making a purse or computer sleeve, then open my etsy store to sell the items, patterns and/or kits.
This is exciting, and coming together well. In the meantime be sure to subscribe to my blog as I hope to keep posting the step-by-step process and the results over time...this is all good timing with Christmas just around the corner.
refer to the video: http://3knittingsisters.blogspot.com/2008/08/knit-felt-purses-i-cord-handles.html#links
This one was knit on circular needles and seamed at the bottom. In stockinknit stitch the height usually felts about 1/3 and the width usually felts about 1/4, so you can really be creative and plan the size of your bag. This one has shorter handles, so it can be carried high as shoulder straps, or by hand, along with other bags. It does not have a closure.
Yep, I had heard of this, but with some research I found a little info. on the topic.
NOPE, I don't have a dog, and I'm not sure I'd have the patience or desire to do this, but kind of an interesting mind bender, anyway.
Honey, we need to brush the dogs tonight, because these socks need about 6 more yards of "Spots-hair" to finish up the project.
Wonder if the animal rights police object to using doggie hair, maybe if you make doggie sweaters out of it that would be acceptable. Just never thought of all that fluffy stuff in the hair brush as anything usable. Can someone make a business out of this?
Yep, it's been done:
What else do we throw away that could be our retirement??? I need a hairy dog, a big one.
This is not my work, I found this at http://www.bkdd.com/purses.htm#
I found this web page that has some finished projects in Nuno Felt. I'm still researching and reading. This means a trip to the library, Borders or Barnes and Noble is coming up ... I'm doing what I usually do, get all the information I can find before I start a new project.
The video is my first, so bear with me.
I've taken pictures of finished projects and a few in process. The first is a computer sleeve with a front pocket and embellished with polymer Clay. I love the Soutwest blue brown black tan computer sleeve, but the colors aren't the greatest in these pictures, the denim and mauve bag has a notebook (tiny) in it. The purses are small, but functional. enjoy
See instructions and pictures at: http://www.woolcrafting.com/making-wool-felt.html
Gotta try it this winter!
Yep, in the last 15 minutes I made several of these from my wool yarn remnants. I kinda estimated about a yard of two colors and walla!!
My method, (these are not mine - stock photo, only)
I cut the lengths of yarn, ran them under very hot tap water, added a little DAWN dishwashing liquid, rolled it in the palm of my hand for a few minutes, rinsing out the soap with hot water till a ball formed, several felted beads in minutes. To get all of them the same size I would measure my scrap yarn.
See how to at: http://www.woolcrafting.com/wool-felt-beads.html
Check out Nuno Felt - looks a little complicated, but I'll be reading up on it quite awhile before I try it, since I have a lot of organizing and knitting to do before I'll allow myself a new craft.
You Tube has a Nuno Felt Video :
Refer to my recent blog - Losing focus.
HERE'S MY DILEMMA
I'm putting together a step-by-step video of my knitting. I'm hoping to encourage people to knit, and to answer some basic knitting questions. I will include, selecting and substituting yarns, needle preferences, start-up tools, knitting techniques including casting on, knit, purl, and casting off, with photos and action video. In addition I'll complete at least one project beginning to end, including felting. I plan to make a large tote bag, that can double as a computer sleeve that is TSA approved, heard about the new requirements established for leaving your laptop computer in it's bag when you go through airport security???
I think this new requirement will take a long time to implement, in the meantime, those who travel, watch the trends, and hope to shorten the waiting lines, will fall for the new bag theory while others will think of ways to get their computer out of the bag, protect it through the conveyor experience, take laptop out of sleeve and place it on top of sleeve through the exray, and get it back in place much like TSA guidelines have taught us all to wear CROCS and/or slip on shoes when we fly ... cannot get re-dressed and re-packed quick enough after these inspections. Always leave something behind!!
So, with that in mind, the video will be a great let's get started making TSA inspired laptop sleeves that can be given for Christmas gifts to our favorite traveller. Put the laptop only into the sleeve, pull the laptop out with the sleeve, let the laptop have a pillow through the conveyor, place computer bag in other tub, return computer and sleeve after inspection, (and after multiple compliments) fly away!!
I know I'm dreamin' but I like to do my part.
Wrist Warmers Continued, The Knitting Hobby, and my New Business and/or Have I Gotten Away From the Purpose of this Blog?
I find myself questioning why I blog. I feel like I'm documenting my knitting progress, but...
When my sisters and I started this, I was documenting our knitting progress, Big Sis wanted to start knitting and improve her skills, her hubby got sick, very sick, even sicker, and now is improving, so her time with him is much more important than knitting, although she last reported she is doing a lot of crocheting (she already knew how to do that and is more comfortable right now with the familiar - this I understand). Lil Sis wanted to learn to knit, so I started with lots of simple lessons, she got overwhelmed with life, her hubby had some health issues, she had some job issues, etc., hmmm.
What was I looking for?
I've revised this free pattern from Bernat called "Super Value Wrist Warmers" Instead of size 8 needles I'm using 11 and I only cast on 30 instead of 45 because I'm using "4" Classic Wool Yarn, I'm also making size XS for Andrea's arms which are long, but slender. I've used the same stripe pattern as the last bag I made with the tweed yarn, it's really sharp. I'll have to write this one up when they are done. Pictures to follow.
This is not my web page by the way.
She does some beautiful work.
So much to learn and so little time.
Their web page has patterns and a newsletter and a forum, etc. Lookin' good.
Doing a little research I discovered these interesting facts about the history of knitting.
The Oxford Unabridged English Dictionary states that the term "to Knit" was added to English in the 1400's.
"Knit" to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine.
Knitting for Soldiers WWII http://knitting.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=knitting&cdn=hobbies&tm=34&gps=303_331_583_420&f=10&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm%3Ffile_id%3D5722
Another definition of knit:
...to join closely and firmly, as members or parts (often fol. by together): The tragedy knitted the family closer together.
You start by casting on 3 or 4 or 5 stitches, depending on whether you want it to be thin, big, or bulky. If you used two strands of yarn throughout your felted piece then use 3 strands of yarn to make the i-cord (holding 3 strands together) this gives it thicker fullness when felted.
I'll use 5 for an example. Cast on 5, (if you use double pointed needles) move the 5 stitches to the opposite end of the needle they are on, so that your working yarn is on the last (left) cast on, then knit the five cast on stitches, bringing your working yarn that is actually on your last cast on, over to the first stitch. The first row doesn't reveal the i-cord, but after a few rows you begin to see the cord form, pull the stitches relatively tight as you go.
2nd row and each following row slide the stitches to the other end of the needle, and use the empty needle to knit again in the same fashion. It sounds a little complicated, but once you do these steps you'll see an i-cord forming.
If you don't have double pointed needles, or some broken circular needles, use two knitting needles but after the cast on slip all 5 stitches to the left needle, knit a row and slip all 5 stitches to the left needle, repeat till the cord is the length you desire,
*IIMSSM If I might say so myself!