Project: Save the Bag

So, awhile back I posted a pic of a felted Noni bag that I was working on.  Well, wha-had-happen-was… I started to run out of yarn and needed to bind off about 8” short of the pattern’s suggested 18”.    So, with a little yarn left, I decided to change from a deep, wide bag (this shape [this is actually the pattern/bag I was making…]), to a shallow, long bag (this shape [side note: don’tcha just LOVE Lexie’s bags!!]), with a cute little ruffled edge at the top.  Well, the felting went a little weird; it got way too shallow and actually seemed to grow in length…  It’s now about 18” long and about 6” deep…and can’t even begin to stand up on it’s own.  Any longer in the washer and I would have had a beautiful felted TRAY!! I panicked at first… I freaked out, threw a tantrum, a hissy fit, tossed it in a corner and threw myself to the floor and pouted.  Then I started to think, to ponder, to wonder, to dream, to imagine… I grabbed my colored pencils, some paper and I started to sketch…  How could I save this beautiful Tiffany Blue felted not-bag…??  How could I turn this floppy, sad thing into a stellar accessory that I could carry with pride, instead of crammed in a drawer somewhere, and labeled a “failed attempt”?  Could I do it??  I wasn’t sure, but you bet your ass I was going to try!! 

Thus began…  Project: Save the Bag 

1st Objective:  Give the bag some depth.  It’s definitely too shallow to be of much use.  How do I want to achieve this…???  The easiest way, add a cloth bottom to the bag.  Can do…will do. 

2nd Objective:  Shorten the bag.  It’s too long, so how do I take width away and mask the fact that I did that??  Cut bag vertically, off center, seam it closed, hide seam with a decorative ribbon or cloth panel.  I went with ribbon. 

3rd Objective:  Make the bag look like it was meant to be that way…  How to do this??  Line it, stabilize it, add an inside pocket or two, add nice wooden handles, some kind of snazzy accent, perhaps beaded and finally, those nifty little metal feet (called “foot brads” I’ve just learned) on the bottom. 

So, here’s what I have…  The long, floppy bag that won’t stand up:

 

Here’s the horrid sketch of what I am aiming for (based on all the stuff I picked up JoAnn last night): (and feel free to make fun of my artistic ablility….or lack there of…)

Here’s the stuff:

 

Let’s hope I can pull it all together something like this:

Cheers!

H. 

I have so much to show you!!

 

This is Ancient Kingdom from Inspiration to Knitted Swatch.  I love how it spun, I love how it knitted up….  I love the hand, the slightly textured feel of it, the drape…  I love it.  I love the whole of it.  There isn’t one thing I would change about it.  Which says a LOT to anyone who knows how picky I can be.  (I Frog better than I Knit!)

I am thinking of a cardigan.  Something with simple lines, but an interesting construction.  I found THIS on Berroco’s site, and like it quite a bit.  I also like THIS.  Both utilize clean lines and simple stitching…  I think I like Sanpoku more (the bright green/yellow one).  Any stripes would end up on a diagonal, which is better than horizontal!  What do you think??? Any opinions or other patterns you know of that might fit the bill??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did I do with my Paid Holiday….??

I decided to dye some more roving….

Tidal Pools (4oz)

 

       

 Gustav (I’m a little bit Klimt) (8oz)

 

Rain Slicker (4oz)

MY QUILT….is almost done!!!  Just a little further on the binding…. 

I hope everyone had a great holiday!!

H.