Thursday, November 02, 2006

International Tote Exchange, finished

My swap partner for the ITE received her purse and I'm so glad that she sounded pleased. I was really worried. I combined 3 types of yarns and I didn't do a test swatch to see how they would felt together. Bad knitter! I so enjoy plunging in with designing and I've not been disciplined enough to write down patterns either. This behavior often gets me into problems that I could have perhaps avoided had I been more methodical when I started out. Why don't I follow my own advice? Well, sometimes being too methodical inhibits my ability to be wreckless creative. I have knitting ADD remember? Making a test swatch when a pattern doesn't need a gauge swatch is delayed gratification to me.

So for my bag, I took most of my time deciding on color, texture and embellishments - not process. I paid for this in the end because the Noro at the top of the bag refused to felt while the Cascade in the body of the bag rapidly felted, ugh.

I ended up making a major design adjustment. I turned the partially felted top into a gathered element and I put a tassled and embellished drawstring woven into it. The body of the bag is nice and firm and stands up on its own. What do you think?

My reading list book swap

Over on I joined a neat swap where you send to two partners a list of your top ten books! It's an international swap so I got a great list from someone in the states and someone from Portugal. I played around with some paper crafts and made my list out of pictures. I included a typed list tucked into an envelope pocket that I made in the back. See any books you've read?


Nickie said...

Deborah, I think this bag is GORGEOUS. It's interesting that the Noro didn't felt really well. I think I did a Boogiebag with Noro but can't remember if I had a difficult time getting it to felt. I think the issue here is using two different yarns and they are felting differently. Anyway, it appears that you got them both to felt eventually. I DO know that Cascade 220 is a quick felter. Felting can be a bit tricky, but I enjoy the surprise.

Calling Kahlo said...

The bag is lovely and what perfect timing as it looks wonderful at this time of the year.

Cascade 220 is a wonderful felting yarn, extremely consistent.

Thanks for the tip on swap-bot I just joined their Coffee and Knit.

CrazyFiberLady said...

I love the bag. It is gorgeous!

pookie said...

I still love the bunny buttons even if I can't find them!!

The bag is super cool, love the combinations of colors and textures and what a great shape!!
Nice job!!

Anonymous said...

The bag came out beautifully! Way to just plunge in & come out with something so lovely.

The Crafty Weasel said...

I quite like the bag!

Portugal!! Woot Woot! It's only 10 million of us, but we're everywhere!!!

DramaQueen said...

The bag is hot! I have yet to venture into, there is so much for me to dive into when it comes to knitting. Just when I thought I was finally an advanced beginner, LOL. I love the three yarns together...they compliment each other very well.

Mary Anne said...

your finished bag is beautiful! I love the little bunny on the strap. I have never felted anything (at least not intentionally) so your post is helpful to read.

Lynn said...

I LIKE it!! You did a great job on it!

Janice said...

I LOVE the bag! It turned out great!