Maker Bee

xmas gift 5
December 15, 2005, 2:07 pm
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my shit’s coming together now kids!

so the pics aren’t very discriptive and the the photos may have been altered to protect the recipient who may or may not read this blog. someone’s getting some nice knitterly goodness for xmas! more pics after the gift giving.

xmas gift 4
December 14, 2005, 2:06 pm
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a felted handbag for pam.

fulled lopi tote from hello yarn. 2 1/2 skeins of brown patons upcounty and size 13 circs.

how to make this: first you knit a huge ass sack (see figure 1) and then you throw it in the washing machine in hot water with a little palmolive. pull it out before the spin cycle, rinse it out real good and sit it up to dry. i like to shove something square in there and then it holds the mitered shape. (see figure 2) it will shrink up to about 2/3 of its original size. the sparkley pin shows scale. pretty nifty, huh?

I made a blue one of these for pam for her birthday and she requested a brown one for christmas.

the blue bag

Felted Bag Fun Times!
August 29, 2005, 11:37 am
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I’ve had these bags finished for a while but it took me a while to get up the energy to take the pics and upload them. The first is a clutch that I knit using the pattern in Weekend Knitting. This project was a lot of first for me. My first recycled yarn from a sweater from SalVal. My first hand-dyed yarn using kool-aid and the dyes from my ‘make your own bathsalts kit’ and vinegar. And my first time felting. I think it turned out pretty awesome. I made it for a friend but ended up keeping for myself. Honestly, I don’t know anyone who would enjoy these color combos as much as me. I used some magenta wool-ease that I picked up at Tuesday Morning in single row sections. Because this yarn doesn’t felt I had to put it between rows of feltable yarn. I also added some blue Mode Dea Cache that has a metallic element that looks pretty cool.


The next bag is from Hello Yarn. I knit this in Patons Up-Country that I picked up at Micheals on clearance. This yarn is discontinued which is too bad because it is fun for quick felted things. I used 2.5 skeins and finished the knitting in 2 nights, mostly on the plane ride to Jess’ wedding before I became Clapotis Crazy. It felted in 2 wash cycles (much faster than the striped clutch). I stretched it over a shoe box to dry and it blocked into a pretty cool square bottom shape.
I made this for my friend Pam’s birthday and gave it to her today. Happy Birthday… sorry so late!