Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Secret Projects

I'm just starting this blog, and I'd like to post information and photos of a few projects that I've been working on, but there's a problem. They may or may not be projects that will directly benefit the most likely readers of this post, and the projects may or may not ever be finished. So for now I'll concentrate on things I'm making for me (or my dogs), at the risk of seeming totally self absorbed. After all, what is a blog really, if not an exercise in self-absorption?

I started this bag a few weeks ago, it's nearing completion. The pattern is from Noni Bags, it's the medium carpet bag, and I used Cascade 220 yarn. The bag is felted, it was MUCH larger before felting--no, I didn't take a photo. The felted bag is 15" wide x 10" tall by 5" deep. It's a few inches wider/deeper than the pattern calls for it to be, so I may felt it a little more.



The flower is another pattern from Noni Bags, the Camellia Flowers pattern. I really like the way that it looks after felting, it's a very bright red although it looks orange-y in the colors on my monitor. The flower is about 7" across.





Here's the flower and the bag together. Now it just needs handles and lining, and maybe some reinforcement so that it doesn't get too saggy. I'm having trouble finding handles that are black and large enough so that they aren't dwarfed by the bag.

4 comments:

neeter said...

car-eye! I am knitting this noni bag right now. How funny. I'm making the "rather huge" messenger bag in black and charcoal stripes, and have knitted but not felted a huge camelia in lipstick red. Why are you re-felting it? And when you line it, will you please post details? I want to line mine, too, but could use some guidelines. I got handles (and feet) for mine from my lys when I bought the yarn.

neeter said...

car-eye! I am knitting this noni bag right now. How funny. I'm making the "rather huge" messenger bag in black and charcoal stripes, and have knitted but not felted a huge camelia in lipstick red. Why are you re-felting it? And when you line it, will you please post details? I want to line mine, too, but could use some guidelines. I got handles (and feet) for mine from my lys when I bought the yarn.

janetplanet said...

carrie, you have a talent (as does neeter) and when you two are ready to go commercial, let me know!

Carrie said...

Hey, Neeter,

That’s so funny that we’re knitting the same bag! Seeing your knitting in Portland got me back into knitting (or should I say finishing some knitting) again. I wanted to do the Noni in black and charcoal, but I went to three yarn stores and couldn’t find two skeins of black with the same dye lot. I should have looked for handles at the same time, but I wasn’t thinking that far ahead—I didn’t think it would be so hard to find them online. I did end up refelting the bag to make it smaller, it is now closer to the pattern dimensions. I’ll post directions for lining once I figure out what I’m going to do—I want to add interior pockets, but I’m not sure exactly how many or how I’m going to do it.

-Carrie