Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The awful horror that has become of my bag

I felted my Butternut Squash Marsupial Tote today. It was not what you might call a "success".

So the pouch, which was the main reason I liked this project? TOTALLY FAILED. I don't know where my camera is, and I have already gotten rid of some of the horror that was I-Cord felted with a piece of my hair (I ought to declutter my room and vacuum before I do any more knitting . . . I really ought . . .) but the larger point is that the pouch got weirdly stretched because the I-cord got sort of twirled around the agitator because um I am a beginning knitter, I thought if I put the pouch inside the purse it might felt to it, or something, and I didn't think of everything that could go wrong from doing it my way. So I have a lovely felted tote, a lovely piece of felted I-cord, and a RUINED little pouch thing. Maybe when I am less mad and they are dried I will sew them together in such a way that the absolute MADNESS that is my miniature pouch (I wish I had pictures, they're really quite insane) is somehow structurally sound.

But um if I had only wanted the tote and not the tote-with-pouch combo I would totally have an awesomely kick-ass tote bag drying dripping in my basement . . .

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Butternut Squash Marsupial Tote WIP

Well someday I am going to become more adept at flikr pictures. But in the meantime: Here is my awesome bag!

Looklooklook! I'm knitting!

So in order to have a non-eating thing to do with my hands, and because I'd like to be the sort of a person who makes things, I have recently taken up knitting. Well, actually, I picked up my drop spindle and some roving, and made some yarn, and then realized that in all the years I have been an on-and-off spinner, I have never actually set my yarn, let alone made anything out of it. So I bought the (surprisingly crappy) Klutz learn-to-knit book, then watched some videos of people casting on until I got it. Being the sort of a person who I am, I have bought a few knitting books and checked an ungodly number of them out of the library . . . oh yeah! And I knitted some stuff!

If I could successfully post my flikr pictures, you would see Meema's Felted Marsupial Tote from Stitch n' Bitch, and it is going to be fulled/felted in the washing machine after I knit the baby pouch that goes inside. And then it is going to be my beach bag this summer! By the by, when I picked out the colorways at the store, I was thinking, "Sunshine! Spring! Yay!" but the choice to make the body out of yellow and the top out of green sort of created a vegetablish effect. But I have embraced the vegetablosity by christening mine the Butternut Squash Marsupial Tote. Of course.

Anyhow, I'm going to go poke Ravelry some more instead of, you know, doing homework, or cleaning my room . . .