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meg
02-16-2006, 09:37 PM
a very close family friend passed away leaving his wife of 35 years alone. i wanted to make something just for her... since she live in NC i didnt want to make a blanket or a scarf, so i tried my skills at a knitted purse. im so nervous. its in the washer now and im petrified it will be ruined! anyone else nervous with their first felting?

Ingrid
02-16-2006, 09:40 PM
I was absolutely petrified! My first felting was clogs, and they had to fit!
I'm sure it will be lovely, the colors are. It's so thoughtful of you to do this.
Do you have something to put it over to dry to help hold it's shape?

Jenelle
02-16-2006, 09:44 PM
Oh I think it will be LOVELY when it comes out of the washer!! :inlove:

And I'm so sorry to hear about your close friend. :heart: :heart:

meg
02-16-2006, 09:44 PM
om gosh.... it didnt come out.... i just put it in the tub to soak in hot water. is there anything i can do to rescue it?

meg
02-16-2006, 09:45 PM
thank you for the sweet words too about Charles. it was sudden & he was only 57. :(

gardenmommy
02-16-2006, 09:47 PM
Be sure and post pictures post felting! What yarn did you use for it?

Darhain
02-16-2006, 09:47 PM
om gosh.... it didnt come out.... i just put it in the tub to soak in hot water. is there anything i can do to rescue it?

It didn't come out in what way? Meaning it didn't felt, or it felted too much? If it didn't felt enough, you can wash it again. Some yarns take a long time and a lot of agitation/heat to felt.

meg
02-16-2006, 09:48 PM
om gosh.... it didnt come out.... i just put it in the tub to soak in hot water. is there anything i can do to rescue it?

It didn't come out in what way? Meaning it didn't felt, or it felted too much? If it didn't felt enough, you can wash it again. Some yarns take a long time and a lot of agitation/heat to felt.

oh thank you. ill put it back in. it didnt felt. oi vey! knitting isnt supposed to be so stressful! :roflhard:

Ingrid
02-16-2006, 09:52 PM
Sometimes it takes several run throughs before felting. Make sure you have some other things in the wash with it to help with agitation--blue jeans are good. The hotter the water and the more the agitation, the better.

It's not superwash wool by any chance is it? :shock:

Jenelle
02-16-2006, 09:58 PM
It's not superwash wool by any chance is it? :shock:

That would be horrible :shock:

meg
02-16-2006, 10:03 PM
Sometimes it takes several run throughs before felting. Make sure you have some other things in the wash with it to help with agitation--blue jeans are good. The hotter the water and the more the agitation, the better.

It's not superwash wool by any chance is it? :shock:

thank you! ill throw in the jeans now.

its cascade pastazza & another 100% wool i foolishly threw the labels away for (ugh, i dont usually do that, not sure what i was thinking! :shock: )

what does superwash wool mean?

ps... i just checked on it, it is felting! - how do i tell when it is exactly perfect?

Ingrid
02-16-2006, 10:09 PM
Superwash wool is treated so it won't felt when you wash it in the machine, even though it's 100% wool.

Just keep checking your, now-felting bag and take it out when it's the size you want it to be.

meg
02-16-2006, 10:16 PM
thank you! i hope it comes out and i can post the finished product....

meg
02-16-2006, 10:31 PM
ahhhh! it worked! 2 times in the washer & it worked! thank you ladies! ill post a pic when its shaped,dried & i put the faux bamboo handles on. thank you again!

Ingrid
02-16-2006, 11:49 PM
:cheering: :cheering:

burnsie9999
02-17-2006, 10:27 AM
Oh boy I can't wait to see it. I am working on two felted purses now. One is the Lopi Tote, which I have made one of already and the other is a Buttonjar pattern called the Doctor Bag.

meg
02-17-2006, 10:29 AM
Oh boy I can't wait to see it. I am working on two felted purses now. One is the Lopi Tote, which I have made one of already and the other is a Buttonjar pattern called the Doctor Bag.

i would love to see them! its dry now, but im a little nervsou to go down and see. haha! i will have those handles attached today though and post the finish product... i cant wait to see yours too!

burnsie9999
02-17-2006, 10:33 AM
Here is my first Lopi tote (the pattern is on this website).

burnsie9999
02-17-2006, 10:34 AM
sorry wrong pic for before felting

meg
02-17-2006, 10:36 AM
oh my gosh! i really love the handle! what a cute bag! :heart: :heart:

Jenelle
02-17-2006, 01:38 PM
I'm glad it worked for you meg! :cheering:

KellyK
02-17-2006, 01:44 PM
the other is a Buttonjar pattern called the Doctor Bag.

Does Buttonjar have a website? I tried serching to no avail....Id LOVE to see their patterns. Ive been trying to find the perfect knitting bag pattern, and I havent fallen in love with anything yet. :(

meg
02-18-2006, 01:26 PM
and the finished felted purse... (drumroll.... :rofling: )

gardenmommy
02-18-2006, 02:52 PM
That turned out perfect! How wonderful!

knason4
02-18-2006, 03:11 PM
Your felted bag turned out perfectly! I love the faux bamboo handles! I am making my first felted purse too and I just might have to change my mind about using I-cord! Great job! tfs :cheering: :cheering:

Ingrid
02-18-2006, 03:41 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: Perfect!!!!

Jenelle
02-18-2006, 03:47 PM
Pretty!! :heart:

That came out GREAT!! :cheering:

meg
02-18-2006, 04:15 PM
thank you sooo much! i was very nervous, the fact that you dont have much control with felting scares me, but it came out so thank goodness! :)

on to the next project! :XX: hehe!!!

Jenelle
02-18-2006, 04:30 PM
:cheering:

What's your next project going to be??

meg
02-18-2006, 08:11 PM
felted diaper bag for my friend & booties too. :oops: her shower is right around the corner! after those, i hope to get a baby sweater done for her too. she is having a girl and its the first girl of all of my friends! :heart:

Jenelle
02-18-2006, 09:37 PM
Awww! How lovely!! What colors are you going to get?

Danielle
02-18-2006, 10:20 PM
Such a cute purse! :thumbsup: Great job!!

meg
02-18-2006, 11:45 PM
i have already started it, im actually almost done knitting it. its taupe w/ baby pink pockets & strap. all seed stitch. :shock: haha! i love the look, but oh my! i should be done knitting it in a few days.... ill pst the b4's & afters. :)

knittingachiever
02-19-2006, 10:38 AM
I :heart: that felted bag. Where did you find the insanely cool faux bamboo handles?

Ronda
02-19-2006, 06:47 PM
That turned out great!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
02-19-2006, 09:00 PM
WOW! Great idea with the handles!

LeslieA
02-20-2006, 12:20 PM
That turned out really cute. I love the handles.

meg
02-20-2006, 04:40 PM
I :heart: that felted bag. Where did you find the insanely cool faux bamboo handles?

i bought the handles in north carolina,
but this site has some cute ones... :)

http://www.mjtrim.com/catalog/category.aspx?category=Handbag+Handles&CMP=KNC-cat-handles

cindyln
02-20-2006, 04:46 PM
I love that bag!!! Is it a free pattern somewhere?

Andrea
02-20-2006, 06:50 PM
Meg, that is absolutely beautiful!! She's going to cherish it!! I love the handles!!! Great choice for your 1st felted bag! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

How'd you get the handles on?

meg
02-20-2006, 08:41 PM
i used the blue yarn from the bag and sewed them on. they have silver hoops to secure them. i sewed very tightly to give a smoothe look. :) ;)

burnsie9999
02-22-2006, 03:32 PM
Love the BAG..

Buttonjar doesn't have a website. :( I got my patter from the yarn store I go too.