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Knittinicole
03-19-2008, 08:03 PM
I am a long time crocheter but decided to take a knitting class and I really enjoyed it. I have finshed a scarf and moved onto a baby afghan for a shower gift. So far so good.
My question is, what is felting? I have heard of it but have no idea what exactly it is. Also does anyone know of any good purse patterns? I would love to make purses but our local chain stores only carried 1-2 books.
Thank you for the help! This is a terrific site!!:yay:

Jan in CA
03-19-2008, 08:20 PM
Welcome to KH! :yay:

Felting is what happens when wool or other untreated animal fiber gets washed with agitation.

Here are some felted purse patterns. Some are probably easier than others.
http://www.knittychick.com/freebiepatterns.htm

I've made this one.
http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/sophie.htm
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/58832916_A8d9T-Ti.jpg (http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/photos/58832916_A8d9T-S.jpg)

Ingrid
03-19-2008, 08:42 PM
www.knittingpatterncentral.com also has tons of patterns.

When you wash wool and it shrinks, it's called 'oops.' Doing it on purpose is called felting.:teehee:

Debkcs
03-20-2008, 03:23 AM
Another welcome to Knitting Help!

I'm about to start a Booga Bag

http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html

only it's going to be a bit wider than it is tall. I really need a bag for summer that I can carry a bunch of 'purse' stuff and a bottle of iced water. This pattern is among the ones that Jan referred you to, just thought I'd point it out, as it's easy and everyone who has made one seems to like it.

Liz 14
03-20-2008, 05:42 AM
I love your description of felting Ingrid:cheering: