Archive for July, 2012

Felted Craft Tote/Purse “Fiesta” & “Lemons& Limes”


I promise that these are the last of the same bag to be posted. lol I call the finished one Fiesta and the other one Lemons and Limes. I am going to put plain black cords on the Lemons and Limes. Again I used the stripe generator on the website Biscuits and Jam . The link to that site is in the Cat in the Hat blog. These will be for sale in my Etsy store.

Wonder Washer-Table Top Felter


Someone asked what a table top felter is. Here is my little baby. It is called the Wonder Washer. I can’t remember what I paid for it. My friend from Craft Gossip had one and I liked it. It is great. If I am doing large purses though, I like the washing machine. The second picture is the inside. It has small little Paddles and this turs to the right and reverses just like a washing machine.Now don’t laugh, to help with agitation I took stones and tied them in a sock and it works.

Cat in the Hat Felted Yarn/Craft Tote


When my friend Linda from Craft Gossip asked her followers what they would like to see me make, the largest response was craft totes without buckles, clasps or closures of any sort that the yarn would catch on. I came up with this design by going to the craft site Biscuits and Jam which has a stripe generator that is really unique. The link to that site is at the bottom.

I picked a striped pattern that had 9 rows for the second stripe at the top because I knew that would be about one inch and the grommets would be easy to put in . When I finished knitting and felting this I showed it to my husband and right away he said “Cat in the Hat”! It did look like a hat before I put the grommets in so that is what I have named it. I love the size and the length of the handles. They are 34 inches in total length but shorten once they go through the grommets.The size of the tote is 9 inches circular and 13 inches long. I made the handles short so it does not drag on the ground if you carry it with your hands. It looks cute over the wrist also.

Okay, so here is how I made it. I cast on both beds with waste yarn  and ravel cord. Then I knit 110 rows(220 circular rows) When I got to the top I just cast off all stitches on both beds. On the bottom I took the starting tail and gathered all of the open stitches on the waste yarn and secured.  Then I felted the bag. I placed eight grommets around the top that are one inch in width. I knitted a 3 stitch I cord , one in each color. I knitted about 40 inches for each one. I wove them through the holes, joined the beginnings with the ends and then felted the cord in my table top felter. I hung the bag in so only the cords felted and not the bag again. The bag and handles take a little over 8 ounces of yarn.  It will be for sale in my Etsy store soon.

http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php

Felted Purse with Buckle


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knitted this purse circular on the Brother Bulky. I knit 20 rows for the base(50 stitches). Then I hung the beginning row on the ribber needles and hung the sides of the bottom on 3 needles on both ends of both beds. Total of 112 stitches. I knit ciruclar for 180 rows. The last couple of rows I decreased 18 stitches so that the top pulls in. Then I bound off all but 50 stitches on the main bed for the flap. I knitted 20 rows and then decreased every other row until I had 8 stitches left and took those off on waste yarn. I then cast on 8 stitches for the strap that goes around the purse. I knitted a long piece and then hung the purse flap stitches that were on waste yarn and pulled those stitches through the strap stitches and continued to knit.  I picked up stitches on the purse every 10 rows while I knitted the strap so I would not have to hand sew and to keep the strap from turning into a cord. I took it out several time while felting and stretched the strap also. I just knitted the strap longer at the beginning and the end to adjust for the length after felting. I placed grommets every one and three quarter inches on the strap so it did not look plain. At first I was going to put the grommets on the edge of the flap that is diagonal but lost my nerve. If you mark and make a hole, it better be exact! I worked on this not knowing how it was going to turn out but it came out okay. I have so much time in this that I did not add needle felting! lol I think this would look cute with jeans. It will be for sale in my Etsy store soon.

Felted Purse with Intarsia Design on Flap


Well, since my afghan was a disaster I went back to felting. lol  This is the same pattern as the black purse with the brooch but I added 25 more circular rows. When I got to the flap I knitted Intarsia with  other colors-orange, gold and oatmeal. I attached the flap after I knitted and before I felted. I made a buttonhole in the flap and I felted a gold piece of material to cover the button. It is about 12 inches wide and  longer than the black one to give ample room to carry many items. It will be for sale in my Etsy shop soon.

Passap Afghan-Cow Jumped Over The Moon


This is an afghan that is a gift for someone. I made one about a year ago in a larger size. I used a yarn that was thinner than 224 and it comes out to a nice baby size. The pattern is in Machine Knitters Source March/April 2002 Volume 18, No 107. I scanned the picture in the magazine and then had to change a little in DAK. Then I copied and pasted it in Photoshop and saved as a bmp file in win/crea so that I could download it. The pattern is so great for a beginner becuase it walks you through every step in programming. It calls for Tamm Astrycryl yarn and it would be much larger if I had used that but I did not want it that large. It is technique 187.

Passap Miniature Mitten


I knitted the little mitten on the left using my Passap. I was just sailing along knitting it circular thinking this was easier then using the Bulky machine. I was just changing colors every four  rows thinking what a breeze this was. I took it off the machine and laughed when I saw the yarn traveling up the side of the mitten! Okay, so how do you do it?  So, now I am on to number two mitten to correct the situation. I cut the yarn and dropped it inside of the mitten each time I changed colors. Duh! All I had to do was pull a longer loop down before starting the next color and then use a needle to thread it to inside. So while concentrating on this I started with the wrong color for the stripe and it not only looks funny but I think I forgot some extra rows circular for the thumb! This was a hand knit pattern that I tried to convert to the machine. Notice, I said TRIED. I will just leave it at a learning experience. It was much faster than knitting by hand though. The nice thing about felting is that it covers a lot of flaws and these definitely need to be covered.

Passap Afghan Lovely-Navy Blue


I made this navy blue Afghan Lovely for my Etsy store. My passap was knitting like a dream until I was halfway finished and the yarn seemed to be bunching up on the left side. I removed it from the machine and it was the way the yarn was coming down from the mast that caused the problem. I realized that the mast tension was too loose. I put it at 5, rewound the yarn and it knitted beautifully to the very last row. I used TD 5 and knitted 948 rows using needles 89L and 88R so that both end needles would be on the back bed. Technique 140. It is five panels wide and six panels long.

Christmas Miniature Felted Mittens in July


I made this pattern from another hand knitted pattern but converted it to machine knitting. The pattern is from All Free Knitting, Knit Picky Patterns. I used the Bulky machine at tension 7. The problem is that the rib does not show. The needle felting was difficult because of the size. Now, don’t laugh. Below on left you will see the first one that I knitted and felted to see how the pattern came out. The second one next to it is the second one that I knitted for the pair on the left before felting. The reason I am asking you not to laugh is that when I felted the first one, the mitten felted together and I could not do needle felting of design! lol   I know I read that somewhere where that can happen but the thought did not kick into my brain. I placed plastic canvas inside of the second and third ones so that did not happen.  I did knit these circular on the machine. My next mitten is going to be done on the passap and not felted. I made the first one and you will laugh when you see it.

Black Felted Purse with a Brooch


I can’t remember what web site I saw this free purse pattern. It was for hand knitting and called the Caledon purse. I converted it to machine knitting with my stitch and row guage and it came out the same size as the hand written pattern. It is 12 inches wide and 7 inches high.I used the Brother Bulky machine and Paton’s yarn-two skeins. This is the first one that I knitted circular on the machine. I liked the hand written pattern because you decrease at the top on the last couple of rows and it brings the opening in a little and the flap fits nicely. It took awhile to do that on a machine because you decrease evenly and then move all the stitches in but well worth the effort. The hand written pattern had the tab knitted seperately and I decided to do it that way because I liked the raised look of the tab. Of course, on the next one I make, I will do a row with thread to mark the row for the tab placement. I also decreased on the last two rows of the flap so that the corners were rounded. I used a magnetic snap and sewed a brooch of a Rose with glass diamonds that sparkle in the light. The handle and the tab were done using two strands of yarn together at a tension of 10. The number of stitches that I cast on was 70. It was 54 rows circular for the purse and 28 rows for the flap. The flap was 12 stitches.

This has become my favorite purse so far. I have a wedding to go to in October and I may make one to match my dress.

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