Archive for Wool Yarn

Felted Autumn Messenger Bag


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This is my latest felting creation. I used the same pattern that I made for another felted purse. That pattern might be in my blog. I saw the idea for the design on the front cover of a knitting magazine. That picture of the front of a sweater just used the two colors of the purse for the leaves. It needed more color so I made my leaves in fall colors. I put swivel hooks on the strap that disconnect. I have a short handle and a longer handle in case someone wants to have a messenger bag. I also put a brown sport zipper in the top for total closure. I also have felted acorns hanging from the hook on the left side of the purse. I had a woman that bought a purse from me with those on it and she said everyone she got a comment from on the purse said they liked the acorns. When I showed her the purse when I first finished, she told me to put the acorns on. The color of the purse is Natures brown and Oatmeal. It is really hard to get a picture of the brown yarn. For the diagonal design I knitted intarsia, decreasing every two rows. I decreased one stitch and knitted two rows, then I decreased two stitches and knit two rows. I continued that way so that the diagonal would go all the way to the right corner in the number of rows I had to work with.

Felted Wristlet, Lined with Needle Felted Retro Design


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I was having fun making the quilted wristlets and decided to sew one instead of trying to write up a knitted pattern and sew it together before felting. I had fun making this. The finished bag is 9 inches wide by 7 inches tall. It is lined with a grey black and white fabric. To make this I took one ball of Paton’s classic wool in gray .(3.5 ounces) I cast on 30-30 on the bulky machine and then knitted until I almost ran out leaving enough to cast off. I used loosest mast tension and tension 9 to knit. I felted it in the washing machine and came out with a piece of wool about 10 to 11 inches wide  and  about 15 or 16 inches in length. I cut two inches off of side to use for the strap. The other piece was used for the body of the bag. I used a rotary cutter to square it up. I love the way the zippers are done on the quilted wristlets and I decided to do it the same way on the bag. What a breeze to do. It is easy when the zipper is not at the top for opening.  I did not top stitch since I don’t like the way the stitching looks and it is hard to sew in a straight line on felted fabric. I had the lining together with the fabric when I sewed in the zipper. I needle felted a retro design that I purchased from the  web site Dreamstime  before sewing the side seams. The only thing I did not like is that  after you have the zipper in you turn it inside out and sew the side seams with right sides together. That means that you see the raw edges on the inside. To remedy that, I took a 1&1/2 inch piece of lining fabric and cut it the height of the seam. I folded it in half lengthwise and pressed it. Then I opened it up and folded each raw edge of the material to the fold line and ironed it. I enclosed the side seams in by folding it over the seam and top stitching. The inside looks nicely finished.  The handle is a cut piece of wool and it looked unfinished as a strap and I did not want rope handle. I just took black wool yarn and overcast up and down both sides of the strap. I know a lot of you are not into felting and sewing and this is a lot of work. If you want the directions for the zipper just go to you tube and look up quilted Zipper bag and you will find a lot of tutorials. I can’t find the link for the pattern that I have that shows it step by step.

Small Felted Fling Purse


 

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TWO INSIDE POCKETS

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I am trying to get some things done for my etsy store and decided to share this little purse with you. It is called the fling purse and it is a hand knitting pattern that I bought from Carol Bristol Designs. I made one plain and then I decided to use up some of the incomplete balls of yarn that I had to make diagonal stripes like I did on another purse. On this purse the diagonal colors are only on the front and they wrap around the side since the sides are knitted while doing the front piece. The reason I did this is because I wanted 20 stitches for each stripe width and there were 59 stitches.(I increased to 60)

Things started out okay but drew a blank on how to do the fourth diagonal. It finally came to me after about three days. lol   I finished it , sewed it together and felted it and was sick when I opened the washing machine. I had one beige color that was not wool!!! All that work, time and yarn wasted. So I went back and did it again. I made up several knitted leaves in all colors and felted them. I had knitted this oak leaf first that is on this bag but it was way too large. When the little leaves looked funny I decided to felt the large oak leaf and it came out the perfect size. I only put one leaf on and one acorn.

I put two pockets on the back piece inside. In my directions I explain how I attached it while knitting the back. You have to knit the pocket first to do this. I like the size and the way they both came out. I needle felted a chickadee on one bag and used an “I” cord for the flower he is sitting on.

Here are my directions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. These are fun to make.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o1jhffjq8tczgqk/AABjRIm2mi7qVwqX_GT6b7Jva?dl=0

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolors Felted Bag


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My friend Sheila was getting rid of three bags of yarn and asked me if I wanted it. I would be glad to take it off your hands Sheila,  🙂 Inside one of the bags was a hand knitted pattern kit for this felted purse. It is called Watercolors Felted Bags by Annie’s Hook & Needle Kit Club. (Annie’s Attic) 2008. The toggle button was included. It gives both versions of  knit or crochet.  Of course, I converted  to machine knit and I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for three rows of garter stitch at the top and for the 22 bottom rows. I have a chunky garter bar but decided it is faster to knit on needles. So I knitted three rows of garter stitch on size 11 needles and then transferred them to the machine. You start on one side and increase from the top down, knit 22 rows of garter stitch (I used garter bar for the bottom) and continue up the other side and decrease  and end with three rows of garter stitch and then bind off. The first time I ever came across this and I think it is unique is that the handle and the tab are knitted sideways. For the strap you just cast on 88 stitches and knit five rows and bind off. I believe the reason this is done is because you get more shrinkage in length instead of width. I wish I would have measured the strap before felting. The finished size of this is 9 inches in width and 8 inches in height . The handle is 24 inches. The yarn is size 5 chunky. It did not take the whole ball of yarn but I did not weigh the ball of yarn before I started. lol

Here is my converted pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zpcjk688axh0l21/AADyPLyyE3isUgTOpCmzoRyba?dl=0

 

My Knitting Day Disaster


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I went into my knitting room to start a swatch for a project and this is what I ended up with. It took me the whole day deciding what to do and doing it. Not to mention the disaster my knitting room and house were in after I dragged everything out.

I decided to first put away some books laying on the floor that I don’t know where to file. Yep, that got me started. I saw this little picture of a purse that was hand knitted and had a lace edge on the flap and beads. I drew up a pattern for the machine and of course, it had to be felted. I took my stitch and row gauge and started on my pattern. I decided to make the flap with the fun fur I had that had shades of black and grey. Well, my mistake was that I used the stockinette gauge for the fairisle gauge. Wrong! During felting I checked it and the flap was not felting like the bag. The flap was way too long. After felting I trimmed the flap and it looked okay but the edges felt flimsy. I hated to scrap the purse because it felted perfectly and I liked the size. Scissors, here I come. I cut the flap off totally. Now how do I put a closure on with no flap? Can’t. So I get out sewing supplies and I have a 7 inch black zipper. I have done zippers before and they are not fun on felted fabric. Okay, let’s line it. Dig out my fabric from storage box under the bed (see how I am messing up my house?) Now I have to get my sewing machine and put it somewhere where the light is good. Dining room! (house is getting messier). But before I do the lining I have to figure out handles. Went through more sewing supplies and saw my grommets. Put the grommets in the sides in no time. Didn’t want to felt a handle since I had so much time in this already. Went through box of all cording and ribbon. I found a red nylon cord. Okay, that will not be hot to hold in warmer weather  and its strong and the red sets the purse off. Once the handle was done,  I sewed the lining pocket to the zipper and then had to put the zipper in by hand.  Ooops, can’t felt anything because the lining is in. I made a large knitted flower, used a red button and knitted a center and sewed the flower on. Done! Here is the pattern in my drop box if you just want to make this without a flap. It is knitted all in one piece .

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pij6q6v6opd5eqy/AACWZxuHG_7etXjmBEq_YViaa?dl=0

Now, here is the picture of what I started with before felting!

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Felted Fun Fur Purse to Match Jacket


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Just doing some quick gifts before I see my sister tomorrow. I made her a felted wristlet purse to go with the jacket I made her.  The pattern directions are  a couple of posts back.  This can be made so easily in a couple of hours or even an hour. It only takes ten minutes to felt .  If you don’t like the fun fur you could do weaving with any yarn that you like. You would just have to remember to reverse the fabric if you just do weaving at the top.

Smaller Felted Pocket Purse


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This is the size I was working for. I made it the same as the last one except that I only cast on 24 stitches for the bottom. I added six stitches on the sides for the front only and knitted 52 rows. It will hold a cell phone, keys, credit cards without all the size and bulk. I used the Biscuits and Jam stripe generator web site that I love. Here is the link. If you want the complete written directions let me know. This is a great way to use up little bits of wool yarn left over from other projects. The finished size is 6 inches by 6 inches.

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

 

Here is the link to my pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tjey7k38sax2irx/FELTED%20SMALL%20POCKET%20PURSE%206%20INCHES%20BY%20SIX%20INCHES.docx?dl=0

Knitted Wool Pocket Scarf


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I found this pattern in a book I borrowed from the library. It is a hand knitting pattern but I adapted it to the Bulky Machine. This can be done on any machine even without a ribber if you want to reform the stitches. The pattern calls for 10 ounces of Homespun yarn by Lion Brand. Will have to check that yarn out.

The book is called 24-Hour Knitting Projects by Rita Weiss. The author of the pattern is Sandy Scoville. She calls it a Pocket Shawl. I made it a scarf and wish I had done it as a shawl.  Her finished size is 12 inches by 64. My finished scarf is 6 inches by 63 inches.

I just wanted to try it and I have  a thick navy yarn that was too thick for the brother standard. Yep, that will work. Searched and found it. Knit, knit , knit and all finished. Uh, no, I grabbed the wrong yarn and did not realize it until I went to post this blog! lol  I ended up making it in Nordic Classic Wool by Heirloom.  This project took 4 ounces of yarn. And to make matters worse, it states what tension to use on the Brother. I used tension 5.. and it suggests 8.. but don’t know if that is using the standard or bulky-doesn’t say.

Oh well, it is a less than 24 hour project. The color is navy even though it looks royal blue. It is the lights in my knitting room that throw the color off.  You could put a buttonhole in the pocket but I just put a button on to decorate.

It is unique how the pockets are sewn on the sides. The edge of the pocket fits right into the groove made by the purl stitch in the 3 by 1 rib scarf. You don’t stretch the pocket to fit. You can see that in the pictures in the drop box.

If anyone wants to try it, you can get the book from the library or go to my drop box for machine conversion pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b1k3igob8foxkdk/POCKET%20SCARF.docx?dl=0

 

Autumn Leaves Felted Purse with Acorns


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I got side tracked. What else is new? I had a very nice lady from Georgia  buy a felted purse and mouse and felted slippers from my Etsy store. She wanted a purse for fall . She asked if the length of the handle could be adjusted. She got me thinking and all of a sudden I came up with a fall design and adjustable handles.  First I knitted the fronts and backs in Intarsia. Did I tell you I hate intarsia work? Each side took me well over five hours. I found some swivel hooks that could attach to the purse.This way, she can change the handle to different lengths.  I sewed up the purse and went off to felt-the fun part. It took at least fifteen minutes to felt to this size.  When the purse was dry, I needle felted the veins on the leaves. Another 4 hours. lol  While I was needle felting I remembered on my other felted purse that I did a felted acorn. Well, my friend from Craft Gossip web site had given me a whole bag of felted acorns she made and I thought they would look cute hanging from the side. I had to get my drill out to drill holes in them to get the yarn through to hang them.  Then I was going to put two magnetic clasps for closure but did not have any left in my stash. I did have this closure which was more expensive And  I think it looks better on this purse.

Now the strap. Oh brother…..I did not want to do an “I” cord because the handle comes out round. I wanted more of a flat strap. I just knitted ten stitches plain and felted and it looked awful.  I was laying in bed and in the morning I wondered about knitting circular , no seam and it should lay flat. So I made a short one and felted in my table top felter. Yep, that works. I went back and went to knit it and realized I did not have a whole lot of yarn left. Uh, oh, better get this right. Meanwhile, the woman who bought the other items asked if she could see it. Yep, she wanted it. So I emailed her for the length she wanted and that was a good thing. When I felted the strap I wanted 19 inches in length because the swivel hook on each side took up 3 inches. I took it out at 21 and decided to put it in the dryer and eureka!!!! It went to the correct size.

So I went to the post office today so she can take this purse on her trip to see her sister.

The pattern I made up is in my drop box if you want to make it. I made the designs in DAK and then printed from DAK. I printed them out and scanned them and put them in the drop box. If you have trouble reading them I can save the file as a bmp or jpg and email it to you.

Well, I need to get back to the dog afghan but I have another idea for a felted purse. 🙂

Must be the cooler weather coming.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/itshxo9c5duhqca/AADOFKIwGFWhXOofEj2LKOZia?dl=0

Felted Slippers with Flip FLop Soles


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My husband is back in the hospital so no knitting just yet. I happened to have a pair of these slippers knitted and sewn together. I felted them the other morning  and then took the slipper to the hospital and needle felted the design on the top. I bought flip flops and decided to see if they would work for a sole for the bottom. I think they turned out cute. I used the product shoe goo to glue to the sole and they are holding perfectly. I wanted something I could walk down the driveway to get the paper or I will give them to my sister since she goes on their deck in the early morning when it is cold. I bought two other pairs of flip flops in a fuschia  color and a lime color. I only paid 2 dollars for the flip flops at Joann’s. If you want to try this, get your flip flops now since you can’t find them in the winter. I had this idea to try since last year but just now found the flip flops at a reasonable price.

I used Lion Brands Oatmeal color wool. I bought a size M flip flop.

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