The other day I made a quick stop at my local yarn shop, Kaleidoscope, and came away with a couple of patterns for felted bags. One of them is a real darling, and I knitted it up in a couple of evenings while watching movies.
I threw it in the washer last night to felt it. Boy, who would have expected it, but the energy-efficient front-loading washer felts approximately 47,000 times faster than the old top-loader I had. I put it on hot, on the Heavy Duty setting, and this is the second bag I've felted in one go. FABULOUS! I used to have to run the old washer through, as I say, 47,000 cycles, to get things to felt. I'm quite sure I used enough water to fill an in-ground swimming pool each time. No longer! We are not kidding about the efficiency thing. Watch out, baby, Imma comin' to felt yo' ass!
I was thrilled to use up some of my stockpile of Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool yarn, too.
"The Purse" by Janet Scanlon
Isn't she cute? I am allowing her to dry just round and stuffed with some tea towels, which makes her look like a coin purse, sort of. I can also envision this purse dried around, say, a coffee can, for a more barrel-shaped bag as is photographed in the pattern booklet.
I am going to go shopping for some beads or tassels or something pretty for the ends of the purse strings. Cuteness!
This bag is just super-fun and easy to knit, and it would make an adorable gift bag, or a small project bag, or even... a purse. It could be dressed up or down and have almost infinite variations, including being knitted -- as was the shop model and the photo on the pattern booklet -- out of Manos Silk Blend for a really nice, dressier purse. I just happen to have a little Manos Silk Blend in my stash.
Uh-oh, I feel a little purse-knitting kick settling in around here....