Category Archives: Bags

An old FO, A new FO, and The Yarn Tree

IMG_1368.JPGHola, everybody. I show you here my Baudelaires finally finished. IMG_1369.JPGI did less repeats up the leg than what the pattern called for which was just in time as I ran out of yarn!!! Patons Kroy makes for some really warm socks, let me tellya. I’m not too crazy about the toe on these socks cuz the toe looks pointy and I like square. But the heel looks fabulous and was super easy to do!! I will definitely be using that technique again.

IMG_1370.JPGI went to the Yarn Tree sale today in Brooklyn. IMG_1371.JPGHere you see the haul that will be making it’s way to my SP8 pal as the last two months combined (it’s missing a thing or two from the pic tho – handmade soaps and a felted cosmetic case I made for her.) In the pic: two skeins of Asti Alpaca with a Twist (50% Alpaca, 50% Pima Cotton) in blue, 1 skein of Koigu, Interweave Knits, Fall 2006 and Spin Off Summer 2006, and 2 oz. of handpainted roving (67% kid mohair, 33% merino wool). The roving is in this fantastic colorway that I fell in love with!!! Man, if I knew how to spin….but nope! I’m not ready for that step yet!!

IMG_1372.JPGNow here, you see my haul from the Yarn Tree. The brown yarn is a skein of that Asti Alpaca that my pal is getting, the brown & green multi is 150 yds of Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks (50% alpaca, 50% wool), Esmie chose that 100% Alpaca Frog Tree yarn to make a scarf (carrying it along w/some yarn from my stash), IK Summer 2006, and The Knitting Answer Book. This little book is cute and has sooo much info. Just flipping thru it at the store I found some good questions and answers.
IMG_1375.JPGAnd just for kicks here’s an FO I hadn’t posted on here yet. It’s an oldie. My cable clutch made from good ol’ Kitchener Cotton (the type they sell at Michael’s) double stranded. Blind Man (Gian’s godfather) lined it for me and put a little zippered pocket in it – gotta love Blind Man!!

Felted Credit Card Wallet

IMG_1229.JPGMeet my Elmo wallet. This yarn felts up so fuzzily and hairy that it looks just like Elmo needing a haircut!

I usually don’t carry a large wallet. I tend to carry a small change wallet with room for my credit cards. I needed a new one so I decided to knit one up. First pattern I’ve written, too. I’ve made things from scratch before but never actually written down the steps. I thought this would be a good start for practice!

Yarn: Lite-Lopi double stranded in Red
Needle: KP Size 10.5, 40″ Circular
Notions: stitch markers, small piece of stick on or stitch on velcro, scrap fabric for lining, HeatNBond No Sew Iron On Adhesive (optional for no-sew lining)
Gauge: 4 sts and 5 rows = 1″

CO 16 sts. Work in stockinette stitch back and forth for 8 rows. PM, pick up and knit 4 stitches along the side of theIMG_1230.JPG rectangle, pm, 16 sts along cast on row, pm, and 4 stitches along other side of rectangle, pm. (TIP: To “pick up and knit” sts, I usually use a crochet hook. I insert the hook, wrap and pull yarn through and then chain 1. If you use this method, don’t forget to untwist your sts as you place them on your knitting needle.) You should now have 40 sts on your needle and will start working in the round. Mark beginning of round.
Work in the round in stockinette until bag is 4″ tall.

Knit 16 sts – these will make your flap. Bind off next 24 sts (basically, all other sts except for the first 16).

Flap is worked in stockinette stitch over the 16 sts. Work 8 rounds.

Row 9: k1, k2tog, YO, k2tog, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, YO, k2tog, k1.
Row 10: purl across.

Repeat these 2 rows until 10 sts left on needle. (These rows make little holes at the beginning of the row so that after felting you can run a ribbon thru the holes if you so wish.)
Next row: k1, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, k2tog, k1. (9 sts on needle.)
Next row: purl.
Next row: knit.
Next row: purl.

Bind off all sts in knit.

Inside prefelting measurements: 6.75″ wide x 6″ tall when flat (without including flap).Throw wallet in your washing machine for a few cycles for felting. Usually a pair of jeans helps to agitate the bag and helps it to felt better.

I used Knitting Betty’s bag lining tutorial for no-sew bag lining.

After FOUR wash cycles in a front-loader laundromat washer, the bag now measures 6″ across by 4″ tall. If you have a washer at home it will be much easier for you to felt the bag. I used a book to block it.