Knitting

Felted Folk Art Purses

So here I am creating more felted purses. As you may already know I knit them, felt them and embellish them. I have moved away from embroidering with silk ribbon as I think it is not a very practical medium. Hmmm … Sometimes one does not wish to be practical! I do understand that these ribbon designs could get caught up in your handbag and may therefore be less than sensible.

My hope is that the felted purses I create could be used separately from your handbag so this is the reason I have chosen to change my outer design work. I now work with a knit fabric and hope the new designs will inspire you to purchase them.

Of course these are all hand crafted by me which makes them unique, not the kind of item you would find in the high street shops.

These purses would make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, so go ahead and treat your Mum to something different this year; a little whimsy and a dash of practical.


Knitting

To-day I am working on a simple feather and fan design for a shawl. I am using Cascade yarn in the Paints series. This particular  colour way is  of a dark red with navy blue splashes.  I will have pictures up on Flickr soon I promise.  I have had the yarn for quite a while so I’m not sure if it is still available but  they will have something similar. The colour # 9926 and is 100% wool made in Peru. I am using size 10 mm needles which is size 15 American. I like to work on circular needles but this is just me ! I find that they are a lot easier for travel whether it is just to a friends or on a long road trip. I am known to carry my knitting everywhere with me. I even knit at the movies. The feather and fan is a really nice pattern to introduce you to lace knitting. This is a good beginners project. I have knitted  a feather and fan shawl that can be seen on flickr and is for sale at my on line store. Well I think that is it for now I must get on and knit!

Feather and Fan

Well I had to rip it back to-day! obviously I was not paying attention. As they say “nothing without effort” how true. So I am back on track now and I have a piece of paper and pen beside me so that if I need to put it down to do something else, I just write down what comes next on my paper and when I get back to it I don’t get lost. I must say though once I got into a rhythm everything went well. This is supposed to be an easy project!

Knitting the Shawl

Just a quick note on the knitted shawl to-day. I have knitted one ball of Cascade 220 Paints. The length of the knitting is now 25″ and the width is 14 1/2″. I will start the next ball of yarn tonight.
The last picture is of the wrong side of the knitting.

Jan 26th 2010

I have wound two skeins of Cascade 220 and I’m ready to keep on knitting.

I have used this pattern before for a Rainbow Lace Capelet/Poncho here is the link

I can tell you that the shawl is now finished. I need to block it and take some pictures but the weather is really wet and rainy today. I am pleased with the end result and I am in the process of making a matching knitted and felted purse to go with it.

The rained stopped so here are the pictures.

February 20th 2010

I have now lightly felted this shawl/wrap and I feel it is a warmer and more wearable piece. Pictures of this can be seen on my link to flickr

Knitting And Felting

02/02/2010 by woolbrain | Edit

Having knitted the pouches I am now ready to felt them. I usually try to wait until I have a batch of pouches to felt as I am mindful of the hot water it requires. I fill my washing machine with hot soapy water and a few pairs of old jeans. I place each pouch in a bag and close the top with a rubber band. These are then thrown in with the jeans to agitate. The jeans help with the felting process, sometimes I use towels. The bags are made from a recycled cotton sheet and are all different sizes. The main reason for using individual bags is so that I can keep an eye on each pouches felting process and to stop the wool fibres from plugging up my washing machine! Not all wools felt the same way some take a while and others felt quickly. That is one of the reasons I love to felt, each time I get a slightly different result…. it makes life interesting.

I will set the timer for ten minutes and when the time is up I stop the washing machine( by the way it is a top loader) and check each pouch. If they have felted enough I take them out of the bag and dunk them in a bowl of cold water, rinse out all the soap and shape them. If they need more felting I just tie up the bag and throw them back into the washing machine and reset the timer and continue this procedure until they are felted sufficiently.

I have included a few pictures to day. The middle one shows the way in which I knit some of the pouches and the end result! The left hand one is a yarn I have found recently and felts beautifully with a lovely bumpy slubb like texture and the last one on the right is a pile of pouches that are ready to be felted.

The weather outside is dismal, more rain so it is the perfect day to put another log in the wood stove make a cup of tea and get felting.

  1. Jane Goodwin

    Hello Woolbrain:
    I saw your Knitted Neck Lace with knit and purl stitches and dropped stitches,
    also a white wool shawl in the picture.
    Looked all over the site but could not find how or where to obtain the
    pattern for each of these items.
    Can you help?
    Thank you from Jane Feb. 20, 2012

    • Hi Jane Thanks for reading my blog. With regards to patterns I don’t usually have any I make it up as I go. The cream coloured shawl pattern starts off at one end with a CO of 3 sts and increases every so often say every 3rd or 4th row until you have the width required and then decrease the same way. The knitted neck warmers are just knit in the round in a double rib pattern, along the lines of knit 3 Purl 2 or whatever combination you like the look of. I hope this helps 🙂 Happy knitting.

  2. Jane Goodwin

    Thanks for your reply. I will try the shawl pattern as you described and let
    you know later if I can work it out.

    The knitted necklace is actually the purple one that you describe as “with dropped stitches” It has what looks like some loops as well. Not the knit neck warmers.

    Your knitting is so varied, ingenious and interesting and I think the colors
    are great.

    • Hi Jane
      I had to look on my flickr pages to find the knitted necklace:) I basically knit this up in a chunky yarn Manos del Uruguary in a mobieus loop. The instructions for this can be found on you tube demo by Cat Bhordi. Happy Knitting 🙂

  3. Jane Goodwin

    Will look up the u tube demo.
    Appreciate you going to the trouble to do this.
    Will let you know later how things turn out.
    Thanks again from Jane

    • Thank you for your kind comments, just a quick note …I added the drop stitches to make it more “loopy” you will not see this done in the you tube video. Happy Knitting 🙂

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