Sunday, December 28, 2008

Not 1 But 4 !

I usually don't knit the same pattern more than once but I have been knitting this particular pattern more than one - in fact 6 times ! It's the Petite Felted Bag & it made a nice gift, so I knitted 4 for my nieces in Singapore. In fact, I didn't actually knitted the whole bag. I just cast on & knit the base, pass it to Lydia & Lynette who will knit the body & then back to me to do the handles & cast off. So for the past 2 weeks, my girls & I made 4 of these bags in various colors.
My original design is a smaller version with 1 handle & for these 4 bags, I have made them bigger & with 2 handles.
Before felting
Base - 35 cm
Body - 96 cm (circumference)
Height - 50 cm
Handles - 56 cm (from one end to another)
After felting
Base - 18 cm
Body - 56 cm (circumference)
Height - 24 cm
Handles - 36 cm
These are just the average measurements as the 4 bags are not of the same size but the variations are not great - about 1-2 cm more or less.
I just love the results of the felting & the colors ! Cleckheaton Vintage Hues is a great yarn but unfortunately it's discontinued & supplies are limited. I have almost used up all my stash & I think there's about 8 balls left which will be enough for 1.5 bags as each bag takes about 5 balls.
I love the colors of these 2 bags & I was thinking of keeping one for myself but I don't think I have the time to knit another one. I will be taking these bags with me when I leave for Singapore tomorrow. I will be away for 4 weeks & hope I will have the time to post & read blogs. I have packed a few projects to bring along - 3 pairs of socks, a lace shawl & my half done summer cardi - hope that's enough to keep me busy while I am there.
As this is my last post for 2008, I will like to wish all my knitting & blogging friends a Happy, Healthy & Creative New Year & may 2009 bring us more knitty goodies ..... 2008 has been a great year knowing all of you & sharing each other's knitting adventures & I am sure we will have more fun in 2009!
Happy New Year


Linda said...

I LOVE the bags, they came out fantabulously! I hope you have a wonderful trip and I will have some socks to show you when you get back. I have wound my Woolen Rabbit yarn in Neptune just for Snakes and Ladders!

Amanda said...

Lovely bags. I think that has to be on my list of projects for the winter (when we have more water!). Have a good trip and a Happy New Year to you too.

Rachel said...

Every time I see one of these on your blog, I remember how much I love this pattern! Your color choices are lovely and while I'm not normally and 'orange' person, I love that bag! I'm sure they were very well received!

Wishing you an amazing 2009!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Cute bags! Happy New year.

Tigers said...

Love the bags, I am currently on my second one ;) Such an easy knit with a great result. Thanks for sharing your pattern!

Anni said...

hope you're having a great time in Singapore. Love hte bags and the colours of them all. they'r fab.

Jackie said...

i will keep a lookout of whoever carry this bag