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Tuesday Night Craft Experiment

French Market Bag – I’ve Made a Huge Mistake December 1, 2010

Filed under: Completed Projects,Knitting — momentpunch @ 10:16 am
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Now that my homegirl, Lace Ribbon Scarf, is complete (post soon), I’m finally getting to the top of my ravelry queue. This knitty pattern has been at the top of my queue for over a year now. I’ve daydreamed of the day that I can peruse the farmers markets, french market bag hanging gingerly off my arm, and filled with tomatoes, cheese, and a loaf of french bread.

I chose Cascade 220 100% wool for this project because I needed a yarn that would felt up nicely. I also used this yarn for my felted bowls and I loved the way that they came out. The yarn doesn’t pill when it’s felted and it maintains a really nice shape for a worsted weight wool yarn. The only problem I ran into was my finger tips turned blue from the dye on the yarn.

While I was knitting this bag I was a bit surprised at how small it was turning out to be. Since math and I don’t really get each other, I didn’t know that the dimensions listed meant “smaller than you think, Dana.”

After knitting/felting I realized that I should’ve made this bag deeper. I had a whole other skein of this yarn I could’ve used, but now that it’s felted, there is no turning back. 

Before felting…

looks like a sports bra

Details on the increases

So, after felting I ended up with this collapsed, weird star looking thing that cannot be used as a bag. I didn’t even bother to take a good picture of it this morning.

I’m bummed.  I loved this bag and the pattern is great. Will I attempt to make another? I don’t know…I’d need to buy another skein of this yarn.

What did I learn? I learned to go with my instincts in this crafting adventure. If it doesn’t look like chances are, it’s not right. I can read and understand patterns and charts better. I should’ve made this bag deeper and that would’ve been very easy to do.

I will say that despite my problems, this pattern is yet another awesome pattern from Every pattern that I have used has been creative and accurate. The directions and charts are always thorough and clear. I highly recommend using any of their patterns.

Note: I’m very excited about my next project. It involves mustaches. I’ve said too much.


First Epic Fail October 15, 2009

Filed under: Knitting,Messages — momentpunch @ 6:25 pm
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Remember about less than 12 hours ago I said “Hey world, I have all this yarn for dishcloths, whatcha want?” Well, what I should’ve said was “Hey world, apparently I have a ball of lilac laying around” And as such we have reached our first snafu of the project.

Therefore, the rules have changed…slightly. I will be purchasing colors for the dishcloths of the three that have requested dishcloths: Maitland, Michelle, and Josh. It’s not really a biggie since this yarn costs about $1.25 per ball, but it defeats the purpose of the project. Nevertheless a promise is a promise. And I should warn that these dishcloths come out more like facecloths so don’t be disappointed by the tiny squares! I hope you’ll love them.

This shows me just how much I need to be prepared to take on such a project. I can almost guarantee you I will find this yarn floating around somewhere later on.

Look for a post tomorrow about more freebies. Legitimately. I swear.