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Crochet Felting Knitting Pattern Purse

A Pattern In The Bag

In the autumn of last year I knit my Bonbon Bag with the view to releasing the pattern. It’s a simple enough bag to knit, but the writing of the pattern was less so – partly due to some rather illegible notes… However, I finally found the time to focus on writing up the pattern and I’m delighted to release the pattern for what I call my Bonbon Bag.

Bonbon Bag

Why bonbon? Because this is the type of bag, or purse might be a more accurate term to use about it, that lends itself to be made in candy coloured wool. Don’t you think?

Bonbon Bag by Irene Lundgaard Bonbon Bag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I really enjoyed thinking up the playfulness of this bag. I’m sure it would be nice in a solid colour but I really like the happiness of the tassel and the joyfulness of the colours.

Note: Skills needed to make this purse include knitting in the round on circular needles and DPNs (or magic loop if you prefer) as well as being able to crochet. The bag is knitted and crochet and then fulled (felted) in the washing machine. The pattern is un-complicated as such, but not suited for absolute beginners.

The bags is worked in a 3 x 50 g of chunky yarn especially made for felting in the German Filzi yarn from Shoeller + Stahl and 1 x 50 g of ‘Austermann Creativ + Filtz’ in Aran weight. However, any chunky yarn that will felt is suited for this bag, I would imagine Alafoss Lopi from Ístex might be a good alternative, although that will need some shaving after the felting process as it is quite hairy.

The pattern is for sale right here!

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Design Felting Knitting

Bagging A Pattern

The Bonbon Bag pattern is slowly but truly shaping up. I am working the second version at the moment to ensure that the stitch count is right, so far it’s looking OK.

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Bonbon Bag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I have chosen a different colour-way this time, just because I could and soon the pattern will be in the bag. Real soon!

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Knitting

The DKC Sock Club

IMG_9240smallThe Dublin Knit Collective are a great creative bunch that come up with fun ideas all the time and this year they are at it again with their Sock Club 2011. They propose a self imposed sock club, where you focus some of your knitting energy on knitting socks.

I received this from the DKC: “The premise of this year’s sock club is to:
Make your own sock kits from accumulated yarn stash, selecting a sock pattern, organizing circulars or dpns, supplies such as stitch markers,stitch holder,cable needle, etc. and placing them in a see thru plastic bag. Therefore having a selection of knitting kits to choose from through out the year.”

I thinks this is a brilliant idea if you want to tackle sock knitting this year.

I will not participate myself as I have a fairly steady stream of the type of generic, no-nonsense socks in the picture coming my way from my lovely, industrious mother. A type of sock that I was taught to make as a child. As a matter of fact, I think every sock knitter in Denmark has the pattern off by heart, turned heel et al. The number of stitches are simply adjusted to the desired width and the length adjusted too. The rib is K2, P2 for best elasticity and the yarn weight is usually DK sock yarn.

My mum makes socks just the way I like them; simple. I’m not a huge fan of fancy patterns, I’m much too practical, methinks. But I do see the fascination of some of those intricate sock patterns out there. When I see them knit and realize the amount of work that went into some of them I do at times get the urge to break into serious sock mode!

I use hand-knit socks like slippers, I wear them all winter and I use hand-knit socks for yoga and sometimes even in bed. I adore hand-knit socks and perhaps I will actually knit some this year. Only time will tell. If not, I fortunately know who to call for supplies…

Note: If you are interested in participating in this fun idea, you can read the details here.

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Crochet Design Felting Knitting

Bagged Some Bonbon

We present the first Finished Object of 2011, the Year of Craft!

I knitted this Bonbon Bag over the last couple of days, but only got around to doing the fulling today. This is very much an experiment as I am somewhat a puritan when it comes to felting. To me proper felting is done with fleece and resists and manual labour. However, I simply could not resist the temptation of this fun yarn and had to give it a go.

IMG_9173smallBonbon Bag © Irene Lundgaard 2010

The light was extremely poor once my tractor of a washing machine had completed the last cycle, hence the bad picture, but it does give an idea of the bag as such.

I’m fairly pleased with the result even if the colours are on the riotous side and I did deviate from my puritan felting preference. I do wish I had some more of the yarn when I was knitting the bag, it could do with a bit more length too and I would have incorporated some internal compartments as well as some more fulling. However, if I felt it more it will get even shorter, so I’m leaving it as is as a first draft for a better version to come.

Notice: I used 3 balls of ‘Filzi’ yarn from ‘German Schoeller + Stahl’ and 1 ball of ‘Austermann Creativ + Filtz’

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Design Knitting

A Riotous Bag Of Colour

I have been eyeing up this  Filzi yarn from German Schoeller + Stahl made specifically for fulling, for quite some time. I just never really had the time for the inspiration to come by and take the craving for the yarn very far. However, these in-between days where I don’t have to be anywhere at any specific time are ideal for some lateral creative thinking. The other day I finished my little Hippy Felt Bag, which is made in Austermann Creativ + Filz and right now I have a bigger bag affair on the needles.

IMG_9102smallThese yarns are so soft and come in the most hilarious colours which inspired me to go a bit berserk on the colour front. One of my all time favourite colour combinations is orange, hot pink and bright red; it’s a completely over the top combination, but what’s not to like about a dollop of colour like that on a damp and dark winters day?  I ran the  ‘Bonbon Bag’ off the needles while on the road to Dublin the other day. There was a couple of false starts, a very little bit of somewhat bad language and a lot of colour hilarity. I know that the shrinkage rate is some 30-40% in the washing machine, that is if one does not have a tractor of a washing machine like mine… All I need to do now is work a very long I-cord and then I’ll get the flip-flops out again. They will go well with the sunny colour of the bag, methinks.

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Crochet Fun Knitting

Knitting All Sorts

I had to make some Christmas presents, as I’m sure every crafter in the world was compelled to doing.

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Beanies For The Boyoz and a Ice Cowl for Herself.

For some reason it was my knitting needles I turned to for the most part. That seems to happen to me every Christmas for some reason… I worked a couple of nice warm beanies in Rowan Felted Tweed DK (current favourite yarn) for the ‘boys’ and I worked a mock cable cowl in Rowan Big Wool which is a very nice yarn too and it worked up nice and fast as I worked it on a size 10 mm!

IMG_9019smallI even managed to get my tractor of a washing machine to work for the felting of my little Hippy Felt Bag. Although, after the second wash, which made very little impact, just like the first one, I did consider either working the process by hand or simply just binning the whole thing. Then I had a brainwave, even if it was on the the bizarre side as I gave it a last try with the aid of a pair of old summer flip-flops in the wash drum while living with ice and snow in sub-zero temperatures right outside the windows…

IMG_9016smallHippy Felt Bag –felted © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I tried to introduce a bit of hot cheer by crocheting a new version of Hamish The Lion in Rowan Milk Cotton, delicious yarn that, but the pea-soup weather prevails and is frightfully depressing. IMG_9025smallI mean, today we have some +10C which is too cold for flip-flops too so in my opinion we might as well have the crisp white fields to look at and gain the wonderful extra shine of light from the snow and the crisp healthy air which we have enjoyed for the last month or so.

I guess there is only one really good cure; seeing that the weather forecast does not exactly promise clear blue skies for the next while. What the cure is? A deep dive on the colourful yarn stash, what else?

Note: The felted hip bag is worked in ‘Austermann Creativ + Filtz’ which is lovely to work and felts easily, just not in my washing machine. It comes in some interesting colour-ways too.

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Crochet Design Knitting

Jenna’s Good Vibes Head Band

We are still stuck in the snow with sub zero temperatures all day, although the icicles have melted somewhat at the front of the house. Today was stunning though, with clear blue skies and crisp frost on all the trees. Proper winter, just the way we like it us wool lovers!

IMG_8663smallWinter Colour Inspiration © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I just heard the other day that a lovely fellow yarnie is going to have three lots of surgery within the next few weeks. I also heard she will be incapacitated for the best part of 3 months. Dreadful. But in true yarnie spirit, all sorts of offers of help has been forthcoming. My own immediate response was to design a knitted Good Vibes Head Band, and this is it.

IMG_8675smallJenna’s Good Vibes Head Band © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I have worked up a knitted headband as Jenna is primarily a knitter but added the crochet flower as a pretty accent. I worked it in Lopi which is an Aran weight yarn. I still need to work out a couple more different sizes before it goes on general release. The head band in the picture is a medium/large size. I’m calling it ‘Jenna’s Good Vibes Head Band’ in the hope it will spread some good vibes Jenna’s way.

I better cast on another one, I have a feeling these head bands just might be a hit at the Christmas Spirit Fair on Sunday

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Design Knitting

Releasing Some Heat

I finally got around to actually releasing the pattern for Serena’s Neck Cowl. It’s warm and wintry and it’s a simple enough knit. The yarn is really doing all the work; not only is the yarn pretty in the colouring, but it’s also soft and warm around the neck and the rib makes it nice and flexible too.

IMG_7864smallSerena’s Neck Cowl © Irene Lundgaard 2010

The yarn is Schoppel Wolle Pur which gives a charming striped effect. It only takes 1 skein to work this cowl. Any other nice variegated yarn in a heavy Aran or chunky weight would work too. The cowl is worked top down on circular needles size 5 mm; it is possible to work it on straight needles and sew it together, but I do not recommend this technique as the seam will be bulky.

I have worked the cowl on a size 5 mm needle and the rib effect gives it great flexibility and stretch, but it could very easily be worked on a size 6 mm needle if a slightly larger size was desired.

I have worn this cowl quite a bit lately and it really is very comfortable and warm to wear. It’s a right heat releaser…

Note: You can find the pattern for sale on the pattern page or you can find it on Ravelry, here.

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Crochet Design Knitting Pattern Yarn Classes

Cabled Mittens And A Bit About Donkeys

I have this weekend free from commitments other than the ones that I have to myself and the household I live in. I love having a couple of days like that and it means that I finally had time to do calculations on the Lazy Cable Fingerless Mittens from last week and to double check them too, before I release the pattern into the wild, which I have just done on Ravelry.com.

Cable mittens purpleLazy Cable Fingerless Mittens © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I have worked the mittens in the lovely Aran weight Alpaca from Artesano. That yarn is simply just a joy to work and the heat that the alpaca generated is second to none.

I have only made the pattern available on Ravelry so far, but I will load it on the pattern page here very soon. I just need to get that donkey out of the way first! You see, I’m also trying to tackle a crochet donkey this weekend. I don’t know what it is about donkeys, but they really are awkward creatures which they have proven to be in crochet too…

Note: This pattern is now available for sale here!

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Design Knitting

Woollies Weather

The last few weeks has had this un-natural warmth to them for the time of year but that has all changed now. Tonight when I got out from teaching my crochet class in Tinahely I had to scrape the ice off the windscreen. Proper cold weather for woollies, yay!

IMG_7831smallSerena’s Neck Cowl © Irene Lundgaard 2010

A few weeks ago I knit up this cosy cowl in Schoppel Wolle Pur Wool. It’s soft and warm and dense and I love the colour and it’s perfect for the cold weather. I made it with the view to having it on under my winter coat and not have the hassle of trailing scarf tails as they always get in the way for me when I’m scraping the windscreen. Proper cowl for proper cold weather in woollies, yay!

Note: Pattern to follow.