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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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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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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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Felting With My Tractor

I have wanted to have fun with some felting for the last month but duties have been numerous and hampered by weather and other matters.

IMG_8829smallHippy Felt Bag – pre felting © Irene Lundgaard 2010

The other night I finally got a chance to attempt some knitting for felting. I had this lovely variegated yarn made for felting and I had a plan for a little hip bag…   It’s knit and I flung it into my tractor of a washing machine today to see what the result might be and erhh, let me put it this way; it’s a good thing that I have to put another wash on before the day is over…