Archive for August, 2005

* felted knit purse

Posted on August 10th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Felting.

I cast on for the purse on the cover of Fabulous Felted Hand-Knits. I’d been looking for the right yarn for a while now, but everything I found at a reasonable price wasn’t good for felting, or wasn’t in colors I like. I finally settled on Patons Classic Wool, which kindly says on the label that it’ll felt, and which comes in lots of good colors. I’ve got a sort of 70s color scheme going, with paprika, old gold, chestnut brown, and, maybe, leaf green. I’m still undecided on the green, so I’m leaving it for last. I might sub a gray instead.

If I ever make it that far. The pattern is simply knitting up 4 skeins of yarn one after the other into a big striped rectangle. Then you felt the sheet, cut out the purse pieces, and sew it together. This sounds all good and easy, but I’ve been working on it for a few nights now, and I’m only about 3 inches in. Out of 60 inches final! I’d better like this bag once I finish it.


* shoplinks update

Posted on August 6th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I finally got around to adding my accumulated links to the artist/shop links page. New ones are in bold.


* the bead stands alone

Posted on August 4th, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

I saw this at the local bead store and loved the color and luminosity of it. It’s about 1 inch x 2 inches. Strung it on monofilament and insta-necklace.



* amigurumi bunny/alien

Posted on August 3rd, 2005 by maitreya. Filed under Crochet.

I finally broke down and bought an amigurumi book, from Atelier Jade. With the shipping, it was less than $10, although it’s a pretty small book. Good directions though, including a clever way to get a tight first round. I’m too lazy to scan it in tonight, so I’ll leave the ISBN etc for later.

This is a bunny, which my husband thinks looks like an alien (he even pantomimed it bursting from his chest). It’s made from crochet thread and is maybe 5 inches tall including his ears, with some rice in the body so it’ll sit up.


Not too shabby for my first try. How sad is it that the pattern was easier to follow than most English crochet patterns? Granted, it’s a simple technique, just single crochet in a spiral with increases and decreases. Must remember to get some eyes for my next attempt.



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