Wednesday, July 05, 2006

PROJECT #3 IS DONE!!!!!!

Wellllllllll . . . I finally completed project number 3, the RICK RACK purse and I LOVE IT!!!!!!YAHOOOOO!!!! I learned so many useful techniques in making this purse that I now feel I can call myself an accomplished beginner knitter . . . 1. I learned how to knit a welt around the purse base (this helps the purse to sit flat after felting) . . . 2. I learned to "knit- in" eyelets (intentionally put holes in the purse for ribbon to be woven in and out of - can you believe intentionally making holes) . . . 3. I learned how to knit an I-cord bind off at the top edge . . . 4. I learned how to make I-cord split handles or "y" I-cord handles (these were knitted right into the purse - no hand sewing the handles on and when the purse is felted you cannot tell how they were knitted on) . . . 5. I learned how to knit a bobble (it became the center of the flower) . . . and finally I learned that its okay to make changes in a knitting pattern (I added the yellow stripe in the center of the purse-if it didn't work I could just rip it out which I am very good at!) . . . I know that some of these techniques will be used in future felted purses and other knitted projects even if the pattern instructions don't call for a particular technique.

This exciting project also led me to create my own "Knitting Journal" . . . its just a binder containing those clear sheet protectors where I slip in a sheet of paper that lists project name, pattern used, needle(s) used, who the project is for and from and a space to list the new techniques I learned . . . I also included yarn labels, samples of yarn used and a "worked up" sample of the knitted yarn . . . On the opposite side I place pictures of the project! . . . I have also learned that I need to take better closeup photos of the project before it is felted . . . so for your viewing pleasure I present to you below pictures of project #3 . . . the "RICK RACK" purse!


Before purse was felted . . . . . . . . . After purse was felted . . . . . . . .Closeup flower-ladybug button

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Now *I* want to make one! Maybe with some of that new wool I ordered. Will you teach me? Please!! (It's TMPH!)

Old Knitter said...

Yes . . . see on Sunday . . . will bring pattern!!!!!

Heatherly said...

ah! love the ladybug!

brooke said...

Linda - I have purse envy - and now must make a purse with your pattern. Absolutely adorable and the perfect size too! If I see you on Tuesday, you can help me pick out yarn for it.

knitknak said...

I love it!!! You did such a great job on the purse. I love the flower, and the bug.... and the colors are great. Nice Job Missy!!!

meredith said...

oh my gosh - it's great. i've been eyeing that pattern for some time now