Crafty Rantings

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Funny but Cute

This picture is for Linda. See what I mean, sweetie, about how BIG these are before felting! Because you can't really tell from the picture I posted in my March 4th post with the other hat, I decided to ask Vicky at work if she would take a picture for me so I could PROVE the difference. So now everyone can see how big the hat is prior to felting. OK... stop laughing now. Well, OK, I forgive you if you can't. Heaven knows I look at it and laugh, too. BTW, if you think my office is messy from this picture, you should see it in person! And that isn't a flaw in the picture towards the right - that is my ruler sticking up out of my lazy susan turny organizer sitting on my desk!

So you want to see how this turned out AFTER felting? It was the "flat brim" hat pattern (only difference is the brim) and the picture on the pattern made it look more like a fedora than what mine turned out like. Granted, it has a bit of the Dr. Seuss look to it, still, and yet I can't help but like it. I do wish, however, that the top had shrunk more but perhaps what I will do if I make another is just shorten it a couple of inches (do 5 instead of 7 from the crown) and a smaller band... anyway, the finished product is this... (Yeah, yeah... I just didn't want to wear pink 3 days in a row and I *always* wear pink on Friday! And don't laugh... I *know* I need makeup, I'm just too lazy!) (Are you in suspense yet? hehehee)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spring Fling!

OK, here it is! The Spring Fling purse! I knit this with Cascade "The Heathers" in what looks like bubblegum pink before felting (maybe even after depending) and Fizz (Crystal Palace) that is red and black and blue. Anyway, the picture at the left shows it stuffed with plastic bags to give it the shape. It is now dry. The only thing I would change is the handles are kinda short... I would make bigger ones. Since they were attached prior to felting, per instructions, I am not sure sure I want to make new handles and try to attach them now. So I will leave it as it. Well, with one exception. But first, here is a closer look at the buttons.

And now here's the thing I decided... I wanted pockets on the inside. One for my cell phone and one for my keys. So I knit them up and now just have to sew them inside, probably with yarn as that will be sturdier. Here's what they look like knitted up and felted.

I so love the purse that I am now going to make a felted hat to match. This will have a flat brim, a contrasting band and will look like a fedora. Same pattern as the basic hat I made (see previously posted picture) except for the brim and stripe. I have no idea how long that will take to make. I will post a picture or two when it's done.