Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I'm Sick of Knitting Shit I Hate

I've become one with the concept of "ripping is a part of knitting." I'm comfortable with my little "problem" of buying more yarn than one human would ever need or closets could ever store.

But I am not content with the fact that I still create projects that I ultimately hate.

Case in point. The "cute little felted purse." My first attempt failed miserably because I used non-felting wool. I didn't fret, I moved on. I bought new, felt-able wool and started again.

And this is what I wound up with (note: the color is not this bad in real life):

Unfelted. Not bad. Has potential.

Felted. Bad. I hate it.

What's with the handle? It's stupid. Too short. Too horsey. I know it's been said to "trust the pattern." So I did. Despite the fact that I knew the handle was too wide. But I "trusted the pattern" and thought all would solve itself in the felting process.

It didn't.

Lesson learned: Trust my instincts and adapt where necessary.

Valerie's "cute little felted purse" came out really cute. Mine? Not so cute. Time to cut off the handles, re-wash to blend in the cut marks, then replace the horsey, knitted handle with something else.

I'll keep you posted.


Valerie said...

lol - awwww, Stacy!!! Once you remove the handles it will look fantastic!! You are the first one i know that went with the pattern ALL the way and made the handles. And the only reason I didn't MAKE my handles was because I"m too lazy. :)

The purse came out nice though. Once you get other handles on it, it will be good as gold.

I can't wait to see it after new handles.

Vanessa said...

I'm sure it will look great one you go with some other handles.
Like Marissa, I used lucite handles and they turned out nice.

Vanessa said...

P.S. I think your bag would look great with bamboo handles

rincaro said...

I agree with Vanessa. Add some nice bamboo or wooden handles and you're all good. The colors are nice.

riseyp said...

horsey!! hehehee... the color does look a bit like a newborn colt ;-)

Kitty said...

Didn't I tell you not to bother with that felting-a-bag process. You should have listened to your mother!