When I make a purse, especially if I’m trying to sell it, I like to give it a name. Like, The Country Tote, for instance, or the Dotty Dot Bag. It’s a nice way for someone to say, “Oh could you make the Amy Purse using the Kimono Bag fabric?”
Well, I now have a new bag. This is the 2nd purse that I knit, all garter stitch, of course, ‘cuz I haven’t gotten the hang of purling yet. I used one strand of Dark Grey Paton’s Classic Wool Merino and one strand of Pink Paton’s Divine Acrylic blend and knit up the whole thing. Then I attached the straps and threw it in the hot washing machine to felt it. The kiddos were entertained for a good 20 minutes by watching it agitate – until one little guy somehow tried to touch the water with his toes, got his sock wet, and got in trouble…but that’s another story.
So even though this bag is for me, it has a name – the Barnyard Bag. “Why?”, you ask? Because as it was going around and around in the machine, there was a distinct barnyard smell in my laundry room. Is this normal? I thought wool was treated to not do this. My last wool bag did not smell like this. Is it because this was cheaper wool? It reminded me of the cheap sweater that I bought in college – made in a Latin American country out of llama’s wool, I think. I loved that sweater until it got rained on while I was walking to class and I smelled like a barnyard. Pew! That was embarrasing. So here’s the Barnyard Bag. It really didn’t shrink much.
Pre-felting dimensions: 10″ x 16″ with 24″ straps
Post-felting dimensions: 9″ x 15″ with (get this) 31″ straps.
Did I do something wrong? Why did my straps GROW instead of shrink? *Sigh* Maybe with my 40% off JoAnn’s coupon, I’ll break down and buy me a Felted Knits book, instead of trying to teach myself something that I know nothing about.