So the latest crafty book I've been looking at is Alterknits by Leigh Radford and John Rizzo. This book is full of interesting stuff that I would have never thought of. Most of the knitting is probably way too advanced for me, but it's great inspiration, and I have one project that I've tried and a few others I'd like to attempt. The one I did today was the Recycled Sweater Tote. I started with a women's medium sweater that I got from the thrift store:
I felted it and it shrunk down to a boy's size 4. I know this because in the heat of summer, my little T kept putting it on. He really LOVES sweaters and would wear them everyday if he could. He says he likes them because they're soft. I followed the instructions for turning it into a bag which involved cutting off the sleeves. Well, T asked if he could wear the sleeves. "Sure", I said, and I helped him put them on.
He started calling them Esau arms after the guy in the Bible who has hairy arms. Funny boy. I told him they were actually Jacob arms because Jacob was Esau's brother who put fuzzy sleeves on his arms so that he could feel like Esau, but the name "Esau arms" stuck. And when you have 3 boys, you can't just have one boy wearing Esau arms, you must have at least two.
And you can't just have Esau arms, you MUST have Esau legs!
Well, I decided I wanted to line the bag because there was a small hole in the wool. Easier said than done – I had issues with the straps. Issues that I can't even explain. Well, here she is. She needed some sprucing up so I put a bicycle on the pocket. The pocket fabric is actually from the neckline. See the ribbing?
Okay, here is where I 'fess up. This bag is sooo NOT me. It's going to be one of those, "I'm glad I learned something new, but what am I going to do with this one" purses. And up close, it has issues.
This is another picture from the book. The dress form is decoupaged in yarn labels – pretty, isn't it? I can't do this project because 1) I don't have a dress form (and even if I did, I don't think I would cover it in yarn labels), and 2) I'm a new knitter and don't have that many yarn labels. I'd like some cool yarn labels to decoupage a canvas. I was thinking that maybe someone out there has some they might want to share with me. Maybe I could do a few swaps? What would be a good swap? Notecards? Or if you have a bunch, maybe a gray recycled sweater tote with a bicycle on the pocket? Any ideas?
UPDATE: And the winner of the bag is…Sandrine. I'm so glad someone likes this little purse and that it will get some good use. It'll be on it's way to Belgium sometime this week.