Monday, May 29, 2006

Felted Tote

I just finished this Felted Tote from my favorite book, One Skein.

(No one is allowed to say anything about the fact that this was not on my UFO list...I started and finished it while effectively ignoring my other projects. Now the baby shower is only a week away, though, so the blanket NEEDS to be finished).

Since it's felted, that means you knit it bigger than normal and then shrink it (intentionally).

So, it started out like this:

It's laying on our ottoman, which means that it started off about 23 inches tall. It shrinks a lot. You can especially tell in the stripe pattern.
Here it is once it's shrunk, on the same ottoman it used to cover:

And here it is standing up, except the handles look dippy in the picture. Alas. I am not an exceptionally skilled knitting photographer.

Pretty cool, hmm?


QUASAR9 said...

Yep, Pretty cool!

JMonkey said...

Very nice! I have always wondered how that felting business works.

You've inspired me to pick up my crochet hook again...I haven't crocheted since junior high. I practiced with some fuzzy yarn, but I think I'll have to get some plain yarn to get my technique down again. This should make a nice hobby I can do in the boat while Joe fishes (in addition to reading).

Kahla said...

Ooh, if I had known that, I would have sent you the Happy Hooker for your birthday!