Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Felting Finish

Hello and welcome. We're under a winter storm watch here in West Michigan. Batten down the hatches! Gas up the snow-blower! Find the doggie sweaters...maybe while I'm looking for all the winter tools I need I'll find LittleDog's sweater. It's been missing for awhile and I can't imagine where it may have gone to.

I know you came for Fiber Arts Friday and not to hear about the weather so here is the Big Zig Bag finally, completely and totally done. Yay! In case you missed the pics last week here's what it looked like pre-felting...
and this is the final outcome...
I purchased the yarn for this project at Rae's Yarn Boutique and started knitting it May 7, 2009 and finished by sewing the button on tonight.  That's a shamefully long time for this pretty thing to wait, don't you think?
I had to cut a slot in the tab for the button hole (since I didn't think to thread some cotton yarn through the button hole and it felted itself shut). Then I added one of the beautiful buttons my friend Shine made.
I still have to find a piece of good stiff plastic (I'm thinking an old piece of cutting mat) to put in the bottom to give it some stability.

It has taken up its task of keeping my swift and ball winder safe.
I really like it.

There has also been a bit of spinning going on here. The braid I'd been spinning for quite awhile was finally finished on Sunday...
this is 4.2oz of Rita's Merino Bamboo Tussah Top in the Sleepy Hollow colorway.  Having finished that braid I started on the fiber samples from a Phat Fiber box that Shine is trading me buttons for.  Gotta love the barter system. Here's what I've got so far...
There is some soft, shiney fiber in this box but my favorite is the fiber I'm spinning right now...the most beautiful red and there's some sparkly in it. yum.   In case anyone wonders...the pony holder is to keep the flyer from twirling around during transport. This LadyBug gets around! and sometimes the simplest things make for the greatest tools.

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10 comments:

Heather Woollove said...

Ally--This bag is FANTASTIC!!!
...well worth all of the years in the making!!
It was great to see everything stowed inside it, too, since it is exactly the size that you needed. Awesome!
You might want to consider a thick piece of "plastic canvas' (like people use for counted cross stitch ornaments, etc.) for the inside 'support'. You could make a quick fabric 'slip cover' for it so it doesn't snag anything you keep in the bag, and I think it would hold up well, too. XXO-

WonderWhyGal said...

LOVE the bag! I bet you feel fabulous to know that the project is finally complete...and the knitting needles have been retrieved.

The yarns on your bobbin are delicious. It's a good thing I don't live closer to Rita because I buy way too much of her goodies as is. She does have a way with her dyeing.

Andria said...

I love how your bag turned out, it is so worth the wait!

Melissa said...

Awesome bag and congrats on hanging in there and getting it done!

Can't wait to see the finished yarn from the fiber Rita dyed.

Kathryn Ray said...

OMGosh! I love that bag!!

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

I love Shine, too! I first found her through Phat Fiber, and I'm dying to get one of her yarn bobbin bowls. The bag looks great - and, don't feel too bad about the timing, I've got plenty of unfinished projects sitting around here...

Voie de Vie said...

Ok, that bag is awesome, awesome, awesome! Love the button, too. How about super thick fusable interface for the inside stabilizer?

I will be very interested to see how that spinning turns out.

And definitely keep LittleDog warm during the impending stormpacalype. :)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

The bag looks great and lovely spinning. Hope you all stay snug and warm

Spinster Beth said...

Wow, fabulous bag! The felting and not-felting versions are so different! THe yarn is gorgeous, too.

Jocelyn said...

What a nice tailored bag you have there. And you're already using it -- well worth the work and wait.