Well friends, I'm finished with my very first felted project! I actually finished it last weekend. I just haven't had (or taken) time to post the pictures of it yet.
Here's my "Booger" Bag before felting:
And after felting:
Pattern: Booga Bag
Yarn used: Nashua Handknits Wooly Stripes (colorway: Key West)
Needles: US size 10 1/2, 29" circular
Finished (felted and blocked) dimensions: 7in wide x 7.5 in high x 4.5 in deep
I am really happy with the way my first bag turned out. I still think the colors are hideous, but in a good way. In an "E.T. he's so ugly he's cute" kind of way. I must admit, I'm completely amazed, intrigued and utterly fascinated at the entire felting process.
I was so enamored with the entire knitting/felting process while making this bag that I made another one. In about three days. :) Imagine this one right side up with the handles attached (it's blocking and drying right now). One thing I did different with this bag from the first one is that I hand felted it. Instead of throwing it into a hot wash cycle in the washer, I agitated it in the kitchen sink with water as hot as I could stand it. I believe I prefer the hand felting method better. I had more control over how much it felted and I think I got a more uniform felt out of it. The machine felted one had really felted spots and some felted but not so much as the really felted spots. And I love love love the springy colors of this one too. One last note to self about creating another Booga in the future: KNIT THE I-CORD HANDLES FIRST!!! Good grief, by the time I got done with the bag and realized I had six FEET of i-cord handle to knit, I thought I was going to induce vomitation by swallowing my own knitting needle. I hate i-cord. Oh, it turns out nice, and all that...but I just don't like making it. It's boring.
The other change to the second bag was I knitted it a touch bigger than the first one. I cast on a few more stitches than it called for to make the bottom of the bag, and I knitted several more inches onto the length (it turned out to be 9 in high when felted).
Specs: Same Booga Pattern, same brand of yarn (colorway Pastels), same needle.
I'll admit, I've become addicted to this pattern and can't wait to make some more!!! I'm picturing all the poor naked sheep wandering around out there that will be feeding my upcoming wool stash requirements!
***On a totally unrelated note, does anyone have or know of a really good daily devotional book or Bible study book for new Christians? I'm reading through the Bible (I've made it to the middle of Deuteronomy so far) and I have several books (Stormie Omartian's Power of a Praying series) that I have bought to read and learn from along my journey, but I thought I would check with my friends and see what, if any, devotional and/or Bible study books you have tried out and liked (or not liked for that matter...any advice is great!). Thanks in advance!!!