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Mini Me

Dear Ann,
I could sing an aria about the miracle of felting, and the wonders of the French Market Bag, but what you really want is pictures.
Here it is, closed.
Here it is, open.
Notes: I ran it through 3 cycles of hot wash/cold rinse, with a little detergent and a pair of jeans. It felted like a dream. Dense and cushy.
What I’d do differently: I’d choose colors with more dark/light contrast. My colors (brown and burgundy/eggplant) were too close, so you don’t really notice that the bottom of the bag is a different color, a subtle, ingenious feature of Polly’s design. I ran out of the brown so was only able to do little stripes on the handles:
The stripes are barely noticeable. The handles are my favorite part, though. Vastly superior to attached i-cord, I think. They feel so sturdy, so integral to the gestalt of the bag (or, as one of my college professors used to say, ‘the whole gestalt‘).
Oh, and remember that nasty Kitchener-like mess I made joining the handles? It disappeared entirely. Yay felting! Yay me not spending any more time trying to fix it!
I’m definitely doing another French Market Bag. It’s such a cool, unusual shape, and such a handy trug of a bag. I might, for fun, try one with Jo’s variations. (While you’re at Jo’s, check out the hilarious pics of her 3-year-old inside a pre-felted bag, with room to spare.)
In Other News
No, it’s not all about me, me, me and my felting. The other day Joseph and I packed up a box of afghans bound for Afghanistan, via Afghans for Afghans. (Joseph is the Tape Guy.) This shipment contained 7 blankets. There are more to come…….as soon as we get the last borders on. Many thanks to everybody who knitted/sewed/cheered us on.
Back to the Felting, OK?
My next felting experiment. Stay tuned.
Happy Weekend!
Love, Kay



  1. Fantastic bag! Ok, you’ve convinced me. I’ve wanted to knit this bag for so long that its now or never. I’ve got the yarn: cascade 220 in dark brown and beige. I’ve got the needles: 7 circs & double points. I’ve got the pattern: thank you knitty! Now I just need the courage!

  2. The little bag is so cute (what pattern did you use?) – can’t wait to see it felted! I LOVE my French Market Bag, too – it goes everywhere with me – soooo sturdy and great fun to knit. Your’s looks super!

  3. yay kay! i was DYING to see how the bag looked post-felting. it is awesome! i think i’m going to make one for our CSA farm – winter veg. basket of course!!

  4. Oh wow that bag’s a stunner! I used kitchener on a felted bag and it looked terrible, and mine completely disappeared too, so I know how satisfying that is!

  5. Wow, it felted up so well! I love the colours of the litte bag, and the shape, I can’t wait to see it felted!

  6. How’s that uber washer holding up with all that felting? Don’t felt the children. Or Hubby. Or Hammy.

  7. Ooh,ooh, me, me, that’s my square in the foreground, and 1 1/2 in the Noro blanket, oh, oh. Ok, back to you. NICE bags.

  8. Good lord ! You must have an industrial sized washing machine if you managed to get that monster into it to felt – I had visions of you treading it in a giant vat (kind of like grapes)or beating it into submission with one of those tennis racket type carpet beaters ….
    It’s lovely – open and closed :0)

  9. Oooh – and ahhh! The felting is fantastic, but Cristina actually warned me (once we both got sucked into the felted bowl craze of last year) that she’d read horror stories of broken washing machine pumps (from becoming clogged with felted schmutz waste). I immediately created a special, extra-large “felting bag,” (an oversized homemade zip-up pillow case that might also hold a three-year-old) and now felt all objects inside of it. In the alternative, if you have a top-loading machine, you can stop after the wash and rinse cycles and scoop the goop out before it gets sucked out in the spin. More careful felters will often suggest removing the felting item for the spin cycles anyway, lest you end up with unwanted creases or some such.
    Of course, I realize as I write this that perhaps this might not matter so much to you. However, some of us gentle readers might have less of an, umm . . . love-hate relationship with our washers, so now I feel like I might have done a bit of a public service.
    Don’t worry – I won’t mention it to hubby.

  10. What is Perheklubi?

  11. ooh! i’m almost ready to start working my handles on the fmb. been wanting to knit this forever and my local knitting group is having a bag along so i busted out the pattern and some cascade 220. i’m worried about the kitchener st but glad to know it won’t show how badly i mangle it after it is felted!


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