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Boxy, But Good

Dear Ann,
Remember July 2005? You and me, locked in a room in Nashville for days, staring at page proofs and correcting the new errors that got made when they corrected the old errors and then getting disgusted and going yarn shopping–remember that? Good times.
My flight home was delayed, so after getting an Airport Manicure (a Nashville specialty), I got out the fresh supplies of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky that I had laid in during our clandestine escapes to Angel Hair Yarn Co. and My Threaded Bliss, and set to making more felted boxes.
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I think I finished two of them before I got home. Then I couldn’t stop. I kept making them and making them.
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They were turning out better than the ones made for the book, because the book boxes were felted between 2 and 4 a.m. the night before the photoshoot, in my no-peeking, front-loading, geriatric German washing machine from hell, and didn’t exactly get —how do I put this–DRY– before photo-time.
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So I kept making them, and I started experimenting with doing them single-stranded instead of double stranded (this works fine, you get a smaller box). It was really fun but it was a bummer that I couldn’t blog them in all their obsessive-compulsive glory, because we were in the Cone of Silence, waiting for the book to come out.
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By the time the book came out, I had forgotten about this binge of boxes. Then my computer broke for a few months, with the pictures locked inside. (Note to self: BACK. UP. NOW. IDIOT.) Then (last week), I got it fixed. (Note to self: Yay Geek Squad, especially Special Agent Ray, love ya!) So now I bring you Felted Box-O-Rama 2005, for no particular reason except that I got the pictures back.
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I just realized that I need new Tupperware.
Love, Kay

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48 Comments

48 Comments

  1. Who needs tupperware. Tuck plastic wrap in a box, fill with stuff. Cover with slightly larger box lined with plastic. Tupper-who??????

  2. you just reminded me that I need to make a set for my daughter’s teacher. And gave me some great color ideas to boot! Thank you.

  3. I’m not going to get the book and cast on… just the inspiration and memory jogg I needed! When I saw them in the book I wanted to make some and now I’m just going to do it… Thanks!

  4. Ohhhhh, felted boxes! Must. Go. Make. Some. NOW!
    Thanks a lot.
    :)

  5. MMMMMM – Tupperware!!! I love that stuff and they keep coming out with just the right size/shape/colour that you don’t quite have yet. And it’s guaranteed for forever without a receipt. Who can ask for anything more?

  6. Bright colours. I love them.

  7. Felted, not burped.

  8. OK.
    Right before December gift making frenzy you pull out something like this?
    Remember the buttonhole bag frenzy? (I do)
    I have quite a few skeins of LP Bulky mocking me right now…and one unfinished sock, three scarves waiting for needle felting, a Rowan sweater (2/3 of one, actually) and three weeks of school to go.
    AND YOU TEMPT ME WITH THOSE????
    I might have to send J. from Brooklyn to get you.
    I heart them.
    So much.
    R

  9. These are awesome!!! Maybe I can work them into my holiday knitting plan–use them instead of regular boxes? Make them instead of presents? The mind reels . . .

  10. You make my day! What a great and simple idea! I still have so much yarn for felting and already have enough bags and mittens… I know what I will do this afternoon!
    I like your blog very much and I’m wondering if Santa Claus will bring me your book all the long way to Switzerland!
    Franziska

  11. They’re REALLY gorgeous – I might have to make some!!!

  12. geriatric frontloading german washer….haa haa…love that!

  13. Stephanie B. completely stole my idea! I was just thinking the very same thing about tucking in syran wrap. Ooh, you know what, I bet these would be good hot-food insulators too.
    Yup, we’re nuts!

  14. What is it about girls and containers? I’ve been working on a buttonhole bag, and the whole time I’ve been obsessing about how I can make felted boxes with the leftover yarn. Paging Dr. Freud…

  15. Oh, don’t you LOVE the Geek Squad? We’ve had 2 or 3 successful operations over here and couldn’t be happier. Their cars are cute, too.

  16. I’m glad you got your data back. The photos are yummy!

  17. Love the boxes. I too am hoping to get your book this Christmas. Maybe a picture of these boxes will make it into your next book?

  18. Love the boxes. I too am hoping to get your book this Christmas. Maybe a picture of these boxes will make it into your next book?

  19. I do believe I will be knitting some boxes for someone who will truly treasure them…..Me! Thanks for the inspiration and for hiring the geek to fix the ‘puter.

  20. Wow…those pictures are so inspiring! I’ve added your boxes to my to do list. I love felting :)

  21. These are stunning, must have them, now.
    Patty in foggy baltimore

  22. These are stunning, must have them, now.
    Patty in foggy baltimore

  23. Fab boxes !
    xxx

  24. Very cool boxes. That I’d be tempted to make if I didn’t still have about seventy million stitches left in the Moderne Log Cabin blanket you hooked me with earlier this year. The one I spent all day knitting on yesterday with no discernable progress. The one that’s supposed to be a Christmas present. If it wasn’t so damn gorgeous and perfect for the intended giftee I’d probably dislike you somewhat at this point…

  25. i love your thought process.
    the boxes look awesome.

  26. As a fellow lover of Lamb’s Pride Bulky, I recently came across a GOLDMINE! I’ve moved to Hendersonville, and I stumbled across “The Neighborhood Knit Shop.” Not only do they have a gazillion colors of Cascade 220, they have the largest color selection and stock of Lamb’s Pride Bulky I’ve ever seen! Their address is 109 Walton Ferry Road in Hendersonville. The shop is very cute, and the staff is great! They are also faithful Mason-Dixoners. Here’s the website: http://www.neighborhoodknitshop.com/index.html

  27. You guys are great, but general question: What is *up* with the garter stitch fetish? (Maybe the answer is in the book somewhere. Maybe I just think garter stitch looks preschool because I knitted a Raggedy-Ann-orange garter stitch shmatte for years as a kid.)

  28. I KNEW IT! When you posted your dishcloth frenzy and showed us the one-hundred-zillion dishcloths you made while blogging other things… I knew there would be more.
    I can’t believe you don’t show your stash of yarn, but your stash of FINISHED OBJECTS.
    I’ve been looking forward to a big stash-busting box-knitting binge for ages, but I think I won’t have time until I get all the way to the holidays and have some time off.

  29. So pretty! What a great idea for all that wool I have sitting around, waiting for felting projects. Now all I need is a washing machine…

  30. Wow! Love those! I’ve been wanting to knit felted boxes, and now you do this. :p If I had the yarn, I fear I would be casting on at this moment.

  31. Excellent! Hmmmm a nice quick knit in Christmas colors too! You mean we’re gawking at wet boxes in the book? Man are WE easy to please or what?

  32. These are great.

  33. It’s 12:57pm EST…do you know where your felted boxes are?

  34. i love the boxes and the post about the boxes ..

  35. Love them. So simple, bright and cheery!

  36. Gorgeous colors and functional-love it!

  37. This post is so bright and cheerful on my computer, I will miss it when the next post comes. Need to get around to these boxes someday…

  38. Could you tell me what needle size you would recommend for knitting the boxes with one single strand?
    I have some Lamb’s Pride on the way and I want to be ready! Thanks for the great pattern.

  39. After looking at these, I may have to knit me some boxes!!!

  40. Now do you still have these boxes or were they gifted last holiday season? I’m thinking that if ya still got ‘em gift them this year. Finished objects in time for the holidays. Woohoo!

  41. Dear Kay, I found a picture of a man in raspy!
    http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/

  42. groovey boxes…dynamite color combos, kay. you are a pro! (my felted boxes were a bit too droopy, so i inserted some small cardboard boxes for a firm fit…..and now they are smiling!)

  43. Can you explain the 6+3 thing in the ballband washcloth pattern. I know you did not create the ballband babe earring pattern and if I would have actually followed the pattern maybe it would have come out right (even though I did cast on 17) point being would you have any idea why it came out so big? Thank you.

  44. Can you explain the 6+3 thing in the ballband washcloth pattern. I know you did not create the ballband babe earring pattern and if I would have actually followed the pattern maybe it would have come out right (even though I did cast on 17) point being would you have any idea why it came out so big? Thank you. if you go to my blog you will see

  45. Can you explain the 6+3 thing in the ballband washcloth pattern. I know you did not create the ballband babe earring pattern and if I would have actually followed the pattern maybe it would have come out right (even though I did cast on 17) point being would you have any idea why it came out so big? Thank you. if you go to my blog you will see

  46. All Hail Ray! All Hail Ray! You know, MIB, Men in Black? Ray, King of the Felted Box Fotos Archives? Someone stop me. I don’t have time to knit, I’m too busy helping my all-thumbs 8th grader make a flip book (about 6 atomic scientists from ancient Greece to Los Alamos) for science; and helping him build a castle for history (shoulda put a tiny lace knitter in that castle keep). Glued on and to the dining room table. Do Geeks remove that?

  47. SO freaking COOL!!

  48. mmmm – I think you just solved my how on earth am I going to make that look like an attractively presented Christmas gift issues ….. Yes. I AM deeply disturbed. I spend almost as much time and effort on the wrappings as I do on the gifts ;0)
    Heather x