I forgot to take a photo of the ends of the bag post-felting. Sorry! Thanks for asking to see it. Here you go:
I whipped up a couple of leaves. I’ll felt them the next time I’m doing laundry.
A couple of questions in the comments:
I teach at a local yarn store and some of my students have commented that the patterns are tricksy and not as intuitive as some might require. Curious, did you find this easy to follow as written?
I found it pretty easy to follow. I’m wondering if your students had an earlier version of a pattern? I went to the Noni bags website and looked at the errata list — the errors listed for my pattern had been corrected in the version I have. It would have been more difficult to follow if they hadn’t, I agree.
How come you order your zipper? Isn’t there a hobby store nearby with a fabric department or even a real fabric store you can go to?
I live in a vast wasteland where there are no hobby or fabric stores.
No, but seriously, I ordered a zipper for a couple of reasons. One, because I wanted a heavy duty zipper. In pink. Two, because the opening in the bag is not a standard zipper size. Ergo, custom zipper.
Annie had a good suggestion about zipper sewing:
I often sew the zipper directly to the lining, and then slip stitch the whole thing in. I have a similar shaped knitting bag that I used this technique on. It certainly holds up, provided the slip stitching is nice and tight.
I’ve not yet decided exactly how I’m going to put the zipper and lining in. As I mentioned, I’ve got some heavy duty interfacing, as well as the lining material. I was thinking about sewing the zipper into the bag itself perhaps using the sewing machine, and attaching the lining to the interfacing, and putting that inside the bag, and then sewing it into place by hand on the inside. This is one of those things that I won’t exactly figure out until I start messing with it, I think.
There’s also the handles to think about.
I bought grosgrain ribbon to make the little tabs to slip the handle hardware through, to attach the handles to the bag. You need 4 tabs, 2 for each handle. I’m thinking about extending the ribbon around the bottom on the inside and fashioning each end into a tab on each side. I’d sew it down on the bottom, to add some strength, and tack it to the sides. Doing this twice, of course, once at each end of the bag. Kind of hard to describe, but I can picture it in my head.
I’ll get to that eventually.
In the meantime, I finished the second Schaeffer Anne sock. Whee!
The pattern on the leg is just a simple little lace thingie. It’s done over 5 stitches thusly:
Row 1: (k1, yo, sl, k2 tog, psso, yo, k1) around
Rows 2-4: Knit around.
And I started a new sock:
This is Interlacements Tiny Toes, in colorway 402. The extent of my passion for this yarn in this colorway can not be adequately expressed in mere words.
The yarn is very Koigu-y — one of those squishy sproingy sock yarns that I hold so dear. And the color? Well, it’s green.
Like I said. Cannot be adequately expressed in mere words.
Lucy is feeling the love.
P.S. Beverley in New Zealand is looking for a place were she can order circular needles longer than 80cm (for use with the magic loop technique), possibly less pricey than Patternworks. Anyone have any recommendations for online vendors who ship internationally?