The Little Purple Purse

April 13, 2005 by
Filed under: Knitting 

I’ve been incredibly busy and sick the past two weeks, but I’ve continued knitting through it all.

I’ve finally finished felting my little purple purse. And it was so much fun to felt. The “Ladybug” pattern came from the book Pursenalities. I used Cascade 220 in a dark purple and a light green. I followed the pattern except for changing up the stripes a bit. I found some purple/turquoise/green ribbon yarn to use as an accent. The beads came from my own supply, so who knows where they came from. My friend Sarah generously let me use her top-loader to do the felting. I probably ran it through four wash cycles, until it was firmly felted.

The size is just right to hold my wallet, Palm phone & keys. And I love how each color of yarn actually looks like several colors up close. But there are some things that I would do differently the second time around. I would check the bead placement early in the felting process to make sure they were on the outside of the purse. One of the beads switched to the inside before I was able to catch it in time. I would also string the large beads around both strands of yarn rather than just one. I would rather have the beads integrated into the fabric more. Also the whole purse twisted a bit, so now the handles are not centered.

Will there be more purses in my future? Well, of course. It was so much fun to make. I have lots of beads, and I’d love to play around with more novelty yarns too. And the best part is…Webs has Cascade 220 on sale right now for an amazing price. I think it’s time to go to webs and take advantage of the sale.


2 Comments on The Little Purple Purse

  1. Grin and Frog It » Top 5 2005 Knitting Projects on Tue, 17th Jan 2006 3:02 pm
  2. [...] re is the list of my five favorite knitting projects from 2005. (in order of completion) The Little Purple Purse: I use this purse all of the time and it’s held up really well. And all [...]

  3. Grin and Frog It » Forgotten Felted Bags on Tue, 5th Sep 2006 7:37 pm
  4. [...] I cast on 90 sts, knit in the round, switched yarns, and then finished off the top like my Little Purple Purse. Made a couple of i-cords, felted, and then sewed the handles on at the end. Yarn: C [...]

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