Monday, May 18, 2009

Bag Lady

May 2009 fabric acquisitions
i fell in love with this chicken fabric from Robert Kaufman. i picked up 3 yards from the Metro Market line, plus a yard of amy butler lotus fabric to line the brea bag.
Brea Bag
The finished bag used 2 skeins of my bulky 2ply romney/alpaca handspun. i knit on #9 knitpicks options. i knit the bag as written, except that i added 2 edge stitches to the guesset to aid seaming.

the lining has pockets on both sides. the handle is from joann fabrics, and the button is from my stash. i used a hair elastic for the closure. i machine stitched the lining and handsewed it to the bag. i used sidewalk chalk to mark my fabric, and unfortunately it doesn't want to come off.
Brea Bag Lining
The bag is really floppy. there are a lot of things i would do differently to combat this.
1) i'd use 100% wool at a tight gauge. the alpaca is only going to contribute to the drape. i would also use a 3ply or cabled yarn worsted spun. my carded handspun has a fuzzy halo that obscures the stitches.
2) i would lightly felt the bag to give it more body.
3) i would interface the lining. i really should've done this one--i was just being lazy.

it turned out ok in the end, but i think i prefer sewn bags to knit ones.


  1. Very nice! I'll note those next-times for when I make mine. Brilliant idea to use a hair elastic for the closure, totally going to steal, er, I mean, respectfully borrow that idea.

  2. Cute bag! And that fabric is adorable, I can't wait to see what you do with it.

  3. Hee hee, good to know about the sidewalk chalk--never skimp on tailor's chalk then huh? I still bow to your knit-bag lining skills. It turned out nice!

    I want to know where you got the beater fabric!

  4. It's still a beautiful bag! Love the lining you chose. I suppose you could always redo it(and lightly felt the bag too) if you got the urge to, couldn't you?



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