my creative space: knitting frenzy

I have been a busy bee this week, especially as it has been bucketing down with rain here in Sydney for the last few days and we have been stuck inside... oh dear what to do... get busy making things... of course! More will be revealed next week :)

I'm currently in the grips of an obsessive knitting frenzy! I thought knitting was suppose to be relaxing...? Arghh....I'm at it every moment I have... I just can't stop!

knitted garter stitch bag
:: my knitting frenzy

I saw this knitted/felted striped garter stitch bag on Ravelry (originally from Ishi's knitting diary blog here).  The bag pattern has been knitted flat and then sewn up, then it needs to be felted. I love the look of it for a winter bag, so I had to have a go! I decided to make mine in block colours dusty grey, aubergine (the wool I dyed a while ago) and olive wool. It's taken me about a week and a half to get this far and I'm on the home stretch now... Hooray!

knitted garter stitch bag - olive, aubergine and grey
:: knitted garter stitch bag - in progress

I'm looking forward to doing the felting process... although I am a little worried, scared/petrified and crossing my fingers... especially after the hours and hours of knitting! I love the challenge of making something new and I'm really hoping that it's all going to turn out ok! I think it's looking good so far :)

Anyone got any good tips on the best way to felt wool? I would love to hear them :)

Hope you are having a great creative week!
There are loads more creative people over at our creative spaces...

post note: Whoops I just realised that I made a boo boo knitting this pattern... the corner olive square isn't suppose to be there... drat!!! I will have to unravel that bit!!! I obviously got a little carried away in my knitting frenzy :)

18 comments:

  1. Yay for knitting frenzies! :) I love the colours you picked for the bag, the green and aubergine look super pretty together! I admire your fab knitting ability, I tried to teach myself once and failed miserably, so now I crochet instead!
    xoxo Lauren

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  2. Wow. That will look fabulous when it's done!

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  3. Such beautiful colours, knitting frenzies are the best!

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  4. like the colours you chose :)
    cant wait to see your finished bag

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  5. Wow, it's going to look great! Just went to have a look at the link. I wish I had more patience for knitting - I'm like you and do it obsessively when I do it ;-)

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  6. Love the colours too. The aubergine is brilliant.

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  7. The color combo is great. There's so much more knitting in creative spaces this week, seems like--must be the weather turning in the Southern hemisphere! I've never felted anything that big. For smaller things I just throw them in the washing machine and hope for the best. I once felted the skin right off my knuckles, hand felting a ball for my niece...

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  8. Good luck with the felting, Id be scared too, but I'm sure it'll work out just fine!!

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  9. Love the colors together, and can't wait to see how it turns out! It's so strange to think that fall is coming your way :) It seems like knitting is just the right thing to do!

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  10. This is going to look great!
    There's some good basic information on wet felting at a blog called TECHknitting - I found it helped me (I hope this link works, I can't get the '.co.nz.' out of it)
    http://techknitting.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/felting-primer-for-hand-knits.html

    I think the really good rule for wet felting is to continually check it, and *never walk away and leave it* :)

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    1. Thanks Glenda and a very helpful like too :)

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  11. Wow! This is fabulous - I love it. I'm fascinated by how this works... do you start knitting new squares into the last one ? (What i mean is, is it different from crochet where you'd crochet up all the squares and then sew or crochet them together afterwards?) It looks fabulous. Can wait to see it finish. Kx

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    1. Thanks! You can knit the next square onto the side of another but you also have to sew in some sides too. :)

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  12. Thanks everyone for you lovely and encouraging comments xxx

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  13. I love these colours you've chosen Lamina. They're sooo.... autumnal and wintry. Yet still kind of neutral. Perfect fort the chilly season! Can't wait to see the finished bag, you talented lady.
    Ronnie xo

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  14. I've always wanted to learn to knit. I know how to crochet kinda sorta, but knitting seems so much cooler. I love the colors you chose, lovely.

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  15. Oooh, very cute. The last thing I need is another project for my to do list, but...

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  16. It looks great! I just used my washing machine to felt, and it worked out fine. Don't be afraid--it's not as hard as you think!

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