Second post of the day, I’m sheltering in and getting lots done. Barely two days of knitting, and two hot wash cycles, and I’ve got another perky little knitting bag! Felted bags which I am in need of because I keep giving them away. Crisp and damp just out of the spin cycle, I’ve got nothing stuffed inside, the stiffness of the thick fabric is holding its own because the two cycles of hot wash felting creates that much dense structure! I love this chart in the pattern, and did two repeats. Beautifully rich textured colors with two colors held together for background, as well as two for the motif, and the colors diffused into each other almost completely in the felting.
Pattern: Maiya’ kma felted wool bag collection
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool Of The Andes Worsted
I am quite pleased that I’ve updated the Maiya’kma pattern to include a nice conventional square shaped flap . Here shown is the largest sizes tested and with the shaped bottom, and two straps.
Before felting, with a girth of 44″ and nearly 400 grams of wool, having no particular shape, transformed dramatically with two hot wash cycles from floppy into a compact, crisp, thick sturdy bag of 30″ around . . . and is a bit amazing !
Edged in i-cord all around, and with the floats in back of the color-work adding to the thickness of the felted fabric, it has made quite a dandy satchel, and with a gorgeous tweedy affect resulting from two yarns of different shades held together. I will go more in depth on this ” tweedy ” affect in another post.
Detail of the button holes which are made by the i-cord edging simply free & detached for a few stitches. Nearly the whole collection; four sizes of bag, with two of the smallest size baskets . . .
There’s a quite a hoard o’ wool still left; a lot of blue, some reds, pinks, and greens left in my Wool Of The Andes stash. I’m thinking next will be a few bags for spring perhaps in the colors of native wildflowers. Indian Paintbrush, Clover , Lupine, Brodea, the flowers that the native tribes of the mountain would have enjoyed every spring. ( Please see Genius Of The Place)
Maiya’ kma pattern is available HERE