This post is dedicated to Jenn, who, when I recently chastised her for not swatching, said to me, “where’s your sense of adventure?”
You know, that Malabrigo I just posted about? My Mother’s Day Malabrigo?
Ahhhh, the colorway. When I was winding it, I fell in love all over again. It really is so stunning — I can’t put it into words. Holy crap. I took pictures, but they don’t do it justice. Gah. Love.
So I decided that I must have a Lucy Bag (or a Lucy-esque bag, as I can never find the Lucy Bag pattern at any LYS I visit, and I want to pay with PayPal if I buy it online, but online vendors who sell this particular pattern AND accept PayPal seem to a) charge $2 more for the pattern or b) require you to call them on the phone during business hours. But I digress.) I haunted blogs of those who have knit Lucy bags to observe the bag in it’s pre-felted form and even found a knock off pattern (which actually made me quite mad, as it’s a copyrighted pattern, and duh, a pretty well-known one. That would be like me putting the freakign Fiber Trends clog pattern on my web site and calling it my own…so not cool.)
Anyhooo…I thought that surely, until the day comes when I can actually purchase the pattern, I could probably wing it. Andrea swears that her li’l Lucy (whch totally kicks, it’s the coooolest little bag) only required one skein of Malabrigo, so I think I can pull it off. The knitting is pure joy. Seriously, the monotony is offset by the absolute gorgeousness of the yarn, and I considered never knitting with anything else, ever again.
When I finished (less than 24 hours, go me) I admit I did have some doubts — like perhaps the bag might be very very short — but I threw caution to the wind and chucked it in the washer anyway. While it was felting, I rummaged around and found a photo of Andrea’s pre-felted Lucy.
Um, yeah, I should have listened to that little voice that said, “remember, your bags always seem to end up one third of their knitted height after felting….“
So the question remains: what should I do? Cut it up and make a felted something-else? Or get another skein (they do have one, I called) and cut off the existing bag before the decreases, knit a new bottom that’s much longer, felt it, then sew the two together? Cut off the straps and wear it as a beanie? Anyone?