Rocking Circle P

Rocking Circle P is my small farm in Northeastern rural Utah. We're a small fruit, nut and fiber farm.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Felted Lucy Bag

The first wash cycle didn't do much of anything, so we're going in for another one. I can't believe the amount of fiber that is coming off of this purse.

After 4 washing cycles in hot water the purse has not shrunk like I anticipated it would do. It is much too large and not what I expected. The finished length measures 16 1/2 inches and the diameter is 29 1/2 inches. The bottom looks like a mushroom top because the sides shrunk more than the bottom did, and the straps are huge. I actually think they have grown in length instead of shrinking. The longest strap measures 44 1/2 inches long and the shorter one is 22 inches long. Not what I expected, but I'm going to cut the straps off and put a brim on the purse to shorten it's overall length, reattach the straps and refelt. I think it will work better for me then. It was a good experience for me and I enjoyed it.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Prefelted Lucy Bag

I have been working on this bag since January 2005. Gosh it feels good to have it done. I've been told that it may not felt well because I used smaller needles. But, we'll wait and see what the washing machine does. This is not a dense yarn, in fact it almost feels flat, and it is very light weight. It feels like fingering weight. It's smaller than my Kroy sock yarn in weight. I guess I should measure it.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Lucy Bag

This is my attempt at a Lucy bag. I saw the pattern at my sister's house and just loved it. Then found pictures of different ones on the internet. From those sources, I have tried to create the bag. I'm using some old yarn that is about 20 years old and needs to be used. They were cones that I purchased really cheap at a close out sale. I used circular needles for the body and straps, but crocheted the bottom. Lastly, the critter is the reason for the Lucy bag. She is my Lucy kitty.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The Yarn Dyed

First time dyeing yarn. Made some mistakes, it's tie dyed, but that's what it's all about......learning. As the pictures describe, I used 2 packages of Ice Blue Raspberry and Lemonade KoolAid, a splash (1/3 cup) of alum, because I thought that was suppose to brighten the color, but I'm not sure it did.

Did the dye job in a glass gallon jar (as seen above). I processed in the sun for about 4 hours. Actually I got busy and forgot it. When I came back. Whaaaalaaaaa! The water was clear and the yarn was dyed. I think I will do a felted purse out of it. That way the tie dyed portion will not be critical.