Pattern: An Original Otter Design
Yarn: Cascade 220 In Grey 8401 & White 8010 & Dalegarn Tiur (60% Mohair and 40% New Wool) In Green 7562 & Orange 3436.
Yardage: I used the leftover bits from the Bunny Bag and I still have enough of the orange and green to make that Pumpkin Bag I'm thinking about. So Yardage used = ? *L*
Yarn Source: Deluxe Yarns
Needles: Clover Takumi - US 9 / 5.5mm 16" Circular
Gauge: 9 Stitches Per Inch
Other Items Used: I used a Coats & Clark 7" All Purpose Zipper. I had to shorten it by an inch. That was the smallest size I could find. The Carrot Fabric was by NorthCott, called Is it Spring Yet. Guttermann durable thread in a creamy off white color. Assorted Sewing Needles & Pins. I broke a lot of needles and pins sewing this and the bunny bag. o.0
Notes: I started knitting this tool pouch on July 21 and I finished it a few days later. Then I let it sit until this past Saturday August 19th before I started sewing the lining and attaching the zipper. I finished last night. :D I'm muchly pleased.
I knitted it up in the round like a big sock without a heal or toe decreases and then I grafted the ends together like the toes of a sock. *L* Pretty simple. Just decide what you want and find whatever way works to do it. That part was super easy and no big deal.
I made the mistake of trying to hand felt it though. I figured if Hot water was good for felting REALLY hot water would be even better. All that did was make the orange yarn color run. Then I finished it off in the washing machine like a normal person.
For the pouch I just figured a simple envelope fold over piece would be fine. So I measured, Ironed, cut & sewed up the lining. Leaving some overhang flaps so the part I sewed the zipper onto would be double thick.
Then I sewed the zipper onto the pouch, after pinning it into place that is.
Once that was done it was a piece of cake to sew the zippered lining onto the knit felted pouch. :D
Things Learned: Making smaller stitches when sewing make it look much neater even if it does take longer. :D Don't use boiling water when hand felting without first doing a swatch test of the yarn you will be using to see how it reacts. Have LOTS of extra Pins and Needles on hand. I must be stronger than I thought cause I kept breaking the damn things. :/ A good pincushion too. You can't have that thing blowing away with the wind should sew outside at all. o.0 I also learned I think I want a sewing machine. I think it might be a lot faster than sewing by hand. *L*
Biggest lesson learned. Stop being afraid and JUST DO IT. I was so damn scared to cut the fabric and that wasn't so bad. Then I was scared to cut the zipper and that wasn't so bad. Then I was scared to sew the zipper on and that was nothing. :D Sure it's not perfect, but I tried!
Here is the Bunny Bag & the Carrot Stripes Pouch Together!
I also made some matching Stitch Markers to go with the kit. :D
The Carrot beads are the ones Cookie was able to find for me at her LYS. :D Thank you, sweetie!
I'm mailing off my KSKS Package today. It was supposed to have been out Friday, but I needed a bit more time. I've been in communications with my person though so they know to expect it a bit late. After they get their package I'll post a piccie of all the goodies I sent them. :D *happy dance*
Until then I leave you with this:
This is a theme kit designed especially for my person if you're wondering what's up with all the carrots. She is a bunny and I hope she likes it. :D