Friday, September 15, 2006


Pattern: Sophie Bag, from MagKnits
Yarn: One skein of Cascade 220 worsted wool in charcoal
Needles: Addi Turbo circulars, size 9
Thoughts: This is a fabulous pattern. It knits up quickly, it can be easily memorized, it would make a nice little gift, it is highly economical. Felting is almost, but not quite, as good as blocking lace.

I put my bag in a zippered pillow cover, put it in the washer with two pairs of old jeans, set the load size to small, the water temperature to hot, added regular laundry detergent, and after about ten minutes, I had a felted bag. It needs a closure, but I haven't decided what kind I want.

And look! Sophie has a sister! Sophie II was made with leftover Cascade 220 from this sweater and these mittens. I knit this bag on size 10.5 Knit Picks circulars, so it's a little larger. I felted it for about the same amount of time. My sister has requested a Sophie in chocolate brown for her birthday and the blue hand-dyed Cascade 220 will likely become felted bags as well. An obsession may have been born.


Blogger msubulldog said...

Cute! I like the stripes. :)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Mama Urchin said...

Love that handle. It looks great.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Felting is so satisfying, just like lace blocking. It is fun to use up yarn from FO's. Beautiful bags.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

The bags are really great!

The charcoal grey one is positively elegant and I love the colors on the companion bag.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

Wow that's beautiful. Really makes me want to learn circs!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Cute! I love the sophie bag - and I've had several requests for one from friends and family. It's nice to whip something small and economical up that people really like!

4:55 PM  
Blogger amy said...

They're both great, but I love that striped one! Tres chic!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Les Sophies sont belles! Ahem, your first photo clearly shows that you are currently residing in a secret countryside chateau outside of Paris. Why would you try to keep that fact from us, your Dear Readers?

In my very early (naive) days of knitting, I thought felting was silly. I wondered: why would one want to make one's knitting look fabric-like? Now I know how fun and lovely (& sculptural?) felting can be!!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Oooh, the striped one is so cool! Great job.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh love the bags, they turned out really nicely, especially the stripey one! :0) x

6:33 AM  
Blogger lorinda said...

They look great. Felting is so much fun.

7:06 AM  
Blogger dee said...

Oh - I have to add this pattern to my to-knit-list.

I love the stripes.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

Tres chic! I quite love your first photo, with that awesome skirt. I can see why you want to make that skirt from the new Knitty. Great job on the Sophies.

8:23 AM  
Blogger jillian said...

I really have to get to that pattern. It's so classic and cute! Great job!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Coleen said...

Very cute!!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Erica B. said...

cute bag!

12:24 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

All your Sophie's look awesome! :o)

2:52 PM  
Blogger Ramona said...

I wasn't attracted to this bag when I saw it on Magknits but I really love it in the charcoal color. Nice job!

4:31 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

Ooh, hot mama! I totally agree with Mintyfresh's comment about that picture. That is going to be one smoking skirt on you.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Mary-Heather said...

Cute bags! Those turned out great!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

watch out - felting is very very addictive!

your sophie's are adorable!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Carola said...

Very pretty, the Sophie sisters. I love this pattern, as you say: simple, economic in both time and money and it makes a wonderful customized gift. Classy picture!

4:43 PM  
Blogger knitannie said...

Sophie is SO on my to do list. I have some leftover chocolate knitpicks Wool of the Andes from Sunrise Circle and a tad Indigo Blue wool stuff in my stash. I'm thinking chocolate with blue stripes. I am INSPIRED. Might make the bigger size because I need a BIG bag.

11:45 PM  
Blogger JANET said...

looks good - isn't an easy and quick pattern a relief once in a while?
any suggestions for a pattern for a felted bag that's in a rectangualr shape and has a flap over? I saw once a couple years ago in Interweave Knits but can't recall the issue.

1:00 PM  

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