Monday, November 14, 2005

in progress: recycled sari bag

as promised, here's a photo of my latest project in progress. the knitting is about 40% done. also pictured are the bamboo handles and little lotus charm that will be sewn on. i really like using the recycled rayon sari yarn.

the "pattern" is from stitch 'n bitch, but you basically just knit up a tube on circular needles, sew up the bottom, sew in a simple lining, sew on the handles, sew on a little decorative charm if you want, and that's it.

the fabric lining will be my first "real" sewing machine project. since it won't really be visible, it's a good practice project. i think i can handle sewing some straight lines. any ideas on what color fabric i should get? i'm thinking black.

trav was in san francisco with his dad last weekend and i always have the worst habits when he's away: i stay up way too late, i always forget to eat, when i do i eat terribly... on saturday night i stayed up until 5:30 am knitting!

meanwhile, trav's sister had her baby over the weekend! her name is meghan olivia. i hope little meghan likes the umbilical cord hat i knitted for her.

yesterday, i was in a bookstore and ended up buying myself stitch 'n bitch nation on impulse. there are a lot of cute baby and kids patterns in it -- i'm sure i'll be knitting more things for little meghan. we are going to go to pennsylvania to visit her and the rest of the family next weekend.

the stuff i ordered to make the poncho hasn't come yet, and i'm getting a bit nervous -- only about 6 more weeks until christmas, and i have no idea how long it will take me to knit a poncho. i hope the package comes soon. i bought some buttons for it at michael's craft store, because i decided not to use the coconut husk buttons i brought back from hawaii after all. i decided i want to save them to use on something for myself - is that terrible of me?


Blogger bitterknitter said...

I would use the buttons for myself as well! Your bag is coming along beautifully. Black would be nice inside, but you could really use any color and it would look great!

Mon Nov 14, 01:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Anna said...

the bag looks great! Personally I'd go with a bit lighter colour than black or else it might be hard to find stuff in your bag. I once 'lost' a wallet for a week inside a bag because it was the same dark shade and the lining! :o) Hot pink or red would make a really nice lining I think.

Tue Nov 15, 09:34:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger michelleknits said...

hmm, pink or turquoise are my bets. and of course keeping something nice for yourself when you give so much to others is ok!

Tue Nov 15, 07:26:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

you guys read my mind... shortly after i posted this i started thinking: "hmmm, why make anything black (or any other color) when i could make it pink!?" duh. SO not like me. i think i'll look for some hot pink fabric for the lining.

i am a tiny bit worried that my pink obsession is getting out of hand. but i don't think i've crossed the line yet.

that's hilarious about "losing" your wallet inside your bag.

Wed Nov 16, 10:37:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger vania said...

i love what you did with the recylced sari yarn. that lotus pin is such a great touch too. i just finished a hat with it too - and my friend bought a scarf in Lisbon that looks just like our recycled sari yarn. it's gorgeous once it's knitted!

Thu Nov 17, 10:42:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Atouria said...

Hi from another vegan knitter. It's so funny that you're doing the chinese charm bag in the recycled sari yarn ~ I did that too! I've been lazy and haven't finished attatching the handles and lining it yet though. I like your blog!

Sat Nov 19, 08:30:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

thanks atouria! do you have a blog? that is funny we had the same idea - i think the sari yarn lends itself naturally to this bag.

i've finished the knitting and now i'm sewing up the bottom. i'm not much looking forward to doing the lining and the handles, but i want to use the bag so hopefully that will be sufficient motivation. i don't like doing any of that stuff: weaving in ends, sewing up seams. i just like knitting.

Sat Nov 19, 11:15:00 AM GMT-5  

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