Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lil' Carmel Dumpling Bag



This was my Labor Day weekend project. This pattern was published in Interweave Knits Magazine fall 2008 issue. After surfing through a few finished projects on Ravelry I got inspired to knit up this cutie!



This Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn called out to me to become a dumpling bag! The colorway is Prairie Goldenrod. I love the variegation's of the yellow and gold colors. To me is speaks of September. The official start of fall.



I learned an interesting technique with this bag. The I-cord handles are knitted separately and then joined together on your circular needle.




It's really cool to see it come together. Even I could do it!



To put some final touches on the lil' dumpling I added an embroidered vine all the way around. The stitch used is a simple chain stitch. I also added some french knots in a pretty red berry color.



The bag only took a day to knit. A few hours to embroider. I did most of that in the car. Then I had to search for the rings for the handles. I went to Michael's and Hobby Lobby and had no luck. Yesterday at work I got an idea to use napkin rings. On my way home I stopped at Pier One and found several funky napkin rings. They may be just a touch too big but I like the finished look. I washed it this morning and was so surprised when I pulled it out of the washer. I jumped up and down thrilled with how it felted. It's so darn cute! More dumplings on the way!

17 comments:

Mim said...

That is adorable! I'm working on my second pair of motley mitts from that issue. I think this will be next in line!

Eve said...

Felting is magic. : ) I love the embroidery and the color is just amazing. I think you should send that one to me. LOL

Jennifer said...

Love the project! Very fall and I really like the details. I've been saying for a year that I need to renew my Interweave! Especially since I love Eunny Jang.

Kris said...

That is just too too cute! I think you've finally inspired me to make one myself! ;)

whitestone said...

This is so darling! I'm being nudged to take up knitting again!!

Quiltersal said...

Yummy! Isn't felting fun? You did a great job on the bag and your idea for napkin rings was brilliant! Yeah, You!

Renna said...

I absolutely LOVE it! I can't imagine knitting that in a day. The embroidery and napkin rings really add that special finishing touch, too.

I have two felted bags in the works now. You've really inspired me with the embroidery idea. ;-)

Joyfulsister said...

I'm back from camp!! yay..
I came by to say heloo sis!
Wow you have been a busy bee huh lol. you must be fast too.. I am amazed at all your projects. I need to sit still and finish something!! anything!!! I really am a crafter at heart just after my treatments for my liver I slowed down but you got me motivated lol.thanks for dropping by I love your visits..

Hugz Lorie

Jennifer said...

It's gorgeous! It was one of my favorite patterns in the magazine. Your colors and embellishments are gorgeous.

Wool Winder said...

I really like this bag when I first saw it in the magazine and now that I've seen the one you made, I love it! Excellent work!

Grace said...

wow that is a gorgeous bag, i love it, and have to add it to the list

Henny Penny said...

Wow, that bag is super cute.

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susan said...

this bag is great! i love the felted look for sure! i am still in love with the little hedgehog...

Jenny Girl said...

Your bag is so cute. Nice job! The yellow yarn is very pretty and it does say fall.
Is this your first felted bag?

Tea said...

I love your Dumpling Bag! It's really a cute project with the embroidery. Such a nice touch.

me said...

So cute. I have gotten addicted to felting sweaters... so fun to see how things turn out when you pull them out.

Mokihana said...

I'm new to your blog... I love your photos! I sure wish I'd seen that Goldenrod yarn before I started "Gargle the Giraffe"! That's exactly what I was looking for!

Your photos are wonderful!