How to Felt Knit Projects

I seem to be continuing on a theme with bags, purses & totes. However in case you haven’t felted before, I thought I’d give you another option for a DIY project that is versatile and handy. I’ve seen lots of free patterns again our there in the blogosphere, so I thought I’d share them with you.  I have also included a felted project from my May post of purses because I love it so much.   Don’t limit yourself to purses. I’ve felted lots of baskets, slippers, mittens and cozies using this method.

The first thing about felting is that it requires using 100% wool yarns. Wool, when agitated, binds and locks the stitches tightly together as it shrinks the wool. I learned this lesson firsthand when I was about 20 years old and living on my own.  I decided to wash my favorite wool sweater. Needless to say that after pulling it out of the washing machine it could have fit a toddler!  Lesson learned. So just remember your project will be larger than the finished piece. This process involves knitting your tote or purse, agitating it in the wash machine until you get the size you want, and then blocking it for shapeing.

Instructables has a great step by step on how to work with the felting process.

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I hope you give one of these projects a try, or search out your own felting pattern. It opens up a whole new range of projects you can put under your belt.

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Have a great, creative day!

Annie O

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Knit and Crochet Spring/Summer Purses

I’ve put together a bunch of free patterns for knit and/or crochet purses and bags for the upcoming spring & summer months. We here in Minnesota have had a cold spring and old man winter just won’t go away. So with that in mind I thought it would be fun to whip up a cute bag or purse to accessorize our summer wardrobes! Here are just a small array of free patterns available to make just in time for the great summer months.

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I hope I’ve offered enough pattern variety to get you started on this summer’s accessories!

Annie O

More Knit Stash Projects

Time passes so quickly. I’ve been consumed with looking at things in the blogosphere and planning all my future projects.  I suddenly realized that I hadn’t posted in awhile. I have some more free patterns for great quick projects to knit up. I found some really nice projects for the home which includes this bold colored pillow over at Pickles and this springtime decorated planter cover from the Drops Studio, both of which would be a snap to knit up.  The plant cover would be great use with recycled food cans from anything you have in the kitchen. Punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage and you’re good to go!Screen Shot 2013-04-15 at 8knitplantercover

If you’ve never been to the Drops Yarn Studio website, beware. You will leave with so many knit & crochet projects on your to-do list it’ll make your head spin! And the patterns are free. It’s one of my favorite sites for yarn-work projects.

I also spotted a lovely braided necklace over at OlgaJazzy. She is an awesome knitwear designer extraordinaire. Her blog asks not to repost patterns and photos from her site, so I am honoring that request. What I love about her project is that it can  be worn as a necklace or bracelet. Now how versatile is that!   So if the idea intrigues you to take a peek at her work, you won’t be disappointed.  And it’s a free pattern.

And here are three more projects for you. I included one for your cat too because I do love our four legged companions.

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Here’s a cute little picture I found which doesn’t have a pattern included, but she has a short post addressing the possibilities of your own creativity. I’m with her on this one!

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Have a great day!

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10 Knit Stash Projects

Because I don’t want you all to feel I’m giving all the crocheters out there more attention, I’ve decided to add some quick knitting shash patterns for you to attempt. I’ve tried to find patterns with basic stitches for all of us short on time to dedicate to 1 project. If you’re a more advanced knitter one can always revise by adding different stitches or color patterns.  It’s meant to get your creative mind working.  These projects are a great way to get your feet wet knitting a variety of projects and not feel upset making mistakes or giving up because the project takes too long to complete. These options give you an opportunity to make a quick gift for yourself (or someone else) and instant gratification on completing a project. In no time flat you’ll have personalized gifts to give to anyone during the year. You may even have to start storing your completed projects for a spur of the moment gift. I threw the pillow pattern in because I love the look. Why not knit it up as a small sachet for that perfect gift.  What could be better than that? I must say I haven’t been able to keep up with my own advise, but this gives me some momentum to push forward and try again.

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So there you have 10 more easy, quick projects to try. Have a great day!

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