Gypsy Woman: Pre-Felt

The knitting of Gypsy Woman is complete.

I’ll admit that I am a bit worried about the change in yarn weights, evidenced in the photo, but a colleague suggested that this change may add character after felting. We’ll see because I am not about to re-knit all that garter stitching.

I have only to sew in my tails and then it’s felting time!

Under The Bridge: Off da Hook

The Name

Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is my homeless series of bags: the other two are called Gypsy Woman and Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

The Bag

Dimensions: 29 inches squared; 16-inch depth from point of intersection

I should’ve followed the pattern, but wanted a bigger bag, as I am a big guy, homeless people have a lot of stuff to carry, and the other guild members could use this bag considering the amount of yarn I see them lugging around the meeting.

Destination still to be determined.

The Yarn

Rug Crafters Heavy Polyester Rug Yarn
Color: 503 Tangerine Orange; Content: Polyester; Weight: Unknown

Universal Classic Chunky
Color: 60639 Petrol Blue; Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Weight: Bulky

Teddy Bear
Color: 001 White; Content: 95% Acrylic, 5% Polyester; Weight: Unknown

Spinnerin Chenille Cherie
Color: 11; Content: 45% Virgin Wool, 45% Rayon, 10% Nylon; Weight: Aran+

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky
Color: 152 Charcoal; Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Weight: Bulky+

Other yarns included

Black Chenille

Purple natural fiber roving yarn, per burn test

Purple man-made roving yarn, per burn test

Lion Brand Homespun?
Color: Unknown Blue; Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Weight: Bulky

+ yarn weight per Ravelry

Under The Bridge

 

Gypsy Woman: Work In Progress

Having located my wool rug yarn when I found my acrylic rug yarn, I decided to make another felted bag. Wow! This stuff is super bulky, with a burlap-like texture that feels like a welcome mat. So bad that spit-joins don’t hold securely!

I also happened across a yarn I had recently purchased during the 2018 Los Angeles Yarn Crawl to support a local store; it turned out to be wool and required the same needle size. The last yarn was a light blue, braid yarn, similar to Wollhaus, but more crusty – most likely from age and smoke, as the person who gave it to me is a smoker; a burn test revealed it to be a natural fiber (wool?) also.

My plan is to create the fabric, the bag and then felt it! As I am a bit of a novice when it comes to felting, I am bit excited. Final destination of this bag also remains undetermined: charity, gift or me?