aha! Here’s the missing post on KJ’s purse–and the bamboo silk scarf. Will post it and delete the newer post. It was lurking in “drafts” which I don’t seem to be able to find… Thought you could only have one at a time
Turkey Tracks: February 2, 2011
Bamboo Silk Scarf and KJ’s Purse
I’ve finished two projects in the past few days.
You might remember an earlier blog on 3 different yarns I had bought. Here’s the finished scarf from the bamboo/silk yarn:
The pattern was daunting for me, but it came out nicely, don’t you think? I had to keep track of different stitches and use a cable holder for all 30-something rows of the pattern. But, about halfway along, it became much easier as I “got” it. Nevertheless, such intricacy is slow. I have new-found respect for people who knit those Aran sweaters with all those different patterns and cables. The scarf is VERY long–enough to double so that the wearer can thread the ends through the middle loop–something Mainers do a lot–and still have generous tails falling down the front.
It’s going to a dear friend who has been so generous with her spirit, her knowledge, her time, and her love.
So, Karen Johnson, the Community School student who graduated last year and who is now the intern at The C-School (GO KAREN!), has admired my versions of this purse off and on for as long as I’ve known her. I’ve made about six or seven purses from this “Bow-Tie” purse pattern, and I think I myself ha’ve had two versions while I’ve known Karen. (Bow Tucks Tote, #PS008, Penny Sturges)
Anyway, Karen’s birthday was Christmas week, so we went to Marge’s Maine-ly Quilting store in Nobleboro, and Karen picked out fabrics for her purse. Karen, you might recall, made a quilt last year with me. So, it was pretty amazing to see how much confidence she had in picking out her fabrics for her purse. And, mercy me!!, is it cute or what? I’m letting her choose the fabric for my next project for sure.
Karen loves pink, so that was the starting point for the bag. She chose a soft black for the bottom, so it would not show dirt. (This bag is washablel, however.) And, she chose the stripe for contrast.
Inside, is a bright, lime green, which looks way too muted here. And, you can’t see it well, but the stripes match perfectly on BOTH sides! John made the hard bottom, and I covered it with fuzzy fleece and fabric and glued it to the back of the board John made.
These fabrics did not come all together; Karen hunted all over the store to put them together.
Here’s the end detail, with the small ties “gathering” up excess fabric under the “bow-tie tuck” of the purse’s name.
And, here’s the purse pocket detail up close. Karen chose a different big closure button, but I began to see tiny white antique buttons for the pocket stripes–from a collection I inherited from my great aunt Margaret. (People used to cut the buttons off worn-out clothing before using it in other ways.) There are 20 small buttons and, with the large button, 21 buttons total. Karen is 20 and will be 21 next year, and I hope she will still be using her purse then. All these buttons have been handled many times by many hands, so each touching sends along its own energy to Karen.
Here is Karen’s bag, ready to be delivered to her this Friday (Feb. 4th.) when we will have a visit. Below, Karen’s purse is sitting alongside my bag and is atop the scarf, wrapped and ready to be mailed.
Karen was to have helped me cut out the bag (no sewing, I promise!) and do the ironing while I sewed, but she has been so busy with her work (at a local nursing home where she is getting training to be a Personal Care Assistant) and with her new internship responsibilities at The C-School, and as I am leaving Feb. 18th for 10 days or so (quilting in Williamsburg with my quilting friends, attending the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show, and visiting with family), I just went ahead and made the bag. We will do another one down the road, I’m sure.