Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Newest Purse

I'm not sure when I started this purse. But it's been a couple months. At least. I probably started it in March.


I knit my purses. It's a thing. I like them a certain way. I like them to be not too large. I like them to hang across my body. And the best way to ensure I get the fit I want is to make it myself.


I saw this thing on TV about cables. The idea was to knit the cables in one yarn and the background in another. It makes the cables pop. I tried it, but then I remembered that I hate doing color work. After I got about one pattern repeat in. So, that got ripped out.

Then I started again, this time just using the variegated yarn. I made it as long as I thought I needed. It ended up being too long. And too narrow. So, I set that aside and started over.


Finally, I got it about the right size, figured out how to make side panels, and I lined the thing. ("Lining the thing" took me a couple weeks of stitching the lining in the purse.) Then I spent a week crocheting the strap. It was all put together, and I was ready to use it.

I went to the grocery store...

And discovered that the strap was too long. It reached to just slightly below my butt. I prefer it to hit me at my hip. So, I had to take it apart and unravel some of the strap (just one side of the purse--a minor alteration).


It seems to be the right length now. The size seems right. I'll have to use it a bit before I can be certain, but so far so good.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with the too long too narrow piece that is still hanging around...

23 comments:

  1. My mom knitted me a purse when I was in my early twenties, and I LOVED it. It was exactly the right look and feel. The only problem? It had one pocket. Yup. That's it. Still, you make me want to go find that thing and see if I can make it work again.

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  2. Wow, that is determination on your part to get it right and to rip out what you had already done to redo it to your liking! It looks neat though!

    betty

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes ripping something out is part of the process.

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  3. That is a really cute purse! Too small for me, but handy for those times when you don't need much.

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    1. I like small purses. But that's just my preference.

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  4. Nice! The pattern works really well with the yarn. Maybe that narrow piece could be turned into some sort of inner pocket?

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  5. I don't knit, but I've crocheted since college. When I was in college, I decided to crochet a purse and line it by hand. Never again! I admire your tenacity. Nowadays all of my crochet is of the "chewing gum for the mind" type (no challenges, just mindless patterns, thank you very much.) Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, those are good days. This wasn't too bad, really. Cables aren't hard.

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  6. Very neat purse and I can see your perfectionism coming out:) Love the yarn you used.

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  7. Beautiful! Yes, sometimes you don't know how well a purse will work until you've actually worn it around town!

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    1. Yep, must know just how it feels.

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  8. Lovely. You could make them in varied colours to suit your outfit. Your hand stitched lining sounds gorgeous.

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    1. It was just whip stitched to the inside. It wasn't too difficult.

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  9. I am fussy about my purses. That’s why I have five hanging on a hook on the back of my closet door. Like Goldilocks and the three bears, I thought they were just right, but not exactly.
    You did an awesome job on the purse. I love the colors.

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  10. Oooh, that's pretty! I should try making purses. I love to knit to relax, and this would be a "right-sized" project for me.

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    1. Yep, they don't take too long (so long as you don't rip out and start over a couple times). There are tons of patterns out there.

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  11. Pretty! And how great that you get to customize it for yourself.

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    1. Thanks. That's why I knit them now.

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  12. Very cute purse! That's awesome that you're able to customize the purse to be exactly what you want. :-)

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    1. I think that's why I keep doing it.

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