Thank goodness for Ravelry. Otherwise I would have no idea when I even started this project. Except that it was sometime after I moved to my current home (so in the last 3 – or is it 4 – years!). It has been 95% finished for some time (I can’t even remember that, either!). Just waiting for me to sew a lining and sew on the handles.
Which I have now done! So may I present the Fauxsoni Tote!
Pattern: Felted Chevron Tote by Leslie Ann Bestor, from Interweave Crochet, Winter 2007. I do love a chevron. I do love Missoni. I do love a self-striping yarn. These three combined to make a match made in heaven! This is a very easy pattern – basically make a big piece of crochet chevron, sew it into a tube, crochet a base and sew it on (I think – I can’t even remember whether it is sewn on or crocheted on!) and then felt it! Woo hoo!
And just in case you think to yourself, “but I have a front loader, I can’t felt”, well, take it from me, you can! I think I put a pair ofold jeans in with this to add a bit of friction, and did it on a full hot cycle, and it worked perfectly!
Yarn: The sadly discontinued Cleckheaton Vintage Hues. Sad because it is the perfect felting yarn. I used 7 x 50g balls of colour 1273 for the bag, but of course you could use fewer if you made the bag smaller, or used a different yarn for the base.
Time: 3 June 2009 – 25 October 2011. Really! I think I finished the bag and felted it sometime in late 2009 or early 2010. I really can’t recall… And then I had a free afternoon last weekend so I dusted off the sewing machine (literally! Oh my was it covered in dust! Thank goodness it has a cover thingy), and sewed up a lining for it. With pockets even! Because I really dislike handbags without pockets for important things like your phone, purse and bus/train ticket! And pen, lip balm, keys and tissues. Um, I think I should have put in a few more pockets, heh!
Modifications: I think I made the pattern as written (I may have made it longer around), but I know I added a simple single crochet edging around the top of the bag. Just to ensure the edge was flat. I did plan to turn it over and make a seam, but that was an ill-thought out idea, as once it was felted it was too thick to even think about that! But not to worry, it is fine as is.
I am really happy with this bag! I love the colours and I love the way it has turned out! Finally! (Yes, another project for Binding Off 2011!)