Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Celtic Cross Purse

It's done. The project that has been taking up much of my knitting time lately and has been frustrating me to no end.

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The knitting was relatively easy once I got past the "how to-s" of knitting it in one piece (the box corners were tricky). I think it turned out very well.

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The sewing of the lining is what nearly did me in.

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I bought fabric and a zipper THREE times and spent three days sewing and ripping, sewing and ripping before I got it right. In the end though it was worth it as I love my new little purse. Just DON'T ask me to do it again!

I designed this purse using the graph from the Celtic Knot Pullover. I made the purse rigid by creating an internal structure of plastic needlepoint canvas. It doesn't show because of the lining. Between the plastic canvas and the outside knitted panel I placed a small layer of quilt batting to give the purse a softly rounded look.

17 comments:

hockey mom said...

WOW! You did an awesome job. I finally got the chart for the Celtic Knot Sweater, so I'm gearing up for that puppy.

Thanks for sharing.

Leisel said...

Wow... it looks great! I'm so impressed.

- Leisel
http://sagebrush.typepad.com/knotagain

Anonymous said...

another WOW coming your way - that looks so good! The small detail is what makes it so professional looking. Most impressed. Also, I noticed that you used that rather inexpensive cotton yarn for it...so apart from time it wasn't that expensive to make.

Suzanne

Moose said...

Simply stunning.

Marlene said...

Suzanne, yes the purse was relatively inexpensive to make. The handles cost more than all the other supplies combined. I really love them though. I found the handles FIRST and designed the bag around them.

I think this bag would be lovely in the silk yarn that the Celtic Knot Pullover was originally designed for. Now that I know how well it turned out I would likely have paid the extra money.....but I am NOT doing this again. Besides, the discloth cotton turned out just fine. :-)

Sandysknitting said...

Absoulutely gorgeous, Marlene! What a great job! The cables, the color, the handles, the shape! It all spells BEAUTY!
:)

marti said...

WOW! I am totally amazed, that is one beautiful piece of work!

dragon knitter said...

wow #4 coming your way. that is just delish! and amazing! what is the color behind the holes? i'm truly in awe. you are a designer extaordinaire. you should publish that!

Marlene said...

Minnie those aren't holes. They are wooden beads. :-)

I probably could have published that pattern. Too bad no one wrote down what I was doing while I was making it hey? LOL
;-)

I suppose I could make it again and this time take better notes? *groan* It would be an awfully wordy pattern though. Lots of stuff to explain!

Michelle said...

Fantastic bag! I love it.

Rabbitch said...

I'm very impressed! Hmm, wonder what it would look like in green ...

midgeling said...

Oh, WOW! You should be very proud of that one! It looks great!

Maggie Ann said...

You have been one busy lady. Your purse is very impressive. I can imagine how much pleasure you will get from using it. I'll bet your husband is bursting at the seams with pride over all your skills!!

Marlene said...

I have been doing fiber craft related things since the day we met, over 30 years ago Maggie Ann. I don't know if he is "proud", but more likely grown accustomed to the constant learning/doing of my fiber related pursuits. He's supportive of it all, which is all that I ask. :-)

Sue S said...

Truly a wonderful piece of workmanship. Love the design.

HoJo said...

The bag is really gorgeous. Did you work off of a pattern?

Marlene said...

No, I didn't have a pattern....not for the bag itself anyway. I DID use an existing chart though. The celtic cross is from the "Celtic Cross Pullover. I believe I provided a link to the pattern in the blog where I mentioned it. The cable that runs up the sides and across the bottom of the bag is from "The Harmony Guide To Aran Knitting".