Friday, July 30, 2010

WIP - Fat Bottom Bag

A trip to Michael's yesterday proved successful.  I left with two skeins of impeccable worsted weight yarn in earth umber.  I'm not usually too fond of gradated yarn unless I'm making washcloths and such but these were pretty earth tones at a great sale price.

Ok so I have this yarn.  Now what was I going to make with it?  I run into this conundrum every time I get yarn without a specific task. I still have some chunky wool from earlier this year in what to me at the time was a beautiful green.  I'm not big on it now...when in doubt, make winter hats.  Anyway, I went home and picked up The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.  I hadn't made a fat bottom bag in a while so that seemed like a good project to spend the evening pursuing.

This is what I have so far.  I am debating on how to do the handles.  I do not have any bamboo handles like I did for the last two so I will have to improvise on the pattern (yay!).  This is also a lot bigger than the written pattern in the book.  I increased the starting stitch by four and used a bigger hook.  I do not sew very well so I am debating on whether to put in a liner.  Now would be the time to do it.  I have a lot of fabric for someone who doesn't sew :-).  For whatever reason the dark brown/black portions look green in the camera phone photo.  I'll take it with a better camera later. 

How am I going to do those handles?  A quick google search has yielded a possibility.  It took a whole skein to make what I have so far, 192 yards.  If I do it similar to the google link, I would have enough yarn left over to make a matching wallet purselet.  I would change the approach just slightly and work both sides simultaneously and joining at the middle.  Actually I wonder what the outcome would be if I drew in the sides first then continued with the strap portion.  My hubby can sew so I may put him to work on the liner and possibly put a zipper on this.  I like it...

 This is the very first fat bottom bag I ever completed.  I was very pleased with this and it is presently for sale in my artfire store.  I did another one in black yarn with black bamboo handles and a yellow sunflower as a present for my mother-in-law (who loved it).