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French Market Bag

French Market Bag

Pattern: French Market Bag
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, Limeade (bottom), Blue Blood Red, Aztec Turquoise, Spruce, Tahiti Teal (scraps of all)
Needles: US 8 circulars & DPNs
Recipient: Moi

Notes:
Thanks to Sandra, Lisa, and Chris' parents' top-loading washing machine, the French Market Bag, my oldest unfinished object, is finally complete. I'm kind of mmeh on the shape. I think Lamb's Pride doesn't felt in quite the same way as Cascade or other 100% wool yarns, and the mohair also makes the finished product a LOT furrier. So the final verdict is... I like the concept of this bag, but given its schlumpfing down on the floor if you set it down most ways, the odds are I won't use it. This type of schlumpfing does not serve one well on, say, the subway. But it was a fun way to use up scraps!

Posted by jess at May 31, 2005 9:42 PM
Comments

Finally! YAY!!! Real fun colors, me likes! Even with the schlumpfing! I think it still could be used for the schlepping of something or another (just nothing valuable, I guess. . .)

Oh, yeah, about the Lamb's Pride. . .it gets REAL fuzzy when you felt it. When I knit up the Meema marsupial from the first S 'n B, I was freaked out when I opened the washing machine and found this huge lime and teal-colored hairball at the bottom. I later came to realize that it was actually a tote of some sort. You know you reached the epitome of dorkiness when you spend your Saturday nights shaving down your FO with a disposable razor. :D

Posted by: Sandra at May 31, 2005 10:46 PM

Finally! YAY!!! Real fun colors, me likes! Even with the schlumpfing! I think it still could be used for the schlepping of something or another (just nothing valuable, I guess. . .)

Oh, yeah, about the Lamb's Pride. . .it gets REAL fuzzy when you felt it. When I knit up the Meema marsupial from the first S 'n B, I was freaked out when I opened the washing machine and found this huge lime and teal-colored hairball at the bottom. I later came to realize that it was actually a tote of some sort. You know you reached the epitome of dorkiness when you spend your Saturday nights shaving down your FO with a disposable razor. :D

Posted by: Sandra at May 31, 2005 10:46 PM

i did mine with cascade, and while i loved the texture of the felted fabric, the schlumpy shape of the project made it so that i NEVER use mine. but mine holds fabulous little yarn scraps, and does look nice when hanging from a door handle. :)

Posted by: semaphoria at May 31, 2005 11:20 PM

Its a super cute bag! I love the colors you chose. Maybe a tie or snap on the top would help it out?

Posted by: Diana at June 1, 2005 9:13 AM

I like your stripey FMB. It's not very practical for schlepping, it's true. I use mine to attractively store yarn or a non-portable WIP. Looks nice in my LR.

Posted by: Margot at June 1, 2005 12:07 PM

For the schlumpfiness-- if you block it again, with the sides collapsed in, then it will resist the schlumping. I did it that way, and I carry my FMB around everywhere.

Posted by: cinnamontree at June 1, 2005 1:34 PM

The sclumpfiness is a problem with my bag as well, though I suspected I just hadn't felted it long enough. I'd suggest a cute button for the top, and think that perhaps I myself will do that.

I've considered doing it again and modifying the pattern so that it has the much more rectangular base and taller sides that I think most of these kinds of "baskets" usually have. Eh, maybe one of these days.

Posted by: kristiface at June 1, 2005 3:37 PM

schlumpfiness aside, I *heart* this bag! the colors are great, and I'm sure you'll figure out a wonderful way to put this bag to use. If you do the button thing, make sure to post a pic, b/c I'm sure the button you pick would look really cool. (and I'm curious to know if it will change the shape much...)

Posted by: heidi at June 1, 2005 5:46 PM

I'm glad to see my red yarn was useful! It looks terrific! And I love the gloves, too. Do you have a glove pattern that you like? I tried making a pair like that, but had horrible holes in between the fingers.

I just started my own stashbusting FMB. I don't know if it will help out with the shape, but I came across some modifications here: www.ma2ut.blogspot.com/2004_03_01_ma2ut_archive.html

Posted by: Lisa at June 1, 2005 8:44 PM

So admire the stash busting effort. Need to take note and at least attempt to make a dent! Great color sense on the bag and gloves!

Posted by: Mary Beth at June 1, 2005 9:20 PM

Love the FMB- it's on my to do list for this summer. Hopefully I won't have the same schlumpfing problem - I'll have to remember to follow the above advice and reblock if necessary...

Posted by: Kym at June 1, 2005 11:18 PM

I love the FRM! It's so cute and I actually like the *schlumpf.* If ya don't want to use it then send it my way!! Kudos on a swell project, even if it didn't quite meet your expectations.

Posted by: Carey at June 4, 2005 1:29 PM

This back is rockin'! Nice job. Randomly ran across your blog. You have complete some very nice projects. :)

Posted by: Flare at September 16, 2005 9:54 AM

I am so glad to here someone has been working on FMB forever as well. My project is going into year two and a half of never getting done.

Posted by: Kendall at December 20, 2007 9:42 AM
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