Water, it turns out, has a different — though no less dramatic — impact on wool than it does on witches. It turns knitted items into felt, which is a lesson knitters are taught early on, in order to avoid such things as accidentally making felt booties or dry-clean only socks.
Felting, however, can be incredibly useful when done on purpose. It makes a sturdier fabric for things like bags. Yes, that’s right, I’ve found a way to combine my lifelong love of purses with my new-found fascination with knitting. Whee!
My first attempt is this bag, which I saw displayed at the yarn store and impulsively bought the supplies to make. I intentionally selected an autumnal colorway, thinking I wouldn’t get to the project for a month or so, but this past weekend ended up being too hot to leave the apartment, so I got started. It worked up so quickly that I finished knitting last night and threw it in the wash for the felting. It’s drying now, as per the instructions, and I am hoping to attach the straps this evening. And fall-y colors or not, I hope to be carrying it tomorrow!