Monday, December 15, 2008

Natural Colored Bags

My friend Diane encour-
aged me to use the natural colored wool that I thought I should weave with to make some more bags instead. She has been an unbelievable customer and since she doesn't read my blog, I feel safe in saying that the silk scarf on needles is headed her way. But first I have two more Christmas commissions to finish. These bags are ugly in process and aren't very gratifying to knit because they look like malformed blobs.

I'm shaping them with deacces-
sioned library books and I already appreciate Diane's idea. She's a costume maker and quilter so has a wonderful eye for color. She suggested that make them deeper and I did. Charlie was looking at the birds in the bush outside but the flash caught his attention. He's so nosy, just like me.
The colors on this bag are madder on the bottom, the green is cotton-
wood over-dyed with indigo and the top is just rabbit brush. If I don't sell this bag, it's mine. I loaded it with all my stuff and it has a really a nice shape. I love the colors. Diane was right about making it deeper.
The colors on this bag are madder over grey Romney on the bottom, rabbit brush over indigo in the middle and madder over oatmeal fleece on the top. The beige is walnut which is also in the unseen base. Yup, the yarns are much better in bags than tapestry. I don't always take suggestions, because I've learned that it doesn't always pay off, but I'm so glad I did this time.
It was like this all morning. I finally called work and told them not to expect me. If you look carefully you can see a dark llama-shaped figure. They just hate this weather, dontcha know. I feel vindicated because it is still snowing - I'm not such a slacker after all. BTW, the term slacker appears in Lost Horizon by James Hilton, published in 1933. It meant the same thing then. We're not as edgy and original we thought.


~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Oh goody! That means we get snow tomorrow! (note the sarcasm)
Beautiful purses! I think she was right, both are gorgeous, but I think I like the colors on the yellow hued one better, it definately draws the eye!

MiniKat said...

The yellow bag definitely draws the eye. I'm not usually a yellow person, but I really like that one. I think you should keep it for yourself and to heck with selling it. :-)

bspinner said...

The bag sure do start out ugly but turned out GREAT!!!! I love the colors and shape.
Snow. Horrible four letter word!!

Catzee said...

I'm glad ya got Charlie to help ya acuz that looks like a furry big job!

Lee said...

Lovely bags! Natural dyeing is something I'd love to experiment with, someday.

Also, nice to see deaccessioned library books getting a new lease on life ;-)

Wool Enough said...

Oh yeah! Me too! The yellow bag! It's gorgeous. They are both lovely, but somehow that yellow one really calls to me.

We are having the same storm, but here it's rain. Buckets and buckets. Glub.