Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde

My to-be-felted bag was a very enjoyable knit and then I grafted the handles and tossed it in the washing machine.

How very quickly things can go so very wrong:

Felted Bag With No Name

What: Felted Bag With No Name

Yarn: 6 skeins of wool from stash
Needles: size 15

Pattern: My own.

Date started: 7/13/07

Date finished: 8/15/07

Lesson Learned: I’m an idiot.*

Destination: Place mats and coasters

* The most glaring defect to me is that the bag looks like a bra. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wish to carry a bag that looks like a bra. I don’t even like to wear the dang things and I don’t want a bag that looks like one!

*The bag shrunk in height: A LOT more than I anticipated. Still, I could have salvaged the bag except I grafted the handles incorrectly. I should have grafted the two handles on the same side of the bag, not the two handles on opposite side of the bag.

:: bonks self in head ::

What makes this so horrible is that I triple checked the handles before I started grafting to make sure I was grafting the correct handles.

Obviously, when I began grafting I had my head up my ass. And apparently it was up there so far I could have licked my own tonsils.


I will salvage what I can from this monstrosity. I plan to get out the scissors and cut the bag up into place mats (for the animal dishes) and coasters (for me, obviously).

Moving on….

There’s another FO in the house and I’m very happy with this one:

Angel Blanket #1


What: Angel Blanket #1*

Yarn: 1.85 skeins (3 oz. size) Caron Simply Soft in the color white
Needles: size 9

Pattern: Overlapping Waves from the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns, page 209

Date started: 7/30/07

Date finished: 8/16/07

Size: 17.5″ x 18.5″

Lesson Learned: None. A quick, easy, enjoyable knit.

Destination: Warm The World


* Warm The World is partnering with a local funeral home to provide these blankets to families who have lost a baby to stillbirth or shortly after birth.




There is also a new blanket on the needles:


The summer of gorgeous weather continues here:

Samantha enjoys some outside time (again with her trusty tennis ball):

Kishka, a.k.a. Miss Priss, did not come outside and instead sat just inside the house:

Kish would rather sleep on my bed:

Finally, the very handsome Parker: surveying his kindgom:

Friday’s Feast:

Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?
I do laundry when I run out of something. I usually wash a load or two a week.

In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?

What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?
Long term – keep up my walking routine with the dogs.

Main Course
Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.
The husband killing woman in Tennessee walked out of jail after serving just seven months. Seriously…what the hell is wrong with our justice system? If a man served that amount of time for killing his wife, this country would be an uproar. Why on earth is she catching a break? She didn’t kill him in self defense. Her ass should be in jail for the rest of her life.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?


9 responses

  1. kristi and otis | Reply

    UMMMM..that bag had perfect written all over it..I don’t get what happened…whatever happened…it was soooo WRONG and I am so sorry….it should have been so beautiful!

  2. I did the exact same thing with the handles on the first (and only) felted bag I ever made. I felt like a moron.

  3. The fetal demise blanket is beautiful. Sorry about your felting-gone-bad.

  4. P.s. your dogs are so cute.

  5. Sorry about the bag. What a sad occasion to knit for. The new blanket looks intriguing. Adorable pets all around.

  6. I was really hoping that when you unveiled the finished felted bag, we’d see a pretty bag knitted by a perfectionist knitter who couldn’t bear a slight flaw or two. Um….you were right, something obviously went very, very wrong. It looks like a sports bra who’s straps have seen better days (like some of mine, actually). ;-Þ

    On the bright side, it’s a gorgeous color combination and I imagine it will make some very pretty placemats for the pooches and coasters for you. 🙂

    The fetal demise blanket is positively gorgeous. I’m sure it will bring comfort to some grieving parent.

  7. Sorry that the bag didn’t live up to your expectations. The blanket on the other hand is such a lovely pattern! You win some and you lose some…and I must say Parker is looking adorable today! 🙂

  8. don’t be so hard on yourself!! It is too bad though – the colors are gorgeous. I crochet and I’ve ripped a lot of stitches out, but I know my next project will probably go better for it. What pretty dogies!

    Soup: 125

  9. I won’t laugh. I’ve had rotten luck with felting, so I just send (((hugs)))
    And Miss Samantha is gorgeous in that shot!

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