Monday, September 3, 2007

"Makes Me Smile" Monday

This glorious 3-day weekend is definitely making me smile today ! Beautiful weather, good food, and time to just BE !!

And as if that weren't enough, a completed project is making me smile today, too ! I had seen this project in a back issue of Country Living, and aspired to make one for myself . . . and here it is:

. . . my very own homemade felted tote bag !!! I was a little concerned after its first run through the washer: it didn't shrink nearly as much as I'd thought, and was way bigger than I wanted. But, a second wash did the trick, and it turned out the perfect size ! Ah, the bliss of a goal achieved !!
Happy Labor(less !) Day to all !


Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

Did you KNIT that? I'm way impressed. (seriously)

Melissa said...

I did indeed ! It was a lot of fun to make, but now I'm in need of another knitting project . . . my hands are bored !! Thanks for being impressed !

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful!!! Since you are in need of another project....I sure could use a natural color throw...preferably with fringe! Taking orders??? Me

Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

hey, by the way -- where did you learn to knit?

Melissa said...

I picked up a knitting kit from Klutz (geared for teens, which I didn't know when I bought it . . . turned out to be helpful, though !)that included yarn, needles, and a project book, and got started that way. Then I moved on to another knitting book . . . haven't done a lot with the new book yet, as some of the projects are beyond my skill level ! I'm looking at taking a "Beginner Sweater" class this fall and winter at a local knitting shop, though ! Hope your knitting adventures are going well !