Here's the felted Booga Bag I made for my mom. She loved it and was very intrigued by the felting process. It was a great first felt project and the Galway felted in 1-1/2 washings.
The lady I am giving knitting lessons to is off to a good start on her Booga bag. I was able to show her this completed one and she seemed to like it. She's already done the bottom, learned how to do the Magic Loop and just changed yarn colors as she is heading up the sides. This is the perfect project for new knitters!
By the way, her husband was able to spend some time at home on the weekend. He still has a ways to go, but the improvement was obvious to me the 2 times I saw him. Please continue to pray for Larry.
On Wednesday, the thought occurred to me that Mother's Day was Sunday and I didn't have anything for my mother. All other knitting projects came to a screeching halt.
I decided to knit a Booga bag for her. Here it is unfelted. It's in the washing machine as I type. The pattern is very easy. It will be good to have the experience of knitting/felting this before I begin teaching my friend on Monday. The "gray" color is really a very light shade green.
The eBay seller who sold me the Bernina mentioned a neat yarn store nearby - Woodland Woolworks http://www.woodlandwoolworks.com/
The scenery on the way was spectacular. (Click the above link to get a peek.) Out in the middle of this beautiful countryside was a warehouse with all the yarn, spinning wheels, and supplies one could ever need. What a great place. They also have a room with markdowns and I scored above on the Galway yarn.
The Galway yarn will be used for Booga bags. http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html
I have a friend whose dh fell out of a 2nd story window and suffered brain damage recently. She will probably be spending hours and hours as he is going through rehab, so I'm going to help her knit a Booga Bag and we'll both learn how to felt together.
She's going to use the lighter blues and grey. My daughters and I will be making the bag using a combination of some of the other colors. If you think about it, please say a prayer for Larry. Larry was in a coma for a couple days, but has since regained consciousness and says a few words. He is recovering physically (eating, starting to walk), but he has quite a ways to go mentally.
Anyway, back to Woodland Woolworks - there are swatches knit up of most of the yarns sold. I've been thinking of making something with very fine lace in an earthy tone, but have no clue what is what on online catalogs. It was great to be able to actually touch the yarns and swatches. Melda (pretty sure that is the owner's name) has knit gorgeous lace swatches in various patterns. My hands never felt such luxury! I found this yarn:
Grignasco Merinosilk with 1,400 yards for $11 in the markdown room. The color is exactly what I was looking for. Oh, and fyi, the yarn is in my lap and I can't stop petting it. Is there something wrong with me?
Anyway, check out Woodland Woolworks, I don't think you will be disappointed. The owner and staff were so personable and friendly. I heard them talking to customers on the phone very professionally.
What a day, score at the rummage sale, got my dream Bernina, and then Woodland Woolworks. Was I dreaming all this? Someone pinch me!
Dh has spoiled me rotten. About 18 years ago, I bought a serger. I settled for my 2nd choice (Elna) because of logistic reasons (and free childcare by grandma close to the Elna store). The Elna has been put to good use, but is tempermental. I've been tired of the skipping stitches, changing needle plates, etc. My #1 choice was a Bernina. I saw an old Bernina serger on eBay and talked to dh about it and he gave me the green light to bid on it. The bidding war got pretty intense at the end, but my bid won. WOOHOO!!! Can you say HAPPY CAMPER!! Here's my new baby. She was skipping stitches, but after a needle change, everything seems to be running smoothly. This is one well-built machine. I paid a little over $200 for it and my local Bernina store said they sell this used for $399 (can you imagine for a machine that is 15 years old?!).