Felted things are so messy before they're felted. This is big (more than three feet from the bottom of the bag to the top of the extended handle) and floppy, and I'm not weaving in the ends because once it's been shrunk (shrunken?) I can just snip them off.
I took the earlier, smaller version to the meeting Thursday night and it was suggested we give it to our Secretary of State's tween-aged daughter, who follows her mama (our SOS) everywhere she goes. Great idea!
I just pulled the new bag out of the washer and it's drying over a cardboard box, to help shape it. You'll see the final product tomorrow.
Now to fill it. I'm looking for locally made/produced items that will fit inside. The loot so far:
- handmade pottery spoon rest
- handmade goat's milk soap
- locally produced music CD to benefit our county humane society
- book of essays by local lawyer
- jar of homemade squash relish (from the Amish store)
- a set of six Obama sunrise Christmas cards
That might be enough.
I was hoping for a little more participation from the group on this project, but that didn't happen. Another little disappointment, but perhaps I need to learn that my vision doesn't necessarily have to be everyone else's.
I'm sure my husband would agree. Heh.
Don't forget about the final Summer of Yarn Giveaway – 10 skeins (maybe more!) of a kid-friendly, machine-washable cotton/acrylic blend in the sweetest lavender-and-white color way. A comment gives you a chance to win, and you have until 5 p.m. EDT tomorrow to leave one. In the meantime, have a great rest of the weekend.