Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Little Experiment

Last year at SAFF I remember seeing little baskets that hang on your spinning wheel to hold little tools or gadgets like a diz or oil. I didn't get one at the time because I didn't have a wheel. But now that I do, I'm forever looking for little things like that while I'm spinning.

I like the idea of the little basket - but a basket might not be exactly what I want. So, I decided to try and make a small felted bag that would hang on my wheel and hold the little things that seem to go missing. It will be a little more colorful than a basket and I can make it to my exact desired size.

I've got my first prototype knitted up and it is standing by waiting to be felted. If this turns out, I"ll be sending this off to my spinning swap pal and I'll make another one for myself. I'll also write up the pattern if the whole thing works out; otherwise it is back to the drawing board for another try.

I'm still keeping up with my Tour de Fleece spinning - a little every day. I should actually have some finished yarn to show off by Friday.

9 comments:

Deb said...

Great idea! I've been spinning for TDF like a mad woman too!

bockstark.knits said...

can't wait to see it done! i need one of those too! :)

mom said...

Sounds like a good item for etsy. You will become known as the real "bag" lady. Good luck on the size!

turtlegirl76 said...

I need to come up with a new solution for my Kiwi. Nothing can really hang off of it and not get in the way of the treadles. But that's so cute! Argh!

Bezzie said...

I'm with TG, I think a basket would be too much on my wheel and get in the way. But as it stands the only thing I wish I could secure a bit more on there was my orfice hook.

Can't wait to see this felted--are you going to model it before you send it off?

Zonda said...

Well..I don't have that dilemma..yet ;)! It's cute though! Hoping it works for you!

angelarae said...

Great idea! Looks like those will work well:)

Ang

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

that's a great idea!

Annalea said...

I'm wondering about a felted basket . . . like a bowl with a handle. I don't know what the dimensions are for the bag you knitted; it would be good to see what size it ends up.

For those who have small wheels, like the Kiwi, what about one of those stand-alone toilet paper holders to hang the bag/basket from? It's not highly portable, (well, it is, but not as easy as the Kiwi), but it would be about the right height, and not get in the way while spinning.

So, if you finish early on your TDF challenge, what are you going to do for the rest of the race?