Thursday, October 20, 2005

Katrina's Purse

As promised, here are photos of my cousin Katrina's wedding and the Going Out With a Bag purse that I made for her. The wedding was held in Peoria, IL, and the whole crazy Burke clan made it out to celebrate with Katrina and Mike. Highlights of the wedding included my brother's girlfriend Veronica catching the bouquet (her second of the summer, watch out Stuart!), and my eight-year-old cousin catching the garter belt. He then proceeded to wear it around his head and danced like he was on way too much sugar and caffeine for an eight-year-old. As Veronica said, it was like he was Elvis, MC Hammer and a break dancer rolled into one adorable blond boy.

Here are pictures of Mike and Katrina during their first dance. They looked to be very happy and very much in love. I was so touched that Katrina held the purse I made during the first dance.

The purse was also used for the dollar dance. The dollar dance, as I was informed by Kim, is a German-Polish tradition where the bride and groom dance with their guests for a dollar each, and the bridesmaid and the best man collect the money. Here I am pictured with Katrina after the dance, and as you can see the purse is stuffed.

Now on to the purse. I had to really darken the photo so that you could see the beads. Knitting with beads was fine. I strung all of the beads on the yarn first. The one thing I would do differently is knit tighter with the beads. When I was done some of them were a little droopy.

I sewed in a zipper onto the top of the bag, and braided and wrist loop that went through the zipper. The zipper was smaller than the bag, so ended up centering the zipper and tucking in the edges.

The bag has this great halo look from the mohair. The yarn that I used was Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino and Filatura Di Crosa baby kid extra held together. The purse was probably one of the softest things I've ever knitted.

The bag was lined with satin, which proved to be the most difficult part of the bag. I figured it out with a lot of trial and error, and Lynne's instructions on how-to-line-a-bag.

I sewed the zipper flap in between the yarn and satin, so that you don't see it. Look at those hand-knit stitches. The hand-sewing was kind of relaxing in the same way knitting is, but I can't imagine hand-sewing all of your clothes, bedding, etc. Wow. Hats off to our great, great, great grandmothers.


At 5:41 AM, October 21, 2005, Blogger Kate said...

ooo--I love your dress!

At 5:03 PM, October 30, 2005, Blogger Emily said...

Thanks. It was an end-of-the-season sale last year from Banana Republic, meaning I got an $80 dress for $30. Someday I would like to knit a cute sweater to go with it, but for now I have a store-bought pale pink cardigan.


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