Weather Woes

Project – Knitting Tote
Patons Pattern Book #500871 – Family Felting
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Dragon Dance
Blogger – K1Paula2

I'm a weather geek. In the winter I tune in to see how much snow we're supposed to get, or if that ice storm is headed our way. In the summer, I monitor the Doppler Radar for severe weather and to see what Tor:Con level we're at. (If you know what Tor:Con is, stop kidding yourself - you're a weather geek, too.)

As I type, we've just received over 8" of rain in less than 48 hours. No wonder then that - to my eyes anyway - the blobs and swaths of yellows, oranges, reds (and occasional purples) of our local radar looks an awful lot like this bag - but with none of those wimpy greens that indicate light rain.

I worked all three pockets at once, to ensure they wound up the same size. I haven't had much time to knit over the past few days (what with sopping up the water that's still streaming into the basement and clearing up a little minor storm damage in the yard), but despite the unpleasant distractions, I've managed to complete  the pockets:

Next up: the handle. Then I'll get to figure out how to do the needle felting. I've never done that before but have long wanted to try (still have to get a needle felting kit - I've been looking, but haven't found needle felting supplies at any area craft stores yet).

Wool is felted by applying heat, water, and agitation. we're expecting a heat index of about 105, torrential rain and possible hail. Maybe I could leave it outside and see what happens. Oh, right. I'm not done knitting.



I loved the idea of this tote so much and the moccasins, I searched and searched until I found the pattern book. My plan, knit four pairs of the moccasins for my four sons and maybe two more pairs for the older grandsons. The elf slippers have got to be for the three little grandchildren but I want to do the monkey slippers, too. What to do, what to do. If I ever get the time for myself, I will do the bag. I have the paton's yarn already to go for the moccasins and for the elf slippers so better get busy, right?

You might want to make the bag first because you might have enough yarn left for some of the slippers. Isn't felting fun? And versatile!

It really DOES look like the computer storm warnings we see on TV. I'm curious to see how it'll look after felting.

The other day one channel had a map showing the temperature variations, and most of the US was in these colors - some really hot areas were shown in white! I saw that and said, "That looks even more like my bag than the Doppler radar maps do!"