My new personal felted bag philosophy owes a lot to Sophie. The super obvious and helpful "knit a bottom piece, then pick up stitches for the bag body" thing is ... well. Super obvious, like I said, but absolutely essential and the sort of thing I just wouldn't have thought up (cursed and bright!). My mom also sketched out her general ideas for a bag she wanted, and together we discussed single strand vs. double, patons vs. cascade, knit handles vs. purchased, etc etc.
I decided a new round of experiments were in order. When that initial attempt was a success, I was thrilled. Further experiments are pending (I'm nearly done with a larger, black, tote-bag shaped one for my mom), but I wanted to show off the first point in what is hopefully an uptick in my dealings with felt.
So here it is! Just a base, with stitches picked up in the usual way. Very little shaping. The flower's based loosely on the pattern from Patons.
Fully lined with an inside pocket.
And it actually holds a ton more stuff than I'd expected it to.
[...no, I don't generally have a copy of "Oleanna" and season 1 of Stargate: Atlantis on my person. shut up, I don't]