Time for a little soundtrack. Hit it, Neil.
Early in the summer, I noticed that my LYS had a 2-session workshop with Nora Bellows (of Noni Bags) coming up in July. My knitting antennae went right up. I've always admired Noni bags -- not really as bags. . . but as works-of-art.
I mean, most of Noni's bags (especially the early designs) were not really suited to my personal style -- too many flowers and flourishes, etc. But. I totally appreciated the art in those bags. I loved the attention to finishing detail -- and how it all came together for a great-looking finished product (even though I would probably never use one myself).
So. I signed up. The particular workshop I signed up for was all about finishing -- how to shape that felted monstrosity into the desired configuration; how to attach handles and clasps; how to use stabilizer; how to insert a hex frame.
The class prerequisite? We needed to knit a Noni bag (any pattern) ahead of the workshop, and bring our still damp - but felted - bag to class for the finishing.
I decided to knit. . . the Bedouin bag.
I stopped by the store to finalize my registration and purchase my pattern. What do you know. . . there was a Noni trunk show going on that very day. I checked out the bags, and totally fell in love with the Bettie Boop. Even though it was pink. And had an abundance of knit flowers. And sparkles.
I rationalized my switch from the Bedouin bag (simple) to the Bettie Boop (futsy) because. . . I wanted to get my "money's worth" out of the workshop (more finishing = more value).
But really. . . I was . . . Helpless.
The Bettie Boop is a charming little bag. Charming.
I had fun making it. And I think it turned out pretty well, too! (I used far fewer flowers - and no sparkle; although I did use a couple of cute buttons.)
Ravelry link here.
(Noni ran a great workshop. I learned a lot -- about felting, stitching, hardware, and - yes - even flowers!)
And. . . in the HOT department. . . here's how hot it is . . .
First, this is what happens when I take my camera (or my glasses) outside:
Intense condensation. Can you say . . . sauna????
Second, this is the way my patio looks . . . 7 hours AFTER I watered my plants:
It is so humid that evaporation is not happening!!! My patio is still wet - even in upper-90 temperatures - because it's just too humid to dry off!
With that . . . stay cool!