Here is my finished felted bag. It is much better than in the last picture, but I am still not sure how useful it will be. Today is Thursday (right?, I have to check) and I felted this on Monday, and it is still not totally dry! I felted it in my washing machine, in a small load with a couple of towels, and I ran it through the wash cycle twice without draining the hot water.
Because of all the embellishment around the top edge of the bag, it is 1) very heavy; 2) still quite floppy, not staying open when you need it to. I love the way it looks, though.
Only one of the flowers deformed during the felting, I must not have caught the center when I stitched it down. A couple of stitches will fix this right up.
I started my lacy shawl the other day, working on the seed stitch border, but after several rows I pulled it out, because I could not tell if I was doing it right or not. So I used up the rest of my colorful cotton yarn and made a seed stitch dish cloth yesterday. This is it being inspected by Alli Cat. (You can see the rest of the cats in my Flickr account here.) I think I will be able to knit seed stitch in my thin black yarn now, but I need total silence to concentrate. It will have to be in the morning, after the dog goes to bed, and before the cats get up.
I will use the little left of this yarn to wrap a mari.
I hope you are staying cool! It is hot here...