Thursday, February 08, 2007

Finished: Coin Purses

I made these to surprise a friend who really needed them, but he guessed what I was up to long before I finished.
Knit from Hemp for Knitting AllHemp 6 in Sapphire, and on a pair of #3 circulars. I knit the pouches in one piece, in the round, which then offered the problem of how to get the State of Hawaii Seal patches sewn on. I tried by hand, but that wasn't working well. I tried the glue gun, but it seemed unstable. Finally I broke out the sewing machine, and managed to sew all the way around the patches by wadding them up...
Each pouch has a blue zipper and is lined with a blue tie-dyed cotton lining. The inner pouch can be turned out all the way to fully dump any hidden contents out of the rounded corners of the lining.
The pouches resemble a certain State-issued medical card, and were made in appreciation of the many voting citizens, suffering through various medical issues, who are also preserving our Constitutional right to allow the States control over their own medical laws. Yes, the same rights that brought us Roe vs. Wade.
He loves them, told me I could sell them, and they directly meet all specifications for size and use. Yay!

7 comments:

debbie said...

love the coin purses! where'd you get the patches?

Charles said...

I love your Puch!! It is really cute!!

I will introduce myself:
My name is Charles.
i saw your blog at keohinani’s blog,
You have great blog!!! I love it!!

I was grow in Honolulu and now i move to CA….I miss to much!!

Anyway…
Visit my knitting blog …Take care!!

Kel said...

Patches: I don't remember! I googled them, though, so it was probably here:
http://www.crwflags.com/page0354.html
Or maybe here:
http://militarybest.stores.yahoo.net/hawstatsealp.html

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

How did you like knitting w/the hemp? Did you have to wash it beforehand to soften it up?

Am curious as I bought an AllHemp skirt pattern to make, but I was originally going to sub in SWTC Bamboo I had left over from the LBT.

garriths said...

Those hand knitted coin pouches are simply amazing! And very thoughtful to make such beautiful pouches for your friend in need. You must care very deeply for that person.

Kel said...

Thanks for the comments everybody! I did not pre-wash the hemp, but knit it up and then washed and blocked it. I think with use they are getting softer and softer... G (whom I do feel very deeply for, you punk!) can you confirm the current softness level?

garriths said...

softness... hmmm. Well, having little to no experience as to the different materials available, all I can say is, it's pretty soft. It is softer than wool, maybe not as soft as well worn cotton. A blanket made out of this particular hemp would be soft enough to wrap around one's self, on cold winter nights.... maybe same with a skirt...
And this pouch has not been washed since I have received it. Has been used everyday though. Asked opinion of male friend, manly southern boy, said it seemed "soft, yeah pretty soft".