First and foremost, let me begin by admitting that I have a certain weakness for knitting bags. For those of you who know me, this will come as no surprise. I carry them out in the open, for every day use even. Yes, I take them to work with me with a little project nestled inside... Just in case I have a few minutes to steal away and knit a couple of rows.
Also, another given fact (which I know I am not alone) I usually have at least 8 projects in the works at any given time. I keep them organized by giving them their own home. A progect bag here and there, or its own knitting bag. This way, anytime I am on the way out the door, I can just grab a bag with a project appropriate to the occasion. A meet up with friends, a party, tea with jam and bread... You get the idea.
Now let me divert your attention for a moment. To a trip down memory lane... There are bags involved. yes bags!
Long long ago Offhand Designs made what we OHD Knitting Bag Lovers (addicts really) called ponys. Bags made from gorgeous upholstery fabrics with whimsical designs and and cut velvets. A few of my personal favorites were: Chicks in a Row, Punch Bloom, Ebony and Ivory, Jack (from Jack & the Bean Stalk), Cosmo Bloom, Capucchino Bloom (the owner likes the word bloom apparently). Moss Crewel, Sunshine Bloom, Madeline....
I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on one of these precious bags. It was at my very first Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Sock Camp. I met a wonderful camper there that had just come from Church Mouse Yarn and Teas --a most special little yarn shop on Bainbridge Island (photo from my trip there after camp that year)
Anyhow, this camper was sporting this bag a OHD Maude in Jack:
I was smitten and could not take my eyes off of it. Later during that trip as mentioned above I had the chance to go to Church Mouse... I fell in love. I now understood why this little yarn shop was so special. It was warm and welcoming, it was beautiful.. in short what every yarn shop should be.
During that trip the yarn shop had another Maude: This one was called "Rumpelstiltskin" I had to have it! It was not Jack... But gorgeous nonetheless. So it came to live with me
Because these bags had been in production for a while they were hard to find. So my research on what was available began. It was 2008. I searched, and searched and then studied all the bags. Through this process, I came to find a bag that I wanted and felt I needed above all others. The one knitting bag that would make all my project storage dreams come true! Only the bag in this special fabric was no where to be found. The print was called "Ruby Butterfly". During my meticulous search i managed to find one lonely needle case:
I loved this needle case (I confess) more than any others in my collection. I would lovingly carress it and take it out for use once in a while. Then once again I would search, and search the internet (ebay, etsy, craigs list, ravelry...) Call Yarn shops that once upon a time carried these bags or maybe still did.
Then fast forward to December 1st 2013... My dream came true! there it was on an ebay listing! A Zhivago Knitting bag in Ruby Butterfly! I squeeled with delight! There it was my Unicorn!
I had to bid and it had to be a good bid! I needed to plot, employ a eSnipping tool even. This bag had to come home to me!!! I had waited so long, searched many times.... Long story short, I sniped this bay and it arrived just before Christmas. Merry Christmas to me right!
It was here and I was delighted. I carried it to work on day. I admired it lovingly all day long:) Then I was getting ready to leave and shutting everything down. I picked up my bag to throw it over my shoulder and I began to smell something funny. Noooooo it couldn't be. It couldn't be MYPRECIOUS! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! It smelled like it had been sprayed by a CAT!!!
Needless to say I was heartbroken. I still couldn't believe it so I called in reinforcments. Co-workers that had cats. They confirmed it. It was probably cat piss!
Another long story... For what seemed llike weeks of research on the Internet and on Ravelry (yes you can consult on ravelry with your knitty friends who understand you). I was given what seems like very sound advice. So I haggled back and forth with the seller and was able to retrieve half of what I paid. In the end we settled. Either she gave me a partial reimbursement... or the bag was going back! She knew what she had done...so she settled.
Fast forward a little more. I finally got my nerve up to mix the recipe and clean the bag. Here is what I did
I mixed in a clean spray bottle:
- 2 Parts Water
- 1 Part Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 Teaspon of Baking Soda
I then began to spray the whole bag inside and out with the solution. Blotting with a clean white towel. Hoping and praying that the fabric would not bleed. The red velvet butterflies into the cream colored linen.
The results so far, much better than expected! No bleeding, no discoloratin, nothing on the white towel!
I did however find quite a few white CAT HAIRS! Dam Liar! Why do dirty rats on eBay do this!