So here’s the bag as it looked before felting . . .
The dimensions were 16” wide by 16” high by 7” deep. They are 13” wide by 7+” high by about 4” deep. For those of you keeping score, I was hoping for 12” wide by 10” high by 4” deep. That’s 12% over in width, 30% short in the height, 75% over in depth. The i-cord straps actually got longer during fulling (though thinner and denser); they were 31” long and are now 43”.
Rather than just throwing the blasted thing in the corner, I’m testing a new theory: that the problem isn’t my inability to get the results I’m after, but rather that I give up after the first try. I’m not ready right now to get back on the horse—cast on immediately for another, basing new numbers on these results—but I am going to try to salvage this by playing around with the fulled object a bit. It won’t be the bag I had in mind, but it might be a passable bag.
Stay tuned. The saga continues.