A Button-Hole Bag
I made the bottom of the bag longer and a bit wider than the pattern - 15 stitches across rather than 9, which added about 8 stitches on each side of the body. I'm also making it deeper than called for as after felting I want it big enough to carry a knitting project and a book. I'll probably work between two & three more inches before making the button-hole handles.
I took the darker cream aran sweater apart tonight and have the back frogged and wound into a ball. This one was sewn together with mattress stitch rather than the usual chain stitch you find on commercial sweaters. I noticed that there are a few stains at the bottom of the cuffs and one on the upper chest, so I'll skein the yarn and see if a little ERA and oxyclean will help. The stain on the body isn't readily apparent - so there's a good chance that even if it doesn't come out, that reknitting the yarn into something else which should "scatter" the slightly darker color, would make it less noticeable. I'm going to have to swatch for gauge, but I'm hoping that I can make the Aibhlinn from the yarn.
And speaking of recycling - Moki has discovered a good (to him) use for the wool sweaters pre-frogging:
He does look comfy, doesn't he? The tan, brown & black fair isle should frog semi-easily, but the one done in greys & red may be a challenge. The designs are worked as intarsia, so while I'll get a fair amount of the darkest grey, the other colors may be in lengths too short to use. I should have looked closer, but faced with sweaters for 25¢, I grabbed first and looked later.