# 165 Dinner Party Backstage
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The theme of the dinner party was amateur theater, opening night. A local art deco theater with a deep stage and velvet curtains was rented out for the event. A set from a performance of M. Butterfly was half-set-up. There were old couches, a pink velvet chaise right out of an I Carte painting, an ensemble of small tables for the setting down of drinks. The code of dress was creative black tie: “bring something you can change into, or out of” the invitation had said.
The appetizers were passed by slender waiters with their hair slick as ice, starched white collars, black tails. The men wore black tuxes or blue jeans with tails. There was even a man with a ten-gallon hat and chaps talking to a woman in a gown that she held up to walk, revealing cowboy boots and patterned stockings held up over her knees with butter-yellow creased ribbons. Other ladies wore an array of beautiful cocktail dresses punctuated by the unexpected: a pair of decorated blue flared jeans under a flapper-style sheet, a feather boa with men’s style three piece suit, a motorcycle jacket and beaded tulle gown … Everywhere you looked it was a sensation for the eyes.
While some twosomes and threesomes were seated here and there on the many couches, engrossed in conversations, nearly everyone else stood, tiny plates in one hand, goblets in the other. The cream velvet settee by the stairs offstage was piled high with coats of all sorts, the ladies purses were arranged in a spectacular tumble on a tufted linen couch by the ladder to the catwalk.
The Dinner Party Back Stage bag was inspired by that spectacular chaos of purses on that linen couch: there are three sizes, from a small-just-what-you-need handbag to a large, I-brought-more-than-one-outfit overnight bag.
Unadorned, these bags have the casual elegance of a saddle-bag and the practicality of the most austere tote. Decorated with cabochon rivets, these bags will catch the eye of everyone at the dinner party, rodeo, and everyone you meet on the way.
Project Difficulty Level
Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, picking up stitches within the knitted fabric, decreasing, knitting in the round, hand-sewing and riveting are required for the finishing process
Work each felted bag with two strands of worsted weight, feltable yarn.
The numbers for the small bag appear first with the large bag numbers following in parentheses.
CO Cast on
BO Bind off
k2tog Knit two stitches together
p2tog Purl 2 stitches together
pm/sm Place marker/slip marker
pu Pick up (and knit)
RS Right/”public” side
ssk Slip slip knit decrease
ssp Slip next 2 stitches knitwise, pass back to the left-hand needle, then p2 together through the back loops
St st Stockinette stitch
WS Wrong/”inside” side
12 sts and 16 rounds/rows over 4” (10cm) using a double-strand and size 11 (8mm) needle or needle size to obtain gauge.
Approximately 16 sts and 24 rounds = 4” (10cm). Check your pre-felted and felted gauges by swatching and felting an 8 x 8” (20 x 20cm) swatch first. Size variation occurs if gauge differs due to different needle size, yarn type, or fiber content.
Approximate Finished Dimensions
Small Bag 6” (15cm) square bottom x 8” (20cm) tall to handle, 6” (15cm) wide opening.
Medium Bag 10” (25cm) square bottom x 12” (30cm) tall to handle, 10” (25cm) wide opening.
Large Bag 14” (35cm) square bottom x 16” (40cm) tall to handle, 14” (35cm) opening.
Small Medium, Large Bags: 650 yds (595m) 1320 yds (1210m), 2100 yds (1919m)
Needles & Other Materials
* Size 11 (8mm) 24” (60cm) circular
needle for small and medium sized
bags; longer circular for largest bag
may be desired
* 4 stitch markers, 1 of
a different color
* 4 No. 8 seed beads
to attach Noni Label Tapestry needle,
sewing needle, nylon beading thread,
* 1 Noni On The Road Bag Kit
(165-KT-HP): 1 Custom YKK zipper + 2
bottom stops, 1 Noni Metal Label, 20
Cabuchon rivets, 1 Noni Amazing
Magnetic Snap,1 JUL Lisbon 26” (65cm)
NOTE: Additional Cabuchon rivets were used for the
* Quick, clear-drying glue for attaching Cabuchon rivets