Maiya' kma by Jenjoyce Design

Maiya' kma

February 2020
yarn held together
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
3 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette colorwork pattern
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
275 - 605 yards (251 - 553 m)
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Felting experience recommended for best results

A collection of felted wool bags, inspired by Native American baskets of local indigenous people from the mountain where I live. Four sizes, four charts, and with several features to choose from, including a unique shaped bottom, or straight bind-off, optional buttoned flap, one or two straps. Pattern includes variations of different gauge -- from jumbo tote, iphone or kindle pouch, (non-felted) “Itty Bitty Ditty Bag”, and four sizes of simple round baskets.
Nesting wool baskets anyone?

The fertile Napa Valley lies beneath the Mayacamas mountain range, off of which headwaters run down volcanic slopes and feed into the tidal river running up the length of the valley. It is said that the indigenous Wappo people who inhabited the valley named the mountain range “Maiya’ kma” said to mean “howling mountain lion“.
Today the mountain range is called Mayacamas. The Wappo were known for their well-made baskets, and to me basket weaving and knitted felted bags are craft cousins!

  • Inspiration behind this design blogged HERE
  • Nesting pair posted HERE.
  • Discussion on felting this bag in my group HERE
  • A great video tutorial on i-cord cast-on & bind-off HERE.

I invite Any & All who are knitting Maiya’ kma felted wool bags to bring questions, comments, great tutorial links, and otherwise general related chattiness to my Jenjoyce Design group which exists just for knitters of Jenjoyce’s patterns. The kettle is on… see you there !