Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

'tis the season for another bag

Well, it might always be the season for another bag. I made this bag last night because I was worried - worried that the bag I've been embroidering with intentions to use as my summer biking book bag wouldn't get finished. This bag is what I'm envisioning the embroidered bag will be like. A long strap good for biking, light for summer, and big enough to carry the usual stuff. It's about 9.5x13 in., made from a worn out linen dress and no longer worn skirt. I love the print fabric, which also covers my kitchen stool. I used it today and I have to say we had a pleasant journey together.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

weekend wrap up

It turned out to be a productive weekend. Here's a few things I completed. Yesterday I had to go into work for a little bit and while I was waiting for visitors to arrive I crocheted a little cozy for my mp3 player. That was the extent of my crocheting in public for "worldwide knit in public day". It's made with sugar and cream cotton yarn from the Ben Franklin down the street. I used one of my punch needle embroidered buttons for it. It was a good, quick way to learn decreases. I used the passport bag pattern from Fuzzy Galore, but changed the size. And now in use is a crocheted potholder/dishcloth. I thought I'd make a couple as a way to learn different stitches. I also finished up sewing a needle case for my pne needles. It's got a few spaces for needles, scissors, notebook and pen, and a see through zipper pouch for floss and needle threaders (and a magnet to hold onto those easy-to-loose threaders). I should have done it properly making a pattern or using a ruler but instead I just eye balled cutting the fabric, and so there's some imperfections. But what the hey, I'll still use it!

During the week I finished hooking one side of my circle handbag. I purchased the pattern from Nola Heidbreder, whose design has a big "concentric circles" on one side. I've marked out my changes and will do another set of 12 squares on the second side. I need to start thinking about what type of handles I want to use. The finished bag size will be about 8 by 11 inches, with a 2 inch gusseted bottom.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

to market, to market...

with a cool, lavender string bag. I finished my first crochet project, and before the start of the farmers market! I'm happy with it and pleased with myself. Now to decide what will be my next project. Right now I'm thinking about a ruffle corkscrew scarf or shell stitch clutch.I'm really enjoying crochet - guess I'm hooked.