I’m rather pleased with this bag. It isn’t interfaced with anything, so there are just two layers of quilting cotton. However, I challenged myself to design a bag with multiple compartments (inspired by the divided SockSacks) AND make it a round bottomed bag.
As I said on Facebook just now, I faced my nemesis and WON! I dislike sewing a circle into a cylinder because it usually takes a couple of attempts to get it right. In the case of the external fabric, I had to cut a whole new piece as my first one was too short. The lining, however, was a bit too big, so I just made a new seam inside the first one and did a bit of trimming to fit.
The partitions worked out just right, and even the seam around the top edge, which started to look weird and made me think I’d have to take in some fabric on one of the seams, worked out fine. All in all, a success!
Other items completed this week:
More little boxes from Lizzy Curtis (without the interfacing and with a slightly different construction to make the top edge neater). An experimental mask from an Erica Arndt tutorial. And a little coin purse from a JSDaily tutorial. (All YouTube.)
I ventured out this morning to see whether I could do a shop at Costco. I left it a little late though, as by the time I got there, there was already a massive queue, in the shade, and it was only 2 degrees Celsius, so I told my son (who was driving) to forget it. We have enough food to see us through into next week.
I hope you are managing okay, whether you are working or not, and that you are staying healthy. Remember, fear and stress lower the immune system so keep calm and carry on!
I drew the name of the winner of the giveaway today. I did it the old-fashioned way. I wrote down the names of the 16 people who commented on the post, cut them into individual pieces and folded them, and asked my middle son to randomly pick one out of the yarn bowl.
The winner is Esther from the Netherlands (purpledream on Ravelry). Congratulations, Esther! I have emailed you and PM’d you on Ravelry to get your address so hopefully it will be heading your way soon.
Thank you to all who participated. I learned something new. That the Norwegians do, of course, have a name for the period between Christmas and New Year – Romjul! We have the Danish Hygge and the Norwegian Romjul: what other Scandinavian delights can we embrace (vegan ones, of course)?
I hope you’re enjoying some cosiness today.
I promised you a giveaway a week or so ago, and here it is!
(Edited to add: make sure to leave me a way to contact you, like a Ravelry or Instagram name, or link it to some other online profile. And check back on the 21st for the winner announcement.)
I sewed this Alpaca Lunchbag a few months ago. I have not used it, so it’s still new. It would be a great size for a crochet or knitting project. No one is going to arrest you for not packing your lunch in it!
It is lined with the same fabric inside. The fleece applique is fused on with Heat n Bond, and the facial features are embroidered. The pompom trim is sewn on either side of the neck. I wouldn’t toss this in the machine – rather, a handwash would be more appropriate. It’s about 12.5 x 11 inches, and also (thanks to my experimenting with a continuous zipper pouch tutorial) comes with a matching little bag for notions or dry snacks or whatever.
This giveaway will be open worldwide and I will give you all a couple of weeks to comment on this post to enter. Closing date will be January 21st 2020.
What I’d like you to tell me is
(a) what do you think that the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day should be called? You know, that time when no one knows what day it is, nobody wants to go to work, and a lot of businesses are closed.
and (b) what fun thing would you do in 2020 if money were no object?
A common habit of mine is, after finishing a large project, to complete a few small projects for instant gratification. This hat is a typical example, though I had a reason for making it. One of my co-workers asked me if I’d make her a red and black stripey slouchy hat, and I wanted to give one a trial run.
I used this pattern (Ravelry link) and it was a quick and easy project. It’s somewhat snugger than my friend wants, though – she tried this one on so now I know to add some more width and slouch to make hers just right.
I used some of the leftover yarn from making the Groovyghan so I now have a hat that coordinates with my blanket. Perhaps I should keep it in my bedroom, next to the bed, for those nights when I just can’t get warm!!!
Another project that’s hot off my needles is this one:
This cowl is made with one ball of Spindle Yarns Buttersoft, a faux fur yarn that’s new in at the store where I work. It’s our own brand and, OH MY, when my boss showed me the cowl she had knitted up I was motivated to make one myself. This yarn is so soft and the best of its type I have ever felt.
This cowl is just 42 stitches in the round on 10mm needles, stockinette (not that you can tell) and I turned it inside out when I finished it because I think the reverse side is even fluffier than the knit side. Cast it on yesterday, bound it off after work tonight. Gorgeous!
Next, the red and black slouchy beanie.
Aren’t these just the most awesome fabrics?! I had a friend drive me to the fabric store where I work today so I could say Hello to my co-workers and get a sewing pattern and this quilting cotton was on sale. I had had my eye on it for a while. I snapped up a metre of each in case they sell out before I get back to work.
I attempted a bit more knitting and crochet yesterday but it was a pain, literally – I had to give up after a few minutes.
I have adapted to the one-handed life now, and the family is learning what I can and cannot do. They are having to help with cans, jars, chopping, hand washing dishes, vacuuming, etc. I’m getting more comfortable with writing with my left hand.
Over the last week I’ve read two ebooks and most of a regular one, and watched a season of Imposters on Netflix.
Today the big task that I’ve been procrastinating over for years was finally started. I pulled out the flash drive of backed up digital photos from the fire safe and started to upload them, rename them and sort them into folders for eventual creation of Photobooks. If I can get this job done while I’m off work, I will consider my time well spent.
Hopefully you are all well and happily crafting away. Talk to you again soon.
This baby is DONE!
The pattern is my own design, though I relied heavily on cushion and bag pattern pictures on Ravelry and photos on Pinterest. The yarn is Loops & Threads Impeccable (except for the black) and I used a 5mm hook. It resulted in a fairly stiff fabric, which is fine for a bag, but if it was a wearable item I’d definitely use a 5.5mm.
The lining fabric is from the store where I work, and is a very appropriate peace sign print. I added a pocket in the lining, and a magnetic button for the top closure.
This was quite fun to design on the hook, and even the unravelling and redoing of the front windows (the stranded look was crappy so I changed it for intarsia) didn’t take long and wasn’t onerous. I’m glad I did it as I wouldn’t have been 100% happy with the finished object otherwise.
The project took about 16 days from start to finish and now the big question is, “What next?”
Hello crafty peeps
I didn’t want to leave you in the lurch so despite spending quite a chunk of time posting to my other site today (a chunk of time that was an unexpected gift because work was quiet today and I was asked if I wanted to go home early) I thought I’d update you on the current knitting project.
First I’d like to show you the cute project I made from this pattern before. It’s a really sweet design with the simple closure at the front. After I made the hat last week, I hoped I’d have enough of the Euro Baby Maypole yarn to make a matching vest using this pattern. (Both of those links are to my Ravelry project pages.)
I think we can all see that this is a game of yarn chicken right here. I have used nearly a whole ball and I’m not even up to the armpits. The partial on the left is what’s left over from the hat. What are the odds that I’ll actually finish this vest before the yarn runs out?
I just thought – if I really do need more, I could go back to that yarn shop in May and get some more. Heck, I’ll be going there anyway. Who can resist a yarn shop when on holiday, eh! It won’t be the same dye lot, but that probably doesn’t matter, considering the self-striping nature of this yarn.
Potential problem solved! In fact, I’ll email my sister and ask her what the name of the shop is. Maybe she will even be willing to take a drive over there to see if they still stock it. It’s a small island, it’s not far.
Good night all, and talk to you again soon.