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The makeaholic makes again

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The makeaholic makes again

Did you see my new byline? I’d be interested to know how many people actually view my blog on a desktop computer and see the pretty WordPress template I use.

I edited the “Just me, waffling on…etc” to “The adventures of a makeaholic”! Credit should go to my boss for the term.

So, what have I got for you this weekend? I’ll try to keep the chat to a minimum.

Legwarmers knitted with Cygnet Chunky and Knit Picks Brava worsted. Same yarn and colours as the batwing sweater. Finished ages ago, forgot to post about them.

Second bucket hat. Sweet Red Poppy, free pattern. Made it smaller, fits perfectly, matches my bag.

Oral hygiene kit. Two layers of cotton, bonded back to back with Heat ‘n Bond. Clear vinyl pockets for all my teeth-cleaning needs. Perfect!

Tiny teapot with removable lid from the book 100 Micro Crochet Motifs by Steffi Glaves. I made it in medium weight yarn just for fun and it finished at 2″ tall. Designer’s was made in sewing thread and was probably a quarter of the size!

And finally, a wallhanging made from a quilt panel. I backed it with batting and cotton, added ladybugs to tie the layers together, hung some small dollar store tools from the bottom with buttons and jute (I bought the tools last year for my gnomes) and added a Garden sign and birdhouse that I found at the dollar store today.

I paid for the fabrics, but I’ll put it on display at work for a while then bring it home to hang it here. It will complement the strawberry summer display I have going on at the front of the store.

If you read my last post, the bag tutorial, you’ll know about the bag FO, so no need to post another photo of that.

Plans in the works: crocheted strawberries, superduper new masks especially for air travel next month, and possibly more bags. And travel plans always go hand-in-hand with crochet/knitting plans because one just cannot waste all that waiting and sitting time doing nothing with one’s hands, right?!

Lots of fun stuff

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I’ve had so much fun playing with colour the last week.

The baby quilt is done. I used a partial panel, backed with pieced squares of cotton batiks, and incorporated bits of ribbon around the edge for the baby to play with. Inspired by the quilt, I crocheted a hedgehog from the book Amigurumi World by Ana Paula Rimoli.

The hedgehog had to be decorated with flowers, just like the one in the centre of the quilt.

My knitting WIP this week is some colourful legwarmers that I’m making with the same yarns as the batwing sweater. The plan is to knit one long tube, then separate in the middle and add cuffs.

The thin purple line is where I will divide and add the ribbing.  No second sock syndrome here!

And with the most physical part of inventory over at the fabric store, I have been relaxing in the evenings with a spot of quality time with my Janome.

The scrappy/black bag was the first. I loved it so much I made two more, tweaking my design as I went.

With the toucan bag, I boxed the corners smaller, which resulted in a taller bag, and the lining wasn’t quite deep enough. It was a happy accident that the lining pokes up above the top edge.

So the Mrs Bobbins quilt-themed bag has an extra half inch height on the lining and it worked perfectly.

All of the bags close with two snaps and have an internal pocket with another snap.

I’m wondering whether to do a 30 day challenge for myself. A bag a day! That would burn up some stash and I could try to sell some of them to fund my future fabric purchases! These bags take quite the chunk of time. The first one was about 2 hours as I was figuring out the measurements but now that I have ironed out the kinks I can make them¬† more quickly.

Something to think about!