I recently made my Mother a new lunch bag for work, as she was fed up of her old bag, which was too big and bulky. This is the second time I’ve made a bag (the first bag I made was a bottle bag), and I vaguely followed the same instructions as previously, but amended them to my own measurements.
The bag is lined, but doesn’t have any wadding inside. The fabric is different on each side, although they’re very similar prints (same designer) so it’s not immediately obvious. I double stitched the bottom seams so that it would take the weight of my Mum’s daily soup. I used ribbon for the handles. Not for any particular reason, I just didn’t want to sew some handles and I have a fairly big ribbon collection!
I like how the bag came together, as it’s all just bits and pieces I already owned. It only took a couple of hours to make, and my Mum likes it. She’s been showing it off to her friends at work.
I still don’t really like using sewing machines (I prefer handstitching), but I love how quick and simple it can be to whizz something useful up. It’s a lot cheaper than buying what you need, plus you get the satisfaction of being independent and self-reliant! I really want to try making a t-shirt, but I’ve not been brave enough to take the plunge yet. I don’t know how to use any of the settings on the sewing machine, so it would mean finding the manual and learning how to change stitches. It seems like a lot of work!
Do you remember that I got a box from Crafty Creatives full of craft goodies? You may well have forgotten, as I forgot to post my little craft projects when I’d done them!
The box was flower-themed, and the first flower I had a go at is the stocking flower design. I’m very impressed at how well it turned out. I’m quite rubbish at following instructions, but I managed it!
Shaping the wire for petals was fun and easy. Stretching the stocking material over the wire was more challenging, but I figured it out in the end.
The green tape used for the stalk is weird. It doesn’t feel sticky when you’re using it, but as you wrap it around the stem it goes sticky. Does that make sense? It sticks to itself.
I think I did a good job, I honestly didn’t expect it to look like a flower when I’d finished!
Well, there’s a blog title that says it all! Remember the autumn/bonfire crochet blanket that I started back in September 2010? I finally finished it!
This is actually the first crochet blanket that I ever started, although I think it’s the 4th or 5th I’ve finished (I’ve stopped keeping count!). It needs some serious blocking, but I hardly ever block and I’m not going to now! It’s also very heavy because it’s quite a dense crochet stitch. I’m happy with it though.
I did a lacy finish on the blanket. It doesn’t really suit the blanket style, but I didn’t want to leave it with a hard edge as it didn’t seem right.
I’m so glad it’s finished, and just in time for winter! It’s always a relief to finish projects that have been hanging around for years!
Unfortunately, I had to restart my ripple blanket, and had to undo 24 rows. It was as annoying as it sounds! The width of the blanket wasn’t quite right, and as a result my balls of yarn kept finishing just before the end of their colour block.
I’ve now finished restarting the blanket, and am back to where I was before I realised the problem. I dropped 14 stitches from the width, and now each ball of yarn makes it to the end of its three rows.
The yarn I’m working with is a cotton blend, and it’s so soft and lovely. I’d definitely recommend it. It’s called Rico Design Creative Cotton Aran, and it’s £1.89 per 50g.
(Happy Halloween, for those that celebrate it. This post is about Christmas, as I’m not celebrating Halloween.)
Last week I had a rummage around in my project bag and retrieved my cross-stitch materials, which were abandoned back in spring. I think cross-stitch is a cold weather project. In the summer when it’s warm, it’s difficult to hold a tiny needle and concentrate on counting stitches!
Last year I made a Christmas tree, and I wanted to make two more designs to go with my little tree.
Over the last few days, I made a little star. The pattern is from an old cross-stitch magazine, but I didn’t keep the title so can’t tell you which one. Old magazines are an excellent resource for Christmas patterns! (If you want the pattern, message me and I’ll send you the file).
I’m not really sure about the yellow, but I have lots of that colour. I rarely follow the thread colour recommendations because I have so many threads.
I bought three matching frames for the little patterns, in a nice red wash wood. I’ve been using Image Frames for my frames. None of my patterns have fit standard frames so far, and this company do custom frames nice and quickly.
I now need to work on the final design. I haven’t decided yet, but I think it might be a snowflake. I’m also sewing a Christmas present for someone, but I can’t share that on here. I’ll have to share it after Christmas, but it’s a cute cross-stitch pattern!
Are you sewing anything at the moment?
At the weekend I was rummaging through my fabric box for some fabric (which I shall discuss in another post if/when I use it), and Archie came to “help” me. I had laid the two blues I was looking at over the box, and she promptly sat on them and made a nest.
It’s hard work guarding your fabric nest from intruders. Those paws and teeth are not there for decoration; they are used to swat fingers that get to close to the box.
I’ve finished my 12th scarf for charity! This one is a plain knit scarf, made using scraps of wool I had left over from other projects. I have now sewn the ends in. It was a sunny day in the photo above, so I thought I should take the opportunity to photograph the scarf even though it wasn’t finished, in case it was cloudy forever more!
I do have number 13 started, but I’ve got some other projects on the go so it might be a while before that one is finished.
This is one of the scarves I’m currently working on (I have three started). This scarf is for a friend at work, and is being knitted. I’m using a stitch I’ve not tried before, called the double seed stitch. It gives the scarf a kind of waffle texture, and is the same on front and back. The yarn is a slight tweed blend and so has flecks of other colours in it.
The texture was hard to photograph, but hopefully you get the idea. It’s quite easy to knit – it’s two rows of K1P1, and then two rows of P1K1. You need an even number of stitches, and that’s it really. Simple! This scarf is meant to be very long (the recipient has said 12 feet long, but I don’t know if they realise how long that will be!), so it will be on my needles for a while yet.
I’ve started my ripple blanket with all the yarn that I bought recently. I’ve not ordered the right amount of yarn, so I’m going to have to do a second order. My maths was very off! I think it’s going to take forever to finish!
My naughty naughty yarn order arrived, and isn’t it wonderful?
The big ball of red is aran weight and is for a scarf for a colleague. I’ve started it already.
All the other balls are for my new crochet blanket. The green balls were out of stock and so are on back order, but I’ve started my blanket already anyway!
May your autumn be as crafty as mine!