Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Enabling a Fabric Habit

Apparently my other half knows me really, really well and has started enabling my fabric obsession.

Look what he picked up for me on his latest business trip:

Hand-stitched fabric made by the Kuna Indians of Panama

I've only seen this photo - can't wait for him to get back next weekend to see them properly (and to see him - of course!).

Each panel is approx. 30 x 50 cms and, given the hours of work that must have gone into them, the price he paid was a pittance ($25 US for the pair).  It's criminal, but I'm rather glad he thought I might like them.  

I think I can see a very funky tote bag in my future.  It would be a shame to cut into these, so I'm going to keep it very simple, but I'll have to wait until I've taken possession before I really know what I'm going to make them into.

Any suggestions?

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Some Finished Stuff

More pencil cases!

A pink crochet scarf.

And I added a fringe to my first ever crochet scarf (in fact, my first ever crochet project!) - it looks more 'finished' now, I think.

There's a couple more things in my To Do pile left, but I feel like I'm making progress!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

My Creative Space

Lots going on this week:

I started turning my To Do list into a To Do pile.  Hoping this will galvanise me into action.

Watch this space!

Still lots more waiting to be cut out though!

And I'm trying oh so hard not to be diverted by new parcels arriving in the post, but this fabric is just too cute to resist!  I got the last of the bolt - so only a scant 3/4 of a yard to play with and I'm still undecided what to make with it.  

Any ideas?

And there's some crochet on the go at the moment too - a scarf using Buy Design's tutorial (thanks Fiona!) and some scrummy Japanese yarn (a cotton / silk mix).  However,  I'm seriously considering frogging this and restarting with fewer stitches to make a narrower scarf ... of course, I waited till I was a good way through the skein before deciding that it's too wide.  Doh!

My Creative Space is hosted by Kirsty - take a peek at her blog to see what everyone else is up to.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Pencil Case Mk II

Version no. 2:

I think this one is a better size (thanks for all your input!) - it still fits all of my pencils but has much less space for extraneous stuff!

The bonus?  I get to keep the pouch I made yesterday!!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Pencil Case Experiment

I need some help, please!

As someone without kids, but who buys presents for lots of them (godchildren, nieces, nephews, friends' kids etc...), I'm trying to come up with an easy-to-make pencil case. 

I have looked at some other tutorials online and tried a few and not really fallen in love with any of them.  So, I went back to my trusted pattern for a zipped coin purse (courtesy of Nicole Mallalieu - but you guessed that, didn't you?) and tweaked the dimensions again.  

I just can't make up my mind if I've got it right though.

The purse above is possibly more of a make-up bag size again rather than a pencil case.   I opted for 20cm wide by 12 cm tall (plus seam allowances) and it more than easily accommodates the 30 pencils I threw in with room for loads of pens, erasers and pencil sharpeners.  I haven't measured the depth but it must be about 4cm deep at the base.

The width seems about right, but is it too tall?  

And do you think it would appeal to a girl in the 9-10 age range?  This fabric is super cute - at least I think so - but I'm not sure what's cool or not these days!!  

Thursday, 19 August 2010

My Creative Space

Not much happening today ....

Some crochet practice

And some new labels ... just arrived!  Slightly different design than my old ones; it's so tempting to start using these before I've finished the last of the old ones (only 10 left!)

To see what everyone else is up to, hop on over to Kirsty's blog.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A Quick Gift

I volunteer at the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Burlington - usually one morning a week, sometimes several.  Just depends on workload - sometimes (like now!) it feels a bit more full-time than others!

This week the person I work for is leaving to take up a new position with Habitat for Humanity Canada and I decided to whip up a quick leaving gift:

This was based on a pattern for a small coin purse (by Nicole Mallalieu) but I enlarged it to make it into a make-up bag.  I love this fabric especially with the red zip (and red lining!) and the pattern is easy and relatively quick.  It makes a nice change not having to mess around with glue and purse frames!

Fingers crossed she likes it!

What do you think?

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Market Bag

This is my new bag for when I'm running errands ....

It's got room for lots of shopping and will stand up to the washing machine if when it gets dirty.  Made using very sturdy dish cloth cotton and a 5mm crochet hook.

I expanded my crochet experience along the way (increasing and decreasing intentionally!).  This was very easy and quick to make - took about 5 hours while watching TV during the last few evenings.  I need to find my next project now - preferably something that requires a different stitch - having made the shrug and this, I think I can safely say that I've mastered double crochet (that's treble crochet if you're in the UK, I think).

While I was in the library the other day I found a great book called showing you how to make lots of variations on granny squares, hexagons, triangles etc...  So I might use some of my odds and ends of yarn to make some interesting shapes and get some practice in while I'm searching for the next pattern.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

My Creative Space

I've gone from hating crochet, to loving it.  

So much so that instead of working on the 3 sewing projects cut out on my work table and the knitting project I started on Monday and really need to finish this week, I'm sitting here crocheting a market bag (base above!).

Oh dear!

And I totally blame Kirsty for my second diversion ... I loved the idea of her crocheted cuff so much, I've been spending time online watching video tutorials for broomstick lace.  I found a large-ish knitting needle and made this swatch ....

Just love the pattern that it makes and I now have a broomstick lace cardigan pattern on my wishlist (and larger diameter knitting needles!).  I may need to practice a bit more before I dive headlong into that project - and finish all the outstanding orders and Christmas presents on my list.

I'm going to have to stop being diverted (OK - procrastinating, if you must have the truth!) and get back to some real work!

Saturday, 7 August 2010


Finally I have a granny shrug to show you.....

OK - so it's maybe not the most flattering photo, but you get the general idea.

Now for some confessions:

-  I loved crocheting this but, as a crochet Newbie (it's my second project and the first was just a scarf!), the first time I started this shrug I didn't get the pattern right by any stretch of the imagination - luckily there is no photographic evidence!  I frogged it all and, second time round, ignored the detailed instructions and just looked at the bit which told me what I should have at the end of each round!  That seemed to work!  

-  This was meant to be a shrug for my niece in Australia but, despite lot of very careful measuring during crocheting, I seem to have a shrug that's my size instead.  Ermmmmm ... not sure how that happened, but on my lap it was the right size (honest!); all put together it's a totally different story.  I'm truly sorry - guess this one's for me, even if it isn't a colour I'd normally wear.  Back to the drawing board for that particular birthday present - oh well!

- My tummy isn't normally that flat - I was sucking it in like crazy!!!!!

Now, what else can I crochet?  I seem to have the bug?!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

My Creative Space

I'm finally making the Granny Shrug!!!!  

And this time I think I've got it right ... new glasses really have made such a difference to the end result! I'm crocheting the shrug in a cotton DK weight yarn with an 8mm hook; so lots of rounds are needed to make the right size.  One half is complete - just need to get the second hex finished.

So far, so good!

Also on the cutting table today, a pile of purses ready for sewing and an unfinished list of Christmas presents to make before I head back to the UK to see family this autumn!

Hop on over to Kirsty's to see what everyone else is doing this week ....