Thursday, 31 March 2011

My Creative Space .... Not Much Happening Here!

Having finished most of the projects I brought with me to keep me occupied till we move, I've been playing around with some left-over yarn.  There are so many different tutorials on making these japanese flowers, but I used Elizabeth Cat's.  

I like it and it could decorate the bag I showed you last week:

Just pinned on right now - I'm not 100% sure yet!!  I will be adding a lining to this bag after all of your advice last week to stop the bag stretching out of shape.  This is going to be a birthday present for my soon to be 9-year-old niece (how time flies!).  

Is the flower too much?

The one unfinished project in my bag is the crochet necklace I started back in Canada.  For such a small project, it's given me some headaches!  Last night I decided to have another go and started again from scratch.  I thought it had gone quite well, but in the light of day there are a few mistakes and some problems because of twisting:

And it's really hard to photograph clearly in this light!!  It should look like this one on Ravelry!!  

I am fast coming to the conclusion that I have neither the patience nor the eyesight for fiddly crochet on tiny hooks ... so don't be expecting any intricate, lacy doilies from me anytime soon (or, indeed, ever!).  I can hear my husband breathing a sigh of relief on that score!!

Doubt if there'll be time for any crafting this next week - we get the house keys this weekend and our container full of our belongings will arrive on Monday - yippee!!

Go and have a look at other creative spaces over on Kirsty's blog.


  1. That is such a sweet flower and I love it on the bag!

  2. I am making the shawl with these flowers, this week :)
    Love the colours you have used for it.
    The crochet necklace is coming along beautifully.

  3. I thought the bag looked great plain..but the flower really looks amazing..especially for a nine year old..beautiful.

  4. Aren't they just the fastest flowers to crochet? And, they always turn out good.

    Renee :)

  5. Your bags are lovely too! Yeah I wasn't sure whether to add flowers or not. It does look good on yours. I am actually just attempting to use fine cotton on a crochet project. It is the first time and yes not sure if I have the patience or eyesight for it to continue either!

  6. Next you are going to have to try crocheting wire. It's not as tricky as you might think.
    A wee suggestion for you... I've got a pattern which uses a flower to decorate a hat, but instead of sewing it on you put a button on the back of the flower and button it on where ever you fancy. If the eyelets in your bag are a suitable size it might work.

  7. Hello Fiona! I love that flower and the colour! I think it's perfect for the bag! 'Buy Design' has great idea to put it with a button so you can change it easily! Thanks for her!
    You are going to have very exiting week ahead!
    Lots of wishes! Teje

  8. No your flower isn't too much - it's perfect! Your choice of colours gives the bag a lovely retro feel. Your niece is going to love it :-D


  9. I really like the flower addition. Unfortunately I see what you mean about the necklace when it's compared to it's Ravelry counterpart. ;P