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Friday, April 18, 2014

Something Different (But Not New)

Almost one year ago (three weeks short of one year, to be exact) I made this bag.  I had stumbled across the free tutorial online and thought it would make a nice bag and a nice test project for Ruby Mae (my treadle machine).  Well, it worked great for both purposes and I got to know my new old machine and I got a great bag.  The bag works really well, and even though it doesn’t have any top closure (one could be added easily enough), it still feels pretty secure because as it curves around my body as I wear it, it closes itself.  It’s also a nice size for a project or two, or a few magazines or whatever.

Yesterday I made two more bags from the same pattern!  The original plan was to sew them at the same time, assembly line style, but then I realized that I needed different colors of thread for the two bags.  (Sometimes I might need more caffeine than I actually get.)  Once I figured that out, I got them sewn up pretty quickly.  I didn’t use Ruby Mae this time, I used one of my Pfaffs because I wanted the ability to back tack to secure a seam.  On the bag I made on Ruby Mae, I just knotted off the ends by hand.

Once again, I added a pocket (cut 8.5 inches square, sewn with 1/4 inch seam allowances) and interfaced the main fabric for stability.  I took my time turning the bags this time and despite the interfacing and pocket, they were easier to turn than last time.  I must have let the bag get all bunched up last time.  The only other change I made was to topstitch along the edge of the entire bag after turning and pressing.  I’m not sure that this adds any structural benefits, but I like the way it looks.  The pattern is easy and straightforward to make and sewing, from start to final pressing took just under an 1.5 hours for each bag.

Want to see them?
The first one is a fun, large floral print which I thought would be really cute for just about any outfit.  (I got the fabrics from MadTosh Crafts last week.)  You can see the pocket on the side as Fifi models it for us.  I positioned the pocket 1.25 inches down from the raw edge of the top of the bag (if you’re interested in adding a pocket and wondering where to put it).  The pocket is nice and big, and deep enough that my iPhone feels safe in it.
I lined the bag and pocket in a lime green multi colored print that picked up the colors of the floral.

The second bag is a little different.  I got this fabric from Spoonflower.  If you’ve never heard of Spoonflower, I’ll tell you a little about it.  You can design your own fabric and have it printed or you can pick out designs other people have done and have them printed.  They have about a dozen different fabric bases they’ll print on, from polyester knits, to silk crepe de chine, to heavy canvas.  I had my choices printed on Kona Cotton.  It takes about 2 weeks to get your fabric after you order because they print on demand for each order.  If you order one yard, they print one yard.  If you order 10 yards, they’ll print that.  It’s a very fun way to get fabric.  Here’s my second bag.
The main exterior fabric is Sherlocked.  I loved the quotes from the first two seasons of the BBC Sherlock.  Here is a closeup of the fabric.
The pocket fabric is Sherlock Wallpaper Fabric.  I had to add the smiley face of course, but chose to skip the bullet holes.

The lining of this bag and pocket is some fabric I picked up at Hobby Lobby that coordinated with the other two prints.
I doubt this is the last time I’ll sew this pattern.  It’s a great pattern and a cute finished bag!  Anyone else have a favorite bag pattern they’d like to share?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once More, Around The Babette!

I’m almost done with the borders for The Babette!  I’ve done two rounds of the plum and three rounds of the medium pink color.  I’m going to do one more round of medium pink and then The Babette will be a Finished Object!  I think I’ve decided how to do the final round.  I was debating between just another round of double crochet or doing something different, but simple.  As much as this blanket has going on in it (lots and lots of different colors as well as different sized blocks), I don’t think a complex border is the right choice.

I can not tell you how excited I am to get this project all finished!  Max has already started burrowing under it while I work on it.  He knows what it is: a big, pink, cat warmer!  Surprisingly, though, this is not my oldest Work In Progress.  There is another one or two in the depths of my stash closet.

What’s your oldest Work In Progress?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trillian Again

This week has started with morning errands and appointments.  That’s meant no blog, but I have gotten a few more inches worked on my Trillian.  I’m kind of starting to pay attention to how much yarn I have left (I have to have enough to work the lace on the edge), but I’m not to the point yet where I have to really worry about it.  That probably makes no sense at all, does it?  I think what I’m trying to say is that I’m getting there.  I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.  Also, I haven’t had any caffeine yet this morning.  (I’m sure you’ve already figured that out though.)

I have already had an adventure though.  This morning Logan made himself useful on our run.  He stepped up and defended me from a threat!  Logan is 99% marshmallow and has hidden behind me in the past when he feels scared, but when I was threatened this morning, he stepped up and went after them.  Yes, there were ducks on the sidewalk this morning and Logan chased them away!  I was so proud of him, I praised for the next half mile!  It’s true, you are safer when you run with a dog!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Trillian Blue

I’ve gotten more done on my Trillian scarf/shawl.  I’m really liking what the yarn is doing in this pattern.  (I may have found just the thing to do with Lorna’s Laces - Hitchhiker type shawls!)  I think the colors in this one will be great with a t-shirt and jeans, just casually looped around the neck.  I like this shape too:  even though it’s triangular like a shawl (and you can drape it over your shoulders), it’s just as easy to treat like a scarf.  I think it’s a good shape for people who aren’t sure if they can or will wear a shawl.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We’re going to go to Scarborough Fair this weekend.  We went last year and Caleb has been asking to go back ever since!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Round and Round I Go

I’m working on the border for The Babette.  I’m starting with this darker plum color for two rounds and then I’ll use a medium pink.  I’ve already done the first round of the plum (and that took a while to get it done right), but now things are moving along nicely.

I had noticed that the pattern called for using a smaller hook on the borders, and while I used a smaller hook when I crocheted the squares (smaller than the pattern called for), I did go down a size for the border and I can tell that it’s helping the edge to behave better.  The edge was flaring out some which isn’t surprising since squares made of yarn tend to be more flexible and wiggly than squares made of wood or bricks.  Now the edges are looking much nicer.

Once I made it around the first time, things went much faster and it’s now a good TV watching project.  Max has also remembered how we worked on Caleb’s Ripple Blanket and he’s sitting under The Babette while I work on it.  It will definitely be nice to have this all finished!

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Yesterday, Mom and I headed to Fort Worth to check out MadTosh Crafts, the retail storefront of Madelinetosh Yarns (which are dyed here in Fort Worth).  Despite it being pretty close to us, we had never made it down there (and it’s quicker to get there than I thought it would be).  Anyway, it was wonderful and amazing and I’ve never seen that much Tosh in one place!  We saw some of the new colors and everyone was very nice and helpful and we had a wonderful time!  We’ll definitely be going back!

But you’re probably here for the yarn, aren’t you?  Ok, here’s what I got!
From left to right, Edison Bulb in DK Twist, Charcoal in DK Twist, Blue Bell in DK Twist, and Worn Denim in Tosh Merino Light.

The Edison Bulb is for some fingerless gloves to wear when I run.  The ones I have are getting ratty and I need something bright to keep from getting run over.  The Edison Bulb is bright, and it won’t clash with my pink jacket.  (Or it will clash so badly, it won’t matter, I can’t decide.)  Since I won’t use the entire skein on the gloves, I got the Charcoal to make Caleb a hat, with an Edison Bulb stripe.

The Blue Bell is for another Tea Leaves Cardigan.  I’ve made one in creamy white and I love it, so I want one in another color.  I was actually looking for a pink, but I couldn’t find the right pink and the Blue Bell spoke to me.  It’s lighter than it photographed (I think Edison Bulb blew my camera’s mind).  I’ll have to track down some great buttons for it.

The Worn Denim will be a shawl.  I kept looking at all the TML (Tosh Merino Light) and while I really don’t need another blue green shawl, I kept picking this color up so clearly it needed to come home with me.  It’s also lighter than it shows here.

You would all be very proud, I left all the Cove there!  They had it in several bases, but since I have so much Cove already, I was afraid it was getting a little weird.


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Second Verse, Same As The First

I’m all the way down the leg of my second really crazy sock!  These do seem to go pretty quickly, even though I have to pay attention to short rows.  Next up is the heel (which does take some time and some thinking) and then things should speed up again.

It’s just a short blog post today.  I’m off to the Madelinetosh store today - MadTosh Crafts!

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