31 December 2009

Knitting Finished in 2009


Puffs Beret
Pattern: Qiviuk Webs Tam by Gayle Roehm in Interweave Knits Holiday 2007
Materials: 1/2 skein Filatura Di Crosa Superior 12 blue
Start Date: December 25, 2008
End Date: January 3, 2008


Mini Blanket
Pattern: Stripy Throw — Simple Crochet
Adaptations: Doubled all rows to create bigger stripes
Materials: Briggs & Little Heritage in Washed White, Scarlet, Navy Blue and Light Blue
Start Date: Fall 2004
Finished By: January 16, 2009.


Queen of January Socks
Pattern: Queen of Beads by Sivia Harding
Materials: 'My Blue Heaven' Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin' Sock Club for January
Start Date: January 30, 2009
End Date: February 5, 2009


Stripey Socks
Pattern: 4x2 Ribbed socks, Short row toe-up
Materials: Knit it Up! Silky Sock Yarn Cinema for December: Rudy
Start Date: January 14, 2009
End Date: February 7, 2009


Puffed Berry Scarf
Pattern: Scarf with fir cone lace border by Jane Sowerby from Victorian Lace Today
Materials: 1.3 skein Filatura Di Crosa Superior 12 blue
Start Date: January 22, 2009
End Date: March 8, 2009


Superstar potholders
Pattern: Daisy Hot Plate Mat & Pot Holders
Materials: Briggs & Little Heritage natural and BFL Handspun
Start Date: March 22, 2009
End Date: March 24, 2009


Amelia
Pattern: Amelia by Laura Chau
Materials: Cascade 220 in 7803
Modifications: Moved waist panel for my measurments. Shortened sleeves and followed neckline decreases for smallest size. Grouped buttons all the way up the front.
Start Date: December 13, 2008
End Date: April 4, 2009


Golden Ticket Socks
Pattern: Marlene by Cookie A. from Knit.1 Fall/Winter 2008
Materials: Knit it Up! Silky, 'Canary in a Coal mine'
Modifications: Twisted ribbing on the gussets.
Start Date: February 7, 2009
End Date: June 15, 2009


Rambling Roses Socks
Pattern: Rogue Roses
Materials: 'Gertrude Skein' Socks That Rock mediumweight, Rockin' Sock Club for March
Start Date: March 29, 2009
End Date: June 24, 2009


Purple Squiggle Socks
Pattern: Fraggle Squiggle Socks
Materials: 'Pepe La Plume' Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin' Sock Club for June
Start Date: June 24, 2009
End Date: August 20, 2009


Jaywalkers
Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Austermann Step colour 11
Start Date: August 20, 2009
End Date: August 31, 2009


September Shortie Harvest Socks
Pattern: In Season by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Materials: 'Garden Daze' Socks that Rock lightweight Sock club for July
Start Date: September 6, 2009
End Date: September 13, 2009


Jaywalkers the Second
Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Regia Crazy Color 5437
Start Date: September 16, 2009
End Date: September 24, 2009


Lace Leaf Scarf
Pattern: Haruha scarf by Mari Muinonen
Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Lace in Sealing Wax
Start Date: approx. September 30, 2009
End Date: October 24, 2009


Interlocking Leaves Sample Sock
Pattern: Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia
Materials:Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight
Modifications: Plugged the lace repeat into a 60 st top down sock
Start Date: October 31, 2009
End Date: November 6, 2009


Dad's Christmas Socks
Pattern: Christmas socks based on Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Materials: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura
Modifications: Plugged the pattern repeat into a top down sock with stockinette heel and wedge toe
Start Date: November 29, 2009
End Date: December 14, 2009


Mom's Christmas Shawl
Pattern: Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Materials:Malabrigo Yarn Lace
Modifications: Extra repeats of Blossom Chart and omitted last row of purls to maximise yarn usage.
Start Date: December 13, 2009
End Date: December 27, 2009

Sewing Finished in 2009


Reversible Blue Swing Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Swing bag
Fabric: Amy Butler Lotus in Sky/Tree Peony and Amy Butler Belle in Pine/Coriander
Date: July 2009


The Yellow Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - butter and white floral, handles and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 3rd 2009


Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior - butter and white floral, exterior contrast and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 11th 20099


The Pink Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, handles - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining - Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 7th 2009


Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, exterior contrast - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining - Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 12th 2009


The Cat Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric:Various cat fabrics
Date: August 31 2009


The Green Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - Joel Dewberry Chestnut Hill in Black Eyed Susan-Forest, handles and lining - Joel Dewbery Chestnut Hill in Chestnut branches - Aqua
Date: September 3 2009


The Yellow and Mustard Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Optic Blossom, handles and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Mustard/Martini
Date: September 4th 2009

15 December 2009

Xmas Knitting

I'm doing it this year. I'm actually knitting gifts for Christmas BEFOREhand. I finished one yesterday and am well into the next. I have a day full of flights ahead of me so I'm sure to make some good progress. But then I'll be around the people I'm knitting for and it will be tricky to knit without them knowing. I'm debating between late nights, pretending to be selfishly knitting, or just forgo the surprise entirely. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get them all done in time, but wrapping something in progress is better than imaginary presents right?

11 December 2009

Craft shopping SF style

I'm back from my holiday in LA. After picking me up from the airport while we were sitting down to a nice Thai lunch, my friend that I was visiting told me that she had a job interview up in San Francisco. A road trip was underway.

I had some time on my hands later on so I did some research on the newly discovered Yelp for fabric and yarn shops in San Francisco and I came up with a short list. I was able to coerce my friend Lisa to go with me to two stores. Peapod Fabrics in Inner Sunset and ImagiKnit in Castro.

We stopped by Peapod Fabrics first: 1314 18th Ave (at Irving), San Francisco, CA 94122. A really cute little shop really well stock with all kinds of super cute fabrics. After a little walk around gazing at all the lovely prints they have and wanting all of them, I started digging through the fat quarter bins and pretty much taking every second or third one that I came across. The shop keeper even offered to cut some more from the bolts. I took her up on that for a couple. I definitely would have had her cut a bunch more if we had more time on our parking meter. As it was, I did get a pretty great stack to bring home with me.

On Saturday after hipster brunch with friends, we headed over to ImagiKnit: 3897 18th St (at Sanchez), San Francisco, CA 94114. It's a pretty big shop with quite a selection of yarn ranging from simple to fancy. There's quite a selection of fancy/novelty yarns which aren't entirely my bag. But I was quite taken with the wide selection of Malabrigo that I found there.

The shop has floor to ceiling built in shelving housing it's wares and there were two rows from floor to ceiling just dedicated to Malabrigo worsted in a wide array of colours. The shop definitely deserves some time for proper browsing. It really was too much for me to take in.

Not entirely being in the leisurely shopping mood, especially at dragging my non-knitting friend along, I went directly for what popped out at me, some lovely speckled Koigu (I know it's Canadian, but they had a great selection and whatever, holidays are for shopping) and some Malabrigo lace in a couple of colours. The like mauve/pink is for my mom's Xmas present and the mint green is for me. It's my favourite colour.

I definitely recommend these shops if you're going to be in the area. Both are on my list of local haunts to be if I ever find myself living in the Bay area.

I also wanted to check out Britex in Downtown SF (4 floors of fabric and notions!) but on the way there, a cab clipped the back bumper of my friend's car so we chased him down, phoned his company and then filed a police report instead. Then we went for Thai food.

30 November 2009

Garter Stitch Love

About a year ago, a yarn store on the South shore was having a going out of business sale. Mr. Peabody trekked down there on his bike and bought a HUGE backpack full of yarn. There was so much that he had to tape an extra bag to the outside. The bag was so heavy that he could only walk his bike back through the Metro system. He ended up going a couple of times and bought me a bunch of yarn as well.

In this huge batch of yarn I got some Pingouin Grège (wool, silk, alpaca, rayon blend), like 12 skeins of it. I've had in mind (since the pattern came out) to make a February Lady Sweater with it. It took a misbehaving sweater and a Ravelry request for my Grège to get me to cast on for it last week. I swatched a bunch of times in garter stitch for gauge and steam blocked each one to pick the most satisfying fabric before finally casting on. My gauge is a little different from the pattern, but the fabric has nice drape and according to my calculations will result in a well sized sweater, including the arms. I checked a bunch of times 'cause now I'm all paranoid.

I'm working on the yoke and I'm in garter stitch heaven! I have a few rows to go before I divide up the sleeves and the body and it's taking all my restraint to keep from doing it right now!

24 November 2009

YAAAARRRRGGGGGGH!

I swear I am cursed with sweaters. I've knit and finished many sweaters but have only had one or two come out somewhat wearable. I've improved my habits, at least I think so. I swatch. I think I choose patterns that suit me. But I have yet to have a sweater come out so awesomely that I wear it ALL the time. The closest yet is Amelia even if it's not exactly perfect.

I have store bought sweaters that I wear all the time! What's the deal?!

I was really looking forward to this sweater. I envisioned it to be a nice sweater coat to be worn in the super nice extended fall weather that we've been having. Not too loose fitting but not super tight. My gauge was a little bigger than what it called for in the pattern so I thought things would work out nicely. And it seemed like they were going to.

Once I had the fronts and back seamed together, I tried it on to make sure I liked the fit. I continued on with the collar as specified in the pattern. Tried it on again after the collar and button bands were done and blocked. The very last step was to put in the sleeves. I seamed away. Worked in all the ends. I was preparing a trip to get the perfect buttons by trying on my sweater one last time. Just to double check that everything was hunky dory. Not so much.

The sleeves. are. too. tight. The armholes dig into my armpits so badly that I had to wrestle my way out of it for like 5 min. Disaster! How could this be? My gauge is pretty much on! I went to the pattern to check the measurements on the schematic and there it was. The sleeves are designed to be the size they turned out to be which is small. Or at least small for me. I mean I may not be a 35" bust but I didn't think my arms were that enormous to be out of wack with the size I usually make. I'm cranky.

Yes. I should have read the measurements as laid out in the schematic. I would have realised that this would be an issue if I had. And I will definitely be more aware before picking sizes and casting on in the future. And I can fix the sweater. I can pick out the under arm seam and knit a gansey style gusset to give it some more room.

But for now the misbehaving knit is here:

in a time-out.

Until it's thought about how it's behaviour and is ready to apologise, I'm going to be working on a February Lady Sweater. I checked the measurements and went through several gauge swatches. So far things are looking ok. So far.

16 November 2009

Marvelous Mattress Stitch

Last week I learned how to Mattress Stitch and now I'm in love with seaming. Other than my very first knit sweater (Ravelry link) I haven't really knit (or completed) any projects that needed seaming. Until now.

I've been working on a Girl Friday and am nearing completion. After finishing the first sleeve I decided I should start putting the sweater together. A quick internet search for mattress stitch, a quick glance at the instructions and I was off seaming up the sweater back and one of the fronts. I was so stoked by the resulting seam that I stayed up late just to finish my perfect seam.

There's something about seaming with Mattress Stitch that is just SO satisfying. Looping through all those rows of knitting and then pulling tight to line them all up perfectly. And inside the result are these nice little selvedge stitch ridges compactly lined up. Maybe it's that seaming appeals to the perfectionist in me.

Later while working on the second side seam I read ahead in the sweater pattern and realised that the side seams are the last thing that gets done so I stopped it half done. Here's the sweater as of Sunday morning:

I have since finished the second sleeve and am now halfway through the neck & buttonband.

I was so stoked about seaming that I pulled out my good old Cabled Eyelet Ribbed Cardigan which hasn't seen active service since August '08. After finishing the body and one sleeve, blocking the pieces it looked like the sleeve was too long. I planned to seam the shoulders and put in the sleeve to make sure but never got around to it. But with all the seaming fever I picked it up and got right to it. I seamed the shoulders, tried it on and put the sleeve on my arm. It was way too long. After consulting my notes, I measured where the underarm was actually supposed to be and ripped back to that point. Here's where the sweater's at now:

Not much more to go. So after Girl Friday's done, I'm going to continue on and finish this cardigan too. It's going to be like 2 cardigans for the price of one. I'm super excited. Especially with all the seaming ahead of me. Yay seams!

9 November 2009

Sample Sock Knitter

On the topic of blog commenting, to bring up my last post. I got some great comments from people that definitely make me feel much less dweebish in commenting on the blogs that I read (and make me feel less guilty for not commenting in the past). it's been a few weeks of me actively trying to comment and I'm happy to report I now feel like I have something worth adding rather than just 'nice scarf, great colours.' And I give myself permission to not force a comment for the sake of commenting (ie. not comment).

Someone asked me how I feel about people commenting here. I personally really look forward to getting comments. It kind of bums me out if I don't get many, making me feel like no one reads this blog except my family. The smelly thing is that my motivation for posting also wanes if I don't get many comments, hence the sporadic posting this last year. I should just get over it and post as I like and not care about the comments. But I do really like them even if Blogger doesn't let me email reply to each one (I do try to for the ones it does let me).

Right. So back to knitting. I've started hanging out a lot at Effiloché and I've been knitting many socks lately. One day Ginette asked if I'd be willing to knit some sample socks for the store to show off the different sock yarns. I was like, uh yeah! All the fun of knitting a sock AND getting to work with all the pretty yarns? You betcha!

Pattern: Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia
Materials:Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight
Modifications: Plugged the lace repeat into a 60 st top down sock
Start Date: October 31, 2009
End Date: November 6, 2009

This latest sock is using Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight and I am really enamoured with how the sock turned out which is why I'm posting about it. I had the hardest time settling on a pattern to use for this yarn. The request was for a lacy sock and I had the hardest time trying to find a sock I thought was lacy enough but would be a good display sock for the yarn. It was down to two contenders, Hourglass by Bev Elicerio and Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia. I even worked a couple of pattern repeats of the Hourglass pattern before switching. The pattern just wasn't doing it for me. I think the acid green in the project photos is just too perfect for the pattern.

I really just used the lace chart from the pattern and plugged it into my usual top down sock construction. I was partway through knitting the foot of the sock before I realised that the pattern is for a toe up sock and that my leaves were going the wrong way. Duh! Don't tell Ginette! I also kind of goofed when turning the heel. I started leaving out the k1 after the decrease and unintentionally made a square heel. It looks really cool so I went with it rather than taking it out. Oh and for the final repeat of lace on the foot, I changed the reverse stockinette to stockinette so that it would blend more seamlessly into the toe of the sock.

Now I'm going to rave about the yarn. I really LOVED working with the Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight (longest yarn name evers). It was super nice to knit with. And the colour! Really nicely saturated Peacock blue with nice subtle variations of other blues in there. Nothing strong enough to draw your attention to any kind of patterning but enough to give depth. And when I steam blocked the sock, the yarn really got a gorgeous drape to it. Slinky silky wonderful.

Oh and I did really enjoy the lace pattern too. This pattern (in all it's toe-up glory) is in my queue for a future pair of socks.

30 October 2009

No comment

I'm a big blog reader. I've got quite the list of blogs in my reader that I read through during the day. But I'm not really a big blog commenter. In fact I usually just don't comment. Like not at all.

That's right. I lurk. I'm a blog lurker.

But I really don't like that term. It makes me seem like I'm some sort of shady character reading someone's blog, quietly scheming as I read each entry, slowly plotting some sort of evil plan. But that's not me at all. I like reading about people's process, seeing pictures of their latest project or lamenting the lack of glitter glue in the world today. Most of the time I just don't have anything to add. Well like pretty much all the time I'm without response. Nothing to say.

Usually this doesn't bother me at all. But lately it feels like I'm not fully participating in the whole crafty blog world. I'm not part of the conversation, just listening in. Or something.

So I've started to make an effort to comment on the blogs I read regularly. It's only been a few days of it and I'm still at that point where I feel stupid for being the 12th person to say 'neat sweater' and have nothing better to add. But I figure it will get better. At some point I'll be used to saying something and won't feel like such a dweeb.

'Great job! Love the colours!'

29 October 2009

Leaf Lace Scarf

This yarn has been burning a hole in my stash since February. Really dying to be knit. Even while working on other projects I've kept one eye on the lace patterns trying to find something worth using this super squishy awesome yarn. There were a couple of shawl contenders but would have been a stretch with one skein.

I came across this pattern during a crafternoon with Mr. Peabody and knew immediately it was THE pattern for this yarn.

I initially cast on as written in the pattern, with 4.5mm needles and two pattern repeats. After one chart repeat I could see the gauge was too loose and the scarf too narrow for my liking. I ripped and restarted on 3.0mm needles with an extra pattern repeat and went to town knitting away until the whole skein was used up.

Pattern: Haruha scarf by Mari Muinonen
Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Lace in Sealing Wax
Start Date: approx. September 30, 2009
End Date: October 24, 2009

I. Love. This. Yarn. Love it. Malabrigo lace is super soft squishy fabulous. With just enough spin to keep the fibres together this yarn is super nice to knit with. And the resulting fabric is just great. A nice density but really light too. The scarf is quite warm for how thin and light it is.

This scarf has been my pseudo mindless knitting in cafés, hanging out in yarn stores, at work during lunch for the past while. Mindlessly adding inches here and there in between working on other projects. Now I have to really think about what I want to work on next. Or maybe I'll just cast on for another mindless scarf in the meantime.

Some contenders include:
Lace Ribbon Scarf
Anne
Chevron Scarf

28 October 2009

Fall Repeats

I enjoyed the Jaywalkers that I made for my mom so much that I had to make myself a pair out of similarly striped yarn.

Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Regia Crazy Color 5437
Start Date: September 16, 2009
End Date: September 24, 2009

I knit these pretty much as written. The second skein started with the right colour to match up the stripes but unfortunately not at the same point of the colour repeat so the stripes don't quite match up. I did debate about starting at the next repeat of the colour but unraveling all that yarn seems like a waste to me. The stripes are in sync enough that it's not too jarring. A person has to be really evaluating the harmony of the stripes to notice it which is good enough for me. My general attitude towards matching stripes is pretty lax. I don't mind if socks end up being fraternal twins rather than a matched set.

The kind of unfortunate thing about these socks is the fit. They're a bit on the loose side. I may try running them through the dryer to try and get a better fit but in the meantime they're hanging out in the house socks.

Oh and I generally really love the colour combination.

26 October 2009

September Shortie Harvest socks

Another super quick pair of socks. It's taken me way longer to post these socks than the time it took for me to knit them.

To be honest I'm not really smitten with them. The colours don't grab me. The pattern wasn't very fun around the ankle. The only part I like is the 1x1 rib over the foot. Makes for a squishy foot that breaks up the stripes nicely.

Unfortunately these socks have put me off knitting the next instalment of the Rockin' Sock Club. I have yet to wind the skein into a yarn cake. I think I may be done with knitting socks for a bit.

Pattern: In Season by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Materials: 'Garden Daze' Socks that Rock lightweight Sock club for July
Start Date: September 6, 2009
End Date: September 13, 2009

And the socks don't photograph well either. Generally mheh all around.

4 September 2009

Eleven day socks

Late to the party and after the crosswalkers, I finally made a pair of Jaywalkers. I have had this yarn hanging around in my stash for a while waiting to become a great pair of socks and I think is well suited to the Jaywalker pattern. My mom got to pick the yarn for her own pair of socks while in Montreal.

Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Austermann Step colour 11
Start Date: August 20, 2009
End Date: August 31, 2009

After the Fraggle Squiggle socks this was a mindless pattern once set up but enjoyably so. I was quite surprised with how quickly the socks progressed. I finished the first sock really quickly in a few days and took a bit longer with the second. These were the quickest socks I've knit all summer.

The only change I made to the pattern was making the gusset decreases right next to the pattern increases instead of having 1 stitch buffer. This change makes it so that the gusset decreases merge better into the existing pattern.

This was the first pair of socks where I went to the trouble to match up the stripes from one sock to the next. This made it easier to track the lengths as I was knitting. Instead of measuring to know where I was, I would read where I was in the stripes instead.

I did my best to make these mom sized socks, but trying them on to take pictures I realised they were a pretty good fit for me. I'm pretty sure I'll make another pair of Jaywalkers with my own toes in mind. Great pattern, great socks.

3 September 2009

The Pink Bag

The summer of sewing continues with the bag I made for me. I opted for a nice combination of pink flowers and brown flowers/leaves with some crazy mint green little seeds for the lining. After making one of these bags, the second was really just fun. I cut the fabric and made the whole thing in a day out at the lake.

Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, handles - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining - Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 7th 2009


Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior - Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, exterior contrast - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining - Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 12th 2009

I really got the hang of putting in zippers after making four of these little stash and dash bags. The last one was a breeze. I went with mint green as my contrasting zipper to play off the pink top of the smaller bag. Though I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to use these little zipper pouches for, they were fun and fast to make.

2 September 2009

The Yellow Bag

Continuing my summer fun sewing projects I made another purse for my mom from another Amy Butler purse pattern. This time the Birdie Sling. After all the fun of making the Blue Reversible bag, we went and got fabric for another 2 purses (another for mom, and one for me).

Again fun and simple to put together. The only tricky part is easing the bands onto the exterior and lining panels, but with enough pins turns out fine. The fun new thing with this pattern was using fusible fleece on the lining and making corner gussets on the exterior and lining. The combination of fusible fleece and all the interfacing again gives the bag sturdiness but really no additional weight. Overall a great bag. I really enjoy the joyfulness of this particular colour combination. I would have to say that I wouldn't have minded if my mom decided she didn't like it after all.

Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior - butter and white floral, handles and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 3rd 2009

When buying the fabric, we bought the metric equivalents of the yardage asked for on the package and ended up with more than was necessary for the bags. Solution: matching zipper pouches.

The stash and dash bags bring zippers into the mix. And as I didn't have the fabrics with me when picking out the zippers, I convinced my mom that contrasting zippers would be the way to go. Lucky for me she was game. And I really think the zippers give the pouches extra oompf. The zippers were a bit of a challenge to put in on the first pouch. Lots of swearing went on as I got used to putting them in, but I managed to get the hang of it.

Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior - butter and white floral, exterior contrast and lining - Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 11th 2009


These stash and dash pouches were made from the leftovers, but really didn't take much fabric either. The resulting extra extras will again be going into the Hexagonal quilt project. It's working out great to have this scrap happy project going while sewing these purses and pouches.

1 September 2009

Reversible Blue Swing Bag

I may not be knitting much this summer, but I have definitely been sewing. While foraging for new fabrics to add to my crazy hexagonal quilt my mom and I became enamoured with the Amy Butler fabrics and purse patterns so we decided that I would make her a purse. After pulling out almost every possible colour combination possible, we ended up with some nice blues.

The pattern was really well written with simple explanations of every step including how to set up the biases fabric for the optional scarf (which was appreciated). The whole purse was rather fun to put together and I loved how much of a magic trick it seemed to finish it off. Pull the whole thing through a small opening at the bottom of the lining and BOOM! instant reversible purse!


Pattern: Amy Butler Swing bag
Fabric: Amy Butler Lotus in Sky/Tree Peony and Amy Butler Belle in Pine/Coriander
Date: an afternoon in July 2009

This was my first time working with canvas. The whole bag is lined with it. It really gives the bag a great sense of sturdiness without adding too much bulk or weight. I personally wouldn't have made the optional scarf as I'm not much of a bow person, but my mom insisted that it made the bag. But as the scarf is on the bias, it made for an interesting addition.

We did end up with extra fabric, especially of the bow fabric, but luckily I have a quilt in need of extras to help.