Shopping, Stitches and Projects

Last week I was able to¬†turn a request from my daughter into a trip to one of my favorite craft stores ūüôā¬† I’d call that a win any day!¬†We spent the better part of¬†a day last week just wandering around looking at all the cute¬†Spring d√©cor and projects the store was displaying.¬†¬†After putting a¬†decent¬†dent in the¬†budget with a yarnstravaganza, I started working on one of the projects I purchased supplies for.¬†Shopping Trip

The creation my daughter wants is a slightly larger than toddler sized backpack for my granddaughter to use in lieu of a diaper bag.  My granddaughter will be three in just a handful of weeks and she needs something that will carry a few pull-ups, wipes, a change of clothes, a cup, a toy or 10 and maybe a favorite stuffed animal.  The plan is to make something that will grow with her for a little while.  I decided to look up the average sizing for toddler backpacks and adult backpacks and come to a measurement that I hope will be sufficient without being too large for her to carry by herself.

I began the pattern and started writing it out as I was creating it.¬† I really just got started when I ran out of yarn….it’s the big beautiful skeins of t-shirt yarn and if you have looked locally in your town, I bet you have found the same limited selections I have.¬† My second trip to the craft store for more of the same yarn I was using proved unsuccessful.¬† I found yarn, but not in my color and although¬†the accent color would have been great for another project, it would not work for this one, so I had to table this project until¬†my store stocks more some time next week.¬† When I start this project up again I will be sure to post pictures¬†AND a pattern for you to use and I’m so excited to see how it will turn out.

In the meantime, I lost my cloth bag that I put my sunglasses in, so I needed to replace it quickly before I destroyed my super cute pair of sunglasses for this summer….and a¬†pouch pattern becomes extended into a perfect carrier for my sunglasses and a template for a wonderful woven cross body cellphone bag.¬† Sunglass Case

This bag seems indestructible because of how tight the weave pattern is.¬† Nothing…I mean nothing is going to fall out of the sides or between the stitches!¬† The stitch I used is called the Tunisian Stitch and boy does this stitch feed my OCD!!!!¬† I’m going to post¬†a link to the¬†tutorial for this slightly complicated stitch.¬† I would consider it at the very least an intermediate stitch to learn and work with.¬† The sunglass case I made is small enough that you won’t need the special hook that the tutorial call for, but you will need it if you love this stitch like I do and want to do larger projects…(I’m working on a purse for my daughter already!!)

I hope you grab some scrap yarn and just give this a try.¬† You might be surprised at how easy it is to pick up and work.¬† The woven pattern assures that you won’t drop a stitch…at least not without knowing it.¬†¬† If you do make anything, I’d love to hear about it and see your work, so message me in the comments below.¬† Happy Hooking!!

Aqua Beach Tote

I definitely have summer on my mind.¬† It’s a little surprising given that the weather here has gone from sunny and in the 80’s last week, ¬†to¬†a chilly rainy mess.¬† Still, it is spring and that means that the pool will be open in just a handful of weeks.¬† About the pool….

It’s rare that I go to the pool by myself and even if I plan a solo trip for some sun Aqua Toteworshiping I pack for everyone just in case.¬† Last summer I carried this wonderful oversized duffel bag that I had purchased from my friend’s Thirty-One Purse party.¬† It held everything!!¬† When I say everything, I mean it held four beach towels, pool toys, sunscreen and not sunscreens, drinks and snacks…everything.

I love it and I will use it again this year, but I’d like to have a duffel to put the wet items in and know that they will dry out quickly.¬† I followed a wonderful pattern for a market tote that you can find here.¬† While you are at Daisy Cottage Designs, check out more of her free patterns and find some great inspiration for another project. I modified the design slightly to create a larger bag for my pool needs, but I will be making the market tote size in this pattern as well.¬† It’s great for a beginner just starting out and it’s got the repetition of stitch work that I like.¬† If you want to make the larger version, just follow her pattern and use t-shirt cotton yarn and a K Hook.

Although this bag is beautiful in its simplicity, the picture of the market tote displays a large color contrasting flower.¬† I admit I was inspired to add one to my beach tote and after a quick search¬†through my bookmarks, I found the pattern I love the most for its size.¬† You can find the Triple Threat Flower here.¬† It’s¬†a lovely flower that¬†pairs well with a button in the middle and enough size to really makeTriple Double Flower an impact.

 

After one day of work and a skein and a half of Bernat’s Home D√©cor Yarn, I’m ready to tackle the pool or the beach with this lovely soft unique beach tote.¬† I hope you will give these two patterns a try; make yourself a beach tote, a market tote, or just a pretty flower to embellish a headband you already own.

Summer Teal Cross Body Bag

My obsession with pouches has moved on to the next level!  Over the pasSummer Purse Teal-Multi 4t month I have been trying some different stitch styles attempting to design a functional hand bag that would also be so uniquely mine.  It had to be a bag I would be excited to show the world.  After several near hits and a few miserable fails, I am thrilled to share this Summer  Cross Body  Bag.

I chose a cotton yarn because I thought that would be a great medium for a summer item.  Also, I tend to stitch loosely, so the cotton yarn should offer some stability and a little less stretch.  I do think that this bag would be beautiful no matter the yarn chosen.

 

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Perfectly Pretty Pouches

Necessity is the mother of all invention, right? ¬†Well, that’s how this cute little pouch pattern came about. ¬†I work in the restaurant industry and often have trouble keeping my cash in my apron. ¬†One busy afternoon I was fighting to shove the wadPouches of loose bills deeper inside the pocket when I realized that it was only a matter of time before some of my hard earned money would slip out and hit the floor, so after a few failed attempts…..a perfectly pretty pouch.

The pattern is simple for beginners, can be made in a variety of sizes and the use of buttons/baubles is endless. ¬†I wanted this particular pouch to be stretchy and durable so I opted to use worsted weight acrylic yarn. ¬†Of course, there are several mediums that would work for this pattern and purpose. ¬†If you choose cotton yarn, it will be durable and survive through endless washing, but it won’t be as stretchy as the acrylic yarn. ¬†Using t-shirt yarn could be the best of both worlds and I will be trying that medium on the next pouch I create. Continue reading