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