Saturday, 27 March 2010

New bag designs

My stash of fabric still seems to be expanding - I think perhaps it breeds when I'm not looking! So, in an attempt to decrease the pile, I made some more bags to sell at the Make Room where I display my work.

First up, is a denim purse made from a recycled pair of jeans. I added a leopard print felt heart, edged in blanket stitch, and bright red textured buttons.

Next, I used the rest of the denim to make another purse, this time with a heart and star detail on the back, and metal jeans buttons on the front.

Finally, I used a felted scarf to make a fringed wool bag with an embroidered flower detail. I added a braided handle made from Icelandic Lopi wool that's too scratchy to knit clothes with.

Here's a wee close up of the embroidery - I did it freehand so the proportions of the flower aren't quite perfect. This is something I'd like to do more of, as I'm only confident with a basic chain and satin stitch.

I'm very busy at the moment with various knitting projects and commissions, but I have lots more bag ideas in the pipeline too.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Thomas the Tank Engine

I'm totally bogged down in work just now, with two designs on the needles, a full-time tour to do, and the normal business of housework and childcare. Because of all that, this sweater took much longer to knit than it should have done, and there were lots of mistakes - such as the fact that the sleeves should have been set in. Oh well, my son loves it all the same!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Parliament of Owls

I have to admit, I've become a little obsessed with the Owls sweater. I've now knitted one for each of the kids, as well as a tiny little version with a matching hat, to use as a baby gift.
Here's my mini parliament of owls!

Note to self - try not to become obsessed with a pattern that requires you to sew on tons of tiny buttons!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Eco Rabbit Bag

As I said in my post about Fairtrade Fortnight, I decided to design a bag using fairly traded yarn. This bag was crocheted in Patons Eco Cotton, a yarn produced with BioRe cotton, which is ethically sourced and organic. I used a natural colour palette, but it would work just as well in muted pastels or even bright shades.

It's the perfect size for everyday use, with plenty of room for your essentials. The handles are reinforced, and the bag is fully lined with a stiff cardboard base. If you want your bag to be washable, you could use plastic canvas instead of cardboard to finish if off.

The pattern is available to buy now on Ravelry for £1.50, or by following the link on the right hand side of my blog.

Baby Owl

I made the Owls sweater for myself a few weeks ago, and just had to make the baby version, Owlet, for my little girl. This is a fantastic sweater to make for gifts, as it took only two days to knit, and used just one and a quarter balls of Sirdar Supersoft Toddler Aran. The only downside is that it's quite a fitted sweater, so you have to be careful to choose the right size. I knitted the 18-24mths size, and it fits her now at just 8mths. I think she looks adorable in it!