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Knitting BagIt’s been a mixed week. I finally got around to making myself a large knitting bag. I used the same format as the previous bags, except I used a large piece of fabric instead of strips. Knitting Bag As you can see from the second photo, there’s room for a large ball of wool, half of a 5′ square blanket with room to grow! It ended up at 13″ wide, 7″ deep and 16″. This bag also has a large pocket the spans the full width of the bag, with a divider up the middle.

I was beginning to think I’d never get this one done. I started on Monday and it was all going well until I ran out of black thread about 1/3 of the way through the quilting. As it was a bank holiday, I had no choice but to wait until Tuesday for thread. I usually go to my mum’s on a Tuesday so child #1 was given thread-buying insturctions as he was going to Maltby anyway. I got home, all ready to carry on with my bag only to find that the shop was out of black thread, but expecting a delivery at teatime. Foiled again! My knitting bag was finally finished on Wenesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hello Fall Tote BagI’m beginning to wonder how I ever found the time to hold down a full time job! So much yarn, so little time… and then there’s the sewing. I sprained my ankle quite badly at the end of March. I’m embarrassed to admit that I fell off the doorstep, and even more embarrassed to admit that I was stone-cold sober at the time. The only saving grace was that there were no witnesses to see me go arse-over-tit and spend the next 5 minutes rolling around on the grass swearing like a sailor, on the verge of tears. I spent the next hour melting a packet of frozen peas on my ankle, and it was remarkably effective in keeping the bruising and swelling to a minimum. Thankfully, I have my own private nurse who has an impressive array of bandages and dressings in the boot of his car, so David strapped my ankle up as we were quite sure it wasn’t actually broken. I was almost disappointed – something that hurt that much, should have been broken! Fortunately, I had made my second bag earlier in the week. This one is the ‘deluxe’ version and I made it for my sister’s birthday. This one had quilting, an internal pocket and a magnetic snap. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fat QuartersI went to investigate a fabric shop in Sheffield at the weekend and came away with some beautiful fat quarters to make into crochet hook cases. I’ve accumulated quite a collection of Clover crochet hooks, both the Clover Amour and the Soft Touch, and they’re stuffed in a case meant for circular knitting needles. I found a simple pattern was all set to go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bionic Gear BagHaving made a simple bag, I wanted to have a crack at something a little more challenging. I’d seen (and bought) the pattern for the Bionic Gear Bag Notions Tote months ago. It looked like a very useful bag to have for carrying my sewing paraphernalia to and from my quilting class. Up until now I’ve been using a small plastic box that Jamie used to keep coloured pencils in. I’ve outgrown it as I’ve acquired more stuff, but have resisted buying a sewing basket because I wanted this instead of a sewing basket. Having been so successful with my first bag, I decided to pick out some fabric and have a crack at it. As you can see, it was doable but it was a bit of a leap! Read the rest of this entry »

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Flying Solo

Quilted Tote BagHaving finished my first quilt, I decided it was about time I had a go at something on my own. Last summer, I treated myself to a layer cake and a jelly roll, both from the Hello Fall range by Moda. I came across a YouTube tutorial that seemed perfect for the jelly roll. The instructions in the videa are very clear and I had no trouble putting it together. The hardest part was cutting the fusible-backed foam to size. I needed a piece 15″ x 30″ and thought I’d done it, then measured again and I’d managed to cut it to 15″ x 24″! I’m not quite sure how that happened, but fortunately I’d bought a big piece with the intention of making more bags. The foam tends to slide about so I really didn’t enjoy cutting it but otherwise, everything was straight-forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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My First Quilt

Completed QuiltI have finally finished my first quilt. I was beginning to think I’d never get it finished, I made such slow progress on it. That was partly because I am such a complete novice at sewing, I only dared work on it at my quilting class, on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s taken me 10 classes to make this and I’m quietly chuffed with the result. The finished quilt is 36″x36″ and has been snagged by Jamie to keep him warm when he’s on his computer in his icy garret (that might be a slight exaggeration of how cold it is in his attic bedroom). It has been pronounced soft and warm and fit for purpose 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

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Bedroom

Bedroom

Confused? Welcome to my world. I seem to have mislaid a day this week. On Monday I spent the day finishing off de-cluttering our bedroom and giving it a deep clean, from top to bottom (I’ve never hoovered a ceiling before!). I am so pleased with myself, now it’s done. It’s quickly become my favourite room in the house. Like all the rooms in our house, it’s long and narrow, with the window to the front. Our bedroom is big enough to split into two separate areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Market Hall, Rotherham

Old Market Hall

Front of the piano

Piano

I had to go to the sorting office to pick up another parcel today. Although it was still early, the day was already hot and on the way back I decided to cut through the old market hall, somewhere I hadn’t been before. If nothing else, I would be out of the sun for a few minutes and it looked like there might be some interesting little shops in there so I’d probably be out of the sun for a bit longer. I love places like this as they usually have unusual and individual shops, not the big chain names.

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

I felt like Alice must have done when she fell down the rabbithole! What had I stepped into? It looked like a cafe, but it isn’t, as far as I can tell. In the centre was a small closed up kiosk that houses a little business called The Button Tin. The market hall was completely deserted and it felt like I’d stepped into another world. It was cool, shady and peaceful – pure magic! I shall definitely be finding out more about what goes on here. I think it could be right up my street. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Goodies

Project Bag

Project Bag

Isn’t it beautiful? I was looking on Etsy for a little project bag and fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. This was made by PapaDon, who has some gorgeous bags in his Etsy shop. I’ve always had a weakness for turquoise and orange and the design looks like knitting needles, so it’s perfect. It’s just the perfect size for a couple of balls of wool and my knitting. There’s a little pocket inside too, for stashing my scissors. Read the rest of this entry »

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