FO: Crocheted Spiral Motif Bag

FO: Crocheted Spiral Motif Bag

You know what? I might be getting the hang of this crochet thingy!

Spiral motif bag - now with added fruit!
Spiral motif bag – now with added fruit!

Pattern and project: Crochet Spiral Motif Bag by LisaJedi Gwinner. My Ravelry Project Link.

Spiral motif bag
Spiral motif bag

Yarn and hook(s): Unknown/unlabelled recycled cotton yarn (bought on eBay many moons ago). Approx. sport/double knitting weight. Yardage/meterage unknown. 4 mm hook for main body of bag and 3 mm hook for top and handles.

Spiral motif bag - the motif itself.
Spiral motif bag – the motif itself.

Dates and dimensions: 3rd -15th Jan 2014. 56 cm circumference at top of bag, 30 cm from top of bag to base (unstretched).

Spiral motif bag in repose.
Spiral motif bag in repose.

Notes and modifications:

  • Used 3 mm hook to do top and handles of bag to provide some stability/strength.
  • Due to my lack of crocheting experience, I struggled a little with the start of the bag but I took a deep breath and went one step at a time!
  • I’m going to be interested to see if, as some of my Facebook friends said, this bag continues to grow as it’s used.
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Music Monday (with bonus crochet action)

Music Monday (with bonus crochet action)

And by “action” I mean a nearly-completed bag.

Just one more handle to go!
Just one more handle to go!

Today’s music is 7 Seconds by Neheh Cherry and Youssou N’Dour. Even after all this time, it still makes me cry. What can I say? I’m an old softie!

And, for a double bonus, here’s Elton John singing Crocodile Rock with actual (not actual) crocodiles. You can “thank” my dad for the earworm because we were discussing how the muppet versions of everything (A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island et al) were the best versions of those things.

Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

I’ve been knitting on things old(ish)

Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions
Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions

and new

Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 - Clue 1 complete
Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 – Clue 1 complete

and crocheting up old yarn into something new

Crocheted Spiral Motif bag
Crocheted Spiral Motif bag

and I dug up some washcloths that I don’t think have seen the light of day before

Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth - pattern unknown
Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth – pattern unknown
"Domino" Washcloth. I can't find a source for the pattern anywhere.
“Domino” Washcloth. I can’t find a source for the pattern anywhere.
FO: Grab Bag

FO: Grab Bag

Bet you’d forgotten I could sew!  So did I, actually.  This is the first time in over a year that I’ve used my sewing machine – not a bad item to start with!

grabbag1

grabbag6

With me for scale

grabbag3

Internal view – lots of room!

The outer fabric is a ginko leaf print cotton and the lining is a pre-quilted fabric (cotton on both sides and with polyester wadding).

The pattern is by allpeoplequilt.com and I found it via this blog (direct PDF link to the pattern here).

The pattern is well written and the illustrations are good.  I found some instructions superfluous (such as the machine basting) but I just ignored those and did my own thing.

I may be back on the proverbial bicycle – watch out!