Mixed Bag

I didn’t have enough fabric for a single cut bag, so piecing together rabbits on repeat and adding rivets to outter pockets (that if it could’ve, should’ve been moved a ¼” to the right), that incorporated selvage is the cutest bit ever though. ♡

(The outter canvas fabric is Wildwood Fable from Rifle Paper Co. and inside is a creamy organic cotton canvas from Cloud 9 Fabrics.)

Most bags get stuffed with my favorite junk: pens, notebooks, zip pouches and crochet. The thing is, I always obsessively sew in custom pocket arrangements specifically to hold these things ..obviously for occasional use only.

When I first taught myself to crochet, I almost exclusively made household stuff like dishcloths, washcloths, potholders and scrubbies, they were perfect for practicing stitch patterns and new techniques and even if they were wonky, they were still useful. Somewhere along the way I started seeing really cute patterns that used crochet charts and at first I was so confused by them, but after learning the symbols and constantly referring back to the reference charts on their meanings, they have become my absolute favorite way to work a crochet pattern. If possible I completely forgo the wordy written paragraph rows and rounds and head straight for the charts. The best part is charts are universal, so even if a pattern is written in a different language, if it’s also charted you will be able to make it!

(Way back when, I found this Ravelry group so helpful in understanding Japanese knitting and crochet charts.)

Soft scrubbers ♡ gosh, I missed you.. I think the last batch I made was in 2011, well I’m back at it, 4 pineapples in and feeling like I could keep going forever. Assorted cottons from stash. ♡

This cutie is charted, it’s motif 35-37 from the booklet: Highlights from Magic Scrubber Part 2 魔法のタワシ 総集編 by Boutique-sha (ブティック社)

Oh look, a tiny slightly translucent bowtied bunny made in my usual chocolate rabbit style, I keep falling back in love with all my old favorite things to make. ♡

brown sweater, a mood

I wasn’t even going to write about this sweater project, because I got sour with it, but then I made a cute new bag and it semi-sweetened my mood.

I never knew I could have almost endless top thread ..I’m starry eyed right now..

I bought this cone thread holder years ago at the goodwill, stuffed it somewhere in the artroom, forgot about, found it, used it, loved it and now I’m wondering where are the endless bobbin thread solutions!?

Jason built me a blocky clown with a hotdog smile, honestly the Lego stuff never makes its way upstairs, but everyone hated this little weird guy except me.♡

Big sweater energy (but make it cute) ..oh and add snaps.

Worsted weight sweater = tired arms = put it in a bag to help hold it and then stuff it in a “slippery” bag to help move it around on your lap.

P.S I got chalklegs tags for my handmades thinking it would be charming to pop them onto everything ..and now I realize, part of the joy of making my own clothes and bags is I never have to deal with scratchy annoying tags and honestly it sometimes feels a little too ego weirdo to put them on everything. Oh well.

A Letter From Sleeve Island –
It’s been forever.
It’s not that I’m slow ..well maybe I am,
but I truly believe it’s because you have incredibly long arms.

Yours Always,
amanda ♡

Sorting to find seven matching 1″ buttons, I can’t even explain this pleasure ..if you know you know :)

Ok, here’s the sour bit, and I’m not even gonna go full sour on you, (keeping it to just the facts) because I’m in a burn it all f’ing down kind of mood.

I really enjoyed making this Antonia/Antonio cardigan, and would love to see the size range expanded (currently it only goes up to a 3xl/54”), so I reached out to cocoknits (the designer/brand) asking them to make this pattern more size inclusive. They responded that helping hard-to-fit and larger sized women is what they love to do and moving forward they will be more size inclusive, but they weren’t sure they would be updating older patterns, and then cut and pasted a response they gave to another maker with the same limited sizing concerns. Telling me I could use their branded method to get the fit I wanted.

I think this pattern was written prior to the book that teaches the fit method, it never mentions the method or worksheets. Antonia/Antonio is pretty popular, it’s one of cocoknits top patterns on Ravelry. Some, but not all of their newer patterns go up to a 5xl, so it’s absolutely do-able to have an inclusive basic size range, without pushing all the upsizing adjustment work back onto the maker. Yes, give me the method/tools to tailor it to my body (if I want), but also give me the the same basic starting point closer to my measurements you’re giving smaller sizes.

If you’re getting even one email from a fat maker asking you to do better, let alone multiple, please take notice. To be body neutral we need to stop using terms like hard-to-fit.

Working on this has taught me it’s possible to enjoy a knit and at the same time be disappointed with it.

Notes: English tailoring, switched button placket to opposite side, found seven matching buttons, with an eighth for good measure sewn to the inside.

Switching the button placket aka putting buttonholes on the left side and buttons on the right: Starting on the WS left bottom p1,k1,p1 then begin k1 f&b (or p1 f&b) whichever keeps established rib in check and make buttonholes as written (again adjusting to keep rib in pattern).

This is for Jason, he loves it, and I loved making it for him, he is so incredibly knitworthy ♡ ..it only took me a decade to get around to and then several months to finish.

I love that it looks like you’re still in it ♡

– – – – – – U P D A T E: April 23, 2022 – – – – – –

Antonio, now with 100% more pockets! I don’t usually go back to an old post and add an update, but I didn’t want to make a whole new post about pockets …anyways…

Afterthought patch pockets as follows: Leaving a long tail, pick up 29 sts just above the bottom ribbing, and roughly 10 stitches (or desired distance) away from the button band, knit 35 rows in stockinette, then work 1×1 ribbing for 7 rows, bind off all sts, again leaving a long tail, stitch down pocket sides using tails. Repeat for other side.

All Well

Hey Lex what do you think of my cute round bag? Lex – You could carry a little tire in there!

This is the All Well Full Moon Bag, a free pattern from All Well Workshop. I made the the Big Moon size (9″ diameter x 3″ deep), out of some (deep stash) long forgotten weird printed denim.

I actually made kid Lex some pants in the late 90’s/early 00’s with this and the print is still giving me those Lizzy McGuire feels.

Over the years I’ve learned that I don’t really enjoy sewing circles, so I don’t often make things that require them, I’m not sure what it is, but they literally make me anxious while sewing.

Two deep breaths and I whizzed right through. It was actually really easy, pleasant almost, I was already in a pre-sew funk and trying to sew myself out of it, so why not distract myself further with zippers and curves. It works sometimes you know :)

I Divided the front and interior pockets to suit me and my favorite things. Then white knuckle finished all the seams in bubblegum pink bias tape.

Still debating if it needs handles (the pattern comes with handle instructions) and questioning the usability of a round bag. Doesn’t everything just settle at the middle bottom, how can you carry a book, or anything with pointy edges without it looking like your round bag swallowed something square?

It’s soooo fricken cute though and if anything I guess it’s perfect for carrying around little tires and such.

I made a quick little video of the process, I don’t even know how my wordpress site will handle/play it, but it let me upload it …so maybe?!? Anyways, if it’s a mess on here, and you’d like to watch cute videos of boring stuff, you can always find more of mine on my Instagram reels page.