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. ♡

lots & lots

Apparently I’m a hoarder of semi-useful things..

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like craft books

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like pens (and sometimes pencils too)

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like stitch markers that revolve around snacks, sweets, and cute dough things (I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time perfecting the ideal slice of buttered toast & food with faces)

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like knitting needles & notions (miss you Nancy Z 💕)

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like makeup.. omfg like makeup, I am trying desperately to get it down to a core base, but I probably will forever have too many shades of the same nude lipstick.

– hardcore caboodle-ing since the 80’s

bubble tea & a back issue of cotton time….

I have some serious devotion to Japanese craft books (they have such a woody..slightly sweet smell), while I tend to favor the crochet book variety, I do so love the hefty general craft magazines.

♥ Around 100 pages of beautiful design & aesthetics, incorporating some of my most favorite pleasurable pastimes ..sewing..quilting..embroidery & crochet all while being adorably cute, silly captioned and all around quite excellent.
 ♥ It came with a project a month wall calendar in addition to the usual pull out paper pattern sheet & mini project book inside…it is jammed full of crazy goodness, If I remember correctly I bought this over at superbuzzy.

♥ I love crochet edgings and this issue January 2009 has quite a bit of them…adorable apples, cupcakes and flatware…squirrels & mushrooms..YES PLEASE! Best of all they are charted out, making a quick & easy work up!

♥ As a kid I would of never matched outfits with my mom…still, there is something creepy & cute about these matching apron outfits. I really should of made these for us when my daughter was young.  I would of photographed us just like this…I would of loved it & she would of hated me :)

♥ Wooly needle felted gnome sweeties, these are so endearing to me. I might have to make a  mini Jason & Amanda for the holiday tree this year.

♥ I can flip through these magazines over and over again staring at the images of the rooms picking out all the perfect little bits in the pictures…this kitchen is so shabby awesome, I love that red & white potholder! Read the photo’s text “HAPPY” …this would make me happy all day long.

♥…and lastly a splendid chicken telling you the joys of subscribing…it doesn’t get any better!