9-14-17 things

 

Last weeks cooler temps had me putting warmer wools on the loom. I made a scarf that reminded me of the Dr.Who I watched as a kid on PBS,

while not being a true fourth doctor version, I am totally in love with this plaid ..the wool on the other hand is scratchy as hell and with temps close to 90° this week, my lengthy Tom Baker will have to wait.

I always seem to come back to this happy place, no new puffs, but a few of my old favorites. I want to be the continual beekeeper, because there is just something so candy cute about these little hexi pops 💕

(links to all my free charts can be had a few different ways: by clicking the picture, hitting the Patterns & Ideas tab on the menu bar above or found on my Ravelry Designer Page)

Canvas on canvas in the blackest of black, extra wide handle, perfect pockets and zero broken needles! I even added a little nylon charm loop to the front seam, sadly it vanished into the void of blackness, which happens every time I try to photograph a black object on a black object.

…now I’m thinking how many bags are too many bags, what to do with all the BAGS?!?

I’ve been sewing since I was a girl and have a massive fabric stash, but I still cave EVERY TIME to the lure of lovely fabric, how can you say no to organic cotton in a vintage 2015 print? You can’t. So I made another cute notions pouch, selvages and everything! 😍

..again thinking, how many pouches are too many pouches?!? AND I almost bought a another sewing machine ..wth is my problem.

(If you want to have a go at making your own vinyl pouch, there is a great tutorial on the BERNINA site from a few years back or Chicken Boots, offers a very similar zip notions case as sewing pattern and kit!)

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Ending again on a completely random note: I’m having a perfect cucumber afternoon ..yum 💕

Homage to building a better bag.

When I was a kid my go to phrase was “I could do that if I really wanted to” and usually it was in reference to some incredible thing someone was doing on the t.v.

Well I still kind of have that attitude about doing most things, because it seems impossibly silly to me that only a small handful of people out of millions can do any one amazing thing, and even more ridiculously silly that a ton of us can’t do some pretty amazing everyday awesome things?  Whatever it may be, just get out of your own head and try, possibly f-up and maybe try again. Simple.

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Admittedly most of  my “I could do thats” revolve around safe arts & crafts ..although I was on a taffy making binge for about a year.

Faux bag first try: I used mid-weight linen and it was a little lighter than I would’ve liked, but there were sections where I was sewing through 4+ layers with thick seams and I wasn’t super sure the little husqvarna could handle it, I could tell any thicker and I would have to use backup maneuvers to get it under the presser foot.

The size is exactly the same as my store bought bag, 8-9 Skeins full. Internal pockets mimic the original, but I did skip the trio of grommets because for me they just aren’t practical.

I kind of love the vegan leather handle, firstly because I feel like I would f-up my machine trying to stitch real leather and secondly because Lex would have hassled me about using animal.

Faux bag second try: This time I used duck cloth, good old heavy duty canvas and surprisingly only broke one needle, after which very very slow hand cranking, cringing and swears happened at every bulky intersection (I always have nightmare thoughts of needles shooting off into my eyes!)

Wide cotton twill tape replaced the pleather handle, only because I was feeling monochromatic 😍

I also swapped out the flat drawstrings for cotton cord (clothesline cord to be exact) and made the inside pockets a little deeper.

At first I wasn’t sure I even wanted to try and understand/improve on something already good, I didn’t have any issue dropping the cash for the ready made bag, but now I’m not limited by availability, color or even size, and I can drag it around and not worry about getting it scummy ..but this messy girl will not be making another white on white bag.

Sometimes it’s not about necessity or usefulness, but the feel good of doing something just because you can or want to, no matter how silly, small or simple.

On a completely random note: kinda rough, kinda romantic, kinda janky roses

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