I had the great satisfaction today and buying fabric and making something from it all in the one day. It’s a bag I’ve been eyeing off for a while in a book and today I went in search of the right fabric for it. It’s all come together beautifully I think.
In the book, it’s made from heavy weight cotton but I decided for my first go I’d stick to lightweight cotton. With the lining inside, it’s sturdy enough for my purposes.
The pattern is the Simple Bag from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts book by Joelle Hoverson. This has been an excellent purchase and take it from me, in my brief sewing career I’ve purchased a number of book and several of them won’t ever get much use. This one I’ll return to again and again, at least while I’m still a newbie.
I made this bag for a specific purpose, in case you ‘re wondering. During the week, as well as my handbag, I carry almost every day a carry bag with various bits and pieces in it like my knitting, my lunch and so on. I’ve had a bag for a few years which was a gift from ex-pat friend Shazmina Bendi, but after three years of solid use, it’s nearing retirement. It’s a very similar style to the one I made today which was what caught my eye about this one. I used to wonder what I’d do when my Shazmina bag gave up the ghost and now I know all is well. I’ve made another. And it’s pretty. Enough room for a couple of extras on the bus and out and about. I know I won’t stop at one.
And lest you should think that it’s all about sewing here, check out my current knitting love. This was a lace scarf started in a burst of love for some newly arrived yarn about five months ago. I promptly put it down after a week and didn’t pick it up again until last week. I am, quite literally, in a swoon for this delicious piece. When I’m not sewing, I’m knitting and it’s flying off the needles.
Just a detail shot for now – it’s the Triinu Scarf from the exquisite book Knitted Lace of Estonia and I am smitten. The yarn is JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk in a glorious peacock blue/green. The scarf is not all that wide and most of the rows are astoundingly straightforward. I’ll be done in a few weeks if the momentum keeps up.