Monday, September 29, 2008

Bad Ass Knittin Bag: DONE!

I got up bright and early Saturday morning to get started on my list of things I wanted to get done. Michael went in to work for a little while so I had a nice quiet house all to myself with no distractions. I watched a few of the tv shows I taped last week while I worked on the baby blanket. After a while I switched to working on my bag. I measured and cut the fabric, put the pockets together, pinned the shoulder straps, ironed everything, sewed the pockets into the lining, started sewing the straps. About halfway through the last strap, my sewing machine did something very strange. Then it stopped. It stopped everything. I'm not really sure what it was doing, but I didn't have the time to figure it out. After fussing a lot, crying a little (or vice versa) I made a trip out to Joanne's and Hobby Lobby, if nothing else but to see If I had any options. I was in no mind to think rationally, so I called Michael almost in tears from Hobby Lobby. My husband has the heart of an angel. He offered to buy a new machine so that I wouldn't stress out anymore than I already was. I got the exact some kind I had before. Now I need to figure out what was going on with the first one so that I can fix it and sell it or something.

Anyway...Here's a picture of the finished embroidery.

Here's the finished outside:

And here's the inside. It has a big pocket with a smaller pocket over it on both sides.

I'm so stinking glad to be done with it! It's not perfect by any means, but it fits my needs and it's washable.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quick Progress Update...

Just so that no one will think I’m a slacker, I thought I’d do a little update. Sorry, no pictures this time.

Felted bag: I’m still looking for the perfect something to embellish it with. I don’t really want to do any embroidery on it, but I can’t find the perfect button or pin for it. Maybe I’m too picky.

Bad Ass Knittin Bag: It’s all done, but the sewing. I’ve been procrastinating more than I need to on this one. My deadline for delivering it for the fair is next week and I’m still not really sure how I want to put it together. I usually have things planned out to the slightest variance. This whole flying by the seat of my pants thing is exciting and nerve-wracking.

Baby blankets: The blanket that I was knitting back in July (#1) has finally been completely completed. I finished weaving the ends in on Sunday. The blanket I’m currently working on (#2) is halfway there. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it will be completed before the baby is here. I’m just missing by a couple of days though.

Other that that, I’m trying to figure out what I’ll do next. I have several baby projects I’d like to do. Maybe try my hand at some little hats. I’d love to find a simple sweater pattern to knit for myself. First I’ll have to save some money to pay the small fortune it will cost to buy that much good yarn. I also want to do another embroidery project similar to my knitting bag. Only time will tell what I actually end up doing.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bad Ass Knittin Bag Part 4 and Other Crafty Endeavors

First of all, I've done some crafty shopping. The floss is for my knitting bag, then there are 3 skeins of recycled silk yarn and a skein of lavender alpaca. I got the silk from In the Loop in Columbia and the alpaca from The Needler in Lexington. I have no idea what I'm going to do with my one lonely skein of alpaca, but I have grand plans for the silk. This picture doesn't do it justice. It's gorgeous in real life.

Since having to cut out the lettering on my knitting bag, I've been working on my knitting again. This is a picture of it before I cast off the body of the bag and sewed it all up. You can still see how big it is before felting.
And this is what it looked like after felting. I still need to add a little button or something to it and it will be done. One project crossed off my list.

Since the knitting is done and I was no longer disgusted with my having to rip out the work on my embroidery I started working on the Bad Ass Knittin Bag again. I chose 3 different shades of green fading from dark to light. So far so good.

I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.