Finish up February is plodding on and so naturally I have been distracted into doing other things. To my credit I haven’t cast on anything new (well maybe just one, but I like to have an easy pair of socks in my work/school bag). My want for the new hasn’t gone away.
So, I have been directing this big ball of energy into embellishing another batch of project bags (because obviously I don’t have enough already). I really love iron-on patches and I am fully aware of which ones are currently on sale in every craft shop in a 5 mile radius, as I always check the stands on my way to the yarn.
Seriously, they are great. Small amount of effort (2 mins with an iron) and *boom* a nice little lift to an otherwise gorgeous bag. Glittery butterflies – I am there; cute little octopuses – sparkle away; cartoon cakes – all mine!
Of all the bags made and played with, the pink butterfly one deserves a special mention as it was a bit of a fail-to-awesome bag.
All things being equal, I can get two bags from a fat quarter, one medium and a small sock bag. In order to keep the pattern repeat on the pink Cinderella fabric, I judged where to cut without measuring. I happily made the medium drawstring bag and then made the small one but realised that the remaining fabric (even with a zip instead of drawstring) wasn’t big enough for a yarn cake. It looked like an overstuffed sausage. I was so annoyed with it that there isn’t even any photographic evidence of it!
Cue sulking, especially as I had already ironed on the butterfly. I hit on the idea of cutting the bag up and using it to make an applique patch but as I was sorting through my fabric box I found some lime green fabric, which I have now inserted as an oval base. It is now my favourite sock bag and I think I will use it as a new style bag as the insides are very roomy.
Now, onto the knitting!