Saturday, April 04, 2015

Bags , hats and a bunny

I recently finished this gorgeous granny bag and felt compelled to blog about it as I was so thrilled with the crochet gorgeousness. It was a kit that I purchased from The Mercerie quite a while ago and then hadn't got around to making up.  After seeing some beautiful crochet bags on Ravelry I remembered that I had this lovely item just waiting to be assembled.  So, I had a rummage in my not inconsiderable stash and managed to find the kit. A week later I am the proud owner of the biggest and best granny bag ever! It consists of 36 granny squares joined up into a large square and gathered around the edges - so easy.  I can see many more of these bags in my future.

Hats have also featured largely in my work over the last few months.  It started with Woolly Wormhead's "Camden Cap" which I knitted up in some Rowan Summer Tweed. I do like the pattern and will probably make it up again in a different yarn - Rowan Denim would be nice.  It reminded me of my all time favourite hat the Swirls Cap and once I had thought of that I had to make one.  After making one I had to make several more - they really are so enjoyable to crochet and also to wear.

I have also been reviving my interest in sewing recently and  have several dressmaking projects planned. I decided to start off with something small and whipped up this cute stuffed bunny in an afternoon. So pleased with the little cutie!  I used an old linen skirt that I no longer wanted for the body and a spare fat quarter for the dress.  The pattern was from a sewing magazine and is called "Harriet Hare". An appropriate project for Easter I think.

I made a couple of pairs of slippers for presents last month.  I like slippers for gifts - they are quick to make and fun to embellish to suit the recipient. The brown flowery ones were for my sister and the purple ones for Janet from Knit Club.

I have been working on a illusion knit picture of a Yorkshire Terrier for a few weeks now.  It is easy but you do need to concentrate on the chart and so it comes out now and then when i am not too tired. It is about 3/4 done now and I am undecided what to make from the finished piece. Maybe a cushion? Perhaps a bag?

Lastly, in an attempt to make a dent in my stash I am crocheting a quick wrap with some super colourful Mary Maxim Prism which I bought at Ally Pally a couple of years ago.  For 100% acrylic this yarn is amazing.  It almost feels like wool and the colours are just amazing. I haven't seen this yarn on sale anywhere else but would love to get hold of some more.