But first - I have to show you this photo of the two beautiful scarves my mum made me for Christmas:
The gorgeous blue one on the left is crocheted, but it's crocheted the opposite way to usual, starting with several hundred chain and dc'ing into it! It's actually a beautiful variegated wool in gorgeous shades of blue (my favourite colour) but the photo doesn't do it justice. The red on is knitted, a fan stitch which does go up and down - again, it's gorgeous in real life, and it's finished with a pom-pom fringe!!
So what did I get up to yesterday? Well the husband had to go to work, so I went upstairs and finally made up the crochet/knitting bag that I bought the Amy Butler fabric for ages ago! I made the small version for mum for Christmas (at her request, not because I'm mean!) and made the tall one for myself yesterday. What do you think?
As ever, the cutting took ages but it sewed up really quite quickly. I changed the pattern for the cuff as I didn't quite understand the instructions, this time there's much less bulk in that top seam so it sits neater.
I also finally finished the bag/bed for the wierd little teddy I made. This project has been the bane of my life the last few weeks. It should have been really quick but took forever! Far too much sewing up required. Here it is in all its "glory":
... and as a bed.
Hm, don't think I'll be knitting this one again!!
Whilst I was upstairs sewing yesterday, my husband came home for work with presents for me! He'd had them delivered to work and they hadn't arrived in time so he'd bought me other presents (I'd told him not to!) so here were my original presents. And what a treat they were... more books! (All book images from Amazon)
Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman
I (heart) Patchwork by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan
Free & Easy Stitch Style by Poppy Treffry
This last one goes wonderfully with my new darning foot which was the other present!!
I was going to get started on this today but guess what? The lurgy has got me. I feel awful so I'm going to sit here in blogland until I feel better (or fall asleep as I barely slept last night).
I've already mentioned in previous posts that I am challenging myself to make things from my craft books, well it's been a bit unstructured so far. My First Bambina is doing a Use Your Books Challenge for 2011, well I'm joining in but my rules are a bit different. I already have more than enough books to last me forever, so I'm going to make something from a book each month. After the second quarter, if I have 6 completed projects, I'll treat myself to some new fabric/materials to embark on more projects from the books. If I've completed 6 projects after the first quarter, well then I get my treat early! Sorry Bambina, I can't put your button in as I've never figured out how to do it! Hope over to her blog (link above) and join in!
Happy New Year to you all!