Monday, 20 October 2014

Cardigan and Jumper

Here are the finished knitted chunky cardigan and jumper. The cream off the shoulder is very soft and warm and the blue one too. I added one button as I think it suite this style of cardigan with the thick wool better than all buttoned up. I think that both of them look quite good. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos  photo 070a241590c1fbacc41d2cd47582fcf6_zpsd64711f4.jpg

Monday, 13 October 2014

Knitting a Cardigan and Jumper

Jumper and Cardigan

After making two cardigans and a sweater from scrap yarns I asked my two daughters if they would they like me to knit them a woollen.  Fiona said yes please either an off the shoulder cream chunky or a black Chenille and Michelle said yes too and chose blue colour.  It was an easy choice as I found this pattern ideal! a cream chunky off the shoulder, quick to knit on 12mm needles. Then I found a stripy cardigan pattern using blue throughout with a moss stitch ribbing.

I have made the back and fronts of the cardigan, still have the rib around neck and fronts which I hope will knit up nice and neat, and the sleeves. And the back and front, both alike, of the jumper and sleeve.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog Crafty Bags and my scheduled stop on the Around The World Blog Hop.

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Sunflower Tote
 I would like to thank Janine from Rainbow Hare for inviting me to join the Around the World Blog Hop! I have always admired Janine's work, her dolls Plain and Purl with a story! quilting, textile wall art the beautiful crochet flowers throw and gorgeous knitting. And I love her Wool on Sundays. Please go and take a look and see.

Janine has asked me to answer four questions so here goes!
What am I working on?

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Curtain Material
While out with Mr CB on a trip to Bodmin town to have a look around and to make the most of the late summer sunshine I spied this colourful material in a charity shop window it's two curtains, I think it looks like it could be retro material. I will make two cushions from it, the blue trim I bought the next day in a fabric store, a good match I think. I have made Mandala crochet cushions too which I recently discovered how to do. 

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Jacob Fleece Merino Tops Felt Bag

This is the carded Jacob Fleece and Merino Wool Tops leftover from a Sheep to Hat course I did. I made this bag. It will be either a felt bag next or small shawl or scarf using both the Jacob and Merino together or on their own, wet felted needle felted or both.

How does my work differ from others in its genre ?

I started by making bags, all kinds, shapes and sizes and various fabrics and after a while I restarted knitting and crochet and became interested in trying other crafts, quilting, felting, cross stitch embroidery (I like to do more embroidery) and applique so I don't think I have a particular genre.
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Two Crochet Throws
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Two Knitted Rugs
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Crochet Cardigans and Sweater
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Quilted Knitting Bag and My First Quilt

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Cross Stitch Lavender Sachet

Why do I write/create what I do? 

I just love to create things I just recently really enjoyed using my colourful, fancy scrap yarns to crochet two cardigans in stripes of colour that was easy to do and surprisingly quick, then knitting a sweater this time in blocks of colour. I love making items from something once used into something compleatly different, recycling. And as I make nice things I like to write about them
and share what I have made with others who love crafting and blogging too and I find it interesting to see what others are creating.

 How does my writing/creating processes work?

 I am lucky to live in the amazingly beautiful county of Cornwall in the UK with its magnificent varied scenery all around the many beaches and coves, living here gives me added inspiration to create nice things I think.

I don't use a pattern, I plan out a style of bag in my head and get straight on with it, sometimes I do sketch out an outline of the design to keep me focused. I use the fabrics to hand imagining what type of bag I could make, the lining, then the handles to match. I see colours, patterns I find striking in a fashion magazine and put them together as a bag. I did this with a denim and blue/ white pattern cotton bag.  A bag I made from a multi-coloured cardigan looked lovely and I added a thick cotton shoulder strap. I may see a bag I really like in a boutique and make one similar. I cut out the sheep shapes from a curtain with lots of patterns and stitched them together to make a knitting bag.

Sometimes it is trial and error and a learning process and I start again but find if I take the time to plan it out it is half the battle and usually comes out all right.

I am always on the look out for colourful material it could be curtain material, or off cut remnants as I only need a small amount for a project at a time, I find these aplenty in fabric stores, wool shops, markets, car boot sales and sometimes charity shops.
I love to go to look around a car boot sale near me which also has a market outdoors and indoors too so there is plenty to browse around.

I hope you have stayed with this to the end thank you and because I want to introduce to you the lovely Julia from Horse Fire Textiles who makes amazing rugs from recycled material, wall hangings and art and all really inspiring and colourful to look at too, I am sure you will agree and she will be answering questions on the next blog hop next Monday.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Cardigan Made and One Sweater Nearly Made

I have finished my second scrap buster cardigan this time with a single crochet edging instead of the double loop stitch edging as a change of style. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos  photo e677f2b72b04712908933fc4113ad2ff_zps0b9ea330.jpg After the scrap buster cardigans I have now started this sweater with my scrap yarns which is for Mr CB he chose the colours, seven including the ribbing, the same grey throughout. I am really pleased I used the scrap yarns and how quick the cardigans and sweater took to make and all costing nothing. The back and front have the same colours, swapping the two blues around on the front as a lighter and darker sequence with the sleeves matching this. The sleeves have all the colours except yellow it was lucky I didn't need the yellow as I had run out of that particular shade. The pattern is classed as very easy, quick to do, the colours added the interest for me.  photo 345db9c1c855b1cdbb52ae9cb0bb0295_zpse7af92c4.jpg  photo a6ba35292308d6a6a8b32c077ae7aa63_zpsc34fbe0f.jpg

Sunday, 21 September 2014

One crochet cardigan finished and another started

This is the finished Stash Buster Cardigan and it has a double loop stitch all around as a fringe. The fringe is a green but looks blue in the photo. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos I loved making this stash buster cardigan that I have started another. This is the back with nearly half of the front added. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Stash Buster Cardigan

Stash Buster Cardigan Vest. I am making this cardigan with the my left over wool of mohair, acrylic, and other fancy yarns. It is really quick and easy to do in a single crochet and I have used lots of colours. The edging all around has a double loop stitch for a fluffy look. There is a chain stitch tie for the front both sides. The pattern is from All Free Crochet for happy hooking. This pattern has a hood I am making this without. I still have lots more wool and now will make other stash buster items like this. Crochet Pattern Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Willow, Sewing, Handmade, Shops

I have been learning a new craft willow weaving and went to a free workshop with Ways With Willow Saturday at St Austell. They have a new shop and a workshop in the Market House. There was a market there on the first floor too and I bought pickled cucumber with lots of spices after trying some from a lady who has a small holding and just grows veg and big colourful tomatoes and makes preserves. Next to it were handmade sweets I couldn't resist a chocolate truffle, lovely. I was shown how to make these star willow patterns and had a cup of tea and a cake, yum too. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos I had brought along this weaving material that I bought cheaply at a car boot wondering if I could use it. It is cane and has to be soaked beforehand for about and hour and a half it was explained. I could bring it with me to make baskets in September when they have a basket making course. There were lovely books on weaving with willow and willow kits to buy in the shop. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Next door I noticed a sewing shop Kneedles and Pinns so had to go and peak inside. There were rows of sewing machines with an over locker a row of irons and an old vintage singer sewing machine, bits and bobs of material and seeing paraphernalia. The woman who runs it takes custom orders for clothes. You can go there and sew for an hour with the material there and the cost is £2.50. I haven't seen a shop like this before. If you like sewing and don't have a machine it is a handy place to go and meet other people who like sewing. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos There is a shop that stocks my makes it is the lovely new handmade Make Stores Ltd in Penzance Cornwall. I noticed it while visiting Penzance last week. I brought my items a week ago a few more items this week. I booked for two weeks then another week. It was great to see my bags hanging up, a blue knitted one by the door and a sunflower one near the till, my rug which looked good on a shelf and my quilt hanging up. This week Alison the lady who runs the shop, brought out a clothes dummy to the centre of the shop to display the bags I brought in. I will give it until the middle of September to see how I do. It costs £17.50 a week to rent a space. The shop is lovely and everything looks good and well displayed full with handmade items. It is a temporary shop open for two more weeks to a month. They have a lease on a shop a few doors down and are decorating it so a permanent Make shop in Penzance. I do not have a photo of the shop to show at the moment though. I have made a patchwork cushion one of my recent makes and it is on sale in the shop. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
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