My Satchel

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Introducing my satchel!  I bought it for college at the start of September and I have used it every week since.

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I bought it via the Etoi Design shop on etsy.  It’s from Poland so it took about a week to get to my home in Yorkshire, from the day it was shipped to the day that our postman delivered it.

I had been wanting to buy a satchel for a while, I even made my own but it was too weak.  I was looking at satchels on etsy, and then I saw this one and really wanted it.  I know it is supposed to be a laptop bag, but I liked the look of it so I emailed Barbara (the shop owner who makes all these beautiful bags) and asked her if this bag would be suitable to as a college bag.  She emailed back and said that yes, they would be suitable except she usually makes them deeper.  If you ask her, she can make them up to 4″ deep.  Mine is 3″ deep and it is the 15″ turquoise bag. I’m slightly regretting not getting the full 4″ depth, because sometimes I take pasta to college for my tea and I have to put the container on its side to fit it in.

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I really love the colours, they are really nice together.  Since I bought my satchel Barbara has made them with more choice of coloured straps, yellow, green, red, tan, cream, black, grey.The straps and handle are leather.  I’m not vegetarian, but Barbara does some bags in which the straps and handle are made with felt too, so they are 100% vegetarian, like this one.  As seen in the photograph above, there is an easier way to opening this bag than having to undo the buckles every time.  The buckles do work, but this is so much easier

The only problem I’ve found is witht he strap. I had to clip the straps on with the clip facing ourwards, because when facing inwards they tended to clip themselves onto the bag. also I could have done with another loop to feed the strap through, cause I have it on some of the smallest settings the end tends to stick our a bit.  You could easily fix this though :)

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Overall I really like this bag.  It isn’t bulky and it is so pretty – I’ve got lots of compliments about it; a tutor at college who I had never seen before said that I’d better look after it or it might just find its way into her car.  Its also nice to support a small buisness, rather than a big company.  What do you think of it?

 

Hopefully I’ll blog again quite soon, I’ve got lots of things to show you!

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The starting of a jumper

It’s been my birthday since I last posted, and look what I got from gran!

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Well, really I got the money to buy this, but I don’t think that matters.  I got enough yarn to knit this jumper.  I love the colours, all shades of blues and blue-greens mixed up together in a big 100g ball of yarn.  It’s Tepa by Araucania and it’s really soft and hand dyed, so every hank is different!

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Apologies for the quality of this photo.  It was taken in ‘sunset’ mode to get as close to the real colour as possible.  It’s still not right, really the yarn is much more green.

I’ve been wanting to knit Kate Davies’s o w l s jumper for a while now, in fact, ever since I finished my first jumper.  I know mine looks really tiny in the photograph.  It’s because I have it on a 40cm round needle so it’s bunching up all the stitches.  The pattern calls for a 6mm needle for the ribbing, and then changes to a 6.5mm needle for the main body, which I haven’t got, I’ll have to go the yarn shop again!

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Yesterday I finished my first sock, but I had to pull the toe back because it was too small :(  It won’t take long to re-knit it though, and it’ll be worth it!

There has also been some bauble knitting for yarndale003s

I’m helping Hannah with this workshop at yarndale!  I’m excited, one month to go!

I’m trying to join in with Yarn Along this week, although I don’t really understand how it works.  All I did was put the button on my sidebar, I didn’t understand where to submit the link.  ah well, I tried!

I haven’t been read a book for a few days.  I finished re-reading the Hunger Games Trilogy a few days ago and it’s still fantastic the second time round!

:-)

Felt Pot

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I made this a few weeks ago, isn’t it nice? It’s made from merino wool using the wet felting technique.  I used instructions from ‘Wet Felting: How to Make 3D Felt Vessels Using Flat Resists’ from Rosiepink Textile Arts.  I won (yes!) this ebook in a giveaway and I think it’s excellent.  I had no trouble with the instructions at all, they are well written and it is filled with colourful photographs!  This tutorial actually made two pots in one go, but I finished them off with a friend so I gave one to her :)

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Thank you for looking!

My Jumper is Finished!

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I finished my jumper on Friday, and I love it!  It’s the Warmi Sunqu by Jane Ellison. I knit the smallest size with Mirasol Tupa (shades; 809 sapphire, 800 cream). I think the yarn is smaller than the suggested yarn because when I had finished the neck edging, I tried it on (without sleeves) and the neckline was way too tight – I could barely get it over my head.

So (guess what?) I pulled back all of the neckline and the shoulders (a bit heart breaking) plus an extra eight rows, and redid the shoulders so that the neckline was eight rows (one stripe) lower.  Then the neckline had to be redone and the shoulder seams were sewn up.  After that I sewed the side seam and the sleeves. I tried it on and, although the sleeves were long enough, they were only just.  I wanted them longer but I didn’t want to have to undo all of my sewing.

I cut (yes!) the yarn just above the cuff and unpicked one row of my knitting, so that the cuff  was separate from the rest of my jumper. I then picked up the stitches of the cuff, knitted twelve rows of stocking stitch and then sewed the cuff and the sleeve back together, so that it looked like knitting (I think it’s called grafting?). I did the same to the other sleeve and now the sleeves are how I want them! :-)

This took me a long time (I think it was September 2011) so I’m not sure if I want to knit another jumper in dk weight yarn anytime soon, but I do want to knit one in a chunky weight yarn sometime, it’s so rewarding!

What do you think?

Finished: My Hat

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I finished this hat on the 17 of May, so that’s a-week-ago-last-Friday if you see what I mean.

I made it because Dad knit one like this in a different colour and I really like it.

Mine is knit in Mirasol Maylla,  shade 1603 rippling lakes.

Dad’s hat fits me perfectly and I wanted it to be the same length.  I knit this to the suggested length; 17cm (or a maybe tiny bit bigger), and then did the decreases at the top of the hat, and sewed up the seam.  But when I tried it on it was a bit big and I wasn’t happy with it.  So I undid the seam and the decreases and undid two rows. then I redid it but it was still a tiny bit big and I wanted it to be right. So guess what? I undid it again and an extra two rows and redid it and now it’s the perfect length for me!

On the day I took it, last Thursday, it was sunny and I got sidetracked by taking lots of photos of the daisies on our lawn.

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Thank you for looking!

Crochet Hexagons

Do you remember my crochet blanket from just over two weeks ago?  I haven’t got bored of it yet and so far I’ve made twenty Hexagons!

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When I posted about this before I was using  the joining-as-you-go method to join my hexagons.  It looked a bit messy and it was annoying me, so I undid the last row of  the hexagons that were joining, and redid the row so that now they are all separate and I have a big pile of hexagons!

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On Friday I finished knitting a hat for me, i’ll take a photo of it later!

Thank you for looking!

Little Shoulder Bags

About two weeks ago I made a small white shoulder bag with an elephant print pocket.

I made up the pattern.  It’s just the right size to hold my phone, earphones, a notebook, a pen,  my camera and still have a bit of room for anything else I might want.

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I liked it so much that I made another! this one is a bit brighter and I used the same pattern as my elephant bag, except the zip is smaller because I didn’t have any bigger zips that looked good with the fabric.

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Thanks for taking a look :)