Friday, September 30, 2011

Are My Pants On Fire?!?

I've been busy making stuff.

I swear!

(See, you're calling out "liar, liar..." right now, aren't you? You think my pants must be on fire. But they're not. Nope. No-sir-ee-Bob! I got stuff to show you!)

See this purse?

I whipped this up last weekend.

I thought this fabric was so obnoxious. So, of course, I had to have it.

Purse is lined with turquoise. I drafted a pattern -- it still needs some tweaking -- but overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out. (And yes, those are my customary trademark patches on the handles.) Installed my first ever pleats at the top!

Love it!

PS - I have more to post. I'm going to see if I can "schedule" them through Blogger. But last time I tried that, scheduling wasn't working. So they may get posted as I write them!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Mehs

... I has 'em.

Mostly because of a lovely infection/virus that is still lingering, I just haven't wanted to do NUTHIN'!

I take that back ... I DO want to do stuff. I just don't have the energy. The ginormous antibiotics are sucking that from me. Hopefully in a few more days, I can get back to sewing or crocheting or ANYTHING!

Oh. And it's been raining all day. That made me want to lounge around all day, watching things on the Roku. I *heart* instant streaming. It's been a Star Trek TNG day around here! :)

BUT with rains come pretty pictures like this:

This wasn't taken today. Too rainy. I took this a few weeks ago after some much needed rain. Look at that sky! Love all the pinks and purples and blues ... all the ripples.

So lovely.

Oh. I DID crochet a new Mobius Cowl. Wrote up my pattern finally. Having another crocheter test it now to see if it makes sense in written form. The technique is a little different. Might be leading a CAL at my LYS.

Translation for non-yarn folk: ...a crochet-a-long at my local yarn shop.

Now ... back to the Roku.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Barrel (Bag) of Monkeys

This little Bag O' Monkeys was made for the newly Doctorated Kelly.
(I know that "doctorated" isn't a word. I'm blaming it on the 101.3 degree fever I'm running right now ... )

It's based on this pattern from Martha Stewart. I've used it twice before. I love the fact that it's reversible, but the small handle is a bit of pain. Even with a free-arm sewing machine.

I made some changes ... used some mid-weight fusible lining in the handles to give it more "oomph". I found that mine stretched out a little too much and I think this will eliminate that problem. Made it a bit stiff, but it's all washable so it will probably soften up. Also, I tried cutting the pattern about a 1/2" larger all around to see if that would allow a little more room when stitching that smaller handle. That didn't really do much in that department, but it still turned out cute! The fabric totally reminds me of the Barrel of Monkeys monkeys, with their cute little interlocking tails!