Monday, October 25, 2010

I have an excuse..

I have an excuse for not updating this blog regularly.. :D We are relocating to Bangalore and we are very excited about it. So, all my craft time is eaten by pack-and-move time! But, that doesn't mean I haven't started a zillion projects as if I don't have enough on the needles already. These days, I seem to prefer to start projects than finishing them. sigh. Enough with the rant already,huh?

Its funny how the creative mojo strikes you at the most inopportune moment. I have the entire house to pack and move..but, what do I do over this weekend.. I make a purse following no pattern.. I like to make things my the seat of my pants! I get the most satisfaction by the design-as-you-go method..more than when I follow a pattern..so, I made this purse/clutch thingie for a dear friend at work over the weekend. The idea struck me while trying to pack away my yarn stash and craft supplies. (Do you guys see the irony?!) I did not fight the urge to make the purse immediately.So, chucked the idea to pack the craft supplies and got to work on the purse.


So, I fished out my Harmony stitch guide from its packing and zeroed-in on this lovely slip-stitch pattern and knit an 8inch X 8 inch outer shell using fingering weight acrylic on 3mm and steam-blocked it to open up the pattern. I seamed the sides using single crochet stitches on the inside. Here is a close-up of the stitch pattern :


Then I made the inner lining using fabric from my stash. Fortunately, I had zippers and matching fabric for this purse. I put in 6 card slots and a partition for cash in the inner lining to make it even more user-friendly. Here is a look at the insides:

and, a closer look at the fabric I used. Its actually a fabric meant for men's shirts..and, so it was pretty expensive. But, I liked the design, so I bought a few metres of it..


I am in love with this clutch and its an FO after a long time for me. I am glad to know that I still have the creative bone in me. I hope my friend likes it too and gets good use of it. :-)


Note: This irregular blog will continue to be irregular till we get settled in Bangalore. I hope to be back with an update here once things have settled at the home-front. See you all from Bangalore.

Till then, take care and be safe.

-Josie

Friday, October 8, 2010

Do you want to win a giveaway?

Oiyi is having a giveaway on her blog for her first shawl pattern.. She is also giving away some yarny goodies and notions.. so, don't waste much time here..head over to Oiyi's blog here: are-you-ready-for-another-contest?

-Josie
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