I finished something


It is a miracle. I actually started and finished something. This is another November Hat.  It is starting to feel slightly chilly in the morning so a hat for the little one was in order.  It was a fun knit, and the yarn works beautifully with the stitch pattern.

The MummyGo Bag

I am calling this the MummyGo Bag because it is perfect for you mums out there, grabbing stuff and always on the go.  I wanted a medium sized bag that could hold my stuff and be easily accessible.  It is also very easy to make and takes almost under an hour from start to finish.  The corners aren’t rounded and the handle can be pulled to give it a gathered look that is so sweet.  You can carry it on your shoulder or hold it easily, whatever your style is.

First of all you will need to get your materials ready.

You will need:

  • 2 40 x 40 cm squares from the outer fabric
  • 2 40 x 40 cm squares from the lining fabric
  • 1 strip 80 cm x 15 cm for the handle
  • Sewing machine, needle, thread and an hour of free time
  • This MummyGoBag pattern piece
Fold your squares and using the pattern piece pin it on the fold in the top corner and cute it out on all 4 squares.  You should now have 4 U shaped pocket peices and 4 big U shaped squares (well almost U shaped)
Pin one outer pocket piece to one lining piece right sides together.  Repeat for the other two pieces.  These will be your pockets.
Sew them together leaving an inch or two for turning.  Remember to start with a back stitch and end with a back stitch so that they don’t come apart while turning.  Clip the corners and trim any extra fabric so they don’t bulk up.
Turn inside out and press ( you can ignore pressing but trust me it will make your life easier)
Pin the pockets to the right side of the main bag pieces and sew all around.  Remember the open part you kept for turning, make sure it is at the bottom so you can sew over it.
Sew the pockets and remember to back stitch at the begining and the end so the pockets take the abuse later on.
Put the two main pieces right sides together and sew along the bottom.  Repeat for the lining.
Measure 5 cm from the raw edge along the sewn bottom and mark.
Fold over the side and pin.
Fold it over and pin
Repeat for the other side
Repeat for the other corner,  it is almost like making a dart. Now sew from the top of the U to the other side
Repeat for the lining but leave an opening at the side for turning.  Don’t forget those back stitches.
Insert the lining into the outer body right sides facng
Sew along the top edges and opening.  Turn it right side out thru the opening you left in the lining.  Sew the opening in the lining
Top stitch along the edges for a cleaner look.
Fold over the edge 5 cm in on both sides.
Sew the edges?.
For the handle fold both sides towards the center then fold a second time in half. Press to make your life easier
Now sew along the edge.
Almost done.  Insert the handle into the folded and sewn edges.  Trim it using pinking shears so it won’t fray and pin them together.
Sew a square to close the handle.  You can hide that in one of the sides.
And Ta DAAAAA!  Your bag is complete.  Now go fill it with stuff and go out have some fun.

I made another one too.

If you make one of these I would love to see it so let me know.

Easy Peasy Circle Shrug Or Scarf Or Wrap

Circles Shrug ToddlerI mean really really easy.

All you need to do is crochet a rectangle then slip stitch the edges together to make sleeves.

Is there anything easier than that?

You can do this with any weight yarn and any size hook.

I made one for myself and one for my daughter.

Hers was done in a worsted weight yarn and took a couple of hours.

Mine was done in a fingering weight yarn and took ages, mainly because I kept stopping and doing other things in the middle.

You need to measure the length you would like the shrug to be.  Both of the ones I made were short sleeve ones.

Start chaining, your chain should be a multiple of 5 + 2.  For my shrug the starting chain was 192 and for Lulu’s it was 62.

Row 1: Turn and SC in the second chain from the hook, SC across till the end of the chain.

Row 2:Turn and do a no turning chain dc (the link takes you to a youtube video explaining how to) you can also do a 3 chain if you prefer. 2DC in the same stitch, *Skip 4 stitches, In the same stitch 2 DC, Ch 1, 2 DC* Repeat until you get to the last 5 SCs, Skip 4 and then 3DC in the last stitch.

Row 3:Turn do a no turning chain dc, 2 dc in the same stitch,  skip all the DCs and work (2DC, CH1, 2DC)  CH 1 space only until you get to the last cluster which is 3DCs.  Work 3 DCs in the very last DC.

Row 4:Turn do a no turning chain, 2 DC in same stitch, *CH2, SC in the space between the DCs in Row 2, CH2 . (2DC, CH1, 2DC ) in the next chain space. CH2, and SC in the space between the next DC clusters in row 2*.  Repeat until the last 3DC cluster and DC3 in the last DC.

Repeat rows 2 – 4 until the shrug is as high as you want it.

Turn your work and  SC in same stitch,* CH 4, SC in CH1 space* Repeat until you SC in the very last dc.

Turn and SC in each SC and 4 SC in the CH4 spaces till the end.

Now fold the rectangle over and either sew the edges or slip stitch together to form the shrug.

Wear it and feel pretty good about yourself or make a mini one for the mini you in the house.

Larger Shrug

Stitch Close Up

Crochet Chart for the Circles

My Creative Space: Bumpy Crochet Dishcloth {How to}

Green Dishcloth

After knitting a dishcloth and using it for some time I realized that dishcloths really are awesome.  I then made another one using the same yarn but smaller needles.  Then I decided to use some leftover cotton to make a crochet one.  At first I had no idea what to do with them, then found out that they are pretty little things that make wiping counters and drying dishes so much more fun.  Some people use them to wash dishes but I prefer to use my tawashis for that.

I’ve also learned:

  • Cotton is better for dishcloths because it is more absorbent.
  • The tighter the fabric is the better.  Dishcloths need to be dense.
  • You can throw them in the washing machine without worrying.
  • They are environmentally friendly,  they can be used to soak up spills instead of kitchen towels.
  • They are great for practicing different stitches.
  • They are quick to make and can also be used as washcloths and facecloths.

Green Dishcloth

Want to make one?

Here’s how:

Stitches between asterisks ** are to be repeated

I used Coats India Cinderella and 3.5 mm hook

Starting Chain: Chain 37 {or any odd number depending on the size you want to make}

Row 1 : SC in the next 36 stitches. [36 SC]

Row 2: Turn, chain 1 and SC in same stitch, DC in next stitch *SC, DC* across [36 stitches]

Row 3 – 30 : Repeat row 2.

In the next rows you will be SCing in DCs and DCing in SCs.

Row 31: Turn, chain 1 and SC in same stitch, SC across [36 SC]

Finish off and weave in ends.

You can SC around the dishcloth for a neater edge but I liked the raw bumpy edge.

For more creative spaces click this link.

This is my own pattern please do not copy it, I don’t mind if you make these and sell them, but it would be nice if you reference this pattern.

New Pattern: Fold Me Clutch

Easy, simple and super fast to make. A wonderful gift that can hold your precious items. It is worked in the round and doesn’t have a flap but folds over and has a button closure. You can use two contrasting colors or one color or more for stripes. You can also sew in a zipper instead of folding it over. The possibilities are endless.
Get the pattern here

Fold Me Clutch

Fold Me Clutch

And the non folded stripey version:
Not Folded Fold Me Clutch

And there is a bag version pattern coming out soon, here is a sneak peek:

New Pattern: Afternoon Clutch

Afternoon Clutch Filled with Goodies

The Afternoon Clutch is my latest pattern.  It is a lovely clutch which can be used to hold your makeup or maybe cellphone and money for a quick run to the store. It doesn’t need to be lined and has a lovely textured stitch. Really easy and take an afternoon to make.  I make these for quick gifts when I need a last minute thing.
Finished size Width 18cm (7.1 inches), height 12 cm (4.7inches) when folded flat not including the flap.

This pattern is available for $1.99 USD.

My ravelry store is now public to non ravelry members so if you are interested in purchasing this pattern you can get the Pattern Here

Afternoon Clutch

My Creative Space: Make a Nostepinne

I hate scrap yarn.  I don’t really hate scrap yarn I am just always annoyed by it and I hate storing it because those little balls keep rolling all over the place.  I had two options when I was left with a partial skein either roll into a small ball (which I usually did)  or leave it and risk it getting all tangled up (which I don’t do because I hate untangling more than I hate scrap yarn).

I knew that you could hand wind a center pull ball but after trying it a couple of times I realized either I have short thumbs or bad technique and dropped the idea for a while until I came across a posting on ravelry about nostepinnes.  I found the prettiest wood ones on etsy and even one that included a wpi gauge which I ordered but until that arrives I wanted to start winding those balls correctly.

So I did what any self respecting craft lover would do, I made my own using a sheet of A4 paper, double sided sticky tape and a pair of scissors.

All you need to do is stick the sticky tape on your paper along the short side and roll the paper tightly and stick it to form a nice tube.

I cut up a notch at the top so I could attach my slip stitch to it so the yarn doesn’t run away and mess everything up.

I found this blog which explains the process of winding using a nostepinne in pictures and a video.

Then I made a ball band so I remember and know right away what yarn it is and how much of it is left.

More creative spaces here