Sunday, 8 October 2017

Project bag Ta-Dah!

Just a quick hello today to show you my finished project bag. After the hiccups with the over stiff lining and the length,  it turned out rather well and I'm very pleased with it.

It's about 10.5 inches high now and I made crochet handles for it. The lining has a full length pocket one side and a small pocket the other side. Want to see?

Tina's Allsorts, project bag

Tina's Allsorts, project bag

Tina's Allsorts, project bag

Tina's Allsorts, project bag

I'm very pleased with it and,  as you can see,  I've filled it already!! 
Before I go, can I just thank you one and all for stopping by?  I'm very grateful and it lifts my heart to see how many people from all around the world pop in.

Til next time,  T  xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Project bag progress

Remember the project bag I mentioned last week?  Well, it's coming along reasonably okay.
I finished the sides, adding some stripes along the way and worked some half trebles around the top on a smaller hook to give a firmer edge.
Then I bought some fabric for the lining and half a metre of a sort of "padding" that I planned on using to give it a little body.
Oh yes, and I decided to make crochet handles, although I had considered using rope.
Here's everything laid out -

Tina's All sorts,  project bag

I didn't take a pic but I cut a piece of thick card the same shape as the oval bottom and wrapped a piece of the fabric over one side (with the help of some double sided tape), then glued an oval of the padding material to the other side. I also stitched an oval of the padding directly into the bottom of the bag.

Then I pinned the remaining padding fabric round the sides. And this happened -

Tina's Allsorts, project bag

A VERY upright bag suddenly appeared! I thought the padded fabric would just give it body but it actually made it quite upright. Not stiff stiff, just upright. Which is not what I wanted at all...

So I unpinned the padding  (glad I hadn't machine stitched it in!) and put it to one side.
I also decided it was too long - it was a good 12 inches but has now been frogged back so it's about 10 inches. 
I'll have another crack at it tomorrow and start on the fabric lining  (which will have pockets), so I might pop back in then.

For now though,  let me leave you with this screen shot from Attic24. Lucy wrote a post about preparing for Yarndale and included this screenshot of some of the creative hearts she's received for this year's community project for Mind. And you see that one in the middle? That's MINE!! Woo Hoo!!


I do like a good woo hoo, don't you?!

Til next time,  T  xx 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Two Harmony Blanket Ta - Dah's

(Edit: I wrote this on Sunday but kept having internet issues and couldn't publish at the time - then forgot to try again later!!! But better late than never I suppose!)

I warn you,  this is a picture heavy post! Both my Harmony Baby Blankets are finished and I've taken a good number of photos to share. ☺

When I have time  I'll jot down the instructions on how to make the circles, make them into squares,  and work the two different borders. But for now, here is some lovely blanket spam!

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

Tina's Allsorts, Harmony Baby Blanket

I must admit I am rather proud of both these blankets,  especially the one joined with all the colours. That worked better than I could ever have imagined and I'll be making another I'm sure.
Both are intended as gifts for babies due in a couple of months time - but just hpw do I decide which one to give to who???

The Tooty Harmony blanket (the BIG one!) where this colour journey began, is currently on the back burner as I have almost completely run out of yarn. I'll order another pack when I'm ready to do some more but I fancied a break from it to be honest. So it is doing a grand job of keeping me warm in the evenings while I hook something else!!

The first "something else" is a project bag to keep my current WIP's in. I'm using the gorgeous Sirdar Cotton yarn that I won in the tea cosies competition back in June/July. 


This is the base, although as I write I have already done 10 rows of the sides and even joined in a little colour. I'm using my preferred method of designing - making it up as I go along!!! I haven't decided how tall it will be, never mind an edging,  handles, lining, stiffening etc! When will I ever learn? ....
Till next time, T x 




Saturday, 30 September 2017

September Sunsets

OK. That heading isn't actually true! I thought it was when I started downloading all the incredible sunset photos I've taken over the past month but when I checked the dates I found that some were taken in July and August as well as September (it doesn't feel like that long mind...). But September sunsets sounds better than July, August and September sunsets!!

I am blessed with living in a house on the side of a hill that faces west, so I get to see a lot of absolutely incredible sunsets. I only normally see the sunrise in December when the sun doesn't come up until around 8am and I see it from the car as I drive to work. Some of those are also pretty spectacular but I can't take a photo while I'm on the motorway!! So I'm a sunset girl.

Anyway, here are some of the best sunsets I've managed to capture recently - enjoy!

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets

Tina's Allsorts, sunsets