Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Yarn Along


I've put Hensfoot aside to begin working on some holiday gifts. This is my first project and it's still in the experimental stage. I'm making a small bag, starting with a basic flat circle that has five rounds of increasing stitches. I have a vision for a small purse, either with handles or a drawstring, that a little girl might use for carrying small treasures. I know several little girls who would probably enjoy such a thing. I'm using small ends of Stylecraft Special DK, with an E (3.5mm) hook to make the stitches tight. If it works out nicely, I may make a few.

I don't have a book on the go this week, having reached the bottom of my teetering stack of library books. It's a good chance to catch up on the stack of magazines I've been accumulating while plowing through all those books. Today, I'm reading the October issue of Martha Stewart Living. It's full of comfy fall recipes and projects, such as the pumpkin on the cover. Check it out - those leaves are made of paper, decoupaged onto a white-painted pumpkin. It's a very bold look. I can't imagine my family of jack-o-lantern fanatics going for it, but I think it's really cool.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along, a little early.

38 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see the bag grow and I also know a few little people who could use a treasure bag - what a great idea!

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  2. I really like the colors you are using in that project....someone is going to be very lucky! I love that pumpkin.....all the colors I adore!

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  3. What a cute idea for little girls Jennifer. I'm guessing Piper would like something like that too. Hmmm. A good idea for Grandma maybe. That pumpkin is very pretty, but I guess I'm something of a traditionalist too.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  4. I bet I know a little girl who is going to love that! Again, your crochet colors look so pretty with your magazine cover pumpkin! I like that pumpkin, I like all different kinds of pumpkins! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. I love the colors you are using for the small bag... I can't wait to see it finished! I love the pumpkin on the cover of Martha Stewart... so fun! Are you and your husband still doing the podcast thing?

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  6. I think even big girls would like a little purse like that. I know I would. Have fun making them. You get to play with all the Stylecraft colors and decorate them however you like. They will be cute, I'm sure!

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  7. those bags sound super cute and I love the colours!

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  8. The beginnings of your bag looks wonderful, and I really love those colours x

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  9. The bag will undoubtedly be popular with any little girls lucky enough to get one. I love how you phrase it "holiday" gifts, rather than using the C word. Nicely done. Enjoy Martha Stewart. It's nearing the end of the day here, and a sit down with a little reading sounds perfect. CJ xx

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  10. I love to relax with a magazine. The colours used for the bag are beautiful, perfect for a little girls bag.

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  11. Gosh, is it pumpkin season already?! I'll be interested to see how that bag turns out. I know a small girl who might like one too. x

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  12. Your bag is going to be a hit, I am sure. I made two several years ago and one of them is uglier than sin!
    Fortunately, it was not intended as a gift.
    That pumpkin is gorgeous. I do have a crush on pumpkins, gourds and winter squashes. I have some neglected gargantuan yellow crookneck squashes languishing in the garden. They do look like they are suffering from a terminal case of cellulite. Bring on the liposuction!

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  13. What pretty colours, some lucky person is going to receive such a nice gift! X

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  14. The patterns are so soft and pretyt, just right for some little girl :-) x

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  15. Your bag is going to be so very pretty Jennifer!
    I love that pumpkin!!
    V x

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  16. That pumpkin is quite something! I am prone to just display a pumpkin in Fall, unadorned and un-carved just cause I think they are pretty. I like to bake them at the end of the season and use the pumpkin in Impossible Pumpkin Pies that have no formal crust. You just add a bit of Bisquick that settles to the bottom of the custard.

    It will be fun to see how your round bags come out. I made square flat bags for Hayley and Molly to put some doll clothes in and your post reminds me I should make bags for Joy and Rose, too now that they are playing with dolls :) xx

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  17. I can't wait to see the bag, I think it will be just awesome!

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  18. I can think of more than just wee girls who would love a bag like that Jennifer. The colors of the bag are so pretty and cheerful.
    I will have to look for that magazine next time I am in town to see the jack o lanterns, now I'm intrigued

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  19. The bag is going to be very cute and someone will be happy to get it!

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  20. Every girl likes a small purse for her treasures :-) !!
    Already working on the holiday gifts... You're early ! (Although, september almost done... I should follow your example...)

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  21. A little crocheted treasure bag is lovely.

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  22. I love the little purse idea Jennifer. Your colours are so pretty too. The pumpkin decoupage looks good and maybe after Halloween the pumpkin flesh can actually be used rather than thrown away.

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  23. Oh yes, little drawstring bags! These are well love by big girls, too! xx

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  24. I used to crochet little drawstring bags when I was in school. Sadly I've now forgotten how, but I'm looking forward to seeing how yours turn out. I think it's a nice Christmas gift idea. The magazine looks very interesting. Enjoy your week!

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  25. What a lovely idea. I had a fabric drawstring version when I was little. Not so colourful though but I did love it. Looking forward to seeing yours finished. (I'm joining in early as well. First time for a long time)

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  26. I like the bag idea very much and I'm sure they'd be very popular with any little girl. I've stopped buying magazines, I always get so far behind with reading them and I never catch up again.

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  27. Hey Jennifer,
    I do like the idea of little bags as gifts. I would very much enjoy filling a little bag with girly bits and bobs.
    Leanne xx

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  28. I like the concept of your girlie purse! I'm sure the girls will love the style and the bright colours of yarn. I saw some decoupage pumpkins on Jemma's site this week too, must be the new trend. Love the leaves done over this pumpkin, but I can't honestly see me cutting out such detailed leaves in the time I have allotted to crafts! Let us see your pumpkin when you get that done ;)
    Wendy

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  29. what a great idea for a gift. little children love treasure bags. :)

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  30. What a great idea Jennifer, little girls love a little bag to carry all their treasures in, so do big girls come to think of it. :) xx

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  31. I love projects that use up the little bits sometimes they are more satisfying than the original project! Jo x

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  32. A perfect project for those scrap pieces of yarn. I love the colour combination :)

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  33. That is going to be a delightful little bag. I wish we could get Martha Stewart Living mag over here. I must check it out (like I have nothing better to do!ha ha ha). I have a large Martha Stewart book, I forget what it's called now and some of the projects in it are a bit far out but I made her paper flowers as a bridal decoration a couple of years ago and they looked good strung up. Have a great weekend, Jennifer.

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  34. I like your small bag beginnings! I've been reading Martha's Oct. issue, too!

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  35. Loving the bag colours, good old Stylecraft, you really can't beat it :)
    Hope you are having a good week Jennifer,
    Jillxo

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  36. Lovely bag! I have to confess to loving Martha Stewart mags and subscribed the first year of our marriage but when it was up didn't renew because living in a teeny tiny apartment on a shoestring budget didn't allow me to actually apply any of the ideas I was reading in and it was a bummer. But I always love the photography in it and maybe I should pick up October in the store to see what I've been missing. Love your colors for the bag, I hope it goes smoothly!

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  37. Great idea for the little bag, I bet there are several little ones you know that would like one.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  38. I can't wait to see how your little bag turns out. :-)
    Oh, I love a good magazine read. Sometimes, they feel just as good as books. I've weeded down my magazine subscriptions to 2 and when they come in (both are quarterlies so they are a wonderful treat), all books usually get pushed aside and the mags get the royal treatment. :-)

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