13 February 2012

Giveaway!

It's valentine's week, so thought I'd have a giveaway!

I've been busy experimenting with making little bags lately. Bags to keep craft projects in, knitting bags, and some lovely handbags. I'll show some of these creations off to you one day soon, but in the meantime, I'm giving one of my favourites to a lucky reader!


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This little box bag is a super soft because it used to be a fine wool sweater. It has a very pretty, fuzzy halo.

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It is lovely and roomy inside and measures 8 inches (20 cm) long and 4 1/2 inches (11cm) wide. It would be great size to keep your small knitting or crochet project in (or anything really!)

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Don't you love the chirpy little birds inside? I do!

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The handle is useful for carrying it around, hanging it up, or pulling it out of your big bag, and it has a pull tab to make it easier to open. 


And, I'm giving it away! Happy valentine's day!!!

If you'd like to be in the draw to win, please leave a comment below by midnight, Sunday 19 February (UK time!). On Monday morning I'll randomly draw a name (with a computer gizmo) and hey presto! that's our winner!




In other news, I've been sewing like crazy these last few days, making a "signature outfit". Project Run and Play is holding an open competition for the best signature look and I thought, "why not?!" 

I've been following Jess' blog Running with Scissors for ages and have enjoyed watching her sewing getting better and better. This year she's been invited to be a designer on Project Run and Play and she is doing so very well! Yippee!! Go Jess!

I'll pop back later in the week with my entry...only a long sleeved top to go and I'm scrabbling around for the right fabric! 

See you soon! Have a happy week!

144 comments:

  1. What a lovely bag. You are clever!

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    1. This is such a beautiful bag & I can see loads of uses for it. You are so clever to reuse sweaters! I would love to be in the drawing & wish everyone loads of luck!

      Sharon

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    2. Great idea to re-use a sweater and you did a great job matching up a fun lining for the bag. I can think of several things I'd like to use the little bag for. Thank you for the offer. Nice blog, too - it's my first time visiting.

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    3. What a lovely little bag,I can see it will have many uses. Also love the blog? Particularly the tips on blocking.

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    4. That bag of yours is divine! I can see that halo of softness in the photo, and i just want to give it a cuddle. You must have been reading my mind when you made this bag. I love grey as a neutral colour, it's so much kinda than black. I too love using old wool jumpers for making things out of when they are no longer viable as a jumper. And i have had an affinity for bird imagery for years. So this gorgeous bag is calling me. I do hope it might be mine.

      Btw the outfit you made your son is very cool. You should sell them, they would go down a storm.

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  2. Love this little bag - it's so cute! You are clearly very talented to make it yourself. Love the blog too x

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    1. Thanks SG! There are some great tutorials on the internet - I'll try to remember to post links to them when I announce the winner!

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  3. What a great little bag - perfect for socks :)

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  4. Brilliant blog, Libby!
    I've just learned to knit and last year picked up a little sewing on my new machine...am really enjoying myself having real hobbies again after a few years of brain freeze other than babies!
    I may be in touch if I require some creative assistance, lol.
    ...oh and were moving back to Bedford in the summer so I'll have to come and see you all again!
    x Alex

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  5. Thanks Alex!
    If you subscribe you'll be emailed when I post something.
    Some knitting/sewing get-togethers would be good!

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  6. I LOVE the bag! It looks like it's the perfect size for socks or mittens....or afghan squares, or a hat....ooh, the possibilities!
    The lining is adorable. It would make a great bag for my "Newborn in Need" projects; I make hats, booties, afghans (16" square or less), & mitts for preemies and infants in need, esp infants who have passed away.

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    1. Thanks Angela! What an amazing project, you honey.

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  7. what a cute bag- perfect for socks or a laceweight shawl.. and I love the idea of the sweater fabric.

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    1. Thanks Amie,
      I love the sweater fabric too - I have collected rather a lot of wool sweaters over the years. Lots have been turned into dolls but my latest idea was bags!

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    1. Thanks Christen - you're in the draw!

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  9. Is the bag child-proof?

    Hello Libby!

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  10. Hi Glee! It has survived mine!

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  11. Hi Libby,

    Like the giveaway idea - good thinking! I don't suppose I could use a photo of some of your creations for the anthology project, could I? Would be much obliged. And I'm enjoying the blog!

    Thanks, Teika x

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    1. Hi Teika! Glad you are enjoying the blog - lots more fun to come!
      I'm happy to send some photos your way - email me and let me know which ones!

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  12. What an adorable bag. You are very creative and have a good eye for color. Great bag for sock knitting.
    -Kristen

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    1. Thanks Kristen!
      I think it'd be fab for socks!

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  13. I'm having trouble leaving a comment here. I hope this works!
    If my name gets drawn, can you send the bag to Angela please.

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    1. Don't get me wrong, I'd love it for myself but charity knitters do such amazing work and rarely get any recognition

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    2. Hi Nicola - you are so kind! You're in the draw - for Angela!!!

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  14. What a cute bag. I love the lining!
    What a wonderful giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! The lining is great isn't it!

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  15. What a fabulously beautiful bag! I would LOVE to win it....I adore project bags!!

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  16. That project bag is lovely; what a great upcycle idea! I'll look forward to following your blog.

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  17. Thanks! Would you be able to leave a name? I won't be able to let you know you've won if you are anonymous!

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    1. Monica, here (mdc550 on Rav). Thanks for following up; very sweet!

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  18. Jane-Elise Thomas13 February, 2012 12:15

    This is 'bnanative' from Ravelry....I followed the link to your blog. Your bag is very cute. I do like the surprise of little birds inside. It is far cuter than the plastic Target bag I usually carry my projects in.

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  19. That lining fabric is fantastic.

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  20. That is the cutest bag and I am so in need of a real project bag as I have used every tote in my house. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Well, you're in the draw Lisa, so good luck!

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  21. Oh my, this bag is just wonderful! You did an excellent job, and good for you for recycling, too :) I love the little bird inside, too. Thank you for being so generous and offering it to be won. Cheers!
    I can be contacted as knitmish on Ravelry :)

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  22. Hi Jane-Elise, I thought the birds were a nice surprise too. You're in the draw, the Target bag may have to go!

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  23. This is skywater from Ravelry - I love the chirpy bird fabric inside the bag too!

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  24. What a beautiful bag! Good work!

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  25. No need to respond to my comment, nor include me in the giveaway, but I want you to know how truly lovely the bag is. I especially like the birds on the inside as you noted. How pleasant to open a bag and see that. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Karental, I had to reply, your comment made my day!

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  26. The bag is a perfect size for smaller projects, and I love the bird fabric inside!Please consider me for the draw.
    I'm delighted to have found your blog! Your photography is wonderful! I've downloaded the hat pattern which I hadn't seen at Rav. I had a great visit to your blog!
    samm@ravelry

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    1. Thanks Samm, I'll tell Mr Myrtle -I think the only decent photos so far are his!

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  27. What a cool idea for old sweaters! Love love love the bag.

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  28. Thanks Sue - old sweaters are great for lots of projects!

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  29. Awesome bag. I have a huge stash of old sweaters I was going to make a coat. i may make bags now.

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    1. Any that aren't superwash might felt up nicely first to!

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  30. Sure a great idea to recycle...AND it is lovely!!!!
    Happy V-Day!!!

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    1. Thanks Lilly, you too!
      Mr Myrtle is lying on the floor here playing with his ipod - better give him a valentine's day nudge...

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    2. whoops, he tells me it's tomorrow. Better early than never eh?

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  31. What a cute bag. Love the idea of using old sweaters to make something new.

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  32. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  33. You're in! There's quite a crowd now!

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  34. Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome project bag, Libby! It is adorable. I love the birds inside, and that you were able to recycle an old sweater. Great job!! :)

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  35. Heres cross fingers for that adorable bag! Great idea to repurpose, and awesome work!

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  36. Wow, that's a nice project bag!
    I wish I knew how to sew.

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    1. I'm not sure when I learnt Linda, I sure remember unpicking A LOT!

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  37. Love the bad and really love the birds.
    Thanks for sharing
    Trisha tfav@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks Trisha. Love sharing!

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    2. Trisha, you've won the bag but I am having trouble with your email address? Would you email me with your contact details? Thanks, Libby X

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  38. Lovely bag, love the birds!

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  39. I've followed your link from Ravelry - I'm a Scot living in NZ, so the idea of you moving to Cambridge piqued my interest. Your blog looks lovely, as does the project bag. I'm ScottieJill on Rav.

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    1. Hi ScottieJill, I wonder where you are in NZ?

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    2. Hi Libby, I live in the Wairarapa and work in Wellington. So I have nice long train trip to use for knitting time each day:-)
      ScottieJill

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  40. What a beautiful bag! I love the bird print.

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  41. What an adorable bag! I love the lining and the handle. I'd love to be entered into the drawing -- I'm alliecatfish on Ravelry. :-)

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  42. Love the bag. I'm here from Ravelry (PJ326)

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  43. Cute bag design! I can never get enough of little project bags, they are so much fun and so very useful.

    Calonexpat on ravelry

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    1. I am a sucker for bags too Calonexpat!

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  44. very generous of you to give away such a beautiful gift. Love the inside, so cheery .

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  45. Lovely bag! Is giveaway open to US residents?

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    1. The giveaway is open to everyone Susie!!!

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  46. What a wonderful way to re-use a sweater! Would love to win.

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  47. Love this little bag, and the birds inside... just adorable! Thanks for the chance!

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  48. Saw the link on Rav, like your blog. Bag is very cute and looks well made!
    Yarnandme on Rav.

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    1. I am a bit of a perfectionist ; )

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  49. What a sweet bag and extra cool that it is recycled! Thanks for the offer :)

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  50. Saw this on Ravelry and thought, that giveaway I have to enter! A) I love it and B) I'm using an old camera bag to carry my projects around in... Just found your blog with this and will be adding it to flipboard :)

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  51. Wow! That soft fabric looks exactly like a sweater in my wardrobe. I love the little bag. What a good idea.

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  52. Love your bag! What a great way to reuse a sweater and the birds make you want to open the bag again and again.

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  53. I love your project box, repurposing a sweater is a lovely idea. The little birds inside are adorable! Please enter me in the giveaway, and please post how you made it on ravelry.

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    1. I will link to the tutorials I followed to make it when I draw the winner! One day, if I have time, I'll do one myself!

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  54. The little bag looks almost store bought you did such a wonderful job. I also enjoyed the rest of your blog especially your little bedroom with it's books to the ceiling love love love it.

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    1. I have to confess that the library is a lovely picture from pinterest! But I sure wished that mine looked just like it and I sure have a ton of books!!!

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  55. Beautiful bag! Love the little birds ;)

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  56. Nikki T.Feb 12, 2012 05:47 PM
    I am just learning to knit and just learning more about blogs ( I was shy about learning both!). I would love to have the privilege of carrying your hand-made bag. The design is darling. I love the color of your mulberry hat also. I wish we had snow here in the state of Rhode Island. All we keep getting is slush.

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  57. I love all kinds of bags and tin boxes to keep my stuff in. Wanna know how my knitting bag looks? It has all kinds of other bags and boxes in it, for all kinds of purposes. It is also very handy to have bags like this to take your knitting stuff with you so you can get a move on the socks or other things while waiting in a waiting room or things like that!

    Have a nice day, all! Ciao, Fleur (Fleurtje-Eliza on Ravelry)

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  58. That's a beautiful bag, I love the lining you chose :) Whenever I make project bags I'm terrible at sewing straight seams, so they're always a bit wonky! Yours looks so professional and pretty!

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  59. What a perfect shade of grey and the birdie lining is inspirational ! Would be great for my small knitty projects.
    I also love your cabley hat,.. now in my queue !

    Roxyrana on Ravelry. x.

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  60. Love the bag - would be great for making monsters :)

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  61. What a lovely little bag - and what a lovely blog!
    I'm new to the world of blogs (never really been sure what they actually are to be honest) But seeing yours has inspired me to dig out my sewing machine -after a few to many years!!

    Not sure how I give myself a name - so I might end up anonymous!!

    Cate
    xxx

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  62. Wow, that's a great bag. I also love the little birds on the inside.

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  63. Hi Libby, I have just discovered your blog and look forward to reading more. Would love to enter the giveaway too. The bird print is fab, I have used it to do applique with xx

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  64. Really cute bag and the inner fabric is precious! Generous giveaway!

    ~carrie~

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  65. Such a lovely little bag and I love that you have upcycled an old sweater. It would be treated very well indeed at my home.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. Really cute bag. I love the little birds in the lining. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

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  67. Adorable bag! Thanks for the fun.

    Yhime407 on Ravelry

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  68. yay. i love it. Rach

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  69. Nice bag, and, yes, I love the birds inside!
    Beanswife on Ravelry

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  70. the bag is adorable...and I would love to bring it home. thanks for a great giveaway!

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  71. Oh my! It looks like everyone loves your bag! Here's to having another fan!

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  72. What a great way to recycle a sweater! You're very kind to be willing to give it away.

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  73. What a lovely bag,when I saw the little birds inside I literally held my breath.
    queengrandma on Ravelry

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  74. gorgeous inside! found you via Ruth's blog but will be back for lovely inspiration x

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  75. Found your blog via mumsnet, and love your bag, both the soft grey exterior and the oh-so-cute birds interior: would love to be entered into your draw. Look forward to reading more of your blog; your photos look lovely.

    rose x

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  76. Adore this bag would be perfect for me as I have lots of knitting and needles etc and nothing to put them in (and partner keeps sitting on them)

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  77. love how fuzzy it is! this would be perfect for my small wips :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  78. This is so pretty! I love the little birds!

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  79. gorgeous! thanks for the chance to win.

    c_mcmullan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. What a pretty bag! Followed your link from Mumsnet, I have asked my Mum to teach me how to crochet when she visits me in May, this would be lovely to keep my projects in :)

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  81. cute bag indeed! i love the little birds!

    -misstracee on ravelry.

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  82. This is such a pretty, fuzzy bag :) I'd love to join!

    katch05 at gmail dot com

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  83. That's a great project bag, I love the different textures. How is the weather back in the UK? We are now in NZ, came out from the UK 5 years ago. I must admit I am not missing all that snow!

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  84. Hi Zoe - thanks for joining! This winter has been very strange - apart from the past two weeks when it was freezing with snow - it has been terribly mild, so strange. I've rather been missing my gloves to be honest!!!!

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  85. Love the wee bag; not got anything like that and it looks like it'd be perfect for crochet.

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  86. what a lovely bag , it sure would come in handy

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  87. How cute is this!!! Going to have to re-purpose all those old sweaters!
    thx for the chance to win

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  88. Great idea to re-use a sweater and you did a great job matching up a fun lining for the bag. I can think of several things I'd like to use the little bag for. Thank you for the offer. Nice blog, too - it's my first time visiting.

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  89. Love your bag! What a great way to reuse a sweater and the birds make you want to open the bag again and again.

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