18 March 2012

Catch-up


Thank you for all your lovely comments about my box bag tutorial! Wow! It's created a lot of interest and hopefully tons of fab box bags are being made. I'd love to see them! If you've made one do you fancy posting a picture in the Truly Myrtle Flickr group so we could all see?


In the meantime, it's time for a catch-up! There are lots of "nearly finished" goodies lying around the Myrtle home...

I've nearly finished Susannah's socks, oh so nearly...hasn't been all roses though.
It started with a tricky set-back earlier in the week. The baby ran off with my yarn, stitches flew off the needles....Mr Myrtle leapt up to chase the baby and tripped magnificently over the yarn, pulling many more stitches as he went....I nearly wept and spent a very long, desperately frustrating time fixing the sorry mess...


Then, on Friday I met a friend for coffee and was happily steaming ahead with the second foot, chatting, chatting, chatting...only to realise that I was still decreasing for the instep, and I'd already done that bit...rip rip rip...


socks for Susannah

So, my plan is to curl up here this afternoon, on the sofa in the playroom, with a cup of coffee and knit, knit and knit some more. The kids can play and we'll have fish & chips for dinner.


I don't want to talk about my Wispy Cardi. S.L.O.W.

Fab St Heliers bag

It hasn't been all disaster though.

I'm thrilled with a new bag that I've made, to my own new design...isn't it lovely?! The exterior fabric is a heavy, textured cotton in the most fabulous shade of teal. And, I love the lining, a floral cotton print. I bought it years ago to make myself a skirt...but it was just so right for this bag I had to use it. Do you see the magnetic snap to close it? Loving these!!!!

St Heliers bag detail

The detail on the front is an appliqué flower from the lining fabric and I've top-stitched it by hand...I'm so pleased with how it's turned out. Can't wait to sling it over my shoulder and take it somewhere!


I'm calling this design the St. Heliers bag and I'm hoping to whip up some more of these lovelies in other fabrics for my Etsy shop soon...I'll let you know on Facebook & pop a link on my blog when some goodies are listed!

Fab bags - St Heliers & Kumera

I’m quite chuffed because this wee cutie even has a big sister on the way; the Kumera bag. She’s not finished and likely to be modified a bit before the pattern is finalised, but she is a beauty. More spacious, great big pocket on the front, lots of appliqué and more … she’s a work in progress.

Oh, how I love bags…

New yarn

Look at this ball of promise! I’m itching to get my needles onto this bouncy yummy yarn that I bought just yesterday at my LYS, The Sheep Shop.

Oh, there is so much lovely yarn in Sarah’s delightful little shop…it was so hard to choose! I picked up this, put down that, carried around this, swooned over that...but, in the end, teal seems to be stealing my heart at the moment and this alpaca is so soft and delicious….so it won.

I’ve a new pattern in my head and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve wound the ball, but am forcing myself to finish those socks first.

Thanks for visiting! Pop back again soon!
I’m having a fantastic giveaway next week – I just can’t wait to show you! You’ll love it! 

   

34 comments:

  1. Off to your etsy shop! I'm itching to buy.

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  2. Hi there - I wish wish wish I could make stuff like you can - all so lovely. I am trying to dfinish a quilt that the Husband gave me in a kit for Christmas. It will go in our camper van which comes out of its winter barn at the end of the month so I need to get quilting - I am about half wasy done on the hand quilting but i am really dreading finishing it off with the border. have you done any quilts? Anyway, I'm going to follow you and hope that a teeny bit of your craftiness might virtually rub off on me...

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog - I'm not pretending to be the best cook, I just love food so much. I haven't got any Ottolenghi books but I've done the odd thing of his from the Guardian pages. Might get plenty though - a couple of people have recommended it.

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    1. Aw thanks! I haven't done any quilting - love to have a go. Might start with something not too time-consuming...

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  3. Etsy Shop? Please tell me how to find it. I need a Kumera bag if only to say it the proper way and watch all the poms try and work out what I'm saying!

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    1. LOL!
      My Etsy shop is currently empty : ( I'll pop things in it when I've got them ready. I thought I'd let people know on my Facebook page. I'll also put a link to my shop in the bar at the top when there are things to buy : )

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  4. Oh I love those bags! You are very talented.

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  5. I think everything i knit requires a lot of ripping and re knitting, sewing is a much calmer activity, although i do unpick a lot there too. Perhaps I should just pay more attention! The socks look great and the bag is gorgeous. - Annie

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  6. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-your-stuff-15.html

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  7. What fabulous bags!!! You are so talented!

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  8. This is fabulous! I love the choice of colours. I am in awe of your professional looking sewing skills.

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  9. love the choice of colours!

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  10. WOW! You have a TON of projects going on! The bags really turned out beautifully! I love the applique flowers; such a nice touch! And the socks, they'll be worth it! I promise! :-D

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  11. Oh I love this! I love the color and it looks so durable. And of course you can never have enough bags:) I would love for you to share this at my link party
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/share-it-link-party-3.html

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  12. Great job on your bag!! Really pretty! :) I wish I could sew. I really should learn so I can make amazing things like this. I am following you and would really LOVE it if you liked my blog you could follow mine too. :)
    http://www.craftycagirl.blogspot.com
    -Heather

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  13. Stopping by from the Show Me What Ya Got Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  14. That is such a lovely bag! I just adore that color!

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    1. Thanks Abby! Have you seen my giveaway bags? I'm giving three away this week!

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  15. I am loving that bag. That shade of teal is one of my favorite colors!

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    1. Isn't it fab Sarah! I took it out the other day and wore lots of matching teal - I have such a thing about that colour at the moment! Have you seen my giveaway bags? I'm giving away three this week - they are some pretty fab colours too!

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  16. Wow, this is a gorgeous bag! I love the hand stitching you've done on the applique

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  17. Wow! You handstitched this!!! LOVE IT! I would LOVE to have you share this at my link party going on right now and even become a new follower! Following you!
    http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/03/homemade-by-you-4_20.html

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  18. Hi Myrtle, beautiful bags. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks Chris! I'll pop over and say Hi!

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  19. What a beautiful bag! I love the hand-stitched details!

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  20. HELLO FRIEND YOUR TALENT IS IN TODAY'S SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT TALENT SHOW! WOO-HOO! winks, jen

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  21. Your bag is divine!
    I love the colours and the flower from the lining fabric look perfect!

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    1. Thanks Skippingtail! I am loving using it - it is the perfect size and is so comfy over my shoulder too!

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    1. Thanks - I've enjoyed making them....have a few more in the works - and some for sale! soon.....

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