Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Sunday


 I have been so busy this week that I didn't even know I had won my first giveaway. I was so surprised when I came home for lunch on Friday and had a message from Deb. She was one of my first followers.  I don't know how I missed that I had won, except that I have just gone back to work after 4 months of staying home to recover from a knee replacement. I have been so busy, I don't know how I used to get everything done before. This week I feel like I can't catch up with anything. Yesterday, I admit, I indulged in resting and crochet. I let the house stay messy and ignored all the chores that were yelling at me "come clean me".  Last weekend I decided I would make myself another bag. I have a thing for bags. I made about 15 of them this summer. It was too hot to work on blankets and I needed to keep busy. I have gifted most of them and a couple of days ago I gave the rest of them to one of our local churches for a charity sale they are having. I did keep two for myself. The first Lucy bag I made and  Pink Striped bag (the one in my side pictures) are mine. I have been intrigued with all the granny square bags I have seen and decided I could make one for myself.
So I went through my stash and pulled these balls out. They are 100 percent cotton. I like it for bags. It doesn't stretch and can easily be cleaned if needed.  Then I decided on a basic granny square.
They all have a dark purple center and a green outer square. I alternated the third and fourth rings.
I then used the join as you go method to put it all together. I had attempted this with my One-A-Day project and hated it and pulled it out and am sewing that blanket together. However, I had much better luck this time and like how it all came together.

It works up so fast and if I hadn't already sewn 7 rows together on the blanket, I would go with this method. I made the mistake of not practicing first before attempting the method on the blanket.  I crocheted a border on the bag, made the handles and lined it with some purple gingham I had leftover from something I made for my daughter and tah dah...
The bag consists of 19 squares. I made most of it in the evenings after work and did all the finishing yesterday. Then I took Autumn to the park. It has gone from being very cold ( in the forties) to 87 degrees this weekend. Indian Summer for sure.
It is funny to see the leaves already falling when it is so hot. Today I have to attend to the mess I call a house. It will be a good day, a couple of hours of cleaning then off to the park or playground with Will and Autumn. Have a great Sunday.


  1. Love this bag. I am inspired and will have to give this a go!

  2. well done on winning the giveaway (its great isn't) I will have to give your bags a go but what is putting me off is the lining, I'd rather crochet than sew

  3. Your bag is so beautiful, I love it. I have never tried to make a bag, maybe I should do this too.
    Have a wonderful day! Barbina

  4. hi again thanks for commenting on my blog i didn't know the I love lucy group is doing a swap i'll pop over there now and check it out
    do you mean lucy from attic 24 on ravelry ?

  5. Beautiful Bag, it looks great with the purple lining.

  6. What a great bag, it looks great and I love the lining too!

  7. I love this bag, please tell me where I can go to learn how to do the join as you go. I am desperate to find a resource to teach me this, I loathe sewing together.