Sunday, April 25, 2010

Little finishes

When I was young, my mother told me not to start any new projects until I had finished what I had started. I think it stifles me to do that now and my abilities wouldn't grow without tryng new things.
However, the time comes when I really need to finish the annoying little things hanging around like this yarn bag I started last year. It didn't take long, I only had one handle and some flowers and leaves to do. I love it and now I have a special yarn project bag. The pattern is from Attic 24, be warned, once you start looking around, your fingers will start itching to crochet something colourful.
It hold so much and it's squishy and soft.
My other little finish was the pincushion kit I got from Ma Mercerie. I love how it turned out but I have to say when I looked at the macro photo, I can see areas for improvement, just little ones. My tension is a lot better than on the thimble ring I did. I found a lot of information on Ma Mercerie and on Temari Train that helped a lot.

For those who asked how the thimble is used, go to this post. 
After being a slacker last week, I did get to make 28 klosjes this week,
Please don't mind the ones turned the wrong way.
I have them stored by colour so I can see which piles need more. I think I'll start assembling soon. Total now is 129.
Just a little tidbit to finish off because I have to get ready, I'm off to a one year olds 1st birthday party.

I recieved a lovely gracious email from Rannveig about my little purse tutorial being the same as hers. Click here to see hers. It's purely coincidental as can happen and I applaud bloggers who keep an eye on these things.
Her one has the same shape and size and the zip is machine sewn in whereas mine is hand sewn. Her pattern is from a purse she had bought I think and mine came from a Japanese book but with changes made. I'll add a little note about this on the tutorial as soon as I have time. It's a very common purse and there are a lot of patterns out there the same or similar as we now realise.

48 comments:

Mimi said...

I absolutely LOVE your yarn bag. The colors are so luscious, too. I am so tempted to make this one. Making bags is so much fun. Thank you for sharing.

Ginger Patches said...

Oh wow, I LOVE the yarn bag!! I can't tell you how many patterns I've thought up only to see them else where...I guess it's true that there isn't anything new under the sun lol!! I like yours because it's in English :)

Sue-Anne said...

Your little pincushion is divine! I love your yarn bag, I think I would be using it for more than just wool.

Lizzie said...

So glad that you have finished your bag Janet, I love mine and use it so much. That Attic 24, she's a clever one............

Lizzie
xxx

Notjustnat said...

Wow Janet, little finished with a lot! Love the thimble pincushion - Hugs Nat

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely bag Janet and all the other sewing too........

Nedra said...

It's a good thing at the moment that I don't crochet, because I think I would drop all my quilt projects and make that very cute yarn bag. LOVE IT!! The color combinations with yarn nowdays just call my name.

Jessica said...

I love your bag!
And I'm finding the thimbles/pin cushions quite intriguing.

Christine said...

Told you seeing all the wonderful pictures cheer me up, love the bag...

cheers
Christine

Shirley said...

All those starts Janet is just the sign of an active mind. Keep doing it, at least it is working. Love the thimble and I love your bag. Attic 24 is so wonderful and colourful. Well done with the klosjes. My total this week - 0.
Love Shirley.

Anita said...

Now Janet....be careful about what Mum's say to you. My Mum told me Í hope you have 10 children and they're all like you'. I had two boys then ran for the hills. lol. No they're lovely really. Your crocheted bag is gorgeous and colourful. And you've been busy patchworking as well. It looks great. Kind regards, Anita.

Marieke said...

28 klosjes! That's a lot! And they look beautiful. Did you have a nice birthday party of the 1-year-old?

Kathie said...

love the crochet bag, I was actually knitting yesterday :)
ah yes yarn is calling me lately!

Stephanie said...

Serious drooling over the yarn bag. I'd surely use it as a purse. Or maybe I'd need several. They'd look so pretty hanging from doorknob all over the house. :o)

Similar ideas are bound to happen. So many talented and creative bloggers. However, I do get very peeved at blatant copycatting. By the way I've seen many of your little pouches showing up on blogs giving you credit for a great tutorial.

Darlene said...

Your yarn bag is delightful - fun, fun, fun!

Wow, you really have a lovely collection of klosjes. Good idea to pile them by color so you know exactly what you need.

I think similar ideas are bound to happen. Your bag tutorial is fabulous.

Carrie P. said...

I know what you mean about working on just one thing. I like working on several at a time too. More exciting.
Lots of great finishes.

Joanne said...

The little pincushion turned out perfect!!
Love the yarn bag too, the colours are great. ♥

Deb said...

Love your bag Janet - and I agree Attic24 is very subversive.

Lori said...

You crochet too? Such an adorable yarn bag!!
Your spool blocks are really piling up- very nice Janet.

beth said...

I love that colorful bag...along with everyone else!! Lovely.

*karendianne. said...

Good Morning! Always happy to visit you. Your Klosjes look great and I like the way your organizing them. Making note of that. But friend, oh that bag. Goodness this is a must to share with friends!!! Ohhh la, la. Looks so fun to make, too. "Gotcha" - you did!

Terry said...

Great bag! I don't crochet but I have lots of yarn...maybe I should learn how! Then again, I think I already have enough things to keep me busy! LOL And I LOVE your little pincushion! It's so sweet! :0)

Crispy said...

WOW you have gotten A LOT done!! I love all your little projects. I think I need to get a few things done too.....someday LOL.

Crispy

Thimbleanna said...

129!!! That's awesome Janet! Slow and Steady wins the race. I LOVE the crochet bag and Attic24's blog -- darn it -- just put another thing down on my list of lovelies I'd like to make. And yes your little bag is much like the one my friend made for me years ago -- great ideas aren't just limited to one mind!!!

Laura said...

I LOVE that crochet bag and you're right, Attic24's blog is excellent. I've added it to my reader and have also added that bag to my must make list of projects. I'm thinking scrappy to use up all of my dishcloth yarn leftovers.

Janet said...

I love your yarn bag - such pretty colors. Your little tiny pincushion is amazing! What a great way to organize your spool blocks. I'm looking forward to seeing how you put them together.
:0)

shellysquilts said...

Darlin bag! I luv it. Well done!

imquilternity said...

Janet, I have that bag on my "to crochet" list. I love "Attic 24" - she's got wonderful projects and ideas, plus she takes great photos so there's lots of great color inspiration too! I love your color choices for your bag. I would have never thought to combine them, and they are absolutely wonderful! It's gorgeous - I'll bet you get lots and lots of compliments!

frayedattheedge said...

I used to sit beside a woman at a quilt group who would work doggedly through each project until it was finished - she was perhaps the most boring person I've ever had the misfortune to know!!!
As for similar items - I followed a link once to something and was extremely puzzled as it was the same as something I make - but the maker of that one was Argentinian, so no chance that either of us had copied the other!!

Kaaren said...

Your yarn bag is to die for, Janet. The colors remind me of being in a candy shop. Another great finish!

alobsiger said...

Oh, Janet, your bag is fan-tabulous! Crochet bag envy! My hooks are getting rusty. Your pincushion turned out great! I would need my Inspected Clouseau magnifying glass to work on that. That is going to be a wonderful klosjes quilt!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is amazing how quilting women on either side of the earth, even, can have similar things going on at the same time! Loved this little bag. Your crochet bag is fabulous. I really love the shape and scalloped edge.

Barb said...

Love the rainbow bag, especially the handle attachments - so cute!
The pincusion turned out great and your spools are looking good!
You've been busy!

Kath said...

What delicious things, I love them all!

Kim D. said...

Very cute yarn bag and love the thimble. Looks to be more comfortable than most.

julieQ said...

Wonderful bag for your yarn, I especially like the scallops at the top...pretty! I like the little coin purses...and of course it is a common pattern, and bound to be out there somewhere! It is nice to finish things up.

Annemiek said...

I find similar patters all over the web, so with these things it's hard to claim one "your own". But thanks to your great tutorial I'm not afraid of zippers anymore; I sewed several pouches...made a few boxy ones too and even made a few 'INNERBAGS" for IN my handbag, zippered and all!! So...I'm gratefull for your pouches post!!!

Dixie said...

LOVE the yarn bag - haven't crocheted in years, but this bag is so great, I may have to start hooking again. Your little klotjes are wonderful, as usual. Its going to be a very fun quilt with lots of memories attached.

Frou said...

I love Lucy's site, and have the bag pattern put aside to make as well as several other projects... yours is lovely, well done!

Laurie said...

The colors of you crocheted bag are lovely...I really NEED to have a pick-up/travel; project this may be it. I can knit and crochet in the car but not sew.. we drive long trips at least once each year.

QuiltedSimple said...

Lovely bag - the colors are so great.
Kris

Cathi said...

I love your yarn bag!! I keep seeing gorgeous crochet pieces on various blogs. It is so tempting especially after seeing this one.
Your Klosjes are really looking pretty.
If I had to work on only one project at a time I think I'd lose interest real fast. Having a variety keeps everything interesting. At least, that's my rationalization. :-)

wishes, true and kind said...

I LOVE that bag!

Quilts And Pieces said...

I still love your little purses and want to make one so bad! Got to get to that! And I love your crochet'd bag - that is wonderful! I love the colors!

Lappetausa said...

I would really like to join the spool block sew-along, but I cannot find the start, where to join a.s.o. Maybe it is too late?

Cathy said...

Love love love your yarn bag! Funny bout the little purses, they are so cute, still haven't made one yet!! xo

MARGIT KREATIV said...

Hallo,


deine Täschchen sind ja super-schön...


Denke, daß ich doch auch mal welche nähen muß.

Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland
Margit

Valentina said...

Eye Candy! I love your Lucy-bag and your pincushion is so precious... But Your Klosjes are LOVELY! Oh, to see them like that: like sweets...
Have a lovely sewing session reaching your goals!
We'll be here when you feel like sharing, :)