Friday, January 18, 2013

Zipper Pouch Sweet Swap Follow-up

I know, I have been a terrible blogger of late, but hey, a job and farm animals trump a blog every time!

Last month I told you about The Sewing Loft zipper pouch swap I entered and today I will share the picture tutorial for the pouch I made and a picture of the one I received from Jane Not So Plain's Tori Thompson.

What I purchased for this swap. I had no idea what I would make!

My final selection of fabrics.

Making the calculations!

Cutting the pieces for the front and lining.

Sewing the front center panel.

Making the wristlet loop.

Fusible fleece was added to the front & back panels for stability.

Setting the zipper.

Adding the lining.

I decided to add an inside pocket and a label.

Adding the wrist loop to the right side front.

The pocket and label have been added to the liner.

I finished it so it would stand nicely on its own!

Front - hmm, still needs something.


Inside label - my sister Amy gave me these!

Bottom view.

To finish, I added an amethyst and turquoise zipper pull.

The finished product!

So now I think I should reveal what I got back from my swap partner. As soon as I opened my package, I knew exactly what I would use it for - a knitting project bag! It is the perfect size for most of the smaller projects I work on and is perfect fro taking my work along with me anywhere I go! Thanks Tori, I love it!
Great colors in this butterfly print fabric!
This shows four 100+ yard balls of hand-spun and some needles ready to go!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy New Year!

It would appear that we all survived the election AND the end of the world in 2012!

Our New Year started off fairly quiet, but not without a few bumps in the road. Literally! A lady caused an accident on southbound 29 and my husband was the unlucky recipient of her stupidity! We are blessed he was not seriously injured, but his truck will have to spend some time at the body shop! And as an added bonus, my husband just called me to say that the ladies insurance just called him to tell him that her insurance was canceled on December 17! Hooray!

I spent New Year's Day knitting a hat out of one strand of my own hand spun Blue Faced Leicester and one strand of alpaca. What do you think?

I started spinning about a year and a half ago and I have spun a lot of single balls of yarn, but this is the first time I actually used any of it. I actually ended up with three good size 200+ yard balls of my Blue Faced Leicester, so I have several other projects planned for the remaining two balls. I have been a fairly consistent spinner since I first began but I have to say, I probably got more satisfaction out of knitting this hat than anything I have ever knitted. This is now the softest hat I own, and every time I put it on my head, I marvel at the fact that I know exactly where my yarn came from!

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