Saturday, 27 September 2014

Crochet Notes - Canterbury Bag II






Having turned my original Canterbury Bag into cushions for my Aunty and Uncle, I needed to once more turn the bag for life I received in Canterbury into a crocheted masterpiece.

Canterbury Bag

Conversion to two cushions
This time I decided to use up all my odds and ends - always a satisfying moment - in order to create a new bag.

Equipment:

Bag for life
4mm hook
double knit yarn
yarn sewing needle and scissors


I decided to use the centre from Attic 24' How to Hexagons and then square them instead of turning them into hexagons. A simple procedure - you just have 4 corners with 2 clusters in between.

I divided the yarn into four groups: dark blue, mid-blue, and turquoise for the centres and one colour for the edging to tie it all together.

Once I had made enough centres - 40 - 20 for each side - I arranged the them and used the edging to join-as-you-go.


Once joined I did one round of 3 clusters to tidy it all up, then I crocheted the two sides together, fastened off the ends and sewed in the lining (the bag for life).



Saturday, 20 September 2014

Crochet Notes - Study Bag

Finished Study Bag containing 2 lever arch folders. 

Equipment:

Bag to cover - I used a bag for life type bag - this one was given to me on a spa day.
4mm hook
Three shades of yarn.

  • Twilley's Freedom Echo
  • Patterns Smoothie
  • Gedifra Samina

Crochet Hexagon Throw pattern - you can find it here on Ravelry.
Yarn sewing needle.
Scissors (obviously!)



Measurements:

Width: 50cm
Length: 50cm
Strap length: 60cm



Bag


Make enough hexagons to cover your bag - I did them all the same.
Join as you go.
I made 45 hexagons which gave me five rounds of nine hexagons.

After 4 rounds of hexagons. 


 To fill in gaps along the bottom I made three squares for the bottom in the same style.


I also did 2 rounds of half trebles in my edging colour around the top of the bag. 


Straps X 2

Chain 95 stitches. 
One row of trebles.
Change to edging colour - 1 round of half-trebles. 
Sew on using edging colour to blend in. 




Thursday, 18 September 2014

Mad about Bridget Jones




I have been a big Bridget Jones fan since the first book back in the 90s and just love the films too - I think I have watched those two films more than any other film (apart from perhaps the Back to the Future trilogy).

So Bridget Jones the third book - Mad about the Boy - has some poor reviews but in my opinion these are not justified. Bridget is back, 50 and has young children - she also finds herself in difficult circumstances.
Same old Bridget with a new set of problems and some friends.

It's funny, witty, honest, real, well-observed..... I could go on. I loved it. The worst bit was coming to the end and not having anymore to read and I really hope they make a third film.