Socks: I made some progress on my socks using Opal Harry Potter yarn (“Harry Potter” just refers to the color). I am enjoying knitting these — the yarn is so nice, and the self-striping yarn is behaving itself and the two socks will actually look like a pair! You’ve seen them several times before, so I won’t post another pic ’til they’re done.
Sewing: I’ve had a couple of patterns I’ve been itching to try (speaking of itching, my hives are much better!): Atkinson Designs “Cash and Carry”, and Lazy Girl Designs “Claire Handbag”. It’s so much fun working from a precise, well-illustrated pattern, and both of these patterns are great. The Claire Handbag has lots of pockets inside, as well as tall pockets on the front and back. You also have the option of adding a Velcro closure to the Claire bag, but since I’m going to use mine for knitting, I didn’t want anything that the yarn would catch on — or anything on which the yarn would catch!:
I used some cute retro-looking fabric from The Sew It Book Collection by Amy Barrickman from Red Rooster (purchased locally at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop. Not all the fabrics in these bags were from the line.)
The Cash and Carry pattern makes such cute little zippered bags, and it would be easy to modify this to make different sizes. And don’t be afraid of putting in a zipper. If you can piece, you can put in a zipper (with these nicely illustrated directions).
I’m having an out-of-town guest next month who’s also a quilter…we may have to make some of these!