I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and literally grimaced when I saw all the aisles of Christmas "stuff" that already grace the store! Ugh. And then I stopped at Michael's and walked out of the store with nothing (yes, nothing) but a free pattern that was hanging on a hook near the yarns. And what was that pattern? Why, YES!..something Christmas themed! The bug has bitten me...ok, a little...not a lot...just a wee bit. If it wasn't so darned cute, it wouldn't have called to me. I ran right home and started it! And here it is...finished...with a second one already on my hook (in non holiday colors). Isn't she cute? I changed her a bit from the pattern...I used colors of yarn that I had on hand...mainly Caron Soft, but her hair and skirt and neck ruffle are ILTY (I Love This Yarn). She has wee buttons for eyes and single strands of yarn were used for her eyelashes.
And here she is in a miniature chair...
If you want a little Elf of your own, you can find the pattern right here.
Before being distracted by this little cutie, I was in the throes of finishing this Cath Kidston inspired bag. Prior to the advent of Pinterest, I didn't know what Cath Kidston was...and now I'm in love! The colors are so pleasing to my eye!
It's already lined in blue and white gingham....
I'm having a difficult time deciding on handles. Joann Fabrics carries handles, but they don't have much of a selection at present. What I'd really like is something large enough and soft enough to sit on my shoulder. The bag is on the large side and is a pain to carry when you can't push it up on your shoulder! I've thought about crocheting shoulder straps, but they would be too stretchy I fear. What you see in the photo are bamboo handles that I covered in sc stitches...I'm not too thrilled with them, so I have yet to secure them permanently.
This is a fun bag, it starts off as 30 rounds of granny stitch, although I only did 24 for this bag. It was becoming quite large and heavy and I opted to stop early.
If you want to make one for yourself, the pattern for the bag can be found here. There are some wonderful variations out there if you hunt around!
I still need to decorate my bag (with flowers and beads and braids and whatever little goodies add excitement). I'm not decorating it until I decide upon the handles.
And that's all I have for you! I've been concentrating some of my creative efforts on my photography in recent weeks, so the hook hasn't been flying quite as much as usual. My Summer project is to master...yes, MASTER...using "Manual" for my camera settings, rather than using automatic. And that task requires practice...lots of practice. Auto is so much easier, but Manual gives a photographer so many more creative options. Off to shoot some pics in the yard. I'll see if I can get in a few before the mosquitoes have me for lunch!