Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Knitting for Babies

The baby shower was last night, so I can now share what I've been working on.  Two grandsons are coming and I'm sooooo excited.  The first baby is due in a few weeks, and the second is due a month later.  (I love having married daughters!  And I love, love, love grandbabies!)  As you may imagine, I have been knitting up a storm.  A few more projects are still secretly being kept under wraps until after the next baby shower, but I can show you these:

 EviePants All In One Booties 
A fantastic pattern knit without seams and starting at the sole. 
Another great pattern.  Thanks to this pattern, I now feel comfortable with wrap & turn short rows.
Rather monotonous to knit, but I like the finished blanket.  I do wish I had made this one slightly bigger. 

Oh, and I can't forget the flannel receiving blankets with crocheted edging.  One can never have enough of these blankets.
Puppies: Only one round, (2 sc in next stitch, chain 1) repeat around.

Bicycles:  2 sc, ch 2, around

Friday, February 01, 2013

Messenger Bag

My bag has been finished now for several weeks, and I've been enjoying it since then.  The pattern is from Lori at Girls in the Garden.  The bag is a nice size--not too big, and not too small.  (An iPad fits in it along with my other usual purse contents).  

The changes I made to the pattern are few:
  • added hardware for an adjustable strap.
  • reinforced the strap with grosgrain ribbon.
  • added a 3rd pocket for my cell phone.
  • added a snap closure to the inside pocket .

Changes I wish I had made:
  • put the extra pocket under the front flap instead of in the back.
  • added batting to the front flap.  (It is interfaced, but the flap is still pretty flimsy).
  • paid better attention to the fabric flower motif.  I don't like how the 2 big blue flowers are adjacent on the front of the bag.

Note:  There are no pattern pieces given for the pattern, just a set of instructions with the dimensions given for each pattern piece.  The layout drawings are clear cut, and the instructions are easy to follow.  The fabric requirements are spot on.  I had practically no leftover fabric, just enough to cut out a third pocket.

Likes:  The design of the bag is what first caught my attention.  I like the long strap that can be worn cross-shoulder, and I like my modification of making an adjustable strap so it can also be worn over one shoulder.  I like that the purse has multiple pockets--one on the inside and two on the outside.  

Dislikes:  The pattern was difficult to read in places, especially where the print was placed on the blue and pink background colors.  

big pocket, another zippered pocket, and my additional small pocket
Gotta love pockets!

snap added to inside pocket 
(My snap press from diaper-making days still comes in handy!)

 The instructions call for interfacing the straps, but I also inserted grosgrain ribbon for additional sturdiness.  If I had had strap webbing on hand, I would have used it instead of the grosgrain.