One of the benefits of belonging to different craft groups is you get to meet people who are proficient in crafts that you’re not! This was the case recently when one of my friends showed me a bag she’d made. I instantly wanted to own it so I asked her the cost and rather than give me a price she suggested a swap: I make her a pair of socks in return for the bag. What a win/win situation 🙂 Have a look at this lovely bag made of leather and tapestry fabric and fully lined.
I love all the little pockets that Jo included inside the bag. It’s so easy to find everything. There’s even a key ring holder that’s attached to the bag so you’ll never lose your keys.
I love the very subtle cable in this pattern. It complements this striped yarn nicely.
When Jo published a comment recently on Facebook that she’d just made herself another denim bag and had cut out two more for sale, I immediately jumped in with a comment that I’d like to buy one as the denim bag would do nicely on the weekends. Again, Jo came back with the comment ‘how about another pair of socks?’. So I made another pair for Jo using the Circle Socks
which is a free pattern on Ravelry.
This pattern is deceptively easy and the effect is fantastic!!
I noticed on Ravelry that some people had continued the circle pattern down on the top of the foot but I felt that it would be a bit too textured and maybe uncomfortable when wearing shoes or boots for a while so I kept to the pattern which was just plain knitting for the foot.
And this is my gorgeous denim bag made by Jo using recycled denim jeans.
And customised especially for me 🙂 Love that zippered pocket on the outside of the bag.
It also has the keyring holder attached to the bag. Plus the jeans’ pockets have been used on either side of the bag for more storage.
Love the compartments inside and take a look at that gorgeous lining 🙂
Plus a zippered pocket inside.
I was very lucky as this bag came with its own matching purse.
I am amazed at all the beautiful work including the personalised tag on the zip.
Aren’t these bags just stunning? And they’re one of a kind too! I am very lucky indeed. I also discovered that Jo had kindly given both pairs of socks to family members so I am busily making another pair for Jo to keep for herself as she deserves them!
If you’re interested in Jo’s bags you can contact her via her Facebook page Jo’s Handy Handmade Bags.
And now a quick look at a few bargains I’ve managed to pick up at local Opp Shops. This is becoming quite a habit and is quickly filling my home with all things sheep!
And lastly some good news to share. I recently entered this competition:
And I won the major prize!! A project bag stuffed with yarn 🙂
This a truly wonderful prize and I must thank Alison from Flock and Needle for being so generous 🙂 And if you’re very quick you’ll catch the tail end of the Easter sale where all yarn and project bags are only $25 each!
My prize arrived on the Thursday before Easter so it was a lovely Easter gift without the calories 🙂
That’s all my news for now. I hope you’ve been doing lots of crafting during the Easter break as I have.
Until next time…