Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Two Finishes

I just finished this tote bag for a friend's daughter's graduation. She likes purple and is going away to school. Her mom thought she would like it. She'll be a theater/drama major and has to take dance classes. We're hoping she can use it to tote her dance stuff around. It's a great bag to make. I have one for myself. The directions are very clear and easy to follow. I actually sewed the binding down by machine. It's the first time I tried it. It was so fast! I loved it! Here's another view of the bag:
 The binding is easily accessible by the sewing machine since it's at the very top. The pocket on the front comes in very handy. It's tilted but nothing falls out of it. There are no pockets inside but it is very roomy. I hope she likes it!!

These are the socks I've been working on for my son. Not sure if you remember but my son's college apartment had a fire this past December. He lost a pair of socks I had knit him years ago. He asked me if I could make them again for him. Luckily, I found the same yarn I had used to knit the original pair of socks. Just put them through the wash today. I'll give them to him this weekend but it may be too warm to wear them. I bet he'll be happy just to have them back!

21 comments:

  1. I love the bag and I am sure she will love it too and use it often. I just can not get over the fact that people knitt socks. I find it simply amazing and it makes me what to learn how to knitt again.

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    1. I just love knitting socks! They're quick and get very easy after knitting a couple of pairs. Try it! You'll be surprised. It's also very relaxing!!

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  2. That bag is the bomb! I know she will love it.

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    1. Thanks, Patrica! I hope she likes it!

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  3. Super pretty bag, Rosemary. It really looks professional. And I like the flowery prints a lot. Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Julierose. That pattern is fun to use. I love Atkinson Designs. Nice patterns that are well written.

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  4. The bag is great--She will definitely love it and think of you each day she uses it! Nothing says comfort like home knitted socks...He will feel loved he time he wears them.

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    1. I hope she likes the bag. I picked her favorite colors. My son really missed those socks! He was so happy to see I was finally getting around to knitting him another pair!

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  5. Beautiful bag. It must be nice and sturdy for it to be able to stand up by itself. She will love it.
    It's great that your son liked his handmade socks so much the first time that he asked for a second pair. Bet he loves those, too.

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    1. You know how these boys are! They want stuff we make for them!! Sound familiar!?

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  6. Lovely bag Rosemary..and your blogger block look smashing :):) Hugs

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Sandra Kaye!!

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  7. The bag looks so pretty...I'm sure she'll cherish it.

    So sweet of him to ask for another pair from mom. It's such a wonderful feeling when someone appreciates your handiwork, wouldn't you agree?

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    1. I do agree! My son is 20 years old but he still needs me!

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  8. I love the bag! The colors are so pretty; I love purple. And how sweet that your son wanted another pair of socks made by you! I tried knitting once. After about an hour of trying, I thought, "You've got to be kidding! Who does this and how!!!" hahahaha I couldn't get it. -April @ Little Mama Hen

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    1. April, I wish I could help you learn to knit! It's not that hard at all. Wish you lived closer, I'd have you knitting in no time!!

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  9. I've never machine quilted a binding on, except for on a tiny eye glass case. How do you know the front and back binding edges are lining up? Did you use a straight stitch? Zig zag? Decorative? I'm so nervous about trying something like that. But bravo to you for making it happen!

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    1. Heather, I sewed on the binding the usual way, raw edge lined up to raw edge. When I folded it over to hand sew, I pinned it and made sure it went past where I would be machine sewing it. I just sewed a straight stitch. I fully intended to hand sew but I could see it was wide enough to go past where I could sew it. It was so much faster! Not sure I would attempt this on a large quilt, but so easy for smaller things.

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  11. Great purse/tote. I can't ever have too many of these wonderful items!

    I'm so jealous that you can knit such wonderful socks!! I'm not much of a knitter..."I spin...therefore, I knit"

    that is sooo great that you were able to replace the knitted socks...exactly like the original ones. A wonderful story will follow these socks all the days of their lives =)

    hugz,
    annie
    anniesrubyslipperz.com

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    1. Thanks, Annie! I find knitting very relaxing and was happy to make the socks for my son, again! I never thought of it but you're right, there will be a neat story to follow those socks! Thanks for the visit!!

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