Today is a truly gorgeous day. The sky is a brilliant, clear blue and the air smells like summer. It inspired me to go down to the park and take a huge pile of photos of the sky, the native trees, the cricket pitch, my walking track. Of course, I have a majorly POS camera, so these photos were fairly useless. But still! How gorgeous is this:
While at the park, I donned my walking hat and serious walking face and did a quick circuit.
The first thing to go when I get busy or tired or it's cold is always exercise, but with the sun shining, the birds singing and my hat right next to the front door, there was no excuses. Plus, I used the opportunity to take some photos of what I have been working on lately.
Although knitting is my one true love, I periodically cycle through other crafts, as can be witnessed by my work on the blanket that nearly crippled me
. I pulled out my sewing machine and some scrap fabric, borrowed some sewing books from the library and whipped up this simple reversible tote which cost me absolutely nothing to make:
I found a zip in a box which hadn't been opened for years, and used leftover lining fabric to a cute little purse, just the right size for a lip gloss, lip balm, hand sanitiser and some change. I wish I'd made it an itty-bitty bit bigger so it could also fit my phone and maybe a pen, but it's still very useful. Now when I change handbags, instead of dumping everything out, sorting through all the crap to find what I actually need, I just move the little zippered bag. Lovely and
functional! However, because I cannot simply just enjoy a good thing without doing it to death, I promptly decided that my sisters and two of my closest friends needed handmade bags with coordinating purses for Christmas. I have bought and cut the fabric and the purses, but have not completed a single one. Eek!
I did whip up this handy little project bag out of remnants left over after cutting out all the bigger bags:
It is so cute! It's the perfect size in which to carry a sock-on-the-go. I reckon that I could actually sell these if I could find fun enough fabrics, but I'm just not confident that I would be able to market my skills and products well enough to make a go of it. I don't even have the basic graphic design skills to make pretty labels, let alone create a store logo or design. I'll just keep carrying around this bag with me and hope that I run into a rich sock-knitting patron with all the skills and cash to set me up, and then I'll make a million dollars. Excellent plan!
On the subject of Christmas presents, my Christmas knitting is going. I'm just not sure where. These are the two projects I am working on at the moment:
These are both about 40% done, and the two-project-only monotony is starting to get to me. Last night, I knitted a single row on a shawl just to take the edge off. The baby blanket that's due at the end of January is calling my name. Knitting it Old School
, an incredibly funky pattern book that I was super surprised, (but also super happy) to see at my local library has a hat and mitten set in it which would be perfect to use up some old stash yarn that I want to start now! (although a little bit less after spending the day in the glorious warm
sun). But I will keep going, and hopefully get at least one of these Christmas gifts done.
Here's hoping for many more days of sunshine, knitting and sewing in the next two weeks :)