Friday, June 03, 2011

Crochet bag finish!

A couple of weeks ago I came to the realization that my UFO pile has now spread to my crochet wips as well. I have several unfinished items. I have 2 fronts of cushions that need backs, 2 blankets unfinished, and a crochet bag that I started at the beginning of this year. You can see my start here.

I wasn't very happy with my colour placement and so the usual thing happened and the whole thing went into a bag and got left there for 6 months. I decided that it surely was time to get some of these projects "finished" and decided to start with the bag. I didn't bother to unravel it after all. I just used it as a learning piece and after a couple of days and some sore fingers later, I ended up with this:



My Usual model!



Doesn't look too bad does it? I am pretty pleased with it. It's very roomy and will fit a whole pile of woolly balls in it. Maybe I will line it, maybe I won't. Not sure yet. Just going to enjoy this little finish and then onto the cushions I think.

A little stitchy update. Here is my Sampler au Bouquets. Scuzy the ring marks. I refuse to iron the piece till it is finished. Really enjoying working on this - such a simple design but oh so pretty.

May progress

I spotted this finish on Meme Rose's blog and just loved it. The link to the pattern is here and dd has decided she wants one first! I think I am going to be busy busy.

And.. here's a little friend you don't get to see very often:


This is one of our cats who disappeared the other night - quite unusually for her and reappeared the next day limping!


This morning her foot was swollen so a trip to the vet was in order. Seems she has three puncture wounds in her little paw that had got infected. Possibly a fight? She really isn't the type but maybe she was set upon in the night by a big fat cat bully. £54 for two injections and then she was home. Hiding under the table. Poor miss.

Well I have a birthday this weekend - tomorrow actually but I am moving it to Sunday as dh has got to work - all day, all night - completely rubbish but I have bought myself a cake and I have some cards to open too. I am determined not to feel like Mr Bean.

Have a happy weekend people.


Keri On said...

I think your bag looks perfect! Your stitching is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them! I love to see what you are making!

Sally said...

I love your bag Hazel. It looks lovely.

Love your WIP. It is so pretty and I love the colours.

Hope you have a lovely birthday {{{hugs}}}

Julie said...

I love your crocheted bag! Well done! Have a very happy birthday weekend. x

Cath said...

Hope you have a lovely birthday weekend .
I love your bag as it is.

Hope little kitty is better soon . x

mainely stitching said...

Your bag is so beautiful - great job! And it's going to be so handy!

Wishing you the best for your birthday!

Helen Philipps said...

Your bag looks lovely and I really like the flower 'buttons'. Your stitching is beautiful too. Have a very Happy Birthday weekend - enjoy both your days!
Helen x

lily said...

Well done on finishing the bag, it's gorgeous, lovely stitching too. It's nice to know I'm not the only one with a few WIPS to finish, when the weather hots up I seem to develop a lazy streak.

Enjoy your birthday weekend, hope your little cat feels better soon.

lily x

Jane said...

Love the crochet bag - pretty pretty colours and the flower and button embellishments are adorable!
Really pretty WIP, again the colours are so summery.
Big hugs to little kitty - pets can be very expensive can't they but they make your heart melt!
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday and Sunday ~ I thought only The Queen was allowed to celebrate twice!!!

carol said...

Oh, your bag is so sweet, Hazel--lovely, lovely work! And that WIP is so pretty--the more I see of it the more I have to have it for myself :)

Wishing you a delightful birthday--and hugs to your kitty. Aren't those vet bills astronomical?!

Christine said...

The bag is lovely Hazel. Beautiful WIP too. Have a wonderful birthday!

Carol said...

Whoops--that other "carol" was me, Hazel. I was signed in on my other email account by mistake:)

valerie said...

Happy birthday! I hope it's a nice and relaxing one for you.

Your bag looks lovely! As does your SAL piece.

I hope the kitty feels better soon...poor thing.

Rachael xxx said...

Happy Birthday Hazel.
I love the bag, I need to do an edge on mine.
Thank you for the tutorial for the continuous join, it made putting my blanket together so much easier.
Poor puss hope her paw heals soon!!

SarahB said...

Love the crochet bag!! I've made one too but I prefer your colourway!!

I did line mine and it maade it just a little bit less floppy. I was using mine to go out and a about but it's a bit warm this weather!!

Have a lovely weekend....

S x

Lennu said...

Oh your Sampler au bouquet is looking wonderful! I'm determined to finish Westwinds and then I want to continue stitching my SauB again.

The bag is such a cheerful bag, the colours are great!

Have a wonderful birthday!!

geeky Heather said...

Happy birthday (early)!! I love the bag...I like the bright colors and the little flowers at the straps are just dear.

Annemarie said...

Happy birthdaaaay! Now go and spoil yourself with some nice wool :o)

I'm SO glad I'm not the only one with a crochet obsession. Come to think of it, I think you kind of started mine. Now, of course, I need that gorgeous bag!

sylviesgarden said...

i love the bag.
I hope you have the most wonderful birthday.

Carol said...

I made one of the crochet bags, I'm still not sure I like my colour combination, yours is lovely, as is your stitching.
Hope your cat soon recovers, we've been at the vet today, our oldest cat needs regular jabs, costs us almost £60 a month.
Have a lovely birthday weekend.
Carol xx

andamento said...

Lovely bag! And a Happy Birthday for this weekend.

Margaret said...

Happy birthday! Love that bag! Mine is languishing in the closet unfinished. lol! Love the stitching too! Poor cat. That's why mine stays inside. lol!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

The bag is darling, Hazel! Your WiP is really pretty, too - the colors are gorgeous!

happy birthday to you!!! I hope you have a wonderful day. Loved the Mr. Bean video.

Tracy said...

The bag looks lovely hun, poor kitty hope she is feeling better.

Your sampler is looking fab what fabric did you end up using?

Big Happy Birthday Hun !!!!!

jane said...

Lovely crochet bag Hazel, look forward to seeing some of your other finishes too.
Great progress on SauB too.
Hope you have a lovely birthday, even better to spread it over 2 days!

Louanne said...

Hi Hazel, and Happy Birthday!!!!

Just-Do said...

Your bag doesn't look bad at all; it's lovely! I wish you a happy birthday, and a hug for Miss Kitty!

Catherine said...

Fantastic bag!!! Makes me wish I could crochet!
I hope your kitty is feeling better!!
Best wishes for a wonderful birthday!!!

Suz said...

Hi Hazel...lovely bag and congratulations on finishing a WIP lol got lots of those around the place lol
Hope kitty is soon better
Happy Birthday hope it's been a good one
Hugs Suz x

Tatkis said...

Lovely and colorful bag! Love the flowers you added!
Happy birthday to you :)

Maggie O said...

Great little bag and lovely colours too. Love the model, so cute! Your stitching is lovely and have to wish you a very happy birthday. Hope it is all great.

staci said...

Your bag turned out so cute! You are really becoming the Crochet Queen!

Love your header pic too :)

Chris said...

Your bag is gorgeous and I love the colours. Hope your birthday turned out to be perfect!

Hugs Chris x

Julie said...

Love your bag, well done on completing it.

OMG.... it's a poncho in your link, my nan made me loads of them MANY years ago LOL

Lisa said...

Your crochet bag is gorgeous Hazel! I'm so envious of your talent with crochet, I'd love to be able to make myself one of those bags for one of my wips, it's so cheerful.
Lovely progress on your Sampler as well.
Hope your kitty is better now.

Maaike said...

Hazel, what Prettyness!!! I love love love the bag you made! Oh wow, the colors... I want it too! Enjoy, it is very lovely.

Have a wonderful day, love Maaike

Raggedystitcher said...

I LOVE your crochet bag! Well done Hazel :)
Happy Belated birthday my friend across the sea!

Louise in FL xx

Aussie Stitcher said...

Love your bag. Hope you had a lovely birthday and that your kitty is feeling better.

Brigitte said...

Ohhh, such a lovely bag. It looks perfect.
I just had to giggle a bit about the fact that you have WIPs and UFOs in both handcrafts now. Aren't we all the same, no matter what needlecraft we are doing? Lol.

Brigitte said...

Happy belated birthday!!!!

Hearthandmade said...

i was just enjoying reading all your blog posts until i saw *my* kitty! I nearly fainted lol. same moustache and everything. Im just guna go check she's sleeping where i left her :p

Im glad I found your blog ^_^