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A Scrabble Bag, Bobbins, and Two WIPs

The silver plastic tile bag that came with our game of Scrabble was falling apart at the seams, so I decided to sew us a new one.  I don't have a lot of experience sewing bags-- or anything "3-D" / not blanket-flat.

I've hemmed some cut-off jeans (hurray for cooler capri pants!), made some pillow shams, pillow inserts for stuffing, dog toys (smaller pillows/tubes), a cover for my old sewing machine, and a couple of extremely simple (but still flawed) bags, but I'm definitely not in my comfort zone when sewing anything that has "shape".  (I'd like to make myself some pj pants and a lightweight kimono-style robe from sheets, but I'm kinda scared of sewing clothes!)

Considering all that, even a small bag was a little intimidating!  I found this video tutorial, though, and thought, "That looks manageable." So I went stash-diving and chose a colorful (even kind of crazy) fat quarter, part of an old sheet for the lining, two smaller scraps f…

Various and Sundry

Today, I have a couple each of FOs and WIPs. 

First, the most boring of the bunch-- another crochet mesh grocery bag.  I've lost track of how many of these I've made, at this point.  It might be the seventh one. 

The project link above has all the particulars, but suffice it to say that these are handy bags for toting some things (not so great for others, of course, with all those holes), and they work up quickly.  I made this one mainly because I had one final skein of that variegated mercerized cotton and couldn't think of anything better to do with it.  This way, at least it's out of my stash, and it's a useful object. 


Second FO:
Earlier this week, I decided I'd like a box of tissues for my bedside table.  Time to make a kitschy tissue box cover!  This was the fourth such cover I've crocheted (two as gifts), so I was familiar with the pattern.  It works out great every time! 

I pulled four balls of yarn from my scrap bag (the one I'm using for granny…

Doily FO: "Wispweave"

The third and final doily I squeezed out of those two skeins of Alize Miss Batik (color "3713") was not a Grace Fearon design, for a change!

I crocheted "Wispweave", a pattern by Julia Hart.


This is a pattern for a small doily that works up quickly and has an appealing, floral motif.

It does have some texture (in the form of fp, bp, popcorn, and picot stitches), but it's not particularly difficult, by the standard of a lot of the patterns I've been crocheting lately.  (However, I did find the ch-2 picots a little tricky to make "prettily", for some reason.  If I make this pattern again and remember, I might increase those to ch-3 picots and see if I like that better.)

There's a minor error in the last round of the written instructions.  The repeat is missing a picot that you can see in the sample photo, but it’s easy enough to guess where to put it to achieve symmetry.


I used the same hook as usual (1.75mm Clover Amour), and of course the thre…

Doily FO: "Poppy"

Last FO post, I mentioned that I had a lot of the second skein of Alize Miss Batik left over from that doily ("Emma").  I decided to start another of Grace Fearon's doily patterns-- this time one that others have already crocheted (with great results) with that same line of thread.

Here's my "Poppy":


Again, the thread is Alize Miss Batik (colorway "3713").


So much fun to watch the colors change as you crochet!  And the results are one-of-a-kind, since even using the same thread can yield distinctive results, depending on where in the color change you start.


I used the same hook as (almost) always-- 1.75mm Clover Amour steel hook.


This was a fun pattern, and it doesn't use that much thread, really, so it's a good choice for partial skeins where you have a decent bit of thread left over.


This would also be a good candidate for build-your-own colorways (changing color every round or section, using a variety of single-color threads).


This is a…

You're Weird, Amazon...

Um, I think Amazon might be a little... confused.

I was looking at bobbins-- you know, those things that you use in a sewing (or quilting) machine that provides the bottom thread?  They come in a few variations, but those metal spools on the left of the photo below are a typical example.

Well, I guess Amazon's computer brain (?) thinks they look like rolls of toilet paper, because look at the recommendation at the bottom right of this first photo!


"Try Presto!, Amazon's Choice for Toilet Paper".

...Eh, maybe not right now, Amazon...

Then on another product page, for a different type of bobbin, there are these "sponsored products related to this item".  The first four are all good.  Ooh, ahh!  Pre-wound bobbins!  A "classic wooden magnetic bobbin holder"!  Even more bobbins!  And then... an "aluminum restroom etiquette sign"?  "DON'T FORGET TO FLUSH".  ...O-kay...


(Ah, well, I thought it was funny!  It gave me a good laugh, …

WIP: Scrappy Granny Squares

Writing this post title reminds me that I have yet to take photos of the lastscrappy granny square afghan I crocheted.  It was finished in March of this year, but I still haven't taken photos of the completed afghan.

Actually, after it got to a certain temperature, I made the decision to wait until cooler weather returned to fuss about with blankets.  The only problem is that autumn has been very (very) slow to arrive, this year.  It looks like it may have finally ventured this far south, now, so I hope it won't be too much longer before I feel like taking some beauty shots!  (I'm not using it until after the photo shoot, to keep it pristine!)

...Anyway, you may recall that I had a number of granny squares that didn't make the cut for that afghan.  I just looked at the color mix and decided that I didn't like that one hot pink with the other colors, so I left out any squares in which it appeared.  Then there were some that had outer rounds of a color that had too l…

Doily FO: "Emma"

Hi again!
I've had today's FO (and a couple others) finished for a while, but I took my time taking the photos-- and then when I finally did take photos, most of them turned out too blurry to share.  After taking a second round of photos (a couple weeks later, of course), I'm finally ready to say, "This is good enough"! ;o)

This doily, "Emma", is another Grace Fearon pattern.


I used Alize Miss Batik thread in the colorway numbered "3713".  I didn't make a note of exactly how much yardage I used... (Oops.)  I usually don't need as much as the higher end of the range suggested in the pattern, with this designer's doilies, but I did need a little more than one skein of Miss Batik.


In this case, I was happy to have leftovers for another pattern, but if you had only one skein to start with, you could stretch it out by supplementing a few rounds with another thread-- maybe a solid color that closely matches or coordinates with the color…