Friday, 6 January 2012

Knit one, Backstitch two.....

A little while ago  I promised to show the gifts I'd made for Christmas presents.

I think it's always nice to have pretty tools and storage for needle crafts, and most of us never have the resources or inclination to  buy them for ourselves. ( Plus it's usually quite expensive!)
My  eldest niece has begun to knit  for her first baby,  due next month, and has been  trying to  keep everything in a pretty Cath Kidston knitting needle case she was given for a present -  as you might imagine this was not working too well!   

I decided to create her a special knitting bag and added pretty stitch markers and other knitting accessories in the pocket. Yellow  is her favourite colour (which is  also very useful  at the moment as we don't know if it's a boy or a girl!) There had to be some embroidery of course.  I designed  a knitted yellow baby bootee as the motif, as a reminder of this special time.

The design  needed to be very  Retro/homemade  looking to tie in with the choice of fabric 
(Tanya Whelan). I used some lovely old fashioned handles, and lined it with the smaller rose print fabric you can see on the pocket.


The handles are attached with Cotton Perle chain stitched for extra strength, and to add to the retro look. I re-inforced the side seam openings too!

Then I found out  my sister- in- law  did not have a proper knitting bag either! I liked the design of Katherine's so much I created another for her mum, using her favourite colours and preferred style. This bag is in a pretty 'mock Elizabethan embroidery' print, lined with a toning cream sprig fabric, and slightly different the embroidery design.

I'm very pleased to say they  were both  delighted!

And, finally I actually managed to make myself something, - which almost never happens! A smart, padded case for my lovely new Kindle to sleep snugly in.

What did you  make? or what are you planning to create this year? I'd love to know.


  1. Yeah, I rarely make stuff for myself either. I suppose I'm doing more of it these days, but still, on the whole, it's a pretty small fraction of total projects.

    Love the knitting bag logos!=)

    Back to my TAST sample, which I should be able to showcase soon....

  2. I usually don't get around to it, but this year I made myself a necklace!

  3. Gorgeous gifts! And I do like your Kindle case design - do you have a pattern for that? I need to make (or buy...) one for my husband.

  4. What beautiful gifts - gorgeous stitching and fabrics! I love the Kindle case too.

  5. I love those bags and how you have made each one special. Did you make up the pattern?

  6. Hi friend! I'm still here! Oh was it a crazy year 2011 and I think I am catching my breath a little anyways. I hope this note finds you well. Your knit bag is just so cute and I love all of your stitches. Thinking of you and ready to be blogging again!

  7. Yippee! Something for you! Love the bags too! Beautiful!


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