Ready for lunch

The day after Thanksgiving, my family usually hits the mall.  I do not.  I enjoy the calm and the aloneness and do whatever I want that doesn’t involve cooking any more complicated than hitting a few microwave buttons.

Today I got to sew all day.  On Wednesday I finished adding the final sashing  strips to my king sized Growing Up Odd top.

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Just checking the size

Today I pieced together a back for it.

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Now I just need to get a king sized piece of batting and I will take it to school to pin baste.

Then I used this tutorial and some scraps of canvas I dug out of the fabric closet to make a lunch bag.  I think a dark color would be more practical, but this is what was on hand so I figured I could try it out and then decide if I wanted to make any changes.

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The scrap canvas is actually leftover from the ironing surface I made a while back, as you can see in the picture above.

It turned out really cute, and just the right size.

I sewed it pretty much as the tutorial directed, except I cut the notches for the bottom corners a little bigger to give it more width, and I sewed my own straps.  I also improvised strings by braiding some cotton yarn.

I tested it out and it fits everything I need it to, including the Pyrex container I use when I take soup.  Come Monday, I am prepared.

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A few finishes

While we were pretty busy over the holiday, I did get some time in on a couple of projects.

I finished my most recent triangle scarf: Drachenfels. I followed the pattern pretty much exactly except for the gauge and one part near the end where I didn’t read the pattern closely enough and left out a stripe.  It is a good pattern to use small or partial skeins and could easily be modified to any size, types of yarn, or stripe pattern

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I also made myself a tote for work as I’m tired of juggling my lunch bag, purse, and knitting bag through the parking lot.  I think the alphabet fabric is perfect for working in a school.

I didn’t really have a pattern, though I looked at a few tote tutorials just to remind myself of the steps before I started.

I quilted the outer fabric first in one big piece and then cut it to size.  I used the outer panels as the pattern for the lining pieces.  I covered cotton straps with black canvas to make them sturdy, put an outer pocket between the straps and two inner pockets also lined with canvas for sturdiness.  It turned out just like the picture in my head, which doesn’t always happen!

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