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Project Bags

Today it was cold out and I think the change in weather made me feel like cleaning.  I went into my craft room and started cleaning up both of the book shelves.  I really need bigger ones, but until then, I have to work with what I have.  There was a towering pile on one, threatening to fall over any second, so I started there.  Now it’s still a stack, but much more organized and I actually made shelf out of the top to hold knitting books that don’t fit on the actual shelves.  The stack isn’t threatening to fall over any longer, either.  Now I can find things!  Yay!

Well, after that I saw the fabric stack and started organizing that, too.  Then the sewing bug bit me.  I guess I got a little to close to the sewing machine!  Next thing I knew, I had two Leetle Bags (except, one not so leetle!).

Here’s both of them, side by side:


This is the tall pink/red one:



Here’s the brown/blue stripe one (click on the photo to see the spirals):



And here they are side by side, with a ruler:


The pink one is 14 inches tall and the brown one is 7 1/2 inches tall.  I wanted a taller one to hold the larger skeins like Trekking XXL or the Austermann Step I’m using right now for the toe-up socks.  Since I gave the first one I made to my Sockapalooza 4 pal, I needed a smaller one for me, so I made the second one a little smaller.  I intended it to come out a bit taller, but I love it anyhow :o) 

I still have enough fabric for two more.  Maybe I’ll make them tomorrow.  For now, though, I’m ready to rest a bit.  It turns out that sewing takes a lot out of me!


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

One thought on “Project Bags

  1. I love it when people make Leetle Bags. I worked really hard to make a good pattern, and I’m glad you like it and are able to adjust it to be what you want. Yippee!

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