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Unfinished Business

Remember my Rene purse?  Probably not.  I started it so long ago, and although the knitting didn't take long, I put off sewing the lining until today. 

Pattern:Rene from Rowan Big Just Got Bigger (I got my pattern from an insert in a UK knitting magazine)
Yarn:Handpaintedyarn.com hand-spun bulky in Polar Morn
Notes: The pattern itself was fine--it went quickly because of the bulky yarn.  I thought it was a bit odd that the pattern had a different number of reverse stockinette stitches on the sides of each piece, making the bobbles not really centered on the purse.  Of course it's not noticeable without really scrutinizing it, so no big deal!  I absolutely love the color of the yarn!  It's so gorgeous.


What actually inspired me to finish this was my class at Sew Crafty Houston (and the leftover fabric that I had from the class).  It was great!  Sarah is a fabulous teacher and I am so proud of my pretty tote bag:
Even though I've sewed a few things before, I never really felt like I knew what I was doing.  It's so much easier having someone walk you through all of the steps!  Otherwise I tend to cut corners, and that makes for some not-so-nice projects.  Hopefully this will give me the confidence to finally use some of the sewing patterns I've been buying!


There are also a few other projects that haven't been blogged about because they were secrets until recently.  In case you're wondering what I've been up to:
  • Our Stitch n' Bitch knit squares for a baby blanket for Sharron!  Isn't it pretty?  Credit goes to Kelly for all of the seaming and edging.
  • More secret baby knits for another Sharon are here!


Both bags are great - good job!
The baby blanket is lovey, and the secret baby knits are so cute :)

Posted by: Octopus Knits | 06/08/2008

I've always wanted to take a sewing class. your bag looks really nice, and I'm sure it's great to know how to finish something with nice details.

Posted by: amanda | 06/09/2008

Both bags look great - I love the fabric on the sewn bag. That blanket for Sharron looks amazing - what a great group project.

Posted by: essjay | 06/11/2008

What a fun purse! It's so nice to finish the details on those FOs. It sounds like you are really enjoying your sewing class! Robin of Yarn Crawl has also been sewing up a storm with her new patterns.

Posted by: Debby | 06/11/2008

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