I have long been a fan of the pillow case for keeping sewing, knitting and crocheting clean. I also use them as general bags for sewing etc especially if I have to take them anywhere.
They serve a purpose but the are not perfect. Often too big for the content and not easy to carry.
So it got me thinking, why buy something and why ‘make do’ when I can make exactly what I want?
So here is a my new crochet bag for when I am working at my occasional stall at Harringay Market. It is made in the fabric to match the basket cover I made and am using to carry my cash tin, pins, pegs, bunjies, note book etc etc to the market.
It will be getting some use when we are there again on the 3rd of February.
But to be honest, my crochet bag was a bit of a dry run in order to perfect the detail and design. It had been inspired by my lovely friend V. V creates wonderful jewellery, amazing food stuff and dips her toe very successfully into sewing, knitting and all things crafty. When V and I did the last stall together at Harringay Market, we got 5 mins to sit and make. At the time V’s was knitting an absolutely lovely grey silky knit for a friend’s baby which was being transported in her large basket along with a bunch of other stuff. I knwo she takes great care with delicate things but it got me thinking.
So with her birthday in January (like my very own) and knowing that she would
a) knit something again now the baby is here and the gift completed
b) loves hand made things
c) since I was happy with what was needed for her knitting bag now I had tried it out for my own crocheting.
I made a knitting bag for the lovely wooly wonders that she quietly produces.
The principle is the same for each. Pockets on the inside sized specifically for scissors, pattern and needles. Pockets on the outside for spare wool, clips and anything else that might be needed and handles.
What I realised from my first attempt that I will use for my crochet is that a silky fabric lining would make it so much easier to get things in and out of the bag. V has a very pretty matching silky lining and pockets that I think makes it look quite sweet.
It has been received well and I very much look forward to seeing the next gorgeous make that V will go onto.