Sunday, March 13, 2016

Geo Pop Canvas Tote

Hi all -

I've been invited by a friend to join in a quote challenge. The rules of the challenge are to:

1 - Thank the person who nominated me.
2 - Post a quote a day for 3 days.
3 - Each day nominate 3 new bloggers to take part.

So, many thanks to Terry Knott for nominating me! You can follow her quilting journey here. She makes a lot of beautiful quilts and shares her design process along the way. Very interesting!

For the second part, I don't blog daily so I'll share quotes in three blogs. I want to share quotes about creativity and inspiration, but the state of the world (and our country in particular) has been weighing heavily on my mind so I had to go to with this:

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
-- Albert Einstein

I promise I'll be more positive in my next quotes!

I'll have to skip the third rule because I don't follow very many blogs. There just aren't enough hours in the day!

Now on to what I've been working on......

Last year I purchased a couple of kits for bags from Craftsy when they were on sale. I decided it was time to get those made. I was able to finish the first one since my last blog. The pattern is called the "Geo Pop Canvas Bag". I felt the instructions were pretty poor, but the bag did turn out nice:

I've also continued with my knitting. I finished the mobius cowl that I had started in my last blog post. I really like how it turned out. By request, here is Lance modeling it:

You can't see it well because Wesley was pretty sure that he needed to be in the picture, too. You can wear it long, like Lance is doing above, or you can double it up to keep your neck warmer:

And here you can see the lace patterning with a little bit of cabling and you get an idea of what the picot bind off looks like:

This was my first attempt at the picot bind off (which I had never heard of before) and it doesn't look as good as the picture in the book, but I still like it a lot.

I also made another cowl:

This one is made with some yarn that I bought 25 or so years ago to make a crocheted blanket. A friend showed me how to crochet and I started the blanket and then put it aside and when I went back to it years later, I couldn't remember how I did it so I couldn't finish it. I had bought a bunch of yarn to make sure that I didn't run out, so now I want to use it up making stuff to put in my bag for the homeless next fall. This yarn is a bit stiff:

but I think it's still pretty and will definitely keep someone warm. You'll be seeing a lot more stuff made with this yarn in the future......

And, finally, just a little picture of Lance enjoying our spring-like weather:

This is shear relaxation and joy in the sunshine! Of course, I always have to check for breathing when I first see him out there like this....



  1. Springtime weather makes me feel just like Lance rolling in the sunshine and smelling the dirt! Life is great! The tote is wonderful. Are you keeping it? I need to make one for my quilting projects; but, I've been stymied by comments about pattern directions being poor. I really don't want to take on a project where I have to decipher directions! I just want to have some fun!--Terry

    1. I think I will be keeping this one. I'm also in the middle of another one that is called "Poolside Bag". This bag is open on the top, but has a pocket on the front that can be zippered if desired. So far, those instructions are excellent. I should be done and have pictures in my next blog post. It should be good for carrying projects if you don't mind the open top.