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April WIPs

There is a pretty busy month behind me: I worked a lot, started a language course and we made a little trip with my husband. It was also busy in my mind and heart. I am so emotional nowadays, I feel that I need to do some changes, but don't know the 'what' and 'how-to', I just feel, there is something wrong around me. It freakes me out and makes me depressed. 
But I am crafting a lot, because I want to make my days a little bit nicer.
I have finished a cardigan this month. See my WIP and modelled pictures on Rav project page. Lili turned to one this month, so I also joined to my CAL to complete a chickie pillow for her. For the ultimate cuteness see my pictures from her. 
I have started a new bag project.

At this point it may remind to a tablecloth:

This weird circle will be a hippy bag for the Summer: colorful and very roomie. Currently it doesn't look like a bag, but trust me, it will be a bag! I wanted to gift it to my brother's girlfriend, but I have realized, that she prefers neutrals. So I will keep it to myself.
Honestly it is a little bit boring project: I am making just hdc's around. It is a perfect travelling project, but doesn't use up my crafty energy. 

Now I am working on redecorating our apartment, there won't be big changes, but every home need some refreshment sometime. So now I push my energy to uplift it with some organizing and new accessories.
I did the organizing part while I was doing the Spring cleaning. Now I am making new throw pillows for the living room. Our living room is very masculine: dark shades of brown and green, dark wooden furnitures, leather couch and lot of metal things with lime green wall. I must break down this darkness.
For the pillows I chosed an ecru fabric (80% cotton, 20% viscose) and brown fabric paint.

The paint I chosed is chestnut brown, matches perfectly to the living room:


I am making a few pillows with different patterns. To one of them I would like to paint an owl. I want just one owl pillow, more of them would look too childish in our very masculine living room. I made four sketches:


I think I will make a hundred more until I find the right one. I don't know yet, if it will be a big, detailed owl or a small one sitting on a branch. These are pretty simple sketches, because I don't want to risk, painting fabric is not easy since it is almost impossible to make corrections. So after I chosed the right one, I will have to make a perfect template and then start to paint. Please keep your fingers acrossed for me, I haven't painted from years!


I can't wait Wendsday to see all the your running craft projects!

Linking to: 


First time using bamboo

I am working on a big knitting project now as I mentioned in my latest WIP post. It will be a cardigan - the first I have ever made! It is almost finished, now is under blocking. {If you would like to see some peek visit my project page.}
Somehow this Spring is the season of the first things for me. I few weeks ago I completed my first triangular shawl. I was dreaming of a classy lace shawl from a while, but was waiting for the right time to start it. Our 4-day trip in March seemed the right time to work on this project - of course four night wasn't enough to complete a shawl, but at least I kept my hands busy.

The pattern I chosed is a very popular free pattern on Ravelry - I decided to play safe and wanted a doable pattern. So I downloaded Holden Shawlette from Mindy Wilkins. Great, well written instructions, easy to follow, repetitive motifs, so it was a perfect choice for our travel.
About the yarn I can't talk in superlatives. I used Alize Bamboo Batik Design. Well, bamboo is not my favourite fiber. Although it is so soft, I just don't like slippery materials and bamboo doesn't have a good memory - it looks worn very easily. 
This picture has been taken after a few times wear, the edges are curling. The picot edging totally disappeared and I am sad about it - all of that blocking work for nothing...
Although I am not 100% satisfied with my first triangular shawl and with bamboo yarn, I am sure that I am not done with it, I will give to bamboo an other chance :)

Basketweave Purse


I have finished my handbag a couple weeks ago and enjoy it so much! Currently I use it as a project bag to carry my knitting when I am out of home. It is so soft and big enough for a bigger running project (currently I am working on a cardigan).
The basketweave pattern is not mine, you can get the instructions from here.

Materials:
- 3 skeins DK weight yarn
- U.S. 7 / 4.00 mm needle
- for lining approx. half yard of wool fabric (optional)

Gauge: I didn't make gauge, it is not that important.

Notions:
- tapestry needle
- sewing thread

Instructions


Front and back

  • Cast on 96 sts. (The total number of stitches must be divisible by 4.) 
  • Start to work following the basketweave instructions until you reach desired length. I made 72 rows. Bind off and sew the ends. 
  • Make two pieces for the front and back of the bag. 


Sides and buttom

  • Cast on 150 stitches and with stockinette stitch knit a 4' (10 cm) wide stripe. Bind off. 
  • The size of your front and back pieces may differ from mine, change the number of stitches fitted to your bag's size. 
Assembly
  • Block the pieces before sewing.  
  • Sew the pieces together with your desired method. I used tapestry needle, but if you feel more comfortable, grab your crochet hook and slip stitch the pieces together. 

You may line your bag. I recommend to use some tighter fabric, like wool or felt to have a nice fitting. I used a deep purple wool and closed with a magnetic clasp.


Maybe linking to these parties:


Mop It Up Mondays @ I Should Mop the Floor  More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  Craft-O-Maniac Monday @ Craft-O-Maniac  Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative  Make Something Mondays @ Sarahndipities ♥ Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I am Topsy Turvy ♥ Share it Linky Party @ The Winthrop Chronicles  Hooking on Hump Day @ My Merry Messy Life ♥ Off The Hook @ Daisy Cottage Designs   Wow Us Wendesdays @ Savvy Southern Style  Somewhat Simple @ Somewhat Simply ♥ Friday Flair Linky Party @ Whipperberry  I love Fridays Linky Party @ Petals to Picots  ♥  Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest ♥ The Crochet Boulevard @ The Crochet Boulevard ♥  Link your stuff  @ Annemarie's Crochet Blog ♥  Nifty Thrifty Sundays @ Nifty Thrifty ♥ Think Pink Sundays @ Flamingo Toes ♥  Craft Schooling Sunday @Creative Jewish Mum  ♥ DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff  ♥ Colorful @ The Crochet Boulevard