Look what turned up in the mail this week! I won a giveaway (yes again, aren't I the lucky one). This came from Putting On The Charms who had a giveaway on her blog. This gorgeous charm bracelet is what I won. She had several to choose from and it was really difficult as they are all beautiful.
One of the features I like about Blogger is the bloglist which shows you the blogs you follow, in order of the most recently updated. You get to see just enough of the post to decide if you want to visit the blog and read it all. I'd love to read them all but there are just too many of them! Browsing the other day, I suddenly spotted my name - Averilpam - what a surprise, I'd won a giveaway prize! It was on The Hookery. My prize was a set of three Scrubbitty cloths. These are crocheted in lovely soft but strong cotton and can be used for anything you like. Mine are pink, blue and green and I've decided to use them as facecloths, they are too nice to use for washing up! You can find them on Folksy at Scrubbitty . Claire has another shop, Eidelweiss, which sells a great assortment of crochet items - scarves, blankets and cushions; toys, bags and decorations.
I've had an idea for a new bag design for quite a long time. I made a larger bag from felted mohair fabric and had an idea for incorporating the handles into the bag but when I made it I went disastrously wrong and the holes for the handles are uneven. I kept the bag as I really like it despite the wonky handles and it has been much admired when I have been out and about. I decided I would make more of them but find a way to do the handles properly. One way to do this is to make the handles separately, which I have chosen to do with the bag I am currently making. This bag is much smaller than the mohair bag, and I'm making it with linen and with a silk lining. I have made some felt for the handles and my first attempt to sew them together looked really messy but fortunately they were also too big so I've cut them down and am hopefully going to get this bag finished today.
Here are the pieces of bag I am working on. I've used a magnetic closure that is sewn into the lining so it can't be seen. While I've been writing this Monty the cat has taken up residence in his favourite chair - which just happens to be the chair at the desk where I sew.
I don't think I have the heart to move him just yet! I'll have a cup of tea and decide what to do next.