Today I would like to highlight my first love in craft. Crotchet!.
I first fell in love with crotchet 5 years ago just when I got my first .Ageno. It was a trying time being a mother for the first time and it was also a time of self discovery. My need to improve myself and learn new things led me one day to google crochet and there an amazing world of colours string and hooks was opened to me.
I love to crotchet because to me it is like a special language, a special code, a way for people to express what is inside and create amazing things. Gosh,I could drone on all day if anyone let me. The versatility of crochet is what captivates, actually. How you can make just about anything with it. The possibilities are limitless as your imagination.from the simple booties, hats and scarves, to playgrounds made only of crotchet ! to doilies (which were very popular with our mothers and what we know as vitambas ) to bags, shoes, seriously limitless!.
Ok, I will admit for the longest time that crochet was one of the the last things I took seriously. Crotchet was knitting and knitting was crotchet in my world. Then came this evening not so long ago from today, I was poking fun, pun intended, at Evie about it. She had been encouraging me to take up crotchet. and her best pitch until then was, “Dudes are actually really good at this’. Ridiculous right?.” So what do you see in this”. I was still unconvinced. Then she goes on to explain how she sees fractals in the patterns she’s ‘crotcheting’. It took me while to pick what was left of my jaw from the floor. ‘You see fractals when you are crotcheting!?” now I was intrigued. Imagine that if you can and if you don’t know what a fractal is then you’ve got some homework to do…Am now thinking of signing up for classes, seriously fractals?.
P.S. I still have enough humble pie left if anyone is interested.
Evietheskivee & Bonnythecrony
Hey ya’ll everyone good? We caught up yet? Ok! Good! Good!…Now that we are done with the formalities, how’s about we dive right into it. 🙂
Wow I must say that this bag was an absolute labour of love (emphasis on labour). After my practice bag, this was a great success by the way. I thought I really had this one in the ‘bag’ (pun intended). But alas it was not so! The pockets on the side for some stupid reason didn’t fit as measured.
The corners were a serious pain to do with my steadfast but often old school sewing machine who I’ve endearingly nicknamed ‘the dude’…that’s a story for another day. So as I was saying, I ended up hand stitching those bad boys one corner at a time. Then the leather accents refused to align so they were a bit off symmetry…to mention but a few more issues I had to go through. This is why I need to buy some good rulers, my tape measure and twelve inch ruler are not cutting it anymore. 🙂
All I can say with great pleasure that once it was done, as a whole, it turned out to be one of my best and favorite bags I’ve done thus far. An added bonus, the client I made it for loved it and none of my mistakes made less of an impact. All the glory of course goes to my heavenly father whose grace has proven to be more than sufficient and who I dedicate this blog to. Welcome all I’m Evie the Skivee and let me take you on a bag journey where you see a part of my life through the bags I make. We’ll talk about stuff, laugh about stuff and make stuff till our pretty, little fingers fall off!
I was recently commissioned to do a messenger bag by someone who saw a bag I did for a mutual friend and the thing is I had never done a messenger bag before.
Well not exactly…I tried doing one a few months ago and I can tell you it was a serious disaster. It was so disappointing that I had almost sworn off messenger bags. So to my chagrin, when I got this job I had no idea how I was even going to begin making it. But alas, a plan was hatched.
I had some fabric which I bought at the market for dirt cheap and I had been looking for the perfect bag to make it with but I kept hitting a wall because it had such a drab print and was also a bit worse for wear. It was the best fabric to make a test bag to see how the real thing would turn out. So now I could begin my very intimidating bag.
The really awesome not so dude’s test bag but cute sunflower messenger bag
My second attempt at the bag turned out so brilliantly that I’am happy to say the test bag is now a great bag by its own right. I finished it off with a cute crocheted sunflower to accentuate its colour palate and gave it an official name. It is now the REALLY AWESOME NOT SO DUDE’S TEST BAG BUT CUTE SUNFLOWER MESSENGER BAG. Yeah I know, I still have to work on the name.
Now I could begin the DUDE BAG with ease knowing that I had this in the bag (pun intended). So its was on to the next one.