When I read about the stitch journal project here I knew this was just the push I needed to get out my embroidery and play. It's been months. More like months and months and months.
But for some strange, out-of-character reason I've been in a ...let's finish things before starting something else....frame of mind. Blanket. Check. Twisted. Check. I even finished a couple facecloths/dishrags that didn't merit a photo or Ravely space. I just couldn't wrap my head around totally putting aside yarn and dragging out floss and starting something new. I still want to. Just not right now.
So while all this thinking and excuse-making was going on in my head, I found myself needing a new PPP (Portable-Purse-Project) and started a mindless project bag from some leftover somethings. (I guess that makes it a PPP-PB.) The grey yarn I started with ran a bit short...grabbed some ivory to work into it before the grey was totally gone. Now I've used up both grey and ivory....so how about dark grey i-cord handles? The bag body needed some of that dark grey for balance....and the next thing you know, I'm doodle-stitching all over the bag. Leaves across the bottom tie in with the lining (which of course, no one would ever see but me)---some little knit leaves (hanging out on one of my baskets) found a new home, and where in the world did that pompom come from??? It was just bouncing around with some sock yarn in a drawer. Because I was too lazy to drag out the sewing machine, the lining was handstitched---and then embroidered into place, and before I knew it, I had a 'stitched' project.
I'm counting this as a journal page. It's not. It's not even close. But.... it was fun!
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Recipe for your own PPP-PB!
Odds and ends of any kind of yarn---and a 24" circular needle somewhat in the right 'range' for your yarn
- CO enough stitches so you are able to knit in the round, marking the beginning with a stitch marker.
- Knit, knit, knit until you are approximately 2" from where you want the top of your bag to be, changing colors willy-nilly
- YO, K2tog at the beginning of the round, and again at the 1/2 way around point. (This will give you 2 eyelets for the I-cord handles)
- Continue knitting for about 1 1/2"-2".
- Next round, *YO, K2tog... (repeat) all the way around, making a little picot edging
- Continue knit, knit, knitting until the piece after the picot edge (turned down) covers the eyelet holes by a couple rows.
- Bind off. Fold at the picot edge and stitch down the hem.
- Mattress stitch the bottom of the bag closed.
- Make 2 I-cord pieces, each long enough to thread through an eyelet and come out the same eyelet, knotting the two ends together. (Do this for each eyelet, and you will have a bag you can pull tight easily.
- Line it if you choose to!