Do you ever have that feeling want to make something completely new, and that you can finish really quickly so that your existing projects don’t quite count as having been abandoned? As sort of hit of the lovely happy feeling of having finished something to boost your commitment to the giant ripple blanket gently growing but months and possibly even years away from completion. I think it’s the creative equivalent of writing something on a list that you’ve already done, just so you can cross it off again.
So I picked up the free cover kit from the latest Mollie Makes and the little crochet hook that came with it and got going. The girls have been sighing in anticipation over the dream catcher ever since the latest issue arrived and with Kitty complaining of terrible dreams about onions it seemed only right to do something about it and find a way to make all their dreams full of sunshine, rainbows and ice cream.
It’s a really sweet little project, it took me an evening to make, even after I had to look up double crochet on you tube because my ripple blanket is all trebles and it seems to have wiped my ability to remember any other crochet stitch. The mandala came together very nicely and very quickly, and as it didn’t need to be sewn onto the hoop but was crocheted instead it was all a piece of cake, right up to the felt feathers, which I roughly sketched and approximated from the pattern rather than cutting out a template, ostensibly because all feathers should be unique but mostly because I couldn’t be bothered to get up off the sofa and go to find some tracing paper.
The girls discovered it hanging from the handle of my chest of drawers the next morning, loved it, hugged it (gently) and called it theirs. It has been hung on their drawers, on the head of each of their beds (alternating, depending on who’s home at the time) and has now finally found a universally acceptable home dangled from Elma’s name bunting (that’s why it looks a bit blurry in the top picture, I’ve smooshed her name out).
And so far, there have been no more reports of dreams about onions.
Having done one mini project I was itching for another, and to be honest, itching to do a little sewing without having to cut out the rest of the hundred gazillion triangles that I am womanfully making my way through at the moment. And I remember that although I’ve had a copy of Cath Kidston’s SEW for a while, and even used the patterns as inspiration for a few projects, I’d never actually got around to making the cover kit, a handbag in my favourite sort of Cath fabric, all little flowers and duck egg blue. It’s the kind of fabric that reminds me of my Grannie’s kitchen curtains in the best possible way.
I pulled out the bundle, realised that the fabric was pre-cut (PRE-CUT!!!) and about 30 seconds later I was at the machine, loading up a bobbin and rethreading the machine in a nice pale blue. The pattern is deceptively simple for what looks like it could be quite complicated; the whole assembly took me two evenings, and that’s only because I started at 10pm the first night. The most tricky thing in the entire thing was getting the button loop to turn inside out.
I love the pattern and the style and I think the only thing I would change if I make it again would be to make the shoulder strap about half an inch narrower, but I think that’s personal style as much as anything.
If I make it again – who are we kidding. I am absolutely determined that this is going to be my bag but I’ve already rescued it from Kitty prancing around the garden, and discovered it full of Elma’s building blocks and a fairy, and when I explained that this was Mummy’s there was only one response:
“So Mummy, when you make one for me…”
It’s a good job I like the pattern when I’ve got two more to make!
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