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My Knitting Bag {handmade for Elma}


I did say there might be a slight sense of deja vu to anything I made this week, and that’s probably because at the time of writing my post about Kitty’s project bag I was already being petitioned by a three year old for something similar – and when I was cutting out the butterflies for Kitty I’d realised that I had just enough fabric to make another butterfly bag, and cut out two extra panels.

And as sewing things up the second time is so much quicker than the first because you don’t have to keep referring back to the instructions, and in this case the instructions are so very nice and simple that I pretty much had them memorised, one evening of cutting out the other pieces and a murmured, “I’ll just go and start the first couple of seams”, turned into a finished project bag sat on Elma’s dining room chair the next morning.

Space for the Butterflies - handmade knitting bag

The accent fabric you might recognise, it’s the very last little bit of one of my Laura Ashley fat quarters from Elma’s twirly skirt. I didn’t have quite enough to cut it all out of one section so it’s pieced, but I figured that for the accent, which will usually be all scrunched up when the bag’s closed, that would be barely noticeable, and in all of my pictures you can only see it when the bag is stretched out open and empty.

Space for the Butterflies - handmade knitting bag

Space for the Butterflies - handmade knitting bag

The lining is a batik print fat quarter that I found in the stash, in all of Elma’s favourite pinks and purples. I used it for the lining and then pieced together three 2 inch widths to make the ties. They are a little bit shorter than the pattern calls for, but they’re just long enough that the bag can be opened up completely and laid flat, and as Elma is only three I think it works in her favour too when she uses the ties to wear it as a backpack (which happens a lot); the bag sits nicely at her lower back, not dangling around her knees.Space for the Butterflies - handmade knitting bag

When I made Kitty’s the motivation was to give her somewhere lovely to keep her finger knitting (and apparently now her camera – all the important things together!), and with Elma it was to make sure that she didn’t feel left out.  Elma has watched us try finger knitting, and even played around with looping big chunky wool over her still tiny fingers but she doesn’t have any knitting of her own to speak of.  Instead her bag has played home to Orlan and Rain-or-Shine (her little dolls), a toy car, and a small plastic pony, which all sounds very sensible to me.

But what really makes me smile, is that when she refers to it, it’s always “my knitting bag”: she may be too little to do more than play but she knows that when the time comes she’s all set up to go!

Space for the Butterflies - handmade knitting bag

And because it was a week of finishing, or more acurately, because we drove two hours up to my in-laws in Yorkshire on Saturday, and by “we” I mean H, I had lots of lovely knitting time in which to finish not only Kitty’s latest cardigan (more on which another time because it’s still blocking) but also make some serious progress on H’s February Christmas socks.

Space for the Butterflies - hand knit socks

These ones are just my standard recipe for socks for H; 72 sts on 2.5mm needles with a heel flap heel (I love the way the slipped stitches mix up the colours on the heel). It’s nice easy, knit without thinking knitting, and it lets all the beautiful colours in the yarn shine front and centre.  This is Wollmeise Twin in Pfauenauge which apparently means peacock, which makes perfect sense when you look at the colours.

Space for the Butterflies - hand knit socks

And so on Sunday morning, while he went for a run, and Pip delighted and exhausted his grandparents in equal measure, I spent a very decadent hour curled up in bed with the girls tucked up next to me and knit and knit and knit until they were done.Space for the Butterflies - hand knit socks

H arrived home before I’d quite finished but they were done before he finished his shower so I’m claiming that as a draw.  And with that, I’m half way through his Christmas present knitting. Two pairs down, two to go, and then I can start on the Birthday knitting – maybe I need a new knitting bag for me?

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On




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  • Alina 26/02/2016 at 2:48 pm

    What a cute bag! I am ashamed to say I bout my first sewing machine 3 years ago and still haven’t made a single thing on it. I just can’t stop knitting 🙂 Now I know what my first sweing project should be – a knitting bag! Thank you for the idea!

  • Kim 26/02/2016 at 3:20 pm

    Love the “knitting bag” and I love that Elma calls it that. Too cute! Those socks are awesome, love the colours!

  • Paige @ Quilted Blooms 26/02/2016 at 4:13 pm

    Just love the colors in the socks! And what a cute bag! #1 spot on CMQ, way to go!

  • Adaliza 26/02/2016 at 4:21 pm

    Great socks! I finished my daughter’s birthday/Christmas scarf a couple of weeks ago. Ah well – happy knitting!

  • Lee Cockrum 27/02/2016 at 3:00 am

    You amaze me at how productive you are…all while working full time, and taking care of your family!! I need to focus more on the things I love to do.

  • Evelyn 01/03/2016 at 12:05 pm

    Those socks are wonderful! I love the bag too but the socks are just WOW

    • Carie 01/03/2016 at 9:50 pm

      It’s the joys of Wollmeise!!

  • Sally 31/03/2016 at 8:42 pm

    Elma’s bag is gorgeous too, and I think toddlers/young children can’t have too many bags, so good for many purposes. Love those socks as well, that wool is great.