Ever worked on a project that you loved so much that you couldn't wait to give it to the person you made it for? That's how I felt last night when I finished up a gift for a co-worker friend. She's been such a great help this year. One act of kindness deserves another, right?
I really enjoyed working on this bag and was ecstatic when another friend helped me pick out this fabulous fabric on Friday. (Note the alliteration here - fabulous fabric Friday!) The body of the bag was really simple and mindless to some degree. The handles took some thought, as it was a new pattern. The most tedious work is always the finishing process, which for this bag was the fabric lining. After I finished the bag, I drew out a fabric pattern to match. I machine sewed the lining to create a bag the exact shape as the crocheted one, but a tad smaller. Then I hand-stitched the lining to the inside of the crocheted bag.
The bag was delivered today and she loved it, which of course made me all smiles. I think I'll have to make this bag again, but shorten it some by decreasing the amount of repeated chevron stitches.
And yes, I used yarn stash. I only purchased two small skeins of the ecru and variegated cotton yarns. Did you realize that it's past June 5th and I'm officially off the diet???? I didn't celebrate by running to the nearest yarn store. I think I may have been fixed. The self-employed intervention just might have worked. Hummm....