Thursday, August 19, 2010

My creative space.

There's a bit of this and a bit of that going on in my creative space this morning.

I've been going back to crochet basics trying to work out how to hook a rectangle. A granny rectangle. It doesn't quite have the same ring to its name as the granny square but it has so many possibilities. I'm a bit excited. Its the small things...

I must say, it felt great to be hooking again after all this time.

And I've been making a lap top cozy for Miss Mary Mac who has a bit of travel in her near future.

I've used some old woollen blanket and based it on a picture I saw a while back in a book in a shop in Woodend. Why oh why didn't I buy that book? I've been dreaming about all the gorgeous pictures inside it ever since.

Here's a peek at the vintage sheet lining and all the unsnipped threads.

I crocheted a trim for the flap to be tucked into but then sewed it to the wrong side. Oops!

So right now, after I press publish and admire Pepper's block tower, I'm going to continue crocheting this trim which I will make much wider and longer than the last. This one will be stitched to the back of the bag and have room at the front for the flap to tuck in and secure.

Maybe I'll do a button or velcro closure too.

So what's going on in your space today?
I'm heading to Kirsty's to see.
Have a creative Thursday y'all. XX

40 comments:

  1. Love your rectangle :)..And the bag is awesome..Love the crochet strap idea!

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  2. Love the laptop bag with your trademark vintage sheet lining! And your crochet trims are gorgeous! Very inspiring as always!

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  3. Gorgeous bag Kate. You always manage to turn the most practical items into gorgeous works of art. Love it.

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  4. Such a great looking AND functional bag which is a double win.

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  5. Love that bag, very snug.
    Isn't that always the way? The book that you flick through and put back is the one that remains with you!
    Happy making.

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  6. I like you lap top bag esp the trim and no help sorry on the rectangle, looks good what you have done though.

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  7. love your lap top bag, so clever, & grey of course, my favourite! SNAP! on the block tower, ours is way too high for it's narrow foundations, look out!!

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  8. great bag, love the lining, looks lovely and snug

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  9. I love the bag! So gorgeous :)

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  10. Hey Foxy, love the bag! And the pretty trim. Hope you have a happy day, I'm having a slow one here. See you soon xo

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  11. Loving the laptop bag. I'm nearly out of my grey blankets...must search for more.

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  12. Love the grey with the blue flower lining! The computer will be very comfy in there i think.
    (we have a block tower thats been tentatively walked around for the last 2 days..)

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  13. how lovely! and here I carry my netbook in a backpack. Oh the lameness! I just want to snuggle up with that wool!

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  14. What a soft pretty laptop bag -such a nice change to the serious black ones that fill the shops!
    What was the book that you wish you'd bought?

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  15. Hey Kate, Your laop top bag is so sweet. Ive got a cardi on the sticks thanks to seeing your creations!

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  16. Loving the bag. It's perfect for winter tones. Just gorgeous.

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  17. Lovely bag. I do stuff like that all the time. I tell myself it makes the item unique. I think perfection is overrated. Beauty in imperfection, I say.
    Have a lovely day!

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  18. The bag looks great Kate! What perfect fabric for it too, and the lace trim looks lovely! Hope your warming up around your way!

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  19. Oh it's the loveliest laptop bag EVER! :)

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  20. love the wool bag...esp the happy interior. wishing our skies would cooperate with some happy interior too.

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  21. The grey looks so toasty!! I vote for a button closure!! Hehe

    Xo Steph

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  22. Love the grannt rectangle!
    I hope Miss Mac enjoys her new travelling home.
    x

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  23. love that bag. I have those "why didnt I buy that book" moments too. That also seems to happen with fabric as well... I start dreaming of all the things I could have made.. (but never would have gotten around to ;)

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  24. Oh Kate! On the other side of the world and we are on the same page today! I just posted my Granny Rectangles on my blog!

    I had this same thought a few years ago, and even made the same start piece you just posted. It took me a few trys to evolve it and managed to evolve it into a rectangle that doesn't look different at all, just rectangular!

    Simpatico!

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  25. Your granny rectangle is fabulous Kate - so many possibilities in how you piece them together! Can't wait to see what you do with it. I've been so busy I've only been able to cast longing glances at my hook and yarn ;) Loving the bag too. Kx

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  26. I am sure Miss Mac will be very cosy in her travel bag. The granny rectangle looks great.

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  27. Kate that is lovely, your crochet (and sewing ) is exquisite :-)

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  28. I adore the look of that crochet against the grey Kate. And I also adore that you show us things in their imperfect (yet still lovely) state!

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  29. Gorgeous Georgus. Or did only my Mum say that? I always love your crocheted trims. Are there any recipes you can point me at? Don't think I quite know enough of the crochet bizzo to quite wing it!

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  30. it is always great fun getting back to crocheting isn't it ?

    I love the bag with the lining - it looks so lovely!

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  31. I LOVE the rectangle granny, and that bag too!! The trim you crocheted is gorgeous and just makes it.
    As always you the master of combining colours and materials, and textures.
    hope you are having a wonderful night. xo

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  32. rectangle grannies, laptop bag and hand crocheted lace! all hail queen kate the crafting goddess. love the bag. i have been planning the construction of a cover for annie apple. she will need a soft protective home for the road trip

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  33. The bag is gorgeous and the rect-gran-gle is super clever!

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  34. ah, some adventuring in your near future.
    the bag looks so cute...i love it.

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  35. surprisingly the trim can make the whole bag looks so different! V lovely looking thang! Thanks for stopping by, Kate! Irene X

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  36. The laptop bag is adorable! I won't be passing up grey blankets at the oppy ever again - great idea.

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  37. Your laptop bag is super sweet. Grey is my favourite colour ya know, and wool - well there is everything to love about wool. Then add some vintage sheet goodness to it's inners and crochet detail loveliness... well it's always going to be a winner.
    (just like you!)

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  38. your laptop cozy is adorable! Lucky mary mac!x

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