I’m not going to lie, this picture is taken at this angle to hide the mess that is my sewing table (knitted Bongo Cat protects my sewing machine), and obscure the project storage that’s happening on the floor at the moment.
Left and center are knit donation projects, including Afghan squares and hats. And then there’s Mt. Washcloth, which proves I’ve actually been busy knitting at all hours of the day.
While I’ve knit tote bags before, this was my first wearable purse. I came up with the design after searching for something simple and comfortable to wear, and in a color that was neutral but that wouldn’t easily show wear.
I had to experiment with a strap design. I initially knit a strap in the round, but it was too narrow and didn’t look right with the bag. Nothing like frogging a couple days worth of knitting.
In the end, a simple dual-strand garter stitch strap worked out perfectly.
If I were to tweak this design, it would be with the insert — I’d make it deeper to allow for the bag to stretch more, and include reinforced pockets. I wasn’t a fan of hand sewing the liner into the bag, but I was very happy with how it turned out. I love the fabric I used and wish I had more of it for a bag for myself. Unfortunately there was only enough fabric for this one bag, which is happily off to its new owner. 🙂
Despite two separate power outages today, I accomplished the goal of getting through a batch of face masks. 16 in total – a new record for me in a single day. And I gave my Bernina a quick tune up right before tackling the pleats. 🙂
These masks are currently listed in my Etsy shop. A portion of sales will be donated to CCAP Winchester, VA (USA), a local non-profit that is funded solely by donations. In addition to operating a food pantry and clothing center, they assist those in need with rent, utilities and more.