Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Dishcloths and another tote

I'm back at work this week and we're getting busy again, so I only have time for a quick post.
Here are a couple of finished projects, completed in the last week or two.

Two more knitted dishcloths. Made using Sirdar Just Bamboo. The front one is made using the Pear dishcloth pattern found here. The other one is another Grandmother’s Favorite dishcloth. The latter is made from two different colours of yarn because I ran out halfway through and the LYS didn’t have any of the same colour left when I went back. For future reference, one skein of the Just Bamboo made 2 ½ dishcloths so it pays to buy more than one skein! Apologies for the skewed shape of the Pear one. I didn’t block it and took the photo quickly because I wanted to start using it straight away.

This is another leafy tote, almost identical to one I made for a Christmas gift, except the newer tote has an internal pocket and shorter straps. The main body of the bag is black cotton drill with an accent of Japanese craft cotton. It is lined in a natural coloured homespun. The straps have a contrast lining of the leaf fabric. This one is a birthday gift for my sister-in-law to be (my brother-in-law proposed on Christmas Day!) who lives in Melbourne. They are getting married in November in Melbourne – I am already making a list of craft stores and markets to visit while I’m there!


Anonymous said...

Where do you find all these gorgeous fabrics? Don't say Spotlight, I worked there for 4 months and I never saw nice fabrics!

Louise said...

Yes they ARE from Spotlight - they are getting in more Japanese fabrics at the moment, but you do have to search for them amongst the other quilting fabric. I've picked up the leaf print in green and brown, three different mushroom prints and the Cherry Tree print (see background of my title picture) in blue and pink in the last couple of months. They also have some great Japanese spotted fabrics and some others with animal prints. I do also buy fabrics from smaller places like Evans' and Thimbles and Threads and occasionally thrift stores and TradeMe.

Florence said...

Hi Louise,
I love your blog. I only discovered it a few days ago. I particularly like that little clutch you made, the fabric is gorgeous!
I have started a blog a wee while ago myself, you can visit me if you want at

Nikki (Mother of the Devil Child) said...

Oooo Louise! Fabulous stuff. I really need to get back into dishcloths... the grandmother's favourite pattern I had never seemed to work properly (always ended up with too many stitches at the end and could never get it down to the required number!) so next time I will use that one.

ANyway, love the crafting. I really need to get back into it as I miss it sooo much!

Amy said...

Definitely in love with that fabric. Louise, you have such a good eye for treasures.

tash* said...

when in Melbourne, definitely visit the Rose Street market - Rose street, Fitzroy - think it's on saturdays, you should be able to find out somewhere, but it's great and crafty. Love the fabrics! detest spotlight too but think i may have to go for a hunt this weekend!