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1  Grab Bag (1st FO in over a year!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Amy_UK on: February 24, 2009 11:35:48 AM
I wouldn't normally be so excited about a bag, but it's the first time I've used my sewing machine in over a year and this is this first thing I've made with it in that time!

The outer is printed cotton and the lining is a pre-quilted fabric.

I was surprised at just how much stuff I could fit in it;

I found the pattern via this blog

The sewing took me about 2.5 hours and the pattern was pretty detailed.  I felt some of the instructions were superfluous (machine basting, for example) but I just skipped those bits.

There are a few more photos in my gallery.  Thanks for looking!
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2  Esme hat and Torbay cardigan (my designs) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Amy_UK on: December 10, 2008 03:44:52 AM
I wanted to share a couple of my designs that have recently been published.

Esme is a two-in-one hat that can be worn as a beret or a cloche.  It's knit in a chunky yarn and makes for a quick knit.

Torbay is a neck-down yoke cardigan (in many sizes) knit in an aran-weight yarn.  It features simple cables down the front and garter stitch welts.  A contrast yarn used in the cast on and off provide a nice finish.

Both are in the Winter 2008 issue of The Inside Loop.
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3  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by Amy_UK on: July 08, 2007 02:45:26 PM
Taking inspiration from this thread, I decided to grab myself a permanent marker and took aim!

I'm testing the placement of a potential tattoo on the inside of my left forearm.
It's in memory of my grandfather who died suddenly in 2003 and it's of the constellation Leo.  We always talked about the stars and about life of other planets, and this (his star sign) is the most appropriate testament I can think of
The small brown dot is a beauty spot incorporated into the design.  Oh, and I'm not really that pale!

My mum's only request (having prepared her for the fact I like tattoos for the past 10 years or so) is that I make it smaller.  I was just copying off my computer screen, so it was a rough translation!
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4  Dotty nature travel tote shoulder bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Amy_UK on: March 30, 2007 01:03:10 PM
Actually made from an actual pattern!

The pattern is Burda from an old Zig Zag magazine.

I put in a front zip pocket using instructions from a sewing book and a patch pocket inside.

For more and nauseating details with many more pictures see this blog post.

Comments or questions?  Feel free to ask.  Thanks.
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5  Re: Traveler's Swap in The Swap Gallery by Amy_UK on: March 23, 2007 06:13:01 AM
My (swap) angel ScotSkipper stepped in a sent me this love lot:

The whole parcel

A cotton string bag modelling the altoids tins (always useful)

A bag made with United States fabric (it has all the states on with each state's different characteristics.

Disney paint chips - who knew?

Thanks for everything and it's all arrived just in time for my trip!  I'd better not mention the Altoids tins to my dad, otherwise I'll never see them again!  Grin
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6  Dotty nature soft tote bag with coin purse - phew! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Amy_UK on: March 19, 2007 07:58:17 AM
I made this set for the Traveller's swap and I was so proud I decided to show them off here.

It's a very simple square tote bag with the cut-out corners.  I made a tab so the bag would actually close.

I used a large wooden button to keep the theme with the fabric.

The coin/lipstick purse is detatchable from the main bag.  It's also very simple, but very effective.  The loop is made from white narrow ribbon and it's closed with a small beige zip.

I love the fabric so much, I'm in the process of making my self a shoulder bag!

So, waddaya think?
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7  Re: Traveler's Swap in The Swap Gallery by Amy_UK on: March 19, 2007 07:46:53 AM
Polkadot Pixie is currently in Costa Rica so auntiem said I could post what I'd made.  She said she liked nature, dots, stripes and reds and greens.

The whole lot:

The sewing kit:

The toothbrush/toothpaste holder (specifically requested):

The tote bag with detatchable coin purse:

I also sent her some information about my home town and some about a town near me with the same name as PP's home town.

Edited for really bad code!
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8  Hot water bottle cover - in Knitting: Completed Projects by Amy_UK on: March 08, 2007 12:13:11 PM
I made this for a swap I was in here and it was so sucessful, I decided to write up the pattern.

I used a chunky wool so it knitted up really quickly.

Pattern link:

I also included rough instructions for an Aran-weight yarn (not yet tested).

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9  Re: I have a disease, round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Amy_UK on: February 06, 2007 04:42:21 AM
I received from la_chrystelle this morning, and here's what I got:


Lots of lavender stuff, a clutch bag (to go in a larger one for travelling), a notebook and pen in a padded cover (for writing stuff in so I don't forget things), a beautiful white fleece scarf (to keep me warm) and a medicine strip roll.

The medicine roll (for travelling):

I have (amongst other things) M.E. (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - don't like that phrase  Tongue ) and everything relates to be being cold and stressed!

She also sent me some waffles.  I didn't mention it, but waffles are my favourite thing ever.  The only thing better than waffles are chocolate-covered waffles.

Thank you so much, la_crystelle - I love everything.
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10  Re: I have a disease, round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Amy_UK on: February 04, 2007 04:49:39 AM
la_crystelle has recieved, so I thought I'd post pictures:

I sent her a Calorimetry head band, a bar of chocolate, some smilie magnets, a hot water bottle and knitted cover and a mixed-paper journal kit and instructions.

She had headaches made worse by the cold - hence the warming stuff!
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