Bag Lady

So just in case you guys think I don't knit anymore here's a finished object. It's the Kemp Handbag (Ravelry Link) in Noro Blossom yarn. I saw this pattern in a magazine, fell in love and bought the actual yarn suggested which I rarely do. For this bag it would look quite plain if it wasn't for the lovely Noro with it's great colours. It was a really easy quick knit.

However it languished in the back of the wardrobe because I couldn't work up the enthusiasm to make a lining for it. Now that I have a sewing machine sewing things up isn't an onerous task anymore. I made a lining from a chocolate brown fabric my Mum had lying around. Just to explain, my Mum works in a fabric and furnishing shop so she has a lot more fabric lying around than most other mothers. In fact she wouldn't have difficulty opening her own fabric shop. I even went fancy and put a big pocket and a mobile phone pocket on the inside. I then hand stitched the lining inside the bag. The handles were ones Dave had bought for me.

It was finished and it was nice but then I decided I should really make a flap to cover the opening. When out and about using a bag it's handy to be able to close it so nobody can sneak into it and rob your wallet. So I knitted a flap and used two handmade buttons that I got in Ginger Knits, Morar, Scotland. I looked ok before the flap but I think the flap and buttons really lifts the look of the bag. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

4 Responses to "Bag Lady" (Leave A Comment)

The Beer Nut says
August 9, 2009 at 9:05 AM

more fabric lying around than most other mothers
And buttons for eyes, I assume.

Anonymous says
August 9, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I'm so impressed. The lining really makes it a practical object. I am sewing phobic, so you know I'm doubly impressed.

Sinéad says
August 10, 2009 at 12:55 AM

I love it! If you're coming along on Tuesday to the library, make sure and bring it with you!

Velky Al says
September 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

My wife recently knitted a cool little cable hand bag which is rather natty. She is also in the process of making a huge quilt (she has hand stitched something 1700 hexagons for the thing!). Craftiness and homebrewing seem to go hand in hand...