crafty goodness

I’ve been getting quite a bit of crafting done during my non-writing time… 

First up was this pleated bag.  I found the pattern here.  I got canvas fabric in this cool pattern, and voila:

Cute, right?  The bag did come out a little bit on the small side, at least compared to the pictures on the original site.  I think I was supposed to add a seam allowance to the pattern pieces or something.  But still cute.

Next up, hula hoops!  I’ve been working on my hooping skills for a year or so now, and figured, “Why not try to make my own hoops?”  I found a tutorial over here, picked up some tubing and other supplies at Lowe’s, and have now made a couple of hoops.  The first,  I gave away to my friend’s daughter.  The second came out a bit better – taping is certainly an art all its own!

Knitting projects up next:

I used this free pattern.  It was superfast and easy (so long as you know how to cable knit already, but even if you don’t, this is a good first project).  The weather isn’t cold enough for me to wear it yet, but soon…

While I was at Joann’s, I also picked up some ruffle yarn.

This stuff knits up really fast – you only have to cast on 6 stitches.  I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like!

And finally – my Renaissance Faire costume:

If you’ll recall, I’m making a costume based off of Snow White’s in “Mirror Mirror.”  I finished the dress part, now I just have to make the corset.  Luckily there’s a nice long weekend coming up!

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