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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Monday, 13 August 2012

When does a hobby become a bag?

Good Morning Bloggers. We have some sunshine peeking through here in West Yorkshire. Not sure if its here to stay though.

Finally I am able to show you my finished hobby bag. I am so chuffed to bits with it as I am a newbie to crochet, thanks to the very talented Jo of JoZarty. It was actually quite easy to crochet, it was the assembling, lining etc that proved to be a little complicated to a novice. I did make one vital error but I don't think it shows.....The main body of the bag was crochet in one complete piece.

So here is the inside with the lining made from an old pair of linen curtains. The lining was stitched to the body of the bag, the end panels, and the outer pockets before assembly. The handle was supposed to be lined but I preferred it without.

This is to show you one side with the button fastening and pockets. The pocket on this side was made from 3 granny squares crochet together, stitched to the body and then stitched down to divide into 3. The other side (see photo 1) was made from 4 slightly smaller granny squares and then assembled in the same way.

This next photo shows you why it is called a hobby bag. It's so you can use it to store your crochet or knitting hobby in. Here you will be able to get a sneak peek as to what's on the hook and needles at the moment.
The chunky yarn poking out of the side pocket is what's left of my James Brett Marble Chunky which I used for this bag alongside a cheap chunky yarn in natural colours.

Here is a picture of one of the circular end panels. The other side is a slightly different colour due to the marbling self-patterning of the James Brett yarn. I quite like that.

Finally, another close up with the ongoing projects comfortably arranged inside the bag. Can you spot the little piece of cream crochet, which will hopefully become something really cute. Also the vibrant shocking pink, and then there's the natural chunky yarn from the bag itself.

The outer pockets are just right for holding my little 'pencil case' which contains my scissors, yarn needles, stitch markers, etc. Also my tape measure.

I hope you like this as much as I do. I can see it getting plenty of use.

Tomorrow will hopefully see the final update on the little suitcase and maybe even an update on my mobility.



  1. Gorgeous bag, I love the colours. x

  2. Hi Alison
    Amazing! I cannot crochet so completely in awe of your talents.

  3. Hi to you, Alison.
    So glad you like the little flower hair clips!
    Thank you for your lovely comment over at mine- it's a real pleasure to come and visit your blog!
    Have a great week.

  4. BTW, totally meant to say how much I love your bag- what great colours!

  5. Hi Alison

    WOW I am blown away by this crafty hobby bag it looks amazing. Will you make me one :)

    Linda xxxx

  6. Well, I am proud of my gammy legged friend. this is gorgeous and far nicer than I was led to believe in conversation with you.
    OK Miss, you are now officially a fully fledged "crocheter".
    Hugs, Neet xx

  7. Wow Alison just love your bag you are getting really clever my dear


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