flower power

Monday, February 19, 2007

The messenger bag is finally completed and am I ever happy. It was so much more work than I thought. The knitting part was done fairly quickly, however the rest of the details took a lot of time.

On the inside of the strap a ribbon was sewn to keep it from stretching. The belt sliders were impossible to find, so I dug an old bag out of storage and cut them off a strap. (pretty resourceful)

The inside lining is apparently optional, however I think that it is a must. Otherwise the bag is very saggy, and who likes a saggy bottom? I found a sturdy brown denim to match the ribbon.

I can't even begin to tell you how much Libby loves it! She filled it immediately and wore it around the house the entire weekend, continuously opening and closing the flap.

Off to school. The happiness that it brought to her makes it worth all of the work!

The skinny on the messenger bag:
Pattern: Greetings from Knit Cafe
I made a couple of modifications: They had a guitar motif, I charted out
a flower. I also made a couple of changes to the size of the bottom.
Yarn: Rowan Denim. I used stash and new. I liked the way it looks like my favorite
pair of jeans.
Needles: Size 5

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  1. Anonymous2/19/2007

    I wish I was Libby!!!!

  2. Anonymous2/19/2007

    Wow, that is just too cute! Oh, I'm sooooo tempted. You did a beautiful job, too. Fun!

  3. ok that rocks! I love it. Libby is lucky, Bri would love one. I really liked that yarn you used - it looked so comfy.

  4. Hey - what is project spectrum? Email me at graphicdesignchick@hotmail.com with more info!

  5. Anonymous2/19/2007

    I like it! she's a lucky girl :o)

  6. I have always had problems with the strap stretching out on my purses, that makes so much sense to put in a silk ribbon, did you hand sew in on? Or machine?

  7. Anonymous2/19/2007

    We love it! You are so talented and fun.

    We love you........


  8. wow, that bag is great!! I am thinking I need to get this book - you have made a bunch of good projects from it! Congrats to Libby with the cool bag!

  9. Anonymous2/19/2007

    It is FABULOUS!! Well done.
    Indeed very resourceful finding the pieces for the strap.
    And I am not a fan of a saggy bottom either!

  10. Anonymous2/19/2007

    Awesome! I love the style of bag. Wish I had one. It looks as though your daughther will enjoy it for years to come!

  11. Anonymous2/19/2007

    now what girl wouldn't love a bag like that? good work mom!

  12. Anonymous2/19/2007

    That is so cute! Now, I'm going to have to knit one for my daughters!

  13. It looks fantastic! so perfect! I'm glad Libby likes it!

  14. Anonymous2/22/2007

    This is an absolutely amazing bag - what a great job you did with it! Libby is a really lucky girl, that's for sure!

  15. Anonymous2/22/2007

    That is a great bag.....very chic!!!

    Libby is a lucky girl!!!

  16. Anonymous2/26/2007

    Hi! I designed this bag for the book. Suzan at the "Knit Cafe" forwarded it over to me. It's so neat to see someone take the patteren and make it their own! The denim yarn is SO underrated. It makes Intarsia work look really good! Your daughter is super lucky-as many have commented!