So I made my list, I checked it twice; and, then I realized there was no way I was going to give everyone on that list something knit with love (or whatever emotion I feel at 3 in the morning). After going through the list a third time and considering your comments from the last post, I figured something sewn would be just as appreciated. Thank you for the sweet comments about Penelope, I am sufficiently puffed with pride, you guys! Seriously.
So sewn gifts, people like them! And here is a good sewn gift, a tote bag. Useful, right? So I made 11 of them. Yeah, that's right, I
said wrote 11...eleven. My copy of Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts has seen a lot of use this week--I heart it.
Every single one of these bags was intended for someone special (myself being part of the list, I have been told by many how "special" I am, harhar...). I had a mishap, and really, let's be honest, none of these bags is perfect. No curves, but apparently sewing a straight seam poses a difficulty for me as well. In any case, they were made with the goal of making my friends smile when they see what I sent them and then using the bags and loving them (got that, friends?). And look, I made it so they have to think of me every time they open the bag.
While working on these bags, I saw my ridiculously large stash of yarn every time I looked up from the sewing machine. I don't feel guilty about my stash, I just feel like it is too large. Large in a way that really can not be justified (in some places they call that guilt, not in the place where I live though...). So in an effort to decrease my stash, thank you guys for spending your precious time reading my babble, be generous, spread the jolly and decrease my stash, here is a contest for you:
Each bag is different, there are some similar ones; but no two are alike. 7 of the bags have been gifted, they are gone, flown the coop, as it were. 4 of the bags are left, 2 will be gifted later and 2 are mine. I do not need two bags (Special K would say I don't need any; but, whatever). While sewing, one of the original bags went wonky on me, so I am claiming that one for myself (I came up with something else for that person). The bag that I originally made for myself is, therefore, up for grabs. Can you guess which one I originally intended for myself?
One little hint that may or may not help you: Like Christy, I consider myself neither hip nor funky.(A little more help: if you haven't figured out what my favorite colors are yet, I pretty much spell it out for you in my "about" section...it's not short, shocker. Have fun.)
How to play: Go to the flickr page with the mosaic of the top image and check the bags out all detective like. Note the number of the bag that you think I originally made for myself and leave a comment for the contest on this post (not another post to follow or from the past--and not on flickr--here please!) with the number of the bag. Start your comment with the number please (feel free to follow with beautiful prose should you feel so inclined, I do enjoy your comments, words of wisdom, etcetera).
If only one person picks correctly, hey, winner! If there are many correct guessers, Little Sir will pick the winner out of THE bag. The person who wins gets THE bag, filled with yarn.
What kind of yarn? All sorts. There is some Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Soxie, a skein of Sundara sock, some Opal, a skein of cotton chenille, some Cascade 220, Debbie Bliss Merino Aran, more stuff... all fun I assure you...it's a pretty sweet bag of goodies, I think (I am biased, of course). And hey, when you empty THE bag, new knitting bag for you!
One guess per person (wherever you live), slap that guess in the comments by 11:59 p.m. EST--or New York City time as my mom likes to say (that's 2359 for some of you) December 31st, I will announce the winner in the new year. I will end my year by lessening my stash and some lucky someone can start her (or his!) new year with more yarn (like any of you really need it!). Okay, who's playing?