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Forty Minute Tote from Purl Soho

I love a quick and satisfying project, don’t you?

This is the Forty Minute Tote from Purl Soho, in Boardwalk Delight Collection quilting fabric from Dana Willard. Lovely, colorful cotton, and the ice cream print of the lining is so fun!

As you can see, I made the inner pocket out of the main fabric, for a bit of contrast! I also sized it to fit a standard smart phone ;). Although the pattern doesn’t specify this, I think this tote is pretty much reversible!

This “40 minute” project took me exactly 2 hours, but who’s counting when it’s fun and enjoyable, right?

New coverstitch machine after a long silence

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Hey, how are you? Good? Me? Oh, you know, no one mentioned to me that once you have school-aged children, you sign away the entirety of your June to end-of-school-year events. Finally, I seem to have emerged on the other side.

I got a new toy! Believe it or not, I decided I’d get more use from a coverstitch machine than from an overlock/serger, so I finally got one. It comes with the territory of being a short-limbed family who needs everything hemmed. So far, so good! I hemmed a pair of shorts for Sonya and the sleeves of a cardigan for myself tonight!

Machine is @brothersews CoverStitch 2340CV from Amazon, and I used @pellonprojects fusible tape (Lite EZ-Steam II) to help keep things together. @twosheep’s tip to sew narrow circumferences from the inside out totally saved the day.

Oswin | Crochet

Pattern: Oswin by Bernadette Ambergen. This was a fantastic design which combined a lacy, ambling pineapple edging with a sturdy scarf body in a pattern which was enjoyable and fun to crochet! The chart was easy to follow, and after some time, easy to remember by heart (written instructions were also provided, but I didn’t use them).

Yarn: Lana Grossa Lace Lux, #21, almost 3 skeins, approximately 900 yards. The color is a spectacular light turquoise which proved impossible to capture with either my phone or my camera. This is the best I can do after a lot of tweaking in Lightroom.

I went with the exact yarn recommended in the pattern because I couldn’t figure out a good substitute, and I’m glad I did! This yarn is 67% rayon and 33% merino, but has the sheen and halo of those silk-mohair blends. It’s an excellent substitute if you want the mohair yarn look, but no the mohair-ness. Now that I’ve worked with it, I think Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light would be a good substitute for the Lace Lux in this pattern.

Hook and finished size: size F/4.0mm by Clover, from my favorite crochet hook set; scarf is 20.5″ deep and 90″ across! That’s quite long for me: I usually prefer scarves and shawls which are between 60-70″.

I was quite charmed by this pattern, and really look forward to crocheting more designs by Bernadette – check them out! Mila looks like a good choice to me!