Hey all! It’s been awhile so I think it’s time to share.

I’ve been babysitting my grandson during the week and working weekends. But it’s only till April so that’s fine! It’s been tiring but fun!

Winter is slowly winding down. Is it just me or did it fly by? It’s been like the winters of my youth..deep snow and wicked blizzards to play in. We had “Snowmagedon 2010” which reminded my husband of the Canadian Tire commercial. You know the one, it’s fall and everything is green then suddenly it’s a BLIZZARD. LOL!

And true to all storms the sun shone eventually making the snow sparkle and the sky glow:

After Christmas we took a trip to Colborne to see my sister. We had a blast! The first morning there I took my camera out to play:

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I couldn’t believe the story in the snow! I don’t know if it was a hawk or an owl but something was hunting in the yard.

Okay…I’ll quit boring you with the details and show you my latest W.I.P – The Peace Bag:

I’m using “Denim” yarn and a self-created graph for the designs.

The lining is made using a very lightweight denim type material with a beautiful sky-like batik:

The pattern for this purse is quite loose and free…LOL! Create your graphics FIRST!! and design your bag around that. I’m not going to give you any stitch numbers or exact dimensions because you won’t need them.

Once you have created your graph decide how you want it to look on your bag. Draw a picture and really think about it. Once you have done that simply knit a garter stitch rectangle that will accommodate the number of stitches you will need for your graphic body. Don’t forget to take the side number of stitches into account. PLANNING! Once you have your bottom completed pick up stitches on all four sides according to your self-made pattern and start knitting in the round. You’ll be surprised how easily the bag will come together. The most frustration you will experience will be following your graph..LOL! But what else is new?

I chose to work knitting with crochet. The edging around the flap and the strap are crochet. I’m a third of the way done the strap. I can’t wait to use this bag!

I hope you give it a try and enjoy your journey!