I'm lucky enough to be doing a swap with a friend I've made on Flickr- cosymakes. She knitted four beautiful green hats to choose from, (it was hard to choose- I loved them all!) and I've finally finished my half of the deal- three bags for her to choose from.
It was so much fun- the only criteria was that she could carry it easily over her shoulder. I also wanted to make them from 100% 'found' or recycled materials as I know that's her passion. (Check out her wonderful knits- they're almost all recycled!)
So the green and brown bag is on its way to Vancouver next week! I used some brown printed corduroy found at the Sunday morning market for the lining, and part of an old linen (I think) curtain for the outside, printed with leaves and big green flowers. I used my own standard pattern and fastened it with a manuka wood button. There are more pictures of them over at my Flickr page.
Speaking of Flickr, it's really inspired me to try some new bag designs, because I do love making them so much, but I need some fresh ideas! Look how cute this patchwork zip-up tote bag is! It's so cheerful. And this embroidered rocketplane satchel and these super-cute tote bags ... ahh! I need to get off the internet and DO something during the babies' sleep time!!