Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More Shiny Things That I Found On The Ground

While I was out and about in Amerika Mura on the weekend, something shiny on the ground caught my eye. I stopped to pick it up, and noticed another one... And another one... And another one... Dear SO waited patiently while I retraced my steps a la Hansel and Gretel, and then he noticed there was a shiny thing next to his foot...

In the end we found fourteen shiny, metal, bone-shaped beads. I guess someone kissed good-bye to their expensive wallet chain earlier that evening. Anyway, I have given the beads a good home in a cool new necklace:


There were exactly enough beads.


Hardcore, eh? :P
BTW, the rest of that 'viking' t-shirt says "it conquers the world! courage and adventures", and has a picture of a pirate on it. Hooray for 300 yen t-shirts!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

In Which Nothing of Note Really Happens

Here is the completed plastic bag bag:


It's been done for a while, but I'm not totally happy with it, so I wasn't terribly motivated to blog. To be honest, although it was an interesting experiment in alternative yarn, the plastic bag yarn wasn't a good match to the shoulder bag project. The yarn's just a bit too coarse. I think that it would be good for something like baskets, that just sit on your desk and hold stuff.

For the curious, here's a couple of close-up shots of the resulting fabrics - the knitted bag, and the crocheted strap:





Anyway, I have another new bag now, which is actually a tool pouch. It's awesome - it's compact, everything fits, and there are even pockets for my phone and my ipod. It can hang off my belt, which is great, though depending on my outfit a shoulder strap is better sometimes - so I whipped this up, for the ultimate in convertible bag convenience:



It ties on like so:



This strap is made from some cheap n cheerful acrylic that I bought for another project, but it turned out to be too chunky for that. So I bought some other, finer stuff, and I am embarking on a new thing - or, a series of things. Cute things. Stay tuned!