Since november of 2015 I added these Midori Drawstring bags to my Etsy shop. I have been using the Midori system for over a year now and I absolutely love using it. I love the simplicity of this system and the beautiful leather it is made from. I bought mine at a shop here in The Netherlands that is called Buiten de Lijntjes. The bag above is the very first one I made and I am keeping this one for myself.
Last December I was contacted by a gentleman from Singapore. His name is See Yusheng Justin and he has a blog and a webshop called Blank and Write. He wanted to know if I could make him a few masculin Midori bags...
Off course I could! Justin bought the two blue ones straight away and wrote a lovely blogpost about my bags. Thank you, Justin!
Last week I went to the storage place where I keep all my older fabrics and the fabrics I inherited from my mother. I brought my sister along and together we went through them. We selected some of them and I brought them home. It is so amazing to be able to work with these fabrics again. I love making them into Project Knitting Bags. And I love it when my customers are pleased with them.
These Drawstring Project Bags Large in my Etsy shop are a huge succes.
The one with the happy poppies sold within the hour. I have enough fabric so I made some more today.
The teal one with the retro flowers and the red one with the circles sold within a few hours.
These bags are perfect for holding one big knitting project or multiple small ones.
Width: 32 cm (appr. 12.5 inch) Height: 32 cm (appr. 12.5 inch) Bottom: 15 x 18 cm. (appr. 6 x 7 inch)
The bag is fully lined. The outside fabric is interfaced. This makes the bag sturdy and hold its shape. It is possible to fold the brim over the bag, making it easily accessible.
The drawstring is made from a strong cord.
The bottom of the bag is flat and square.
The fabrics used for this bag are either new or have been in my stash for years. I inherited my mothers stash as well. Working with these fabrics makes every bag special to me.
The bag is made with pride, passion and a lot of care.
My house is pet and smoke free.
I will ship the bag flat in an envelope which will fit through most mail boxes.
Last weekend my Ipad made many "Ka Ching" noices. At first I didn't understand where all the orders were coming from. Later that day I found out that Susan B. Anderson had been talking about my knitting project bags. Here is the link to the episode (at 19.30 minutes). She talked so sweetly and positively about the bag she bought from me. It made me feel so very honored and happy.
Yesterday Susan posted a picture of the bag in use with a sock knitting project in it on Instagram
I inherited my mothers sewing machine when she died 6 years ago and I love sewing with it. Unfortunately I had to bring it to a repair shop yesterday because it stopped working. Luckily I still have my very old but trusted Vendomatic sewing machine. I got this one as a present for graduating from my mother. So, working with this one makes me happy too. A lot of memories come back to me while sewing with it.
Last summer I sold this bag to a lady called Rachel. The bag went all the way to the USA. Rachel sent me a private note in which she told me she loved my bags and asked if she could mention them on her podcast. I let her know that I would love that. What better way to show the knitting community the things I make, is there? I watched her podcast and she is so cool and sweet. Rachel not only showed the bag but also the mini Thank You cards I like to include with every order. Her website/podcast is called: The Hungriest Knitter . Her blog is also very interesting to read. Rachel writes about knitting, yarn and cooking. She also shares recipes on there. Go, check her out! If you are interested to hear Rachel mention my Lowland Originals project bag, watch it here. Thank you! Rachel!
On the wrapper I tell the story about my first knitting project when I was 10 years old.
"Tell your mother she did a great job," the teacher said. "But how did you...," I started to say. And suddenly, on that very moment 40 years ago I realized that cheating doesn't work. She knew. Somehow she had figured out that it was my mother who had finished the pink doll scarf. I had been struggling with it and crying over it to get the job done. So much, that my mother took the thing out of my hands and finished it to the required length. I was so happy that my torture had come to an end that I failed to see the very obvious difference in knitting. The part that I had been able to do was filthy, full of increases and decreases that were not suppose to be there and the part my mother had done was absolutely flawless.
I do not need my mother to finish my knitting anymore, because I can do that myself. But, how I wish she could do it again for me. Because that would mean she was still here with me...
Een waar verhaal…
‘’ Zeg maar tegen je moeder dat ze het goed heeft gedaan’’, zei de handwerkjuf. ‘’ Maar hoe weet u…?’’, zei ik. En plotseling op dat moment 40 jaar geleden begreep ik dat het niet had gewerkt. Ze wist het. Ze wist dat mijn moeder de poppendas had afgemaakt. Jankend van frustratie had ik het thuis geprobeerd Mijn moeder kon het niet langer aan zien en nam het van mij over. Mijn kwelling was ten einde. Ik zag over het hoofd dat mijn gebreide deel zo strak als een plank was en vol meerderingen en minderingen zat op plekken waar ze niet hoorden. Het deel dat mijn moeder had gebreid was perfect.
Ik heb mijn moeder niet meer nodig om iets af te maken. Dat kan ik nu zelf. Ik zou alleen zo graag willen dat zij het nog voor mij zou doen. Want dat zou betekenen dat zij er nog was… 11-7-1935 14-2-2009