fat bottom bags pt. 2

Hi everyone!

I got the flu last week, a serious case of the flu I might add – it has been a long time since I have felt *that* ill! It took me well over a week to get over it…

But I am all better now, healthy as can be, and I’ve got something to show you! :)

Let’s start with some in progress-pictures that I took with my iPhone and posted on Instagram…

I gotta tell you, the bag really looked finished to me as soon as I sewed on those little puffy flowers! This bag was totally fun to make, even though it starts out as a giant granny. Once you crochet the edges and it starts to look like a proper fat bottom bag, you’re hooked!

So without further ado, I present to thee; my first real FBB!

Pretty enough to be in a fashion magazine, right? ;)

The Stats
Yarn used: acrylic yarn from my LYS
Amount of yarn used: 2 skeins of grey, and about 1/4 to 1/2 a skein for each color ( I used 5 different shades of pink)
Rounds worked: 30 granny rounds, plus 10 rounds of sc’s for the edges
Handles used: leather handles embellished with wooden beads, bought at a craft fair
Time spent: about a full day crocheting the entire thing + flowers ( I spread it across 3 days; 1 for the base, 1 for the edges and 1 for the flowers)Finished size: 40 cms wide, 30 cms high; 75 cms high including handles
Pattern used for the bag: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/29-210-44-striped-bag
Pattern used for the flowers: http://gipsybazar.blogspot.com/2011/08/puffy-daisy-and-free-tutorial.html
Happiness: over the moon! 

I love this bag! I think I’ll make another one just for me, using my fancy Noro yarn (as soon as I find 3 more skeins in the same colorway) and embellish it with lots of scraps of lace, buttons etc – it will be bohemian chic!

If you’re interested in owning this bag, please email me: winkieflash [at] gmail [dot] com. The bag is fully lined.

So as mentioned earlier, I was ill last week, and what’s a person to do when you’ve seen every movie and series out there, and you just finished an awesome crochet piece?
I taught myself how to knit! :)

What this is? Well, my first knitted pair of wristwarmers!

I have to say, I really dig knitting! It was never for me; it was too slow, too complicated when dropping stitches, and generally just uncool.
Well, I really came back from all that; knitting is heaven! :D And once you get into the rhythm of it,  it really goes quite fast. Knitting still holds lots of secrets for me, but I intend to just keep going and learn all about them. I love knitting :)


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  1. Ik vind je tas geweldig!! Zou m graag ook proberen maar ik heb een beetje moeite met de uitleg in het Engels… Zou je het ook in het nederlands kunnen doen?

  2. The bag looks great! When I saw your knitted wrist warmers on instagram I though you did them awhile ago not that you taught yourself to knit while sick! Go you! That’s so awesome, my brain would never allow me to learn something when sick

  3. Firstly I am glad you’re well – I wondered where you were and had been stalking the blog for your bag ta-dah!

    Secondly – it was worth the wait – it’s gorgeous and has totally inspired me to make one as well! I am about to look online for bag handles :)

    Thirdly – welcome to the dark side! Love the knitted wrist warmers and will look forward to more knitted lovelies!

    Here’s to a much better week

  4. Freakin’ awesome bag! And knitting… I have just purchased a book about knitting… I have decided to learn this year… The book is so far kinda untouched… I have just flicked through it once. I might pick it up tonight again and see what I can challenge myself with as a first ever project. Nice job girl!

  5. You are a very productive sick person! The bag is the shnizz!

  6. Thank you so much, you bag is really lovely!
    cecile xxx

  7. Good to hear you are feeling well. I really love your new bag – it’s very pretty. The little flowers add the perfect touch. :)

  8. I LOVE your bag Marinke… the flowers finish it off perfectly! Teaching yourself to knit.. amazing…most people would start with a square..your wrist warmers are lovely…well done you! :)x

  9. I’m glad you’re feeling better, and what an amazing bag! Those handles are just perfect for it! I’m so jealous of your newly acquired knitting skills! Your wrist warmers look awesome, and not at all like a first project!! Can’t wait to see what you knit in the future!

  10. So sorry to hear you were sick, but very glad to hear you are feeling better. The bag is gorgeous I love it and the flowers totally make it!! Well I’ve been so slack lately with my blogging I’m going to catch up on all you’ve been up to :) xx

  11. Hi Wink,

    I love your bag, I don’t know how I missed that first time round! Love the flowers you used too. Are they the Mollie flowers? I must try them again, I made a pig’s ear of them when I did them but I’ve seem them pop up and look gorgeous all over the place!!

    Sandra x