Sunday, January 6, 2013

In Your Words...Blog Hop!!!





In your Words Blog Hop starts today! I'm so lucky to post my project the first day for my first blog hop!!! Here's a list of all my compadre's who are also posting today! Please check out all the fun projects and let your muse run free!!! She'll thank you I'm sure! I know you'll agree there's a lot of talent and great ideas to see....sew, HOP to it!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Nini and the Sea      


I love text fonts, books and words, so this was an easy project for me. I know I really didn't use words for this project, but letters...same thing right? I also want to clarify, this project speaks for my daughter, Chelsey. It's a knitting bag for her, she lives in NYC and loves it. I like to visit and love to get back home. So for me, the bag should read "I love (someone who lives in) NYC"!

Here is my creation, I'm pretty proud of it...I think Chelsey will like it, how about you?

This is Chelsey's Knit Bag.  It has plenty of organizational features inside to help make her knitting time all about the stitches, not worrying about her yarn getting away from her or where her needles are.


This pocket on the back makes for easy access to your cell phone or personal items you need while knitting.



The NYC and heart fabrics are from the City Quilter Quilt Shop's City Collection fabric line. The strap is a leather belt repurposed. There are plenty of pockets and storage for your needles, yarn, wallet and cell phone. I think I covered all the bases!


Chelsey and I discussed the perfect knit bag must haves, how it should work and look. So I pondered, perused and planned. I found a great tutorial for inspiration for the right shaped bag, ...thanx so much! I used a pattern I had for a pouch purse to help me with making the pockets inside and out. I designed a strap, inside tabs and pockets for storing knitting needles and yarn, and the layout myself.  I used paper die cuts for the letters, traced them onto the fused fabric and cut them out by hand.

My words....or letters.



The heart is old New York Times headlines from The City Quilter "City Collection" fabric line.

I used an old leather belt for the strap, it wasn't quite long enough, so I added black fabric to the ends, it made it easier to attach to the body of the purse I'm sure!

I used more City Collection bagel fabric from The City Quilter for the inside organization of needles, patterns, scissors, and yarn, etc. 

A peek inside. The tabs help keep the yarn and the needles secured in the bag.


I am really eager for Chelsey to use her new bag and give me a review. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

Don't forget to visit all the blogs participating today, you will be amazed at what we've come up with!

Thanks for hopping by, don't forget to visit the other blogs!!

Nini~

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    1. Thanx, this has been a fun experience so far, I highly recommend it!

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  2. Love the knitting bag! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you...it's was fun to get a bag with all the pockets you want!! Pockets for everyone!

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  3. What a wonderful personalised gift. Your daughter will love it, and it serves it's purpose, thats even better.

    Thanks for sharing
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    1. Yes, I agree, serving a purpose...in the planning it's easy, outcome hasn't always been the same...so happy this worked out so well!

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  4. What a wonderful knitting bag for your daughter. So many wonderful interior pockets too! I love the colourful fabric you used for the letters.

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    1. Thanx, the fabric is fun, there are lots of editions of NYC fabric...whoda thought taxi fabric could look so good?

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    1. Yes, when I saw the bagels I thought...what am I gonna do with that?! Well, turns out pockets is what you do with that!!

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  6. That is a really cool bag. I don't knit, but I can see all kinds of uses for such a bag, and the belt as a strap is a great idea!

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    1. It could work well for tons of things...even an everyday purse! Yes, the belt has always been on my mind to use as a strap...all that thrifting and hoarding has finally paid off!

      Thankx!
      Nini~

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  7. Absolutely delightful! Great fabrics for a NYC gal and the bagel fabric - yes, I got me some from a friend on their last trip to City Quilter.

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    1. Isn't that clever of the City Quilter?! NYC fabrics bought in NYC. Bagels...too funny! Thanx for visiting.

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  8. What an awesome bag! I'd say this bag certainly has all the "must-haves". How wonderful that your daughter will have her own customized bag. Love the lettering on the front and the big pocket on the back. Oh and what a clever idea to use an old belt for the handle, I'm going to keep that idea! hehe. I think you have thought of everything, great job!

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    1. Thank you...I keep telling Chelsey how lucky she is to have me for a Mom. Truth is, this bag wouldn't be what it is without her input and support! Thanx for you compliments!

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  9. What a great bag! I need to make myself one of those for myself. I am sure she will Love it!

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    1. She better! I'm anxious to see it put to good use!

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  11. I sure she will love it. It is a great bag.

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    1. Thanx, she's pretty easy to please! I really think I nailed this one!!

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  12. Your daughter will be thrilled! I love the NY bagels on the inside - clever!

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    1. Thanx! The bagel with cream cheese makes me laugh! Thank you for visiting.

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  13. It is a great bag and I love it. Cute!

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    1. Thanx! It's always good to hear what others think, my head could get a little big with all this positive reinforcement!

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  14. SWEET knitting bag! I'm sure your daughter will love it! A very creative way to use the word fabric, too!

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    1. Thank you, I plan on making another for myself! Different fabrics for a different girl!

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  15. That is great! I love the repurposed belt as the bag strap!

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    1. Thank you! I think it will work well, it was really easy to sew with a leather needle in the sewing machine.

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  16. Love the bag! I'm sure your daughter will love it.

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    1. I sure hope she does. I'm eager for her to use it and give me her opinion. Thank you for hopping by.

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  17. Love your bag - what a nice gift!

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  18. HI Nini love the bag. I love bags anyway and collect patterns for them so thanks for sharing. Susie x

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    1. Thanx Susie, I'm a bag-a-holic too!!

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  19. Such a great little bag...If I were your daughter....I would be using that bag as my purse...just to cute to hang out beside my favorite chair! :)

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    1. I know right? She'll be the envy of the Upper East Side Knitters for sure!! Thank you for visiting.

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  20. Beautiful bag. I am sure she will love it. My daughter is a knitter and I know she would love a bag like that. Hmmm...gets me to thinking.

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    1. Serving up inspiration is my specialty! Glad you like it. Your daughter needs one too!!

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  21. I am sure Chelsey will love her new knitting bag , great project !

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    1. Thank you. I am happy with the final product! Thank you for hopping by!

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  22. A fabulous bag! I'm sure Chelsey will love it too!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. What a wonderful, one-a-kind, gift! I know she will love it, I would! Thank you for sharing it us.

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    1. Happy to share! I love handmade one of a kind things too!

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  24. Your knitting bag is awesome! I love pockets for organization and yours is the cats meow! My sister knits a lot and she would love this!

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    1. I am a big fan of pockets and organization too! Thank you for stopping by...you should make your sister one!!

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  25. Love the knitting bag - fantastic job!

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    1. Why Thank you. I am pretty proud of it!

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  26. good morning Nini...love your New Years CReative bag lol...a great project..take a peak over at that other blog lol

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    1. Thank you! New Year Creative...I like it...applies to everyone even if they don't love NYC!! I visited over there...wow!!! didn't expect that! Thank you, thank you, thank you is all I can say. :)

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  27. great idea, great knittingbag, thanks for sharing.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  28. Love the knitting bag, very nicely done! Thank you for sharing!

    Happy quilting
    cindy at quiltdoodledesigns dot com

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    1. Ur welcome! I enjoyed this project, it went together really well!

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  29. So thoughtful. I love using the belt for the straps. I am sure she will love it.

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    1. The best turned out great, I will definitely get more from the thrift shop. It really makes the bag unique. Thank you for visiting our blog.

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  30. no waste at all...great idea...love the bag

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    1. Thank you. I love the reuse, reduce and recycle idea!

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  31. What a fantastic gift! I love the surprise of the fabrics inside.

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    1. I like the inside too! Thank you for visiting!

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  32. Gotta love those NY bagels on the inside! Terrific project!!!

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    1. The bagels made me smile. Thank you!

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  33. What a cool knitting bag, what a good mom, making all those wonderful pocket organizers!!! One of these days I hope to visit NYC!!

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    1. NYC is a great place to visit! You will enjoy it! Lots of fabric and yarn shops along with all the art supplies you can imagine...makes my head spin! Thank you for your kind words, I pride myself on being a good Mom!!

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  34. Love the Bag!! And how clever you are to use the belt as strap. I think Chelsey is going to be the envy of NYC knitters. Happy to be a follower. Thanks For Sharing.

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    1. This has been a great experience! I'm so glad I joined. The Upper East Side Knitter's are gonna be jealous! Maybe they can get one too!!

      Thanks for the kind words.

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  35. What a wonderful, customized gift!!! I am sure your daughter will get great use from it - think of all the lovely projects she will make using the lovely project that you made her :-) The circle of life - crafting style!

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    1. Yes, the circle..it is vicious! She gets it honest and has the creative bug too!! Thank you for reading our blog today!

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  36. Beautiful! That`s a great bag so thoughtfully made. Very nice!

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    1. Thank you, It does have lots of thought and love in it!

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  37. Maravilhoso!!Tenho certeza que você acaba de realizar o sonho de todas as
    tricoteiras de plantão. PARABÉNS. BeijoGRANDE

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  38. Your daughter is very lucky to have such a thoughtful mom!

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  39. Your daughter will absolutely LOVE the bag, I'm sure! How perfect! Great job, Nini!

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    1. Thanx Linda! I had lots of fun and satisfaction making this bag...Chelsey will put it to good use!

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  40. absolutely perfect! and lucky her. Judy C

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  41. Its Precious and greatly thought out and the artistic quality is beautiful

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    1. Wow, thank you. I'm very satisfied with the result.

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  42. love your project and although I do not knit I have several friends who do...knowing the needs of a good knitting bag will come in handy! thanks!

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  43. As someone born in NYC, this bag certainly brings her to life- what a great idea!

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    1. Awwww, thank you...from someone who would know...New Yorkers LOVE their home!!

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  44. Fantastic bag! Good Luck with the draw ;D

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    1. Thank you! What fun the blog hop is!

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  45. Love those fabrics that you used!! I've just started knitting again maybe this is just what I need ....

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  46. Your knitting bag is fantastic. I love it and it will surely be loved by Chelsy.Thanks for sharing your creativity

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    1. You're welcome..it's been fun to hear what everyone thinks.

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  47. That is lovely and you did a beautiful job on it.

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  48. Super-Duper!!! I love to knit and made a bag for knitting that is great for traveling but I can see this one taking its place. Sew if Chelsey doesn't like it, I think I can find a new home for it. Sew clever! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Haha...I will keep you in mind! I think maybe I'll make one for myself...if it isn't to my liking, I'll pass it along :) Thank you for visiting!

      Nini~

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  49. A great job, I'm sure your daughter will love it.

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  50. Awesome bag! Love your choice of fabrics!!

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    1. I loved them when I got them and then was wondering what I would do with them...this is the perfect project! So glad you stopped by!

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  51. I think any knitter who likes NYC would absolutely love the bag! How clever the use of the fabrics!

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    1. Thank you! It's the perfect use for bagle and taxi cabs!!

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  52. I'm sure Chelsea will love it. Nicely done and loved your city fabric used.

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    1. Thank you...Chelsey will get her hands on it Wednesday...I sure hope it passes the test!!

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  53. Nini,
    First of all, I love your blog - it's absolutely gorgeous!
    Secondly, that is one great bag! You are SO creative! I never would have thought to do half of that - this is great, I'm book marking this - I want to make my mum a yarn bag for her crocheting - thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. I'm so happy you like our blog and ideas! Please stop back, we have a few things in mind for more inspiration! Thank you for all the kind words.

      Nini~

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  54. Great bag. It would be great for my mom's crochet.

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    1. Yes, same idea...lots of things to lose need a safe place to be...crochet needles or knitting needles and balls of yarn that roll away!!! It was a good project to make!

      Nini~

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  55. What a fun bag, I like all the pockets. THanks for sharing

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    1. Pockets R good!! So happy to share!

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  56. Looks like a wonderful bag for a knitter!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  57. Great project. I really like the way you used the old belt for a strap. I am sure your daughter will love her new knitting bag. Mom must have passed creativity on to daughter. Life is so wonderful when shared with a daughter ... :) Pat

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    1. You are so right...my best friend and daughter, doesn't get any better than that. We have so much to share! I am a lucky Mom! Thanx for your lovely comments!

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  58. There may not be any actual words on your bag, but the message is clear and the bag is so functional--any knitter would love it.

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    1. So happy everyone feels that way, cuz after it was complete, I thought UH OH...they aren't words!!! :) Naaah, same thing!

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  59. That's fantastic! I love the fabric with the headlines.

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    1. Thanx...The City Quilter is pretty clever! Thanx for stopping by!

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  60. Great project!!! Now you need to make another one as a tutorial for us!!!

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    1. A tutorial could be possible!! Check back here soon for a more in depth look at the construction of the "Chelsey Knit Bag".

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  61. Your bag turned out great! Thank you for sharing. I love the text fabrics you used as well.

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    1. Thank you! The fabrics are fun! They are perfect for this kind of project theme!

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  62. such a fun bag and such a creative way to use "words". Love it

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  63. I don't know anyone personally who lives in NYC, but I love to visit the shops and theaters there.

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    1. It is a great city to have a place to stay for a few days...I'm always glad to go and even happier to get back home! I agree, good shopping and shows!

      Thank you for visiting,
      Nini~

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  64. What a fun bag and soooo useful!! I love the insides as much as the outside. Makes me want to go heat up a bagel now! :-)

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    1. Thank you, it is fun inside and out! Oh no, we don't need help being hungry, good thing the bagels are on the inside, we don't have to see them if it's making us hungry!

      Nini~

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  65. Denise you did a great job on the knitting bag. I love it and all the pockets. Donna

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    1. Thank you Donna! I loved making it...it just came together and was a pleasure to make! I want one now!!

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  66. Great job! This looks like the perfect knitting bag to me.

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  67. What a great bag! I especially love the inside storage.

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    1. I am a fan of storage too. Can't have to much.

      Thank you for visiting.

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  68. Rosemary B here: This is a beautiful bag. I love it and the inside is just wonderful. Thank you for sharing your creativity

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    1. What a great bag -- I am sure Chelsey will love it! And I definitely think those letters add up to words, lol.

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  69. great bag and i am sure she will love it.

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    1. Thanx, I'm hoping so.
      Thank you for visiting.

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  70. What a great bag. Love your use of newsprint.

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    1. I love a good newsprint! Lots of words and text!

      Thank you for visiting.

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  71. Your bag turned out great. Chelsea will love it. I like that you repurposed a belt for the handles.

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    1. Thanx, the belt handle turned out well and now that I've figured it out, it will be easier next time!!

      Thanx for reading our blog,

      Nini~

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  72. Nini,

    That is one amazing bag! Your daughter is lucky to have someone who loves her so much (it is obvious reading your post).


    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you. Yes, she's a special girl...I'm a proud Mom!

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  73. Very cute! The bagel fabric is perfect! :-)

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    1. Thank you...love those NYC fabrics!

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  74. Great bag for knitting! I love the lettering and all the organizational pockets.

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    1. I know, I gotta make myself one!!


      Thank you for visiting.

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  75. Now that is an awesome knitting bag! Love your Letters on it too :) Thanks for sharing.

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  76. great knitting bag .... one can never have too many .... right ;)
    in stitches

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  77. This is a wonderful knitting bag. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on Madame Samm's special mention.

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    1. Why Thank you. I am feeling the love!!

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  78. Congratulations! And I love your bag. How perfect! Thanks for sharing. Oh...and an awesome start for your first hop!

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    1. I know right? I could get addicted to this!! Thanx for visiting!

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  79. What a great knitting bag! Love it!

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    1. Thank you...I want to make more!!

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  80. Of course, Chelsey is going to love this bag. Nothing better than a bag that is made special with all the right compartments for our unique things. Loved the bagel interior - NYC and bagels seem to go together.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, just like bagels and cream cheese!!

      Thank you for visiting.

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  81. I used to knit, but now I quilt! LOL Your bag is great! I used the Amelia newspaper for the center of a block in the Grandmother's Choice block of the week by Barbara Brackman that is going on now. It commemorates the suffergets.

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    1. It is great fabric...many historic events mentioned. I'll check out those blocks.

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  82. I am so enjoying this blog hop. So many great places to visit. I am loving all the words and creativity!

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  83. I think your bag is perfect. I'll bet Chelsey does too.

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  84. Hi!!! I love your bag!!! I bet your daughter will love it too!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  85. I think you did a great job on your daughters knitting bag. What a great way to recycle old leather belts. Great job.

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  86. What a great bag you've made! Welcome to the world of blog hops--be prepared,,,they're quite addictive. Your daughter is very lucky to have such a talented mom. Thanks for sharing with us! (Love the re-used belt.)

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  87. so cute, love the fabric you used.

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    1. Thank you, I agree, it's perfect for this project.

      Thank you for visiting our blog!

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  88. Well done on your project for the blog hop!

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  89. great work -- this feels like a trip to the big apple and such a great use of space for all thoes little tools.

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      Thank you for visiting our blog!

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  90. It's beautiful! I know she's going to love it. :) blessings, marlene

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  91. what a lovely bag, I bet she loves it.

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    1. She gets her hands on it tomorrow! I know she will...if not I will!

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  92. New follower. Love the knitting bag you produced! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Your welcome, it's been a good experience! Stop back for more fun!

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  93. What a great knitting bag. Good job!

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      Thank you for visiting our blog!

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  94. I love bags and yours is functional and gorgeous!!

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