Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Happy Bag

This is one of my happy bags. They are my favorite thing to do. I love to hand embroider but when I embroider a lot of other variables go into my work. But when I knit I'm usually doing it for fun. That's where the happy bag comes in. First a little background.

My first happy bag was actually an angry bag. I was having an argument with my husband that I was losing(but of course)and instead of fighting him I took out all the colorful yarns I could find and made my first happy bag. It's a lime green(i love lime green) hot pink, multicolor concoction. Rather small able to be finished in one night(at least when I'm angry anyway). I tried to sell it but nobody bought it(I guess they could tell it was an angry bag)so it's still mine which is wonderful cos I love it. Truly love it. I used my favorite colors and knitted myself into a good mood while making it so I'm kind of glad it's still mine.

Then I made one with checkerboard and a basketweave pattern. No pictures. I wasn't very good at taking pictures when I started making my creations. Then there are the green bags with flowers(another favorite but once again I don't think there are any pictures) and then there are the big ones. I love to make these cute little bags with flowers, without flowers, colorful little bags of wonderfully colored nothingness in all different types of yarn and textures. Love to make the big ones too. I love to bead them and make bead closures and even bead the linings. Just pure unadulterated fun. When you spend days or weeks hand embroidering a piece that you are not sure will capture the imagination of anyone but yourself, the loveliness and simplicity of knitting in your favorite colors just is wonderful FUN! I guess you can tell I love to make them huh?

I am a bit of a perfectionist about my work. When I hand embroider, every stitch must be perfect and completely filled in. When I crochet if a stitch is not just right I rip it all out(perhaps that is why I don't crochet all that much) but with knitting I just keep it simple(or make it complicated) and have fun. And for some reason that seems to make all the difference. The only problem with my happy bags is if I finish them and they don't come out exactly the way I want them to, they end up in my drawer(come on you all have a drawer or a closet you put your insecurities into)so I have quite a few I have to have the courage to finish at the moment.

But since I love to do my happy bags, I'm sure you will be seeing pictures of them when they are finished and loads of new happy bags too.

I hope my little jaunt into happy land made you happy. It made me happy to think about it and I think I'm gonna look for those knitting needles now that I am free as a bird with my work anyway.

Happy Stitchin. And to all those who are feeling a little blue because of this time of year(and afraid to tell anyone) make yourself happy some how some way because as George Harrison used to say, this too shall pass. Blessings.


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

It seems that happy bags are good therapy. I iron!
Thanks for your visit by my blog, and your very kind words~

Anonymous said...

Your happy bags work for me. If I carried one of those beautiful, colorful bags around, I know I would be happy. I am always amazed at how much of you and your emotions go into your work. It is a really good thing.