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Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

Welcome to my happy New Feature ‘Project Bag of the Week’. A bit of regular material for my lovely knitterly audience or just general love of crafts and shopping. Project Bag of the Week is intended to perk up your craft storage and carrying with style and quirkiness.
I recently went on a hunt for a new project bag as my previous tote is old and has become a whole new grim shade of beige around the bottom. Whilst on my search I found so many beautiful ones that I would love to share, so I decided I’d update you with a new project bag each week.
First up….

CERIDWEN HAZELCHILD DESIGN

Ceridwen Hazelchild Designs is a great ‘Project Bag of the Week’ to start with due to her fabulous and warming Illustrations literally all the tote bags available in her shop are just astounding. There is a tote for everyone whether you love tea, knitting, flowers, buttons or gnomes. You will also find Ceridwen products to be very environmentally friendly which I definitely like to see with there 100% fair trade cotton or 100% natural canvas if preferred. The illustrations are all her very own and brighten up the day or your shoulder!  If I’ve made you curious of her work I highly recommend you nip over to ceridwenDESIGNS.

I’ve got one of these totes now on my wish list and I think you should add it to yours.

Also if your a designer/seller of handmade project bags/cases or totes and would love to showcase your work please get in touch I’d love to hear from you. x

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This week I’ve been busy knitting for my next big February design and also being working on a pair of the Snawpaw mittens as a bit of selfish knitting for myself! (The best kind of knitting) but I found it quite funny when looking into my canvas rucksack to find lots of little plastic bags all containing projects! I seem to horde these clear bags from work and put all my knitting in separate tidy bags to keep them safe when carrying them about! I’m sure I’m not the only one that is this particular with my knitting! I remember at one point having tons of drawstring bags for my projects then Zip lock bags, tote bags and small make up bags but these days I’ve fallen for clear plastic bags. On bad weather days I tend to carry these clear bags in a my Cath Kidston Oil Cloth bag to keep them dry! I’ve become to release it’s a crazy habit, or is it! I’ve even found big sweaters in massive plastic bags ready for sewing up like a cupboard isn’t safe enough for them! (Probably not with the cat about).
I’m not the only one right?!
I personally like to keep my knitting neat and hate bag tangling messes so bag are a key staple in my creative lifestyle!
How do you peeps keep creative zen?! X

Morning's bliss

When your stuck picking ideas or sorting through a tons of great possibilities that make it hard to narrow down! Or just in a designing rut that you need to escape from… Here’s ten silly, fun, creative and some damn right stupid steps to sorting yourself (or your work) out! 😉
1. Got a selection of armhole or neck shaping’s to choose from then draw your ideas on pieces of paper set them out in a circle on the floor and spin that bottle like your fifteen again!
2. Ip dip do the cat got flu….
3. Next up is quite conventional! Keep a blooming sketchbook or notebook. Honestly sometimes the best ideas can be forgotten but if your in a rut looking back over old ideas can sometimes bring those ideas to light that’s currently in trend or that’s right up your street at the minute to keep your flow and mojo!
4. Choosing samples can be hard especially when they all look great and either one could be a great design idea, so start a small game of pin the tail on the design! Places your samples on a cork board, get blind folded, have a friend spin you around and pin the idea right off the wall!
5. Sometimes the hectic life we tend to lead every now and then you need to take step back, I mean it! You’ll need a strong willed friend to pull you away from your task at hand to have a break (biscuits and a cuppa or even a day away) return back with fresh eyes instead of mulling it over and see what difference a break can make!
6. Sometimes you can procrastinate over our own work especially if you work alone but asking other peoples preferences on an idea can really help you know if your going in the right direction! Always ask for criticism and opinions whether from a friend or though you blog!
7. Keep your past swatches at least for a while don’t throw them away! Sometimes these little gems can spark new ideas!
8. Pinterest, Etsy, Ravelry which ever you like using if all of them saving pictures and creating Mood boards are a great way to keep you fresh whether it be with colour trends, textures and fibres these media lovelies keep us designers ticking over with eye candy!
9.  If your in a rut, try turning off any music and TV sometimes these can be distracting even when you think there not. Even unplugging the internet and working on a document without networking interruptions.
10. fold up any ideas on paper and pop into a hat then ask a stranger to help you choose, let them pick a winner for you!

How do you decide things when your under pressure or unsure? Do you have a creative way to get out of your ruts? Please share.
Either way don’t let yourself procrastinate, think of a forward plan to move ahead quicker.
Pondering is only holding you back. x

Photos by Zaparowana, Thank you!