My most recently completed craft project was a present for a Studio Ghibli themed swap. I based the theme around Ponyo.
While it’s not massive in size, I’ve never done this much embroidery before, so it was a bit of a trial and error project and it could be better, but I really thought it would be much much worse, so I’m fairly pleased with the result. However, it doesn’t stop there. I carefully cut Ponyo out and made her into a little patch to be ironed and sewn onto a little wristlet project bag that I designed.
The drawstring is a crochet chain from red cotton tape and I used a large wooden button as the toggle. This was mainly because I couldn’t recall seeing a normal toggle thing at the craft store and didn’t feel like leaving the flat the day I was making it. Plus, buttons make everything cuter and those toggle things are ugly anyway.
I found this really cute fish fabric to use as lining and since it’s so cute, I wanted it to show on the front of the bag. It also fit with the scene in Ponyo the patch came from as there’s a lot brightly coloured fish swimming around in the opening scenes.
After finishing the bag, it didn’t seem like there was much to the package, so I also knitted Preita Salyer’s Green Sea Cowl in King Cole Mirage (colorway 871). It was a super easy pattern and really quick to knit.
It turned out absolutely beautifully in the King Cole; it seemed magical how the colours stripped at all the exact right places to compliment the design.
I haven’t been very selfish with my crafting over the last few months, and the trend isn’t over yet. I’m about to start the Christmas crafts because I’m planning on making some large and time consuming projects, so I may disappear for a while in the near future. But hopefully, there will be lots of shiny things to show upon my return.