Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Chickens and Eggs!

We have a running joke with the grands about chickens.  We're always telling them awful chicken jokes, and we tease them nonstop about the birds.  They are now old enough to totally ignore us when we get on chicken toots.  Too bad.  We had fun with them.

I'm wild about chickens, myself.  I like to eat them, drink soup from them, admire their general chicken-ness.  So when I saw this crazy fabric, I had to get some.  Clearly I needed a chicken project bag.  And then I thought:  Well chickens and eggs go together (duh!), so I also had to get this one.

And here is my new clucky chicken and egg bag in progress:

How do you like your eggs? These are sunny-side up.  mmmmmm.  I like mine over medium, with a bit of runny yoke but no runny white.

Here's the bag all finished.  It wasn't that hard, given that I can't sew a straight seam, but getting the stupid ties into it just about put me over the edge.  And then I realized that the ribbon was navy and not black.  Too bad, 'cause I'm not doing that again.  My bag, my rules.

I can't seem to get the photography of the yellow right.  Think egg yolk, and sort of a batik fabric, and that's the color of the yellow next to the black stripes.

I got the idea from this blog.  Didn't have the fabric, but I did have my chickens, eggs, polka dots and lots of weird yellows.

It was a lot of fun and here's what I learned:

     a.  Fabric really stretches much more when cut crosswise rather than lengthwise.  I had read that somewhere, and I can tell you that it's the truth.  Good thing to know because I have the feeling that I'm going to do more log cabin projects, and cutting those logs, particularly the long ones, will be done on the lengthwise grain.  This one is important.  And now I know it from experience.

     b.  Fussy cutting (that's where I deliberately cut out my chicken) is neat.  Wastes a lot of fabric, but I have 1/2 yard of my chickens so I can probably make a dozen of these chickie bags.

     c.  Cursing when attempting to get that little safety pin through the side holes is entirely appropriate.  I had a good vent.

And now there's a project in it already:  a little cardigan for Miss P's AG doll.

Kitten With a Whiplash - All I have to say is cluck cluck.

Scrabblequeen  - I already put a project in it, and I'm happily knitting away.  I knit at night when it's too dark to sew. 

merrilymarylee - Cluck to you too.  I'm happy to say that I am indeed wearing a bra today.  I'm at the age where there is a bit of droop factor.   


Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Supercute! Makes me want a couple drumsticks, some buffalo wings and a hard boiled egg.

Scrabblequeen said...

That bag's not fowl at all! You're getting good at this sewing thing...but it's good to see you still know what to do with sticks and string. :-)

Anonymous said...

You've gotta cluck with pride over this one. It's terrific!

Love the fried eggs. Memo to self: wear a bra today.


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