So, I decided to run up a bucket style bag for winter from the tweed. Using my own design, I drew a simple pattern on a sheet of Monkeychild's drawing paper and used this to cut out the tweed and the lining which I made out of some purple cotton; another stash find.
It didn't take long to sew together and just to add a bit of interest to the front I made a flower detail using some old mother-of-pearl buttons. I also stitched the original label onto the lining just to remind me when my bag originated from and because I love the lettering.
The best thing about making the bag is that I could make the strap just the right length and width to fit under my arm for a snug and comfy fit - I'm very particular about my bags! And, I've got enough tweed left over to make a cushion for our vandalized sofa.
I've finished off one Fair Isle arm warmer and am currently halfway through the other. I don't really like the way the edges curl up so on the next pair I knit, I'm going to add a ribbed cuff and knit them up in the round to avoid the ugly sewn up seam. Otherwise, I'm quite happy how they've turned out and am starting to get bitten by the Fair Isle bug!
I treated myself to this felty little fellow this week from Murgatroyd and Bean's Folksy shop. Isn't he gorgeous? He'll definitely add a bit a hand crafted chic to my winter coats.
The pen marks still haven't shifted, even after trying out the majority of your hints. Still not happy!