A new hobby

Because what I need right now, obviously, is another hobby.

It was my birthday at the end of August and I used my birthday money to buy the sewing machine that I’ve been craving for ages. Actually, I’ve been wanting a sewing machine since my last one broke, which was about 20 years ago now! (It was a toy machine but did actually sew things.)

And here it is:


It’s an Elna 2600 and I love it to pieces.  Especially since I’ve just completed my first project on it.


The project is a sock-knitting project bag. I don’t knit socks that often but I couldn’t resist Crazy Lanea’s tutorial and I’m glad I didn’t because the finished bag is one of the most adorable things I’ve seen.


The tutorial was really easy to follow and the whole project took less than 2.5 hours. I even made sure I matched up the stripes:


The ribbons are actually re-purposed hanging loops from a t-shirt. I cut them off because they kept showing when I wore the t-shirt and they turned out to be the perfect colour match for the fabric.

The fabric is all from IKEA. I picked up some bits and pieces when Steven and I were there earlier in the week.


The red and white stripe is called Sofia, the plain white is Lenda and the brown geometrical is Petronella. Between the three lots I ended up with 5.5m for less than £18. The red-and-white and plain white are for experimenting with, I’m going to try and make a more useful container for my interchangeable needle tips, and the brown geometrical is going to be covers for some seat pads for our dining chairs since it matches the fabric table runners that we already have.

Now I just need to work out how to fit in sewing time along side work, studying, knitting, crocheting…..

3 thoughts on “A new hobby

  1. I’m growing more and more disappointed with your blog. The title indicates that it will deal with reading and knitting, in a 2:1 ratio. However, there has been a serious lack of reading-related material in recent times, and now you introduce sewing into the mix!

    I’m at my wits end!!

    1. Dear mysterious stranger (who bears more than passing resemblance to my husband),

      Thank you very much for your comments. You’re right that there hasn’t been much reading-related material recently; it turns out that I like reading books more than I like writing about them. However, there are a couple of craft-related book reviews to come so keep your eyes open for those.

      (Of course, there’s already more knitting and sewing to be posted about as well!)


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