Small Project, Big Learning

I live in a vibrant, multi-cultural, urban neighbourhood but it sits between a hospital, a police station and the firehouse.  While I don’t mind the hot handsome eye candy from the firehouse 😉  sometimes it can get loud.  I can’t handle noise much more the extreme noise of the sirens so I had to adjust.  Enter, stage left, earplugs!  They have been my saving grace for as long as I’ve been living in the apt and I can’t imagine life without them.

Fall nesting had me doing a little re-decorating of my bedroom and those brown earplugs did NOT fit the decor.  LOLOL!  So I decided to make a little pouch for them.  My crafting mojo is roaring back so I chose to not take the easy way out and just make a fabric bag, I decided to go for gold this time.  I decided to tackle my old nemesis — LACE!!!!   I remembered there were little lace pouches in the first knitting book I ever got — The Knitter Bible by Claire Crompton — so that’s where I started.

There was no fancy planning, other than the straight horse-shoe lace pattern, the only mods I did was to add a few rows of garter before the start of the lace to help me with seaming; that mod worked beautifully.  Other than that, I used some random yarn I got from my local Saveathon store eons ago and size 4 needles.   I think the yarn has some wool content because it blocked beautifully without me having to kill the acrylic yarn to get it blocked.  I hand-stitched a fabric pouch for the inside and used a piece of ribbon I recycled from an old gift box to cinch the top by threading it through the holes created by the pattern.

Now all I see is a lovely little pouch instead of those brown ear-plugs.   Small project, big returns!!! 🙂

I’m so happy with the result, I’ve started my second project — The Silverleaf Shawl —  but that’s for another post. 😉



  1. Gorgeous end result! Yay for tackling lace and doing it so beautifully!! I used to knit lace all the time, and then it was strictly cables and then only garter stitch. Now, it’s a little bit of everything. The various cycles of knitting, lol 😉

    1. Would you believe, missing yarnovers? I always ended up with less stitches than I needed. This time around, I went through the pattern line by line before knitting a stitch and marked every single one of them with a yellow highlighter. Knitted the pouch and didn’t even use markers for the repeats. My brain is weird … LOLOL!

      1. I started a pattern a few weeks ago and my brain couldn’t compute the German short rows – mind you I’ve done them a billion times and love them. So I set it down and made my latest sweater and then picked it back up. I reread the instructions and realized I just must’ve skipped a line and totally threw myself off. Oops! Brain fart!

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