Purses!

I am the queen of procrastinating. I love crocheting but I don’t enjoy finishing projects.  Over the last week or so I finally finished these purses.  The Malia bag (blue one) I started back in March or April!

The small green one with fringe is called Bonnaroo Babe Boho Bag. It was a Crochet Along in July put on by Salty Pearl Crochet. You can find it here.  The pattern was free during the CAL but now is for sale on Ravelry. For some reason I was confused about how the base of the bag is crocheted. You start out with the flap and crochet right into making the base of the bag.  The pattern is written correctly, my brain just had a hard time picturing it as I was crocheting.   The purse worked up quickly.  I purchased the strap off of Amazon. I used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton.

The Malia Shoulder bag (light blue and white tote) was a CAL in the spring.  This pattern also used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton. It uses a smaller hook to make a tighter stitch. I really liked the pattern and how it worked up but I had to work on it in small installments as my hand got sore from the tight stitches and the stiffer yarn. The pattern is by Yarn Chai. You can find it on her blog here for free. I love how it turned out. Some of the people participating in the CAL made multiple bags. Not sure how they did it. She has really good instructions on sewing the base together to give you a structured bottom. She also gives good instructions on using grommets. It was my first time using grommets and I can see these coming in very handy for future projects.  I purchased some rope at Hobby Lobby to use for the straps.  My only issue with my straps is that they are more of an off-white and the yarn is a bright white.  I guess I have some OCD issues with it.

I have wanted to make the orange bag since I first saw the pattern. The bag is called Rover Circle Bag and is by Taylor Lynn Crochet. The pattern was posted for free on sewrella.com. (Quick note – her website tends to bog down my computer as there are lots of ads and pop-ups.) It took me awhile to find the yarn.  The yarn is Bernat Maker Big and I finally stumbled across it in JoAnn’s.  The bag works up super fast and has a nice stitch to give the bag a little dimension on the last round.  The yarn is interesting.  You don’t want to pull too tight as it is a fabric casing around nylon.  I found that the yellow color showed through so I tried to not pull the yarn tight and work with it loosely. The yarn did have a hard spot of the nylon stuck together like a rock.  I cut that part out and continued with the purse.  The purse did not use up the full skein of yarn.  I enjoyed making it but I don’t know what I would use the yarn for going forward.  I don’t think I would by it again. I purchased the strap at JoAnn’s.

The last bag is called Street Fair Crochet Boho Purse. It is free by MakeAndDoCrew.com. (There are lots of pop-ups here too.) This bag also used the Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn but it was doubled up.  This worked up quickly too.  The pattern is well written with photos included. If you prefer to use diagrams, you can purchase a pdf pattern.  I didn’t crochet the strap as I had a little problem understanding the instructions.  I also decided I liked the look of a purchased strap for it. I bought the strap off of Amazon.

So I am set with new purses for awhile. Which one to use first…

 

Blooming Petals Poncho

I had joined Fun With Furls CAL in March. Each month they host two (usually something to wear and amigurumi). I liked this pattern and had some comparable yarn in my stash to use. I am trying to not buy yarn (not easy!) I used Patons Shetlund Chunky Tweeds yarn. This yarn was fun to work with. The pattern is easy and works up fast. You can find the pattern here. Just look for the pattern called Blooming Petals Poncho by Lorene Eppolite. While you are there you can see other patterns they have for free.

I bought a hand held steamer to help block my crochet projects. This one by Conair works well. I got it off of Amazon. I also bought a bust to put my crochet clothes on since I am making more clothes. I found one off of ebay. It displays my crocheting and I can steam my projects on it. Unfortunately, I don’t look good in ponchos so I won’t model it for you!

 

 

Zebra – the misfit toy

Time sure flies! I had been planning on this post for awhile but life got in the way. I just got back from a long weekend in Colorado. I wish I could say I came back refreshed but I didn’t sleep well so I am dragging some.  This zebra was fun. The pattern is by The Friendly Red Fox. She hosted a CAL the end of February to make this zebra.  Her patterns are well-written and I like making animals so I participated.  I like to think of my zebra as my misfit toy from the Island of Misfit Toys.  I am trying to use up yarn I have and mis-judged how much I needed of each color. I still think she turned out cute.   Kali is the designer and she has videos she posts on certain parts of the patterns.  I haven’t needed to watch them but it is handy to have them available. Since winter isn’t leaving us, hopefully this cheerful zebra can give you a smile!

CAL’s

I joined a few more Crochet-Alongs. The bunny with the antler headband is called Christopher the Bunny. The designer is LittleAquaGirl. Her Esty shop is here.  For $5 a month, amigurumipatterns.net is hosting CAL’s. I decided to try it. The pattern was very well written. There was a lot of pictures which helps when sewing the bunny together. There is a forum where the designer is active. This comes in handy if there are questions regarding the pattern. I probably won’t keep this subscription as $5 a month adds up and I already have a lot of patterns I want to make. My payment for December already processed, so I will be doing it for one more month at least 🙂

The mitten was super fun and fast to make. It is designed to be a gift holder but I plan on using it as a decoration. I can see making more of them. There are so many color combinations. This was hosted by Happily Hooked Magazine. I have an annual subscription to the magazine. The pattern was also well written. You can get the pattern on Ravelry here (you do not need to have the magazine.) The designer is Sonya Blackstone.

Moose

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The Friendly Redfox hosted another CAL. This one was for a moose and reindeer. The pattern is here.  The pattern was well-written and the moose worked up quickly.  She released the pattern in three pieces. I wasn’t reading too closely and missed the directions on where to attach the legs. They were at the bottom of day one – oops! I attached them a little too far back so it doesn’t sit as easily as it would if the legs were attached closer to the front.  He is a nice addition to winter decor.

Bernat Blanket Mystery CAL

This is the second year I have participated in the Bernat Blanket Mystery CAL put on by JoAnn Fabrics and The Crochet Crowd. It was kind of a boring, simple pattern last year. but this year it was fun. There was a lot of variety in the stitches. There was surface crochet, basket weave, Jacob’s Ladder. . . My favorite is Jacob’s Ladder. For those unfamiliar with it, it is the braid in the gray stripe.  It is fun to make and adds so much to the blanket. I still need to block this blanket. You started in the center with a circle and then you crochet to make it a square. I ended up making the square a little tight so it is buckling.  The blocking will help it to lay flat. Since it is made out of blanket yarn and tight stitches, the blanket is very heavy and warm despite not being a huge blanket.  It was a lot of fun to do.

Cardigan

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I haven’t made many adult sweaters. Cre8tion Crocheter hosted a Fall CAL with her Keep Me Warm Cardigan.  I decided to join. I used Caron Big Cakes. This was the first time I had used the yarn. I really like it. It works up nice, has smooth color changes and has a slightly mottled look.

I did make gauge (I hate swatching but I did do it for this sweater). It ended up big and is a little boxy. There isn’t a lot of shaping that is done in the pattern. It is a well written and easy to follow. I will wear this Cardigan as more of a jacket. The pattern was released in  parts for free on her blog during the CAL but she also has it for sale here.