Posts tagged “christmas

FO: Market Bag

Finished crocheting the prototype for my latest pattern project today. It turned out to be just a little too big for what I had planned, unfortunately, but I wasn’t about to frog the whole thing! So I finished it off with a secondary color. I thought it would be a good opportunity to test the strength of a break in the yarn and the color change was the easiest way to keep track of where the offending ends are. So we’ll see how it holds up to some use – and I probably won’t be very gentle on it!

I was so sad when the cone ran dry. :(

What I want out of this pattern is a single strand bag. One cone of yarn. One market bag. No sewing. Other than finishing off the beginning and end pieces of yarn, of course. Well the red cone ran out just shy of beginning the handles (which was probably as good a place as any to join a new strand) so the next attempt will be the next size down. Hopefully I won’t have to make too many changes to the pattern, but it’s still aggravating. Especially after 15 hours of crocheting with cotton yarn. It wears my poor little fingers plumb out! But I knew that the only way to see how big a bag I could make out of a single cone of yarn was to give it a go. I suspected that it wasn’t going to make it from fairly early on, but once I’d committed, I was in it for the long haul. I really hate frogging a project, and even though it means redoing the bag, I can still use the one that didn’t turn out like I planned.

I mean, look at this!

Testing out the handles…

… with juice!

That’s three 46 oz. bottles of juice in the bag with plenty of room to spare! I love it. I’m going to be able to fit SO many groceries in this thing!

Now, it is a little Christmassy looking with the white handles, but it was that, green (WAY too Christmassy), or yellow (eh). So rather than going out and buying something new, I decided to be a good girl and use something I already had. So red and white it was. Of course, I need to go buy a new red cone to redo the bag anyway. Yay for yarn shopping! Even if it’s just one skein for a specific project. Or cone, as it were.

Then it’s back to the adjustable base ring for another dozen plus hours and hopefully a finished pattern this time. By the way, if anybody’s interested in testing the pattern for me, I’d love a second set of eyes!


Stellar Snowflakes in Interweave Crochet!

That’s right, folks! I am PUBLISHED! Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012, page 125: Stellar Snowflakes by Connie Lee. Hooray!!

The magazine won’t hit newsstands until November 6th, but it is available for purchase as a hard copy to have shipped (I’m not sure if it’ll arrive before the 6th or not) to you or as a digital download through CrochetMe.com There are over 50 patterns in this issue, so be sure to check them out here!

It also has its very own Ravelry page already, so pop on over to take a look and add it to your queue. You can also see my original versions as they’re linked as a project. Here’s my favorite picture, though (that I took):

And the wreath that I made, which is what inspired the main project photo:


There should also be a page with more information on blocking and starching, but as of today it just says “coming soon” so if you have any questions, just holler! Hopefully they’ll get it updated soon, though – I’m interested to see what their advice is.

I am absolutely tickled pink about this achievement (in case you can’t tell!) and I am anxious as all get out to get my hands on a copy of the magazine! Or two or three – my mother will want one, too, of course! But I have to wait patiently and resist buying the digital edition just so I can see the final layout. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to wait, though – November 6th is almost two weeks away still… :( Patience is a virtue, though, right? And despite my affinity for piddly little crafts like thread crochet, I really don’t have that much of it! So wish me luck and let me know what you think when you get YOUR copies of this season’s IC Accessories!

Ooh and here’s the pinkalicious one, too. ;) Perfect for Breast Cancer awareness!

Michaels Make It! For Good Contest

Are you making any of your holiday gifts this year? If so, you should definitely share them here and help Michaels donate US $25,000.00 to charity!

Submit photos of your homemade gifts and Michaels will donate US $1.00 to charity for every submission. Vote daily for your favorite entry and Michaels will donate US $1.00 each time you vote. One lucky winner will receive a craft room makeover!

Charity partners include Crafting for a Cure, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Hole in the Wall Camps.

Visit the gallery to see what other folks have been making, take a moment to vote (find my entry here!), and maybe even find a little holiday inspiration of your own!

Contest runs through December 25, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM ET.

Chasing Snowflakes

So I was all excited about it snowing yesterday – and snow isn’t my favorite thing, either, but I’ve decided that if it’s gonna do it, it ought to do a good job of it.  Of course it didn’t, but I did get to see some pretty awesome snowflakes landing on my windshield when I was out last night for our December Coffee.

We had an ornament exchange as well as a baby basket to contribute to this time, and of course I wanted to make the gifts that I brought.  I’ve made rattles in the past, but I needed something a little quicker and easier this time, so I decided to make a pair of crocheted flower hair clips since the newest member of the Squadron is a little girl.  They turned out all right, but what I was really tickled with was the snowflake ornament I made.

I’ve tried several times to make some of these and they just never have turned out well enough to suit me, but I guess now that I have another few years of practice in – and a little more patience – it’s a slightly more manageable task.  They’re still entirely too fiddly to suit me, though, so I may experiment with designing my own.  Keep an eye on my studio blog if you’re interested in seeing what I come up with!

12-05-2011 ETA: I added this project to the Michaels Make It! For Good Contest – check it out here and vote every day to help Michaels reach their goal of $25,000 to donate to charity!