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!
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!
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!
4th Annual Spring Artisans Community Event Spectacular in downtown Denver, Colorado! FREE EVENT!
April 27, 2012: It’s time to shop till you drop, knit till you quit, crochet till you can’t anymore!!!
Bags By CAB – Yarn Shoppe, 1777 Larimer St., #102, Denver, CO 80202, 720.473.2598
www.BagsByCAB.com, specializing in fiber arts knit and crochet, and home of the Denver Crochet Guild, hosts its 4th Annual Spring Artisans Community Event Spectacular, June 2, 2012, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 1777 Larimer St., outdoor courtyard. This free community event is not to be missed! We are honored to present our very special guest Councilwoman Judith Montero, Denver District #9. http://www.denvergov.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.denvergov.org/councildistrict9.
The largest event of its kind in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Spring Artisans Community Event Spectacular is an annual event hosted by Bags by CAB – Yarn Shoppe as an opportunity for local artisans and entrepreneurs to meet and showcase their fiber art designs, small business, connect with the community, and shop LOCAL!
Sponsored by: Vogue Knitting, Lion Brand, Interweave, Crochet Guild of America, Denver Office of Economic Development, Vintage Handbags Denver, and Bags By CAB – Yarn Shoppe. Bring a baby blanket, and booties to benefit the families in critical care at the Ronald McDonald House, our non-profit charity, visit: www.RonaldHouse.org.
We are proud to bring Denver’s Best women entrepreneurs directly to you! Visit with Colorado’s own crochet and knitwear designer Marly Bird www.MarlyBird.com, Mayor of the City of Westminster, Nancy McNally http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/818_1353.htm, and Denver’s best cake designer, Diedra Duncan of www.KinglyCakes.com, come out and get your cupcake on! Need an alpaca yarn fix? Yarn on over to the Yarn Shoppe, and pick up locally grown alpaca fiber (yarn), local hand painted wool (yarn), and sign up for a knitting, crochet or pattern reading lesson from Cassandra Allen–Brown, President of the Denver Crochet Guild! Purchase handcrafted knitting and crochet accessories from numerous artisans including Denver Crochet Guild members, including Mayor Nancy McNally’s knitted designs www.MadeAndCreated.com, crochet designer Marie Nevels www.WildWomanDesignsByMarie.com, and Diane Anderson’s knitted designs www.DressUpKnitsByDiane.com.
Wear comfortable shoes and have plenty of arm space to carry your special “one of a kind finds!” Ladies, stop inside Bags by CAB – Yarn Shoppe and grab several genuine designer and vintage handbags www.VintageHandbagsDenver.com. Receive special door prizes from our sponsors! Bring your friends and family and the kids! Experience the fun and excitement of the day! Saturday, June 2, 2012, 11:00am – 4:30pm. Park at a meter, or across the street at the Tabor Center for $5.00 parking on the weekends. A once in a life time experience with Denver’s own knitwear designer, Marly Bird!
Event page: http://www.bagsbycab.com/Up_Coming_Events.html
Watch our Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_rkFCC4vqo
Join the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrochEtCetera#!/events/249645561779918/
Call 720.473.2598 for more info.
See you there!
Join the Colorado Springs West Chapter of the MOMS Club for this year’s Spring Shopping Extravaganza!!
When: Saturday, March 31st, 2012 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Indoors at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Spring is here and the weather is starting to get nicer (okay, between the bouts of snowing) so come on out and support over 20 local artisans and home-based business owners and do a little spring shopping!
Admission: one bag of canned or boxed goods (per adult) for Care and Share. Children are welcome!
21 Moons Handmade Baby Memory Books
Burning Daylight Designs
Cathy’s Crafty StuffNThings
CrochEt Cetera by Connie Lee
Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Mountain Bows & Clothes
Shawnee Mountain Gallery
The Pampered Chef
The Quilted Cocoon
Young Living Essential Oils
Profits from this year’s fundraiser will benefit the MOMS Club International “Mother-to-Mother Fund” and there will also be a food drive to support Care and Share. Customer admission is a grocery bag of canned or boxed food items to be donated to the local food bank.