My summer project took less time than I thought...
WARNING; This post is MASSIVE and full of photos of crochet.
Last week I read this post about a chunky bag on Attic 24. My, but Lucy can really crochet. I mean, really. I wonder if she has a family of elves hidden in her understairs cupboard who sit, patiently, hooking away to complete her projects. Although, not elves. Elves are too... ethereal to crochet. It takes a more down to earth species to crochet. Like dwarves (no, too heavy handed) or gnomes (euch! too green fingered) or..., yes, I have it... hobbits. Crochet is an ideal hobbit craft. It's quick, easy, portable (so you can do it at the pub) and makes lovely stuff in the round. Perhaps Frodo really crocheted his tobacco pouch, or Sam hooked his garden flowers with pleasure as he sat back outside Bag End. You can find ideas for hobbit crochet here, but my favourite has to be either the crochet Smaug or the idea that Geek Central has amigurumi figures with separate clothes made from felt.
No, wait. It's the feet from Happily Grim. They are my ult fave hobbit crochet. Absolutely.
But I digress. I'm not writing about hobbit crochet, oh no, I'm sharing some good news... I finished the crochet on another project. Yeay! Another thing done! And this one wasn't on my to do list either! Inspired by Attic 24's chunky bag, I bought a pack of chunky wool from Wool Warehouse and sat down to look at the instructions for the bag.
I crocheted straight rounds up for the sides, slip stitching at each end and joining on a new colour every row. Chunky really is a fast wool to work with, I'd forgotten that from my forays into children's clothes in my past. It took 26 rows until I thought the bag was big enough. And then I looked at the instructions (you know, the ones I haven't followed so far) and thought "I don't like the handles. You have to sew on those handles. I don't want to sew on the handles. And won't they stretch anyway?"
So I thought again, and decided that I like one shoulder strap, hobo style and that if I did that, I could line the whole bag very reasonably and put pockets inside. I like pockets. It's extra places to lose stuff.
Then I did individual rows of 11 stitches to make the shoulder strap. 31 individual rows to be exact and I like being exact. See the photo? That's only 10 yarn ends on either side. 10. Imagine how messy 31 could be?
The next day I edged the handle with a line of single crochet, all the way around on two sides. At this point the idea of Mobius crochet struck me. That's for another day as well.
And I wondered if I was finished. Well, it looks bag like. The ends are neat, the bottom well sealed, the texture good enough to use as a bag. But I don't like open bags. I like a flap or a fastener, or something security related. And the bag is plain. I know Lucy has flowers on hers, and I'm thinking about that, I am, but I wanted something to make a statement.
Books are my friend. Books are sometimes my best friends. I looked in my collection, I sought out sage advice and I found my coaster print out that I took away with me last year to make on holiday. An ideal hexagonal flower shaped thing.
My bag is good, my bag is useable. I want to line it and I have a material coming from ebay which I think will be really beautful, but that won't arrive until the weekend. I hope I can find time on Sunday to do it. It won't stop me using the bag now. *swoon* I like it too much.
And I was wondering about putting in a gratuitous shot of my Filofax in my bag to see if this post makes it to Philofaxy.... but I figured that was mean and I'm trying so hard to be kind.