Under The Bridge: Off da Hook

The Name

Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is my homeless series of bags: the other two are called Gypsy Woman and Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

The Bag

Dimensions: 29 inches squared; 16-inch depth from point of intersection

I should’ve followed the pattern, but wanted a bigger bag, as I am a big guy, homeless people have a lot of stuff to carry, and the other guild members could use this bag considering the amount of yarn I see them lugging around the meeting.

Destination still to be determined.

The Yarn

Rug Crafters Heavy Polyester Rug Yarn
Color: 503 Tangerine Orange; Content: Polyester; Weight: Unknown

Universal Classic Chunky
Color: 60639 Petrol Blue; Content: 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; Weight: Bulky

Teddy Bear
Color: 001 White; Content: 95% Acrylic, 5% Polyester; Weight: Unknown

Spinnerin Chenille Cherie
Color: 11; Content: 45% Virgin Wool, 45% Rayon, 10% Nylon; Weight: Aran+

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky
Color: 152 Charcoal; Content: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Weight: Bulky+

Other yarns included

Black Chenille

Purple natural fiber roving yarn, per burn test

Purple man-made roving yarn, per burn test

Lion Brand Homespun?
Color: Unknown Blue; Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; Weight: Bulky

+ yarn weight per Ravelry

Under The Bridge

 

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime: On da Hook

While in my stash looking for my rug yarns, I also found a bunch of old worsted wool skeins and thought it would be fun to create a felted bag. So using the same Caron Big Cake Carry-All Bag One Skein Wonder pattern, I began Brother, Can You Spare A Dime.

Once again the final destination of this bag remains undetermined: charity, gift or me!

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!: Research & Development

It’s a boring job: repetitive. If nothing else, but it pays off in the end.

I want to make myself a new project bag. I started in August with this same pattern, but when I was called out on my slip stitch ladders by another crocheter, on another charity project, I questioned my previous favor of this characteristic.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

The ladder, is created by the slip stitch on the previous row, causing color interruption. My first thought was that my traditional way of changing colors needed to be revised. The other issue was where the round was being joined. Slip stitching the first stitch can be confusing because it presents as two: the slipped stitch and the first stitch of the round.

As such, I began developing a new way to make my squares. On this square, I slip stitched on the stitch after the first crochet, overlapping the first stitch and cut my colors, each round. This seems more finished, but I was not happy with the first stitch creating additional posts/legs in the first stitch in the previous row.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

My first thought was to hide the extra legs in the corner. On this version, I began each round on the the last stitch in the corner previous to the edge I ended the round. This provided for:

  • better stitch counting/tracking
  • slip stitch/first stitch issues (now treated as one)
  • crocheting over tails – providing for tighter seams

Man! I Feel Like A Woman! Research & Development

I don’t think I want to make squares; it will require seaming. I want to crochet the bag in-the-round, but want a flat base. I want to crochet the base in the round and then work the sides in neon yellow and orange stripes. The bag base crocheted in the round will require more R&D to figure out how to get the right size.

 

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

Great name for my next project: a crochet purse or bag for marketing, yarn, projects, etc. I have about ten cakes of this Pingouin Fil d’E’cosse No 3. I don’t know how big or how many bags I will make.

Rectangle? Square? Round? What shape should I make?

At first I was thinking market bags, but I didn’t see any I really liked. However, that would use the least amount of yarn and allow me to make more than one bag.

I think I have worked it out…market bags for charity!

Take The Money And Run Bag

Take The Money And Run Bag – Charity Donation

The Name

Take The Money And Run by Steve Miller Band

Random selection from my music library, which seems quite appropros, considering the object. Although, upon selection, the thought of a gang of old women + one old man, taking the money, stuffing it into this bag and running got me chuckling.

The Bag

Details

Wooden* purse handles
Care: Consult a professional dry cleaner
Dimensions: 5-inch depth x 18-inch height x 20-inch width
Price: Charity Donation

Having tired of working on OPP (Other’s People’s Projects) – 😀 who remembers when O.P.P. was something one was down with 🙂 – I just could not bring myself to make anymore squares, especially since they were made at such a high tension. And fortunately, I did not need to because I all of a sudden remembered that I had won these purse handles through the guild raffle. Effectively, the bag closure is similar to a clam shell…better to keep the cash in the bag!

There is no lining – who has time for lining when the stuff won’t sell. Most appropriate for bigger items. A project bag, a money bag, remembering to keep notions and coins in smaller, more secure enclosures.

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Machine wash warm, Tumble cry low
Colors: [White, Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Green, Teal, Blue]**
Content: Acrylic+

* Wood type unknown

** Yarn label colors unknown

+ Belieived fiber