“They used to tell me I was building a dream…
Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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.
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
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
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
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! by Shania Twain
Originally I was calling this Money Can’t Buy It, but when this name popped up, I changed names.
Dimensions: 8 x 14-inch base; 13-inch height
My original idea was a new project bag. The reason: I could be wrong, but I feel like my mother, who sews, does a less than stellar job when she is working on something that is not her own because I hate to think that she would be as messy with her own stuff. The lining she sewed into my first project bag is coming undone.
When I thought about making the new bag, I wanted something like my Cost Plus World Market (CPWM), which I love for color and carrying ease. Once I developed the bag bottom, I decided that I was going to make a cover for my CPWM bag. To begin the sides, I crocheted around the posts of my last round and worked up.
About halfway through I change my mind, preferring a strap long enough for me to hang the bag cross-body over my shoulder. So, having finished the height I started the flap, made long enough to cover the top of a full bag.
Now my bag needed structure, so I crocheted a seam on each corner. The first one was a bit wonky, but once I realized my mistake, I focused on the other three, which are fine.
As for the strap, it took my mind a minute or two to decide how I was going to work this. Despite having added corner seams for structure, the bag still seemed like it needed more shaping. I was going to try and create a folding dart on the side by crocheting seams diagonally from the corner and up the center, but that seemed more difficult than I wanted to experiment. I finally decided that decreasing the strap from the width of the bag to my desired shoulder strap width on either side would be easier. And because I wanted cleaner seams between bag and strap, I crocheted each side separately and seamed at the top to join.
When I tried the bag on – full – to model it for myself, I noticed that the strap was stretching way too much, leaving the bag just above my knees. My first thought was that I needed to line the bag. Hesitating to ask my mom for assistance and not really wanting to hand sew a strap lining, I decided to slip stitch the strap-length on either side; this worked!
I am still not crazy about the flap and think it needs a blue trim to distinguish it from the bag. Additionally, I am now noticing the straps on the CPWM bag go all the way down to the bottom, easing weight distribution and providing better strap strength; that would have help my bag, but interrupted the beautiful chartreuse and orange stripes! I think I may go the extra mile and line the bag.
Unknown Neon Orange
Color: Agent Orange*
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted+
Unknown Neon Yellow
Color: Chartreuse Charlene*
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 4, Worsted+
Color: 18114 Indigo
Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton
Weight: 4, Worsted
Both yarns were purchased at my first Newton’s Yarn Country parking lot sale, back in about 2014. I never used them or even had an idea what to make from them until this bag. Now I will consume both cones in more bags. I don’t know how I got the idea that they were both cotton – natural fibers – but that is why I chose to mix with cotton. Another surprise: both the fluorescent-colored yarns were not a steady worsted weight strand; the strand varied in thickness/thinness. It created – what I refer to as – a corn cob texture which I actually like.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 – Charity Donation
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.
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.
Care: Machine wash warm, Tumble cry low
Colors: [White, Pink, Fucshia, Magenta, Purple, Green, Teal, Blue]**
* Wood type unknown
** Yarn label colors unknown
+ Belieived fiber