Tapestry Tote

September 19, 2006 at 1:33 pm (Accessories)

Thanks goes to xampx for sharing with us her Tapestry Tote Bag – I loved her colors and how hers turned out that I was going to go to the pattern she followed and save it in my favorites.

When I went to the pattern, and saw the colors that the original tote bag came in I said to myself, Oh My Goodness! Those are my dear friends favorite colors! Blue, brown and tan! So I got to going on this, I made it in 2 evenings and the portion of another day. I knew my friend was coming to spend the night with us so I wanted it done by a certain day. My friend likes dark blue instead of the patterns light blue. Oh, and I also did little buttons instead of the crisscross pattern thingie they had.  Here is the original pattern.

I couldn’t understand the handle instructions, so I just fudged it.

I did line it, even tho the pattern didn’t call for it.

I tell you, the squares were the simple part! The putting together of this, hiding all the threads, and then putting the lining! THAT WAS THE TEDIOUS TIME CONSUMING PART!!!

Well, this was my very first “change lots of colors” project I have ever done and I gotta say, I am not so scared anymore!!! It’s just a lot more work instead of crocheting!



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Purse/Tote Swap – Sent

September 13, 2006 at 9:30 am (Accessories, Swaps & RAOK)

I made a tote for my swap partner, after not even knowing what a “tote” was!

I am pretty pleased with it, and it seems she is also. I got the idea for the tote from this thread:

Kristen’s Bag

She used one of Etaria’s (Lisa) free patterns (Thick Warm Winter Crochet Hat) for the stitch repeats, which is what I ended up doing also, but I made it a bit taller than she did, and kinda winged the handles. The only thing I would do different if I were to do this again is to make the opening a bit wider. I was trying to get away from having any sort of fastener on it. But I did test it by putting all of my junk from my purse into it to see if it would work, and it did so I sent it!

Be careful if you go to Lisa’s site…it can be very addicting. She is one awesome designer!!!

Anyhoo, here are the pics. I used Lion Brand Cotton in Purple, with a “H” hook. I lined it. The picture where the purse is open and showing the lining is more true to the actual color of the purse.  Remember that the images are clickable.


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Chic on the Half Shell!!!

July 18, 2006 at 7:03 am (Accessories)

A while back I wrote to Drew (The Crochet Dude) to ask him which one of his purses I could make with the small amount of really nice yarn I had purchased to work on a swap present for MY Secret Pal – he recommended that I give his “Chic on a Half Shell” purse a try. Well I did, and I LOVE the results!

I did something a little different to the handle part because when I made it, the yarn seemed a bit flimsy and I wanted the handle to be a bit more secure.


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Fat Bottom Bag

July 14, 2006 at 7:01 am (Accessories)

All around the ‘Ville, there are a lot of Fat Bottoms … Fat Bottom Bags that is! I just had to purchase this book, and please don’t be offended by the title, but it’s a GREAT Crochet Pattern book! It’s called the Happy Hooker!!! It has so many fabulous patterns in it, but I purchased it specifically to get this pattern (remember, images are clickable!):

I sent this one off yesterday to my sister-in-law – she is a big Tony Stewart fan and I almost put a huge “20” on it for her, but at the last minute decided to just put a flower. That is why the purse is orange. This was actually super simple to do, and I think I am going to make MORE of them!!! I love Fat Bottoms!!!I lined the purse, which almost took as long as crocheting the dang thing!

The yarn I used was Sugar and Cream Cotton in Pumpkin.

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Another Finished Item

June 14, 2006 at 4:45 am (Accessories)

Well, here I am, almost 5am, I have been up half the night listening to TS Alberto wail outside. Can’t sleep, can’t believe I have internet connection, much less power! We lost power for about 3 or 4 hours last night. Has anyone ever tried to crochet to a flashlight? How in the world did they do it in the old days???

Anyhoo, here is the perfect opportunity to post another finished item.

I was fooling around with a new yarn I purchased. It’s the first real “quality” yarn I have ever gotten. I got it to make something for my secret pal, but had some leftover and so I was just messing around with it. The kind of yarn is Cotton Classic by Tahki in color #3947. The stitch is from this pattern.

I do believe I started with a chain of 31 – I worked it long ways but folded it over the other way, does that even make sense? I then edged it with a sc all the way around but on one side I added the loop by chaining not on the edge, then went and slipstitched back over it and then sc under it. Wow, it was alot more easier to do then to try to explain. I then just whip stitched the sides and added the button. I toyed with the idea of a handle, but it looks better without one.

Yeah, it’s small. But it’s cute and it will make someone happy! LOL


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Sorry So Late!

June 13, 2006 at 6:37 am (Accessories, Children's Wearables)

WOW! Has it really been this long since I last posted??? I have so many things I have finished since the last post. So without further ado, let me present them here.

I sent a package to my niece for all of her kids, all 6 of them, plus another thing for my other nieces child. I did all of the tops in Red Heart Super Saver in the color Monet. Here they are:

The above is the halter top for the youngest girl. The pattern I got from Luv2Crochet and it’s called Pink Daisy’s Halter Top.

This one I actually designed myself, and this one is for the middle girl. I used this stitch for the bodice and then a stitch that I got from the 63 Easy to Crochet Pattern Stitches leaflet called Fan Trellis which is #42.

Here is another one I designed myself, and this one is for the oldest girl. I used just a basic sc for the bodice area, and then I used that same 63 Easy to Crochet Pattern Stitches leaflet but this time the stitch called the Arch Stitch with is #9.

This is a shrug that I did for the only child of my other niece. She is a teenager. I used this pattern here at Caney Lady Creations – this worked up quite quickly and was really easy directions to follow.


The one niece that has 6 children has 3 girls and 3 boys. Now what in the world do you make for boys??? I did the best I could in coming up with something. I made them pouches! I kind of combined three different patterns I saw and this is what I came up with! One is a CD Player pouch, one is a Game Boy pouch and the other is a pen/pencil pouch. I put little handles on the two pouches so that they could hold them or attach them if they wanted.

I have much more to show you, but alas, I have to get ready for work. I promise to update more this evening when I get in!


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