Please, don't think that I spend sooooo much time on the bus these last days !!
It's just that my precedent posting was a little delayed,
or should I say ... I was late with posting it o-).
My granny black-with-colored-hearts-blanket you read about in my former post, was already finished a while ago.
It just took me xxxx days to download my pictures ...
because I simply forgot them ...
Is it my age ? Am I getting old when I notice that my memory gets those little "cracks & failures" ?
So, bus projects are - temporarely - following each other very quickly.
Though this one is different !
I made it also while 'traveling with a driver'
and also with leftovers of my (still huge) stock of yarns,
and I used again a changing-color-yarn
in combination with a plain one.
Here you see both sides.
So the solid color is a very dark grey, and it's the Eco-wool from Annell I used for my yo-yo-shawl (click !) .
And at the same time, I found a lot of my ecru wool also in my cupboard, so that one will be used for something else very soon ...
The colored yarn is from Noro, but I lost the label, so I cann't tell you the type, just that it's wool....
Normally the grey yarn is hooked with a 4 or 4.5, and the colored one was thinner.
I took them both together and made all single-crochet-stitches with a 3,5.
It was indeed very hard and the result is rather rigid, but I wanted a bag to hold my woollen projects, without a lining in it.
So it had to hold my knitting needles, my hook, without fear of losing them along. No holes in the bag!
The basis is done only in grey. Here's the "HOW TO" : one chain of about 40 stitches and then - in round - single crochet.
The first time when you turn at the end, make three sc in the last stitch, in the following rows, you'll make three sc in every corner, so that it becomes a rectangle. When you have have the size you like, then you'll have to hook the body of the bag. Therefore you don't need anymore to increase the corners with three sc, just make a sc in every sc of the precedent row. It's at that moment that I changed one grey thread with a colored one. In the first rows, I tought that the color disappeared to much behind the grey thicker thread, but after a few cm's, I loved the result with these subtle colors. Oh, I also wan't to tell you that I entered my hook under the two strands of the former sc. It's giving you a tight stitch, instead of taking only the front or back one.
This is a pic from 'on-the-way' ... but taken at home ...not on the bus o-)
Once the bag done, I needed a handle. As I worked through all my yarn - and luckily I had enough to make a BigBag - I couldn't hook a handle in the same colors.
So I looked in the stash of Prym-handles that I still had from former demonstrations, and found one piece of a couple that would fit my project.
I just didn't love the wooden ring, so I covered it with some lighter grey that goes with the bag (next time I might foresee to keep some meters from my yarns...).
Here how I did it : with sc round the ring.
And then I put a big button (a different on each side) in the middle of it, so that it's keeping the handle to the bag, as well as it decorates it.
And then here some details, so you can see the stitches and the buttons.
and this makes me a very happy new-bag-owner !
It's very rigid, so it holds straight on itself, yet it's still flexible enough to put it away when not in use.
Although I think there will always be some project in it !!
And then, as closure of this posting, the materials I used,
and I particularly want to praise these hooks with their ergonomic handle.
Normally I only use the bamboo hooks, but with these ones, I can also hook in the summer, with warm (hot) temperatures, and it is sooooo soft in your hand .... just a delightful tool !!
and for the handles >>>>> they are sold as a couple, but can be used seperately just as I did !
So that was it for now.
Have a nice creative day,
and enjoy it !