Hello Saturday! First let me say, my prayers are with my fellow Texans who are dealing with Hurricane/TS Harvey; may God protect you all! Thankfully, we are safe & sound. ❤
Although, we are not physically dealing with this storm in particular, we are in the midst of our own storm at home. Without going into any details, I will just say... I am so so thankful for my crochet! Seriously, am I the only one who.. when really upset with a situation, just turn to crochet without having to bother with reading a pattern? I mean, do you ever just crochet then start to in vision something and just go with it? This is something that I have always done, however not always happy with the outcome. It is just crocheting that keeps me calm, focused, and relaxed in the most troubling moments. It also gives me an opportunity to pray and that most definitely keeps me calm! :)
Last Saturday, I decided that I wanted to master crochet cables, again needing something to focus on.. so I got my book and read about the stitch. I was very surprised that I caught on to it very quickly and didn't need the book anymore after the 2nd row. I say that I was surprised because I have tried so many times before to learn crochet cables, and was never successful. So I encourage you, if you do not have The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd Edition book-get it!
Once I started creating this beautiful piece of crochet cables-which are not at all perfect (and that's fine) but I decided I wanted to make myself a purse to match my new Knitting bag. ☺
So in this series of photos below, you can see how it all started and once completed to the desired size-I had to line it, which again... I am no expert on. It was just-I had the exact fabric that my new knitting bag was made out of. I had to have that my lining! No brainer. I did watch some videos and read the instructions in TCPGTC book (linked above).
Once I finished the body, I knew I wanted to put a big flower on it. I didn't want just any flower either.. I have seen so many posts about The Never Ending Wild Flower and I just had to have it! I also knew that I wanted it to be a little fuzzy. I have to tell you, it's a beautiful fuzzy flower! ❋
Now I have to tell you... I wasn't planning on even using these handles for a number of reasons. However, it all just came to me on how to make them work (like a knock on the head) while my son was explaining a dream he had last night. I'm not sure how I correlated the two, but as he was talking.. I just said "Yes!" He thought it was odd and asked if I was even listening to him. lol. I really was! ❤
So I decided to write it down to share in case anyone would like to use these bamboo handles:
Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across. 20 stitches.
Row 2-3: sc across. (21 st)
Row 4-5: to Decrease; sc2tog in first 4 stitches, sc across until 4 remaining stitches to sc2tog in ea. (12 st)
Row 6-10: sc across, 12 stitches
Row 11-12: to Increase; 2sc in the first 2 stitches, sc across until remaining 2 stitches to 2sc in each.
*you should have 20 sc stitches at the end of Row 12.
Row 13-14: sc across.
That's it! All you have to do then is place your handles in each handle holder piece, place on the purse body, glue-let dry and sew it firmly to your new purse. I know I have not gone into dept detail on how to sew it all together, but I believe you can do it!
Until next time, thanks for reading.
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