Way back in May while visiting my parents in Seattle, Sara and I ventured into the Yarn Gallery. Sara convinced me it was high time to use my basic crochet skills to follow a pattern. I picked out modern little number — a two-tone handbag, similar to the Sak designs. I bought the yarn — Sara’s a self-professed fiber snob, so it wasn’t the Michael’s synthetic variety, but I made it back to Medford with a very expensive, soon to fail project. Actually, I never started it a better read of the pattern was too daunting. I packed it away for the summer and fall, choosing to focus on sewing or not crafting at all (recall the dearth of posts from kclever from July to October?).
I decided a few weeks ago that it might be a good idea to give it another try, this time with a simpler pattern. The inital handbag design came from the 2008 Spring inssue of Interweave Crochet. It was an “intermediate” difficulty level, so I turned to the front of the magazine this time and selected “Beginner.”
The pattern consists of 7 different rows, repeated about 25 times. I tore out the first attempt at rows 1-7 before I finally gave up and sought help from the experts. Fortunately for me, and any crochet gift recipients, Middleford Yarn and Stitchery in Medford, Oregon, is open for business. The staff was very pleasant and helped me figure out the small little error I had made in reading the pattern. I felt a little guilty for using their knowledge but not providing any monetary support. I have so much yarn, and I wanted to prove that I could actually FINISH a crochet project again, that I would not allow myself to buy any more yarn. Maybe next time…
The third time was the charm for this one. Once I tackled the first seven rows I was able to stitch away, while watching my favorite mind-numbing reality tv shows. At this point, I’ve nearly memorized the pattern.
Because it was so quick once I got the hang of it, I decided to make one in PINK for my co-worker. It also calls for a little embelishment with beads. I don’t normally work with beads, so I didn’t exactly have the best tools on hand. Nevertheless, I patched something together with regular thread and needle, reinforcing, of course.
And, because Jill sneaked out so she didn’t have to formally say goodbye today, I’m making her a model: