Why does everything become so hectic at this time of the year? The days rush on by, the weather mostly heats up & so do the tempers of the drivers & shoppers- so much for good cheer to all men- more like look out for No.1 or I'll run you over if you get in my way!
I am watching a storm cell move in, from my sewing room window-the sky an eerie colour, with the occasional flash of lightening & roll of thunder in the distance, looks like it will be quite a storm, if we get it.
Tomorrow our 4 year old GS, his father (our no1 DS ) & his Mum arrive for Christmas-the little one has more of an understanding this year just what this is all about & told me it was only 4 more sleeps when he rang me the other day. There is nothing like having a little one in the house for Christmas.
I may have thought I finished all my sewing but some friends & DD had different ideas- they had me doing towels with names on them-these are turning out to be very popular , especially as they don't have to pay for the monogramming! Makes for a really lovely gift for them to give. While I was at the sewing machine I decided I needed to have a few gifts in stash so embroidered 8 silk covers to slide on over satin (cheap) coathangers- these look lovely when finished & I've found they make a good stocking filler.
My friend Mary gave me a good belly laugh the other day- I have my bra class on her site (http://www.andsewitisnet/ ) & when she gets questions relating to making bras or fitting problems she sends them onto me.
One lady wrote that she was a size 34 K & was having problems getting a bra to fit or even a pattern to make her own. What could she do?
Mary's DH has the same first 4 letters in his name as mine & she thought she forwarded the email onto me with her added "Any suggestions?"- it went instead to her DH- who replied back to Mary
"keep away from sailors"-talk about laugh, it gave me my belly laugh for the day!, I was so glad I didn't have my morning toast or tea in my mouth at the time!!!!
Happy Holidays to you
Here's the pattern I promised you: If you look at my pic you can see the change in colour- this is what you get when you crochet in bed with a lamp- you don't see what you are grabbing!
Crochet Shopping Bag
2 balls (50g) 72m/78 yd cotton 8ply (or similar)
6.0 mm crochet hook
read a pattern
sl-st- slip stitch,
dc, double crochet (or single crochet for the Americans)
Dec- decrease. worked as follows over 2 stitches
hook through st of previous row, yarn over hook, pull through, insert hook into next stitch of previous row, yarn over,pull through, yarn over, pull hook through all 3 loops on hook.
Tension- its not that important, as it after all a bag-as long as its not too tight or too loose.
Don't get too worried if your stitch numbers don't exactly match mine- just don't do the decreases over the handles.
with 6mm hook & yarn either start with a knot or slip stitch, make 3 ch,join with sl-st to make a circle,
Row1. 2ch (counts as stitch), 7 dc into ring, join sl-st to top of 2ch
Row2. 2ch, 1dc in same stitch, 2dc in each st to end of round, join sl-st to 2 ch (16 sts)
Row3. 2ch,1 dc in next stitch, repeat to end,join sl-st to h
Row4. as row 2 (32 sts)
Row5. as row 3
Row6. as row 2 (64sts)
Row7. as row 3.
Pattern. Body of bag.
place marker if desired (I never worried about it)
5ch,miss 1dc, sl-st into next dc, repeat until end of round reached.Do not 'finish' round, just keep going.
Continue with 5 ch, sl-st into ch loop of previous round until length desired.
20 rounds if you are tall & want a biggish bag
15 rounds if you are short or want a smaller bag
these bags will hold lots & stretch in both directions!
Mine is a few more but its HUGE! (probably a little too long)
Top & Handles
when you've reached the length you want after last sl-st, continue
2dc in same loop as sl-st, 3 dc in next loop, continue to end of round, join sl-st to first sl-st of round.
2ch,1dc into each dc of previous round, join sl-st to 2ch. repeat this row.
2ch, *1dc in next 4 dc of previous round, decrease on next 2 stitches* repeat to end, join sl-st
Row1. 2ch, 1dc in next 10 dc, 25ch,miss next 20 sts, 1dc into next 20 sts of previous round,25ch,miss next 20sts, 1dc into next 10 sts, join with sl-st to 2ch.
Row2. 2ch, 1dc in each dc & ch of previous round.
Row3. 2ch, 1dc, decrease over next 2 stitches, repeat (decrease) to handle, 1 dc in each dc of previous round along handle, then dec (as before) to next handle, 1 dc in each stitch along handle, dec (as before) to 2ch, join sl-st. Tie off.