to entertain myself with some mindless & fun stuff, i turned to my hook.
i was ever so inspired by crochetbug13's stash bag collection, that i decided, "hey! i need some of those !"
for my first one, i splurged (meaning, i didn't use stash, but bought 2 skeins of yarn!) ... kinda defeats the purpose, i know ... but, what can i say?
the pattern is here, by the purl bee (purl soho). i crocheted mine with a J hook, using my favorite acrylic by Red Heart.
i'd "found" a skein of their fleck yarn in the clearance bin at the local craft store, and got a skein of solid that would coordinate.
see the flecks ?!
so, i wanted to make a second bag. when i went home for labor day weekend, mom & i made a late night dash for the local walmart. and before you dis' walmart, sometimes it's the ONLY place in town that has yarn (within a 30+ mile radius).
we went there on purpose. because, we know, they do have Red Heart acrylic yarn! and, there's nothing i love more than Red Heart acrylic! seriously. it's the stuff i grew up with. and the things i've made with it will outlive me.
i got a single skein of their ombre/variegated mix yarn. it is a 'super saver' yarn, but the yardage is only 244 yards (ps. smaller put up).
i put that together with some of my solids from stash. and i came up with this ....
i crocheted the base in all one color, then changed to the variegated yarn on the first round of double crochets. i changed to a solid when i had to do "Round 3: * Chain 5, skip 5 stitches, 1 sc into next stitch..." ... and crocheted the 2nd round in the same color as well .... (for the sake of the pattern, rounds 3 & 4 can be crocheted in a contrast color, like mine).
anyhoo, it came out really pretty!
so, this whole time, i had sent mom the link for the online pattern. i asked her to try it out, make one, etc ....
she kept her project secret, as she always does.
let me just say, if you need a poker partner, she's your gal.
so, in secret, she made one for me too .....
and, true to the name, her bag was crocheted totally in stash! she wins!!!