i've just been really enjoying crochet lately. i think it's because no matter what --- the fabric created will have a texture, with even the simplest of stitches. it's kinda appealing.
what am i crocheting now?
this bag is called (currently) NoName Bags Test (link to ravelry).
i came across this bag & CAL via the ravelry group ravliki. the group founder is a woman named Lena. some time ago, she sailed from the Ukraine and is now docked in Montenegro. she crochets, and publishes designs on ravelry, and before she puts up a pattern for sale, ... has a CAL to test her patterns.
so, that's what i'm doing ... "testing".
and it's been fun. loads of fun.
my first issue was yarn. her samples were crocheted in a sport wt. cotton. i don't have any in stash. so, i did a stash-dive, and came up with these hemp leftovers (from tank tops of long ago).
my old yarn is by hemp for knitting. i first met the designer years ago at a stitches convention. her yarn is awesome. my old label says it's dk wt, 50g and 93 (?) yds.
anyhoo --- it's been fun using this yarn again --- and working through this bag pattern.
the major crochet is now done, and it's time to work on the straps and finishing. as i was reading along, i realized i'd need some beads to hang on the ends of the straps. crap.
i put on lipstick, straightened out my hair (and skirt), and headed out to the local bead shop (less than 2 miles away).
i came home with these gems .....
these "beads" are ceramic. i did test the holes, and i can actually get a single strand of my yarn to pass through.
so, i guess i better get busy on the finishing now =)