Yesterday a bit of Kismet happened. Vicki saw my newly dyed blue yarn and named it Blue-tiful (Is that not perfect?) and Cassie published a new sock pattern. I think the newly dyed, and newly named, yarn was meant to be knit into Loksins!, don't you?
A few months ago, if you'd asked, I might have said that there just wasn't much in crochet patterns to entice me away from knitting. That was before I saw the Larger Than Life Bag on Lynne’s blog and thought it would be very fun to be 'vintage' (as the younger folks call what I call retro. How'd I get to be retro OR vintage, anyway. Hurmph.) I jumped in with both feet and enjoyed wielding a hook again. It was amazing how quickly this project came together, and ultimately, the end product. The 'process' just wasn't knitting and, therefore, not as much fun.
The idea of pulling out the sewing machine and doing something I hadn't done in a long, long time felt daunting at first. This little Bernina came into my life around 1972-3 and by todays standards that would make it vintage, right? It made most of my clothes (with my help) for several years and has stood me in good stead. A few years ago I had it refurbished and, once again, works like new. It's a basic machine with few extras, but it does a good job...a great job, in fact. Sadly, it now resides in the closet most of the time. After pulling her out into the light of day and spending Saturday morning at her side, I think there maybe more sewing in our near future. It wasn't as fun as a barrel of monkeys, but I would love to have a couple of skirts for warmer weather and no longer feel adverse to the idea of sewing them myself. But, back to the bag...
The fabric on the outside is the same shade of brown as the edges of the bag. The fabric inside is a soft coral pink stripe that echoes the colors in the squares. There is no zipper (I never use them unless I'm flying) and no pockets (unlike Vicki I always need a purse), so it went together simply, quickly (sorta) and fairly easily. The handles
were a stroke of genius are from a decided bit of laziness. While wandering (in awe) through the bigbox fabric store, I happened by the drapery isle and the drapery tiebacks caught my eye. Wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't they make good handles for the bag? Since they were returnable (and inexpensive) I took them home to try, and YES, they worked! The floppy handles in the magazine just didn't do it for me and I was happy to find this solution.
This Larger Than Life Bag holds a lot of yarn, so it is well named, too. Count me happy!
Pattern: Larger Than Life Bag from Interweave Crochet Spring 2007
Yarn: Louet Gems Sport - multiple colors
Knit Crochet: April 15 - May 22, 07