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Marbles Wire Crochet Bracelet – Tutorial/Pattern

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On-the-Go Bag

I decided to do a quick project this weekend, as my attention span was too small to do anything intricate. (My carpal tunnel was acting up, too, which didn’t help any.)

 This is the On-the-Go Bag from the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Crochet. Instead of using the yarn specified for the pattern, I used a bulkier, varigated 100% wool yarn I got from Joann’s. I didn’t have to switch colors every couple of rows; instead, I just crocheted from the bottom to the top without stopping, other than to begin a new ball of yarn. I then tossed it in hot water in the washer to let the felting process begin. This is the first time I’ve ever done felted crochet, and I must say that I’m quite pleased with the results. It’s kinda cool to watch a crocheted piece go from big stitches to smaller closed ones and become a thicker fabric. I really wish I had taken before and after photos.

Since I used a bulkier yarn, my bag turned out about two inches taller than what the pattern stated, and it is about 1-1.5 inches longer across the bottom. I used two-2 mm leather cords (actually, it was one long cord, cut in half to the size I needed) for the drawstring closure, as well as a black plastic cord lock. I also decided to add the silver beads to the four ends of cord hanging down to make it a little more individual to my liking.

This is a super-easy pattern, and I loved working with the wool yarn. The felting process was rather easy, and it’s something I’d like to try again. I’m sure I’ll also make up another bag in this pattern as I find the yarn I’d like to do it in.

inside the bag   toggle, cords, & beads   On-the-Go Bag

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Fingerless Mitt
Originally uploaded by Shade Tree Arts.

I started out making these fingerless mitts for myself, but they immediately started out a bit big. Then, with each time they were pulled on, they got a little bigger, so I gave them to my SO, who has gotten some great use from them with all the snowy, cold weather we’ve had this past month. I’m hoping to make myself some in the near future–or at least by next winter. Until then, I’m glad he’s enjoying his. And I found out that they fit great over my gloves, which keeps my hands extra warm when I need them to be!

The pattern is from the book, Crochet from the Heart.

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Tutti-Frutti Fave Hat 5
Originally uploaded by Shade Tree Arts.

Joann’s had some of their yarn clearanced to just 75 cents a ball, so I bought the only two of this particular one they had left. It’s from their own Sensations Bellezza Collection, called Smania, which is now discontinued. It’s a great 65% cotton/35% nylon blend that was easy to work with. At the time I bought it, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, then decided it would make a good hat. I looked at many patterns–even thought about writing one on my own–but having less than 4-ounces of yarn, I was a little limited. Then I ran across this pattern in 24-hour Crochet Projects by Rita Weiss. I love how it turned out; I’d been wanting to make one where the brim rolled up and with this yarn, this one does just that. It is now my official favorite hat. It’s light-weight and colorful–just in time for spring!

I searched the net for more of the same yarn, but the only place I found it was on “feebay” for $4.99 each. Then, just as I was giving up hope, a fellow crocheter at Crochetville offered to sell me the skiens she had left for the 75 cents I paid originally plus shipping. How cool is that!

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