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Bag is finally complete

I'm really proud of this. It's the first thing I've ever crocheted using a pattern.



That being said, I doubt seriously that I'd make it again. The body of the bag is all chain stitch, which I don't enjoy doing. For me, the worst part of any crochet project is making the starting chain, and this ended up being a project that was almost entirely chain! I didn't realize that when I started.

I used three rolls of Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Potpourri. Here's the pattern. I pretty much ignored their strap directions and did my own thing.

It was an educational project. In addition to making my first pattern, I also learned how to do a slip stitch and how to weave in ends.

I plan to use it as a book bag. Indeed, the "carrot" I used as incentive near the end when I was tired of the project (the handle was a pain because I had to turn every 13 stitches and it kept getting all twisted up) was that I couldn't go to the library to get a book until I completed the bag to use as a carrier. :)

Now I need to figure out what to make next. I have stashed yarn for a scarf, a baby blanket, a throw, and a big blanket. Only the last is without a pattern, which I'm kind of leaning toward after doing something as structured as this, but the big blanket is a huge project. Still, the yarn for it is a lovely shade of blue (Caron's Perfect Match in Cape Cod). I ought to do either the scarf (a gift) or the baby blanket. If I'm smart, I'll make two baby blankets just to have one on hand as a gift for those arrivals that get announced too late for me to make one from scratch in time.

Decisions, decisions. I really do enjoy it, and I truly appreciate my co-worker teaching me ... I just wish I had more time to do it!

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catarzyna
Jun. 1st, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
It looks great! You did a wonderful job.
pointedview
Jun. 1st, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, as always, for all your help and encouragement! It means a lot. (I know you've had a lot of "teacher" posts lately, but just remember that we do not forget the teachers who cared and gave so much to us. What you are doing matters!)
catarzyna
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Not a problem! Lately I have been second-guessing myself too much.
organfailure
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
An excellent job mon petite! I am quite impressed!
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