Monthly Archives: September 2006

Christin’s Purse

Finally got around to finishing Christin’s purse for the CL Handbag Swap. *lol* The purse has been done for a few weeks now, but I wanted to experiment with a lining, and getting off my butt and doing that is what has put me behind. I’m the coordinator for the swap, and the last to actually send. Ugh, I’m embarrassed of myself.

Anyways, it’s done, and going into the mail today (although I’ll post this after she recieves, as to not spoil her surprise, should she look at my blog beforehand!).

I’m pleased with it, for the most part. The purse body is my standard pattern; chain the width, hdc in front loops around the chain, turn, and hdc in the back loops, then build spiral style till the desired size is reached. I then sort of made up the flap. I originally wanted to do a pineapple style flap, but was stumped at finding a good pattern for a flat edge (found plenty in the round) and got frustrated trying to graph out my own pattern, so I just kinda winged it.

The lining turned out okay, but I think i’ll make the next one a bit larger next time. I found this one a wee bit tight. I used snaps inside to close the purse; I’ll ask Christin to keep me posted on how the silly thing wears.

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Theresa’s Potholder

Finished my potholder for the CL potholder swap last night.

This one was fun! I made the pattern up, mostly, based on a trivet pattern from Crochet with Bits and Pieces. I’ve wanted to come up with a star shaped potholder pattern, and this one is okay. I think I’ll monkey around with the pattern a bit more to see if I can’t improve on this one. It is a wee bit on the small side, I think, but okay.

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Angry Octopus

Oh, and have I mentioned that I am the Mother of the most wonderful, creative little child ever? She came home with this the other day, proudly proclaiming, “Mommy, this is Angry Octopus!”

Now why would he be angry? Could it be because he only has seven arms? Maybe that one of his arms is sort of stuck onto him as an afterthought? Or perhaps because he’s recently filled up his pickup truck at the gas pump or paid five bucks for a thing of creamer at Vons? He looks a little on the psycho side, but I dont think Lila’s learned that vocabulary word just yet. Just look at his eyes… and that maniacal grin… I totally empathize with that look. yeah, he’s nuts.

But I love him so. How could you not? Angry Octopus rocks!!!

Cheryl’s Dishcloth

Finished up my dishcloth for the September CL dishcloth exchange. I haven’t done a ripple in a long time, so I thought I’d do a quickie one for this dishcloth. I’m pleased with it! The one thing I don’t like is that the initial foundation chain was a wee bit tighter than the rest of my gauge. I’m stumped – I’ve not had that problem since I was very young as my gauge is much more consistent these days, so for future ripples I’ll use a hook one size larger and see if that makes a difference. Right now we’re doing a drive for pink scarves for breast cancer awareness at work, so I’ll try a ripple scarf and see if that solves my ripple problem. : )

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Janice’s Squares

Finished up my granny swap squares for CL last night. I did the same square that I did for Alisa last time, but this time I did it in contrasting colors. You can see the flowery trebles much better this way. I also did another square from Granny Squares Nanny Squares, called the Blue Star Square (although I did it in a yellow). I did end up modifying the pattern a bit, taking a total of 8 stitches out of round one in order to get it to fit into six inches.

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Toys for Izzy’s Toy Chest

August’s Crochet List charity challenge featured Izzy’s Toy Chest, a charity that gives toys to hospitalized children. I made two of my family’s crochet bunnies. Both my sister and I had these bunnies as children and loved them; Lila has some, and lots of little ones in my social circle have them, too. This is a special pattern; my maternal Grandma made these for all the kids so we are fond of them.

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I *believe* my Grandma created this pattern, but I’m not sure. If you have any info on this pattern, I’d love to hear from you.