Monday, April 25, 2011

Crochet: Cloche/Flapper

So, I've still got my granny square purse here, but it's kind off to the side of things until I figure out what to do about the handles and the zipper. In the meantime, I am moving on to this really cute cloche/flapper style hat that I saw. I know, I know...I don't want to start something new without finishing this other thing, click here so you can see my rant on that, but I have got to move on.

Maybe I'm burnt out..I don't know. But I wanted to start something new.
So here's what I've got so far. I'm not really a hat person anyway, but if I were to wear a hat, I would wear this style.

Crochet: Granny Square Purse Tote Bag Help Again

Hey Cat..and anybody else who might be able to help me. These are the handles I was thinking of adding to the bag. And also, I want to add a zipper. So I'm wondering, should I add the zipper first and then the handles or does it just not matter?

And another thing is, maybe it would be better to make handles out of yarn instead of using these wooden handles. Any help on this would be much appreciated again. Thanks!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Crochet: Granny Square Purse Tote Bag Help

So here's the bag. This is a side view.

This is the bag flat on one side. There's three squares at the base, and three on the sides, and six squares on the other side.

And here's the inside. I kind of made some mistakes, though. But it's all good. They're good learning mistakes for the next time I want to make a granny square purse. Like one thing I learned is that you should pay attention to how you are connecting the squares. If I was paying attention, I wouldn't have some of the squares puckering on the outside..if you know what I mean.

Anyway, I need some help. Can anybody tell me how I can add handles to this? It would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crochet: Granny Square Tote Bag Purse Part 6 of 6

I wanted to take a close up of the label in case anybody is curious about what the name of these are.

I went to eat at this restaurant yesterday, and this lady passed by, and when I saw her tote bag, it clicked in my head on how I can fix my own purse. Woohooo!!!!!!!!!!!! And these handles are the perfect fit.

Oh, I had to take a picture of this cute poncho. I also went to this boutique yesterday. It's a place where seniors make alot of the things in the store, and they get the money for the crafts that they make. There were alot of other handknit and handmade things, but this one caught my eye. I just thought it was so cute. It gave me some ideas in my head if I ever want to make a poncho for myself. The yarn had some gold flecks in it..very nice.

So here's what I've got so far. It kind of looks like a mess, but I have it in my head now what I m going to do. I am going to make the base of the purse be three squares long, instead of 2 squares wide and 3 squares long. I have to make five more square and then sew those on. Then add the handles that are pictured above, and sew on a zipper.

Here's the yarn that I am going to use to make the next five granny squares. It's not the same yarn that I used before, but at least it's white. My next post should be pictures of the finished purse...Hoooray!!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Crochet: Granny Square Tote Bag Purse Part 5 of 6

So here's the first two squares that I attached. There were two methods that I found. I'm sure that there are more than those two, but one of them, you can just sew them together. You have the two squares facing each other, and then just start sewing, using a darning needle. The second method, is to slip stitch the squares together. I chose the latter. It seemed the easiest. :D I'm starting with the base of the purse first. I don't know what happened here. I used the same yarn, the same knitting pattern, the same needle, and one came out so much bigger than the other. I have no idea what happened or what I did to make this happen. Maybe with one I crochet tighter than the other. That's the only thing I can think of.
The base of my purse is finished...Woooohooooo!!!!! I'm excited. This is actually going to be finished soon, and then I can start on my flapper hat. And also, then I won't have to use a Quizno's bag (It's made of fabric, but still, it's kind of pathetic. I'm glad I had washed it. That made the Quiznos' logo fade) as a purse.

Crochet: Granny Square Tote Bag Purse Part 4 of 6

Okay, so in my last post about this I said I would be finished, but I'm not finished. I enjoy crocheting and knitting alot, it's just trying to find the time to squeeze it into my schedule. That's where I find the hard part of it all. Anyway, I have about 17 squares in total, so I'm hoping that will be enough. Here's my stack of squares:

I'm thinking this will be finished by today, and I can move on to that hat that I saw earlier, it's like a flapper style hat. I thought it was very cute.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Crochet: All Squared Out

I'm burned out on granny squares. Okay, maybe not burned out, but I saw this really cute hat, (here's the link) and I want to make it. But I don't want to stop this project and jump to something else. I have a really bad habit of doing that. Stopping one thing and then doing something else, and not finishing the first thing. I don't want to do that. I have got to stop that bad habit. I do that with books that I read. These crochet and knitting projects. My pile has gone down a bit, but that's another thing I have to work on. Just sticking with one thing at a time, until it's done. Sticking with working on my pile, and not going on to something else until I don't have a pile anymore. Anyway, I'm determined to finish this one project before I start another. And then after this, I have to finish this slouchy beret thing, and then finally this cute flapper/clouche hat I saw. In that order. I really have to do finish this bag first though. I'm using a Quizno's bag as a purse.....but desperate times call for desperate measures. Sometimes I have to laugh at myself. Anyway, hope everybody is having a good day!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Crochet: Granny Square Tote Bag Purse Part 3 of 6

I've got to undo this old bag that I don't want...and it's not going to be easy to undo this or unravel it. I think I might just have to start cutting unfortunately. Here's the base of my tote bag. It measures about 12 inches long and almost 7.5 inches wide. I think that's a good size for me. Now I am just going to try and figure out which method to use to connect and attach the squares. I was trying to figure out this one method, where you attach them as you go, but as you can see from Twitter, I just couldn't figure out how it was done. I think there are two other ways to attach these squares. I think one way is where you can see the border of the yarn around the squares, and the other one you aren't able to see it as clearly. Anyway, the next post about this purse, should be the last one, where it will be finished.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Crochet: Teaching Kids

I'm teaching one of the young boys at church how to crochet. They seem to like it, but you know kids, after a few minutes of this they will be bored. But it's okay. At least he can say he knows how to do something else besides getting in trouble. Sometimes he forgets to yarn over when he's doing these double crochets, but I coud tell he was really happy when he finally got it, and got it right.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Crochet: Granny Square Tote Bag Purse Part 2 of 6

I actually have three squares altogether now. As I have mentioned on my Twitter (instead of clicking this link you can also just look on the side of the blog) and Facebook page, I wanted to try and connect the squares as I go, instead of connecting them one at a time, but I just don't get it. Even when I watched some demonstrations on YouTube, I just didn't get it. So, unfortunately, I am just going to have to make a bunch, and then connect them when I think I have made enough squares for a tote bag.