This is a purse I made yesterday morning for my little girl, one ball of the Creme de la Creme worsted weight yarn in Bowl of Cherries was perfect. I used the Sidesaddle Shell Stitch (page 156) from the Harmony Guide: Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Crochet book. I love that book! Just the aesthetic of it is fantastic, and I was hoping they'd update the Harmony Guides for crochet when I'd seen the knitting ones a while back. I think you all know how much I like stitch diagrams, they just make the written instructions so much easier to understand for me, and these are definitely a plus. You know, sort of going off on a tangent (my modus operandi I think) I wish there was software for macs to create stitch diagrams- I think pattern writing would be a lot easier for me if I had something like that!
Anyway, back to the purse, it seriously didn't take very long at all. I used a 5.0 mm (H) size hook, stitched up a long rectangle, folded it in half then single crocheted down one side to connect the edges, then back up and chained 30 across to make the strap, connected it to the other side and single crocheted down and up again, and finished it up by single crocheting 2 more rows across the strap. Easy peasy! I was planning on making a lining out of some muslin I have laying around, but La* is super content with it the way it is. In fact she was hovering most of the time I was working on it wanting to use it, and she got pretty annoyed at me when I made her hold it as a shoulder bag to measure the length of the chain/strap for her body. She mainly uses it for duplos & little people anyway, so no biggie on the lining.
Moving right along...I didn't like the edge of the petals from my original design for the flower blanket, so I'm back at it and I've been working on getting them to lay flat without any manipulation. I think I've finally had enough time away from it, and while I wanted to use a salmon-y type of color for the petals I wasn't able to get the amount that I needed, so obviously the color's a tad different :) In fact it's kinda hard to get the actual color of it, since in the course of 2 minutes and a variety of photographs in the same spot/lighting, it was a completely different color in each image.
I love the yarn by the way. It's Cascade Sierra, I don't remember what color exactly, I'd written it down in fact (I think 58) but I'll have to check and report back to be sure. It's worsted weight again, this time I've modified the petals to not be *so* rounded, I wasn't pleased with it last time, but I was so sick of working on it I didn't want to frog it and mess around with petal design. So my two favorites to work with are wool and cotton and that's exactly what this is! An excellent blend that should be soft enough and warm enough for a baby/child, or whoever ends up with this blanket. What I am liking about this blanket pattern, is that it's going to be easy to modify, so you could make a tiny one, or you could make a super duper big one once you get the increase/decrease ratio going.
Who knows when it'll get finished though. I wish I was better at saying I'm going to get something done, and then actually getting it done by the time I plan on it being done. Right now I have 3 different doll patterns that are wips and then a commissioned doll, maybe dolls for my parent's anniversary in 2 weeks and this.
I'm really good at having too much on my plate.
*Since obviously I don't really separate my crafting from my family, and writing out little girl/little boy/husband is pretty time consuming I've at least come to the conclusion that I needed shorter name/designations for these people! In our family of four I'm the only one whose name doesn't begin with the letter S. I always thought that was pretty cheesy when families would name their kids names that all began with the same letter, but dang it! it ended up that way in my family. So since the only letters in my little ones names that are different are a "la" and a "t" there's the designation for them that I've come up with. :) My little girl is La and my little boy is T. Now hopefully I can remember that that's what I did!