Bag It!

After my last foray into the world of crocheted bags, which left my wrists very sore and my mom very happy, I decided I would not lay my hands on a crochet hook for a very long time. But then I saw this pretty little Flower Garden Granny Square bag (pattern here) the other day on Pinterest, and I knew I had to give it a shot—right away 😀

I usually indulge in a bit of craft lovin’ in the evenings (whenever I can), which also happens to be the time when P and I catch up on our favorite TV shows. So the following images are a culmination of two missed episodes of Doctor Who and an episode of Game of Thrones:

As usual, I have deviated a little from the original design. Instead of 10 grannies, I made 13 and assembled them like this:

The shoulder straps were replaced with a single long cord so that I can sling it across my shoulders like a messenger bag. Next, I added a lining into the bag to add some sturdiness (tutorial on how to sew a lining into a crocheted bag here). Just when I thought I was done, I realized the opening of my bag looked like a gargoyle because it just wouldn’t stay shut on its own. To fix this, I crocheted a button (please visit Moogly’s blog if you need a tutorial on how to do this; her blog has a list of 5 different patterns and tutorials to make your own buttons with crochet). TADA!—my flower garden granny bag is ready for a day out 🙂

This One’s For You, Mom

After one week of non-stop crocheting, I have finally managed to make a perfect (I hope) Mother’s Day gift for my wonderful (and super talented) mom. The pretty Lily Hexagon Bag you see up there—the little blue beauty that nearly broke my wrist—will be packed and parceled off tomorrow to Gangtok. After that, all I can do is keep my fingers crossed that it reaches its destination on time.The idea and the pattern (for the lily hexagon) for this little blue beauty came from this amazing blog, Colour In A Simple Life. You should go check out this blog; it has got loads of pretty stuff.Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I have slightly deviated from the original bag template which instructs you to work with 13 hexagons. Since I was working with a yarn thinner than what was prescribed and was in no mood to make a bag that’s too small to fit anything, I made a few changes. I added two more rounds to the hexagon and instead of 13 hexagons, I whipped up 21 and laid them out like this: This is the front part of the layout. Once I joined all 21 pieces, it looked like this: Next came the handles! Which reminds me I have a confession to make. I have absolutely no idea where they sell bag handles here in Kathmandu 😦 But thanks to Pinterest, I found an online tutorial on how to crochet purse handles. The problem: the tutorial is in Portuguese and I can’t read Portuguese 😀 Mercifully, it has enough photographs to allow you to figure out what you need to do and that solved the ‘handle’ problem 🙂 By the way, I have also made rose brooches for my three favorite aunts; they (the brooches, not the aunts) will make the journey back home with my mom’s little blue beauty tomorrow since they are my Mother’s Day gift to my aunts 🙂 You can find the patterns here and here. Oh, and the red one, that’s for my mom 😀