13 January 2008

where does the time go?

Wow! 2 weeks already? Crazy I tell ya!
Well between the baby being sick and me being sick - not much has been going on.

Well that's not true becasue there has been crocheting and sewing happening and a bit of knitting. And of course there are always cute Max pictures that i need to upload at some point....so let's start with what i have sorted out

crochet cable bag

Yarn: Cascade 220 in a lovely camel shade, 2 skeins (I did have to break into a 3rd only because I threw out the yarn from the 3 times I started and failed)
Hook: G (4mm)
Pattern: Crochet Cable Bag, Family Circle Easy Crochet Spring 2007
Changes to Pattern: LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS.
I view this Bag as I do a rendering from a Costume Designer. Someone else designed the bag - came up with the end look. But I did all the technical work and created the pattern.
The original pattern was not charted and the wording was very complicated and very very difficult to follow, basically not well written. I could not find any links (when i started it in September) that might help.
I also lined the purse and added a pocket and magnet snap ( i am a sucker for a magnet snap).
It is currently sitting in my "sunshine box"*****

So what i have to say to crochet designers is CHART CHART CHART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, why all the back posting from the wrong side when the same texture can be created with front posting and having the correct side of the work facing you.

Okay enough complaing - I LOVE THE END RESULT. I will make more I am sure.
Once i had that chart, it was so easy to make.

I would love to find out how to have a link to the chart i created - it was done on graph paper since there does not seem to be a program for charting crochet - if you know of one, please let me know. People link to PDF's for their personal patterns and i was wondering how I do this. Is it possible with Blogger? Do I need to have a proper server? More research is involved on my part I am sure.

*** A SUNSHINE BOX is a box full of gifts - sort of. When we were little, my Nana had her Sunshine Box (big box with a sun on it) and in it were little gifts. More like the gifts you get out of the bubble gum machine - small toys, stuffed animals, doilies whatever little kids would think were fun. When you visisted you were allowed to pick out one item from the Sunshine Box. So I have always had a drawer or a box in the closet with random little gifts in it - instead of letting someone else pick - i use my Sunshine Box as a place to keep gifts for a future date - for birthdays, holidays, house warming gifts, going out to dinner etc. Some are actually lableed for people and some are just plain random weird things...


madhatter said...

a reall lovely bag - i couldn't believe it's actually crocheted when i first saw your picture of the "original" on flickr... never saw crocheted cables before - but now i`m wiser ^-^

i like the idea of having a sunshine box. think i should go and try that out, as i`m always "a little late" (or much behind!) with my things.
grandmas are mostly right, why not in this point, too?!

hope you're all back on top and not sick anymore!

Dove Knits said...

I want one! What a cute little bag!

Kathy said...

Its beautiful, M. Like Madhatter, I can't even believe its crocheted. You're a Master..!


Marietta, just crawling out of the woods, a little late but I guess I still can wish you a happy 2008?!
Your purse looks just lovely and so not crocheted (not that there was anything bad with looking crocheted!!), well done.
I am very happy you vote for charts. First charts used to confuse me, but once you got the hang on them they are SO MUCH BETTER to read than all those endless rows of abbreviations, so much clearer. I'd be interested in a software, too. Did you handwrite your pattern?

Anonymous said...

LOVE this bag. I also can't believe it's crochet! Awesome! Have you figured out how to share your chart, yet, and would you be willing to do so? I also have a box that I store future gifts in but didn't have a name for mine...love the idea!

Marietta said...

why yes i have shared it - it is on my flickr account in the crochet group - i believe :) it's been awhile