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Autumn Cables Carpet Bag


Can I start by saying how much I love this bag? I've been using it ever since I finished it - and I could hardly wait to finish!

The pattern is Autumn Cables Carpet Bag, from Lullabies and Lace. I was given the pattern as a Christmas gift from a fellow Crochetviller. I can tell you that this pattern will get lots of use. The pattern name and the purse make me think of Anne of Green Gables, who arrived in Avonlea clutching a carpet bag containing all of her worldly possessions. As every woman knows, that's what it feels like we carry around with us!

I used 9" round handles from Joann Fabric, and two balls each of flecked cream and gray Wool-Ease yarn. (Each side took about one ball of yarn, and the lining and pocket that I added was about two balls) Without giving away the pattern secrets, the purse is worked by two sides stitched together and then a lining is crocheted in. I added a pocket while I was stitching in the lining, and I do love that, too.

Each side took me just one evening, but the lining is quite dense (as a good lining is) and took a few days of sporadic stitching. I really should have been working on Christmas presents, though!

I kick myself a little for not picking bolder colors, but the gray peeping out through the mesh of the cream picks up the flecks in the outside color, and it really will last for years and goes with everything. And it holds everything, too!

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posted by Unknown on Friday, December 22, 2006 @ 12:31 AM

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Holiday RAOK Elves have been here

The ornament exchange isn't the only thing that's been keeping my postman busy this past week; C'ville Holiday RAoK elves are an active bunch, and some of there work ended up in my possession (lucky me! thankful me!)

What have the elves been putting in my shoes (wait, wrong elves)?

  • The Crochet Dude's pattern Allison: A Purse to Crochet
  • Some animal stickers for my daughter
  • A festive Christmas card and a pack of Santa notecards (oh, that doesn't sound as cute as they are - they're mostly white with holly and scrolling at top and bottom, with Santa standing cheerfully in the middle)(just trust me, they are great!).
  • Lullabies & Lace's pattern Autumn Cables Carpetbag (if you haven't seen this pattern and the previous, check them out - the whole site for each, since they're both great!)
  • A big ball of Christmas colored thread - Red White and Green - plus some hooks for our crochet ministry at church
  • More stickers for my daughter! (she really loves stickers; they will all be used, loved, and restuck more than any glue should really be able to do)
Thank you, Elves, and have yourselves a very Crochet Christmas!!

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posted by Unknown on Wednesday, December 06, 2006 @ 11:13 PM

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Crochetville Ornament Exchange




Do I have great swap partners, or what? Let me tell you what you are looking at in the slideshow above (although I have to say, my pictures aren't the best - it's always tough to capture the true beauty of items, but these are especially subpar pictures; I apologize):
  • My swap package from Jimmie Lu included the beautiful hand-stamped tree card, which accompanied a wonderfully soft and beautiful plush stocking with white eyelash cuff. The stocking ornament was stuffed with a bag of beaded stitch markers!
  • The box from Melissa (tezcatlipoca98) was nicely padded with bubble wrap (which my husband took as a present for himself). The contents were worth protecting! I am in awe of the thread angel with jingle bell - not only are the stitches beautiful, but the stiffening has me baffled and impressed. But the box did not end there... there were three snowflake ornaments, two with beads and all with optional suction cups. As you can see, we chose to put the beaded flakes on the window, but you can't see how great they show up at night when the soft glow (yes, that's sarcasm) from our neighbors menagerie of lit and inflated winter creatures comes through the window. Plus chocolates (not pictured; eaten)
  • Last but certainly not least was the package from beth_eathorne . A friendly stuffed snowman was the first out of the box. It's been hard to keep him on the tree; certain 2-year-olds seem to find him friendly, as well. But wait, there's more: a fan bookmark and two other ornaments that were amazingly beautiful (but I blush to admit my ignorance - I didn't realize they were thimble holders until I read Yelutci's post).
Thank you to my swap partners - the ornaments are so happy on my trees, and I look forward to putting them out for years to come!

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posted by Unknown on @ 10:53 PM

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The Twelve Days of Crochet Christmas

This was posted by Kathy to Crochet Partners list. She received it from another crocheter, who got it from another crocheter... and no one knows exactly where it came from. If you know the origin of the poem, please let me know! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
A new crochet hook, size G

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Two skeins of yarn
And a new crochet hook, size G

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Three pattern books
Two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Four magazine subscriptions
Three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Five golden stitch markers
Four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet
hook, size G

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Six yarn needles
Five golden stitch markers, four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Seven crochet hooks
Six yarn needles, five golden stitch markers, four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Eight gift certificates
Seven crochet hooks, six yarn needles, five golden stitch markers, four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Nine hook cases
Eight gift certificates, seven crochet hooks, six yarn needles, five golden stitch markers, four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Ten balls of thread
Nine hook cases, eight gift certificates, seven crochet hooks, six yarn needles, five golden stitch markers, four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Eleven storage bins
Ten balls of thread, nine hook cases, eight gift certificates, seven crochet hooks, six yarn needles, five golden stitch markers, four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

Twelve Red Heart Pounders
Eleven storage bins, ten balls of thread, nine hook cases, eight gift certificates, seven crochet hooks, six yarn needles, five golden stitch markers, four magazine subscriptions, three pattern books, two skeins of yarn, and a new crochet hook, size G!

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posted by Unknown on Monday, December 04, 2006 @ 1:19 AM

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