Crocheted clutch

After the baby blankets I needed a quicker crochet project, so I cracked open my Stitch ‘n Bitch Happy Hooker book and decided to try the Fit to Be Tied handbag. I thought it would be super easy, but it actually took quite a while.

I goofed a couple times on the half double crochet and had to either start over or add a stitch in the middle of a row. Then when I went to sew the two sides together I did the whole thing and realized the two eyelet rows didn’t match up on one side. But I was too far in to undo it and fix it. Then the lining wasn’t quite wide enough, but I made it fit anyway.

Sometimes I think I am way too impatient to be a good crafter. But then when I show my mangled mismatched purse to someone who doesn’t craft they look at me in awe like I just gave birth or something, and they couldn’t find a flaw if they tried. Thank you, by the way, to those people. You keep me sane.

Baby blankets for twins

A reasonable first project for someone who just learned to crochet would be something like a pot holder or a skinny scarf. But I like to do things the hard way. So I decided to make a blanket. For someone with twins.

It took months to finish but it was great practice. The first row of crochet is absolutely brutal, especially when your chain is 164 stitches. It’s amazing how much better that row is on the second blanket than the first. It also turned out to be a good project since I had a back injury and I’ve been doing a lot of couch time.

The pattern is from MarthaStewart.com. I made it a few stitches narrower (accidentally the first time) and about 10 rows shorter since I ran out of yarn. I bought these giant rolls of cream colored baby yarn at Michael’s and Bernat baby yarn for the accent colors. I made sure to use acrylic in case they get peed/drooled/barfed on.