I do it all the time… I can’t be the only one. I constantly destroy store-bought coin purses. I finally decided I would make one of my own and went on a search for ideas for a crochet or sewn coin purse. It would just depend on what I really felt like doing. A few weeks ago, I came across a picture of a full-size ruffled purse made of soft yarn. While pretty, it wasn’t quite what I was looking for… close though. I decided to play around with the idea and started to work on a pattern for a ruffled coin purse made with mercerized cotton crochet thread.
After several false starts where I ripped out the stitches and started all over… okay, it was five times. I finally came up with what I was going to do. So my current project right now is only a few rows into it, but it’s finally starting to look like what was in my head. If it works out like I’m hoping/thinking it will, I’ll be adding it to my shop. I’ll post another picture and update when it’s either finally done with lining or when I have another spot to post crochet into. What do you think?
I’ve recently realized that there are a lot of beads in my collection that I just don’t have a specific use for. Back when I first started making jewelry for myself (and eventually others) I’d just buy whatever beads caught my eye, or what was required for a special order or gift… and then some. The extras went into generic slots in a few of my bins – usually organized by color or type (i.e. Swarovski Crystal… which I ALWAYS need more of).
My Swarovski Crystal bin… I’m always refilling this one.
Random leftover beads…
More random leftover beads.
Now, I only buy what I will use… whether I have a flash of an idea for that bead/piece or I am getting something specifically for an order. I’ve been thinking of possibly selling off some of the random beads in batches, and I still might. But one of my kids asked me to make him a Shamballa bracelet… and I hadn’t ever made one before, so I looked it up. They’re actually pretty easy to make in my opinion, and I had it made in a matter of minutes for him. But it got me to thinking on all this cotton crochet thread I have that would work wonderfully with this and other bracelet techniques… so I pulled out my random bins and started making bracelets. In just a day, I’ve made ten different bracelets of varying color combinations (not even close to exhausting my color choices, lol).
Right this minute I think I have about five projects going. What I feel like doing dictates what is being worked on at any given time. That or if I have an order, lol. One type of project I love to work on are baby blankets. Why? Because they are mini-afghans (unless you do them larger) and everyone who gets one loves it!
I have at least two of those going at any given time. Right now I’m working on a baby blanket for a friend (which I won’t show until it’s done… otherwise it ruins the surprise for her), a random pattern that I liked and wanted to work on:
This is actually the “stitch” pattern I found. The blanket has evolved from this. 😀
And this is the blanket in progress.
and a remake of a previous blanket made:
The previous finished blanket
And the new blanket in progress
And yes, I do most often work on crochet while sitting on my bed. So, pictures of works in progress will be taken there… deal with it. 😀
As we “slide” into the Summer of 2013, I find that my days have more in them. Namely, my children. While I have more sessions booked for engagements and family photos, I find I’m looking forward more to pictures I’ll be taking of my own children as we enjoy their time off and our increased family time together. I don’t know how many “other” projects I’ll get done (i.e. jewelry, crochet, etc.) but I know my memory cards will constantly be full.
What are you looking forward to this summer? What would you like to see here?