Friday, April 12, 2013

Fluffy Flower Bag, finally

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Spring is so slow to come this year. So cold; sleet and freezing rain, and here’s me, still, at my (increasingly boring) cozy fireside, yarning away. I am getting so desperate to get out and plant something, anything, in the yard. I need a flower. At the moment, the only flowers are the crocheted ones.

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I made this bag many months ago, figuring it out as I went along, just kind of winging the shape, ripping back when it got weird, which was a lot. At the time, I added a pair of bamboo handles, which looked snazzy but just made it the wrong length for me—too short to go over my shoulder, too long to hold in my hand. So the other day I dragged it out from under a bunch of stuff and crocheted some yarn handles for it, which is totally what it needed in the first place. I managed to find a scrap of the lining fabric I’d used, so I sewed that on the underside of the straps. Deep sigh! Now, it’s just right.

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I used Paton’s Classic in a cream/taupe marl (leftover from this) holding a couple strands together to give the fabric firmness and body. The bottom is an oval, and as I began working up the sides of the bag, I increased at the oval ends over the first few rounds to give it some shape. Then it was straight single crochet all the way to the top. I added a few fluffy pink roses and some leaves, and stitched in a brown gingham lining. Done.

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The wind is howling outside right now, and rain is lashing against the windowpanes. So stormy and gray. So April-ish. 

44 comments:

  1. Well worth all the effort - it's beautiful x Jane

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  2. Hola Kristen que bonita esta bolsa me enamore de las rosas es el toque justo muy femenina y que practica ,precioso trabajo besitos.

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  3. Beautiful bag Kristen - looks the perfect shape and size, and the gingham lining and flowers make it special.
    Our Spring weather is like yours - the rain is hammering against the window as I type, and the heating is on - we had heavy hail today too - my poor primulas that i foolishly planted out in pots during a brief sunny spell this week are now rain drenched and battered - yet they'd been perfect in their shop pots sheltered in the porch for over a month.
    Gill xx

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  4. If it makes you feel better it is stormy and gray here too. Just the kind of day I truly love, I am inside for the day, done with work and errands so I am happy. Love your bag, it is wonderful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. Lovely bag and the roses are gorgeous.Rowen@Coastal Colours x

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  6. It's rainy and gray here too, but that's okay. The sun will shine again tomorrow. :) I really love your little bag. It's perfect! :)

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  7. Howling winds and very heavy rains here on the Island today!!!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag...I made one of dark brown with many flowers and it was supposed to be felted.... after going through the entire process I realized the yarn (a blend) did not have a high enough wool content ~ so did not felt... I will fix it someday - (I plant to add some elastic inside the top to pull it all in) but in the meantime I think I will make another in lighter colors!!!
    You never fail to inspire Me. Simple Cozy and Sweet!

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  8. It's beautiful and reading this helped me to solve a problem I have been having with a tote I am designing for myself! Mine has a circle bottom and i'm just not happy with it. Oval! Why didn't i think of that?! Thank you so much for the inspiration! Now to go rip out the one I started! :)

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  9. That is just my kind of bag, it is lovely. I too am waiting to get planting. I am making flowers as well but the zippy kind which would also look good on a bag like that. The go with the flow projects are always the best. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/zippy-2.html

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  10. Gorgeous! I looooooooooooooooooove it!
    Congratulations!
    And kisses from Catalonia!

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  11. All this bag really needs is SPRING!

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  12. Seriously Kristen! Can that be any cuter with those flowers and all?! Perfect for spring! :)

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  13. Gorgeous bag Kristen and neutral enough to go with anything! I'm also getting in bag mode now and feel a rainbow affair coming on....! Must finish the 100 WIPs that I have first though.....or maybe not..... xxx

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  14. Stormy hear too, whipping winds, but no rain, just dust. Your bag is so lovely. Looks knitted rather than crocheted. The lining and flowers are the perfect finishing touches. Best wishes for the weekend, Tammy

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  16. want to make such a bag - longtime... thanx for inspiring me :-)

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  17. Lovely bag and flowers. Hopefully Spring will here any moment.

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  18. Your bag is so pretty! I think you have inspired my next project Kristen. :) Haven't you heard??? Spring has been cancelled this year! We are just gonna slide right in to Summer. Last week.. blizzard conditions here in the Rockies..yesterday 75 sunny degrees. What a roller coaster Mother Nature has put us on!! I guess I'll just enjoy the ride!
    Happy Weekend, penny x

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  19. So pretty Kristen, I love the gingham lining. Another clever make of yours, I think you may well need to write a book full of all your cleverness x Have a great weekend despite the chilly weather :o) x Penny

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  20. Lovely bag...especially the flowers and gingham lining. Spring has been slow to take hold here in IL too, but I'm not going to complain after the awful heat and drought we had last year!

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  21. Love your bag! Must add to my list of things to make someday... a list that is growing longer and longer! Wish the days could grow longer and longer too! So many projects, so little time!

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  22. Absolutely love the bag and the flowers just finish it off perfectly, x

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  23. I just want your bag it is just beautiful x

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  24. Beautiful bag. I just came in from the garden where I have lots of bloom (and weeds and bugs and....) but I'd take it any day over the weather you are having. Hope spring springs on you soon!

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  25. I posted a photo of some pretty blooming trees near our church in my last post, Kristen, if it will help for you to take a peek until your weather gets more encouraging :) Meanwhile, I join the commenters above in typing that you have created some lovely blooms on your pretty bag!
    xx,
    Gracie

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  26. This is absolutely delightful and so neat. Hopefully the crochet flowers will usher in the real thing soon, if the gales stop that is!

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  27. spring fever ! so pretty. where did you locate the pattern for bag and roses ?

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    1. I made it up myself--flowers, too. :)

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  28. You're so stinkin' clever! That's a perfect bag for Spring and Summer. I love, love, love the gingham lining! If you really want to get outside, you can come over and help me pull weeds. Ugh.

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  29. Such a beautiful bag, well done you!

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  30. it is so pretty kristen, love the lining! i hope it warms up there soon!

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  31. Your bag is really lovely! I am newish to crotchet and cant imagine how you would crochet an oval! Could you be an angel and give a few tips? Also, is there any pattern for the flowers? I wondering if this is a "strip" of crochet wound round several times? Thanx.

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    1. To crochet an oval, I start with a foundation chain and then work both sides of it, around and around, the same way you would for a circle, but increasing only at the ends and "corners". Here's an easy tutorial: http://www.ehow.com/how_2093630_crochet-basic-oval-shape.html.

      After I had the shape I wanted, I just worked single crochet around and around in a spiral until it was tall enough. :)

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  32. Hi There, Such a lovely bag!!! It looks a very useful bag!!! I can think of a 101 uses for that bag!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  33. How pretty! And how clever you are!!! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  34. so sos pretty..adorable bag, love it
    Hugs Sue x

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  35. So romantic!! What a beautiful bag ♥

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  36. what a terrific bag,handmade with love, your flowers add such a happy touch of spring..I love that you must Granny..too sweet..have a happy happy week
    xo
    Dagmar

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  37. LOVE that bag. Beautifully paired with the gingham lining and the sweet flowers. I'm inspired ~ the neutral color is wonderful with the pinks and greens. ;)

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