Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Latest Project!

Yes, I know that my last 2 posts have had absolutely nothing to do with cooking. On a blog called "Cooking with Shelly T."

Well....this one isn't about cooking either!!

Since I am out of school for the summer, instead of cooking, my days are filled with kids and crafts. A couple of weeks ago, we went to our local library for craft time. One of the librarians were teaching the kids to crochet, and I asked if I could sit in. Then...of course...the kids lost interest. That didn't stop me from learning though!! Crocheting has been on my list of things I want to learn for a LONG time, and I was so excited to learn!

After practicing my stitches for a while, I was ready to actually MAKE something other than a square. Then I saw THIS Free Market Tote Crochet Pattern and thought it would be the perfect first project.

First, I had to figure out how to decipher the pattern, which I was pretty sure wasn't actually written in English. Luckily, I found a great website to help with that! Once I figured out the pattern, I was off and crocheting!

I was off to a good start, crocheting my little heart out. THEN I realized that I made a mistake and had to unravel some. Then I had to deal with a tangled pile of yarn. Oops.


Once I started doing it CORRECTLY, it went much quicker!  I am SO excited to have actually finished it!


Then...I tried to make a flower to go on it, like in the original pattern.  But apparently, my skills aren't THAT refined yet - because I failed miserably.  Multiple times.  (And no, I'm not afraid to admit it!)

Then, I decided to try this cute little bow!

I wish I had a solid contrasting color to make it in, but I didn't.  I still think it's kinda cute and calico-ish!

Here is the finished product, all full of yarn!  :)

Thank you to Daisy Cottage Designs for the great free patterns!  :)