|Me! (from over a year ago, cuz I have no photos of myself!)|
I'd like to start out my blog with a little project I am particularly proud of. One of my best friends, KD, has a thing for Japan. She has absolutely no Asian blood, but she has been formally studying Japanese for the past three years. So for her birthday, I decided to give her something very Japanese.
My inspiration began with this, a lovely sakura (translation: cherry blossom) drawstring pouch by papilionette. I also ended up using the pattern she gave for the flowers. However, I wanted to make an actual purse. After perusing my aforementioned stockpile of patterns and tutorials, I found this gem at Bend Beanies. It's so cute!
Step 1: Choose the yarn. Caron Simply Soft has always been my go-to yarn. It's both cheap and soft; what's not to love? For this I went with Berry Blue, Pink, and Black. I used an H hook for the whole project.
Step 2: Crochet the bag. This was a super-easy pattern. I finished it within days, and didn't even use a whole 7 oz skein. FYI, for those of you who are interested in the bag pattern, I just used a single strand of yarn and H hook. I didn't go for the bigger bag as our pattern provider suggested.
Step 2.5: Sew in the lining. My hand-sewing skills are mediocre at best, but, hey, who's going to be scrutinizing how straight my stitches are, right?
Continue with Step 2: My only real departure from the pattern was that I used bpsc for the bands, not sc. I liked the idea of having strong horizontal lines contrast with the more flowy vertical lines of the bag, and the more organic feel of the embellishments I had planned.
Step 3: Crochet the embellishments. I crocheted four flowers in Pink, leaving long tails. Then, I made a chain in black, then went back and joined in the middle. From there, I made another chain, to create a fork in what was to become a branch.
Step 4: Attach the embellishments. I sewed on the branch with a simple running stitch, being careful to avoid sewing through the lining. Then, I tied on the flowers by their tails and cut off the excess.
|The finished product!|
Now I want one for myself. But a little more Chinese than Japanese...gotta maintain that pride, right? ;)
'Til next time!