Swirling Bag" by Kathy Merrick that is in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2009. It was a book excerpt from the book "Crocheted Gifts". It's a neat-looking swirly drawstring bag, that I have instead fashioned into a purse. I plan to close it with a zipper, and have gathered two sides together and tied them with bows to make a flat opening just right for the zipper. Princess is pretty excited about it. I've made the whole thing with some of the random yarns from my "yarny inheritance" and my Jimbo size 7 crochet hook
I also took some time off from "work" to make some flower hairclips for my younger sister. She told me sometime before Christmas that she would like some flower hairclips. I didn't get around to making them until Sunday. I had her choose yarns from my scraps and I made the flowers that night from Lionbrand's pattern, Flower Hair Accessories.
Also, I realized that I never put up a post about my Chain Reaction Afghan block, "Woven Threads" that was also in Interweave Crochet, Winter 2010 along with my Spring Creek Jumper. Here is a picture of the original block I made:
When I started thinking about the afghan square I would make for this contest my first thought was to make a 12" x 12" square in "fur" stitch, which has little loops sticking out all over one side of it, to look like grass. Then to applique flowers in the aqua, gold, red, and orange that you see in the square I did make. I began making it, but just wasn't feeling very excited about it. So, this idea of long strips woven together came to me and I went with it. I loved how it turned out. It came it 3rd place in the member voting, so I think others must have liked it a lot too. I used Naturally Caron Country for mine. I'm not sure what yarn Interweave used for theirs.
I've noticed something about myself and my crochet style recently. In this project, the Spring Creek Jumper, the Bella Dress, and other projects you haven't seen yet, that I have a thing for working on both sides of the foundation chain. I do that a lot. I don't think I set out to do it on purpose, but it is a technique that I like. It can take out a seam in some places, and allow you to change direction in your work, and provide symmetry by making the same thing on both sides of the chain. What are your favorite crochet techniques?
I'd love to hear about your crochet projects too, or your comments on mine!