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Tote Bag {crochet pattern}

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{I found this pattern in a box of random vintage crafts that I received from family.  I figured I would share it here in it's original form.  Please note that I have typed it exactly as it was listed and have not worked the pattern yet myself.  I'll probably work it up at some point and post my comments and adjustments too :)  Enjoy!}

NO TT-1 from This 'n' That Leaflet 2538 - 1971, Columbia-Minerva

MATERIALS:  6 skeins Columbia-Minerva Washable Rug Yarn (1-3/4 oz. pull skeins).

"Boye" Crochet Hook, Size K

GAUGE:  2 sc 10 1"; 2 rows to 1"
Note:  Work with double yarn throughout.

SIDES:  With Scarlet, ch 23.Row 1:  Starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 22 sc across, ch 1, turn.Row 2:  1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn.
Repeat Row 2 for 48 more rows.  Fasten off.
Gussets:  Ch 10.  work on 9 sc for 20 rows.  Fasten off.  Make 2.Straps:  With Black, ch 26.  Starting in 2nd ch, work 1 sc in each ch to last ch, 3 sc in last ch, then working back on other side of chain, 1 sc in each st. Fasten off.  Make 4.Handles:  With black, ch 38.  Work same as straps.  Make 2.  Baste gussets in place.  On right side with Black work 1 sc and ch 1 in every other row along sides and bottom as shown.  With Black work 2 rows of sc on top edges only of back and front.  Sew straps  in place as shown with 3" extending at top.  Join handles to straps with 1-1/2" metal rings.

My Pattern Experience: Summer Flies Shawl {knit pattern review}

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If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll remember my trip to Schaumburg, IL for Stitches Midwest this past August.  While there, I snagged some really cool yarns.  I went knowing I only wanted to buy yarn that I couldn't buy near me, and came home with this beautiful light sport weight yarn varying from white to dark blue.  I was very curious to see how it would work up, and started with this shawl pattern: Summer Flies Shawl.
I found it on ravelry one day and liked the way it laid, just as a collar piece, and I love it.  It was really fun to work up, with the varying pattern stripes, and the color just worked up beautifully!  I think the only thing that I would change for myself would be the way the end curls and ruffles.  I almost wish that it laid more flat.  I also probably would have gone up another needle size or two, as I like the looser look a little better and this worked up pretty tightly.  I think mine is actually a little smaller than the original. Overall, this is a great pattern, was fun to do, easy to understand and I love the way it came out!
I went back recently to discover that this pattern was no longer available for free, which is a major bummer!!  It's still a pretty good bargain at only $1.85, but if I had to pay for it when I made it, I probably wouldn't have made it and gone for something else.
I still love the pattern and would love to do it again :)

Scouting Sunday #9: 5 Valentine Treats to Try

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 So if you recall, this series is designed to share with you some of the things I've found during the week that I love- most are diy, crafty items, and I think they're all great!    This weeks theme?  Valentine's Treats!  All of these look super yummy!  If you're a blogger and you've been "Scouted" be sure to grab a button at the bottom to put on your blog or post!

Martha Stewart has won me over with her pillowy heart meringues.  Yum!!!

I love eclairs, and when I found these, my heart just melted... :)  Another wonderful creation from Martha Stewart- Chocolate Eclair Hearts

I'm showing these off because I think they'd not only be great for stashing a secret valentines message to your sweetie, but also to think about for easter time!  You could use plastic easter eggs as molds and make your own cadbury or candy filled eggs!  And if you guessed Martha Stewart again, you'd be right!  Check out the White-Chocolate Spheres here.

For a new Valentine's Twist on an old favorite, make some Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies from For the Love of Cooking.

Hope you all love this edition of Scouting Sunday!  If you're a blogger and want to nominate yourself for a Scouting Sunday, use the Link Up below!

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