I am so thrilled with this finish: a durable, roomy new purse!
I have wanted to crochet a purse for a long time. I started and stopped several different patterns patterns several times, each time fighting the same problem: It’s so doggone difficult to see when crocheting in black! The only way I can get black stitches done right is to work directly under the glare of a seriously bright lamp. And how much fun is that?
It was so much simpler to put that project aside and pick up something I could see easily, and I did.
For eight months.
It wasn’t until my old purse literally fell apart (more on that in a few) that I bit the bullet and committed to crocheting under that bright, hot lamp until I got past the solid black section of the purse.
Once those black-only rounds were done, the project got a lot easier. The whole purse body is done with a double strand of yarn. Double-tan, or one black + one tan, is loads easier to see than double-black, and so the strong lighting was not necessary for the longest stretch of stitching.
Of course I had to really buckle down again to finish the final black rounds and the handles, but by that time, I’d made enough progress to stay motivated and just. do. it.
This magnetic closure is something I Frankensteined from my old purse. In fact, as used-up as the body of that old purse was, I salvaged quite a few potentially-useful items from it before I tossed it.
NOT junked: said magnetic snap closure, a short nylon zipper, two 8-inch lengths of leather strap, and 4 really cool long wooden beads that I removed from the old purse before it hit the trash can
And so the old gets new life!
About that fantastic pinstriped lining–I paid a grand total of 77¢ to rescue it from a remnant bin. This purse took up less than half of that 3/4-yard remnant, so Eventual Self-Made Purse #2 will one day get a snazzy lining, too.
Maybe next time I’ll put a salvaged zipper in the lining pocket, even!
I’d always intended to put a pocket in the lining, but the purse’s outer pocket was a digression from my original plan. You know how crochet in the round leans slightly to the diagonal? I thought that tilting looked strange in this gradient-look color pattern. So I covered it with a pocket–one precisely sized to the dimensions of my cell phone. Win.
So yeah, I put a lot of stalling in at the front end of the project. BUT now that I’ve been using my new purse for a week, I can say without reservation that it’s EVERYTHING I hoped for. Of course. It’s custom in practically every way!
Finishing this purse also took one more long-term project out of the stack of knitting/crocheting/sewing materials sitting around my house. So I’m going to go ahead and call this a Messy to Classy finish, too. Here’s the corner my purse-in-progress bag was in before:
The purse was in that navy tote bag BEFORE.
…and here’s that corner now, with the purse and several smaller projects newly finished:
Obviously I still have a long way to go, but heck. Progress is progress. Thanks for the inspiration, Preeti!
Your turn, fellow crafters: What’s the project you’ve longed to do but put off because the going was difficult? What was your most gratifying project once you finally got around to doing it? And what’s the strangest place/item from which you’ve salvaged notions?