Sunday, May 31, 2015

On the Hook - A Crochet Journey's Moroccan Tote

Seriously, how cute is this bag?

Source: A Crochet Journey
It's not often that a pattern I've seen keeps me up at night. When I saw the Moroccan Tote by A Crochet Journey, I knew that I had to make it at some point. "But, wait! I don't know how to do tapestry crochet," I said to myself. "That's okay, there's a tutorial on the blog. I'm sure I could figure it out...eventually." And then came the sleepless nights. I was literally dreaming about finding the perfect yarn and making the bag. What the heck?! I mean, I love crochet and everything, but I don't dream about it. I honestly kept waking up in the middle of the night thinking about it...

Okay, at this point I should probably also mention that I had just been diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis and was given a tetanus booster shot in the same arm (worst decision I've made in a while), so the pain I was feeling could have also played a part in the waking up...but still, I was constantly thinking about the pattern, so I knew I needed to make it sooner rather than later. Luckily, I had just finished the last big project I had on my hook (more about that later), and I could easily put the smaller things aside for a while.

So, yesterday we stopped by a new yarn shop (Acorn Street Yarn Shop) in Seattle and I bought the 3 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima I would need to make it. I went in wanting a deep blue, but walked out with a beautiful purple-y magenta (you know how it is when you're standing in front of all those colors) and white.

And now that Elijah's in bed, it's time to get to work. Whenever there is counting involved in a pattern, I have to wait until my little "Oh you're counting? I can count, too!" helper is down for the count.

Wish me luck on the tapestry crochet, and stay tuned to see how it turns out!