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Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

I crocheted this out of a cotton yarn and added a wooden beaded handle

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Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

I lined it with a nice floral polished cotton.

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Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Here is a close up of the handle

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Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

That is just beautiful! I LOVE everything about it. The shells are so neat - do they have holes in them? How did you attach them? Please tell me if you made this pattern up yourself. I'm not a great crocheter but you are tempting me.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

No, I got the pattern off of lion brand yarns website. It is listed in there free crochet patterns. They even have my picture of the one I did. Just go to and look under there free crochet patterns. You will see the instructions there. Oh yea, the cowrie shells do have an opening in the back where I sewed them on. I order the handles through one of the big craft and sewing online shops. For the life of me I can't remember the name. It is a womans name and I think it starts with a J. OMG I am losing it. Heheh
Its something Hancock. Help.
Anyhow where ever you get your sewing supplies should have handles or you can make them like the ones they show on the instructions.

Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

I will have to check the lion brand patterns . I usually only look at knitting. Your bag deserves to be on their site - it is just beautiful. Was it Joann's?

The knitting magazine we publish has a knitted felted bag with a beaded handle. I like your handle better. The designer used the top of a pair of jeans as the inside of her bag. So the pockets of the jeans are the pockets of the bag. This bag was huge. I want to try to do the same thing on a smaller scale - maybe with toddler's jeans.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Yep, thanks. Don't you just hate it when you get those blocks and no mater how hard you try its just not there.
Yep it was Joanns. They have some really nice handles and I bought two others that look like tortoise shell but this went well with the color of yarn. It says its easy but I had some difficulty if following the pattern. It may have just been that I was trying to make it more difficult then it really was. I really liked it but my daughter didn't. Does it look like a grandmother purse to you? I didn't think so but then what do I know. I'm a grandma 14 times. Heheh

Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

No I don't think it looks like a grandmother purse. Maybe your daughter doesn't like the colors. I think it is very stylish. Great job!

Gladwin, MI(Zone 5a)

I think it is great. I love it! The shells really set it off. I think it is really stylish. I bet you get a lot of compliments on it.

Had to laugh about the daughter comment. DD was here (she lives out of state) with her fiance and we were making cookies. We made some choc covered cherry cookies that I found the recipe here on DG. Well, the fiance said "can you make cookies that aren't grandma cookies?" So it is not just purses I guess.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Yea, your right. Wait till they are grandmas and hear what their children have to say. You always wish for the past to come back. There are old recipes and tv programs and so much of the good life that really makes me wish for the past.
Thank you for the compliment. I haven't taken it out side yet. I was planning on sending it to my MIL but she hasn't comented on the email I sent so I may just keep it. I like it too.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

The shells are such a clever addition. Love it!

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Well, I ended up sending it to my DMIL and she loves it, but then she is a grandma too. Heheh

Shenandoah Valley, VA

That's really pretty, Gourdbeader. The shells are perfect.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

hart, the movie Shanandoah with Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite movies. Is is as beautiful as I imagine it is?

Shenandoah Valley, VA

It certainly looks nothing like the landscape in the movie, which was obviously filmed somewhere far west of here. LOL Not to mention there aren't many places here where you don't have blue mountains (like the Blue Ridge or Alleghenies) in the background.

Yes, it's very beautiful. Here's a photo I took last year looking down my road. The mountain in the background is the Massanutten.

And here's a photo someone took looking down that mountain to the other side with one of the seven bends of the Shenandoah River and the Alleghanies in the background.

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Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

yes it is beautiful. Oregon is alot like that in the greenery dept but it sure does rain alot here. How is VA for the rain.

Shenandoah Valley, VA

I had friends who moved from Virginia to Oregon years ago and they loved it - said it was really beautiful.

We get less rain here than the rest of the state so probably considerably less than you. We get most of our rain in the spring, then a very dry spell in July-September. Maybe a few thunderstorms in those months but I have to water like crazy to keep everything from drying out in this rocky soil.

Madison, WI

Just wanted to say that I love the bag and thank you for sharing pictures of both outside and inside.
Lovely size too.

West Richland, WA(Zone 5b)

I LOVE this bag! It is so cute. I don't think it looks like a Grandma bag at all.

I am not especially fond of the shells, myself. That is a personally preference, though.

I think it is great and wow would I be proud to say I made it. I am not very good at crocheting, though.

I have made one hat, a few scarves and blankets and some pot know, pretty easy stuff.

Toledo, OR(Zone 8a)

Well, thank you very much. I tend to agree with you. I would've kept it but my dear mother-in-law really liked it so I sent it to her. I still haven't made another one for me yet.

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