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Yes, another Market Bag! 😂 I haven’t had much time for crochet with trying to get unpacked and get the house all set up. We’re still waiting for some more furniture and we’ve gotten to the hanging up pictures/decorating part of moving in so we’re almost done. Then we need to tackle the yard.

I made this bag with a little over half a cake of Hobby Lobby Sugarwheel and some Red Heart Super Saver in grey (bottom and most of the strap). I really love this pattern and I’ve already started another in Caron Cakes Cake Pop.

It’s satisfying to be able to finish a project pretty quickly. And I’ve memorized the pattern now so I can just work on it as I get a few spare moments.

I’ve been using the bags for carrying dry cleaning, toys, books, produce – you name it! My daughter loves to carry them around as well.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. It’s going to be HOT here this week so we are going to try to stay cool.

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In our new place!

Sorry I have not been around much to post or comment but we’ve finally moved into our new place. Now comes the fun of unpacking boxes and figuring out where everything goes.

Having a toddler running around while we’re doing this has been interesting! It’s basically cut our manpower in half as one of us entertains LG and the other unpacks and vice versa.

But we are making a dent in the boxes. And the long weekend definitely helps.

I baked cookies for the first time in the new oven this afternoon. Love the new oven. The gas heat is so even and perfect. I made lasagne last night and it turned out great too. It’s just so nice to have all of my kitchen stuff back and to be cooking in our own home again.

As far as crochet goes, I have not done much. I’m working on a granny square bag right now and I think I like how it is turning out. I’m using more Sugarwheel in Licorice Jellybean. We’ll see how it turns out once I get back to it!

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Hobo Bag in Glazed Donut

All done! I’m really happy with the way this bag turned out.

I ended up using the whole “cake” of Glazed Donut and half a cake of Licorice Jelly Bean. And I think I finally figured out what I did wrong to make it bigger than a one cake project. I didn’t do the first cluster round correctly. I’m going to try to make it again with one of my Caron Cakes and see.

I used the same pattern as I did for the last bag I made. I went down a hook size to try to make it a little smaller. And I also changed the strap a little – I simply did 11 sc, ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across, repeat – across to the other side and then I did a sc join to attach it to the other side.

I also changed it up a little by doing a few rounds of sc with the coral color as I wasn’t sure if I could get a full stripe if I kept doing the clusters and I really wanted that coral color all the way around.

I haven’t lined it and probably won’t as I intend to use it just for the Farmer’s Market and such. Mostly though I think LG will claim this one as hers too and carry her animals around in it. They were actually already stuffed in it in the first picture. 🙂

A few thoughts on the Yarn Bee Sugarwheel – It’s not as soft as I originally thought. It was actually a little rough/stiff to work with. Like I could definitely feel it gliding through my fingers and it wasn’t the most comfortable. I think I like the feel of the Caron Cakes better because of the wool content.

But I love the saturated, bright colors of the Sugarwheel. And for a bag or something where you need a little extra structure I think it’s perfect. I haven’t tried to wash it yet, but I have heard that it softens up after being washed.

I also like the variations and flecks of color in the cakes. From the reviews it sound like people either love this or hate this.

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For example, the Licorice color has random flecks of grey in the black. Kind of hard to see, sorry. But I think it gives it a unique look.

All in all, I will definitely be buying more Sugarwheel. I almost bought more yesterday but I really need to concentrate on moving and setting up my craft room first. I’m so excited to get this move going and finally get settled into our new place this week.

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Another Bag

After frogging the little dress, I decided to turn this Sugarwheel “Glazed Donut” into another Hobo Bag. I think this yarn will be perfect for a bag – it seems a little thicker to me than the usual worsted weight yarn and a little stiffer too.

I really like the way the stripes are working up. The coral color is not my usual choice so it’s kind of a nice change. I’ve been doing so much in purples and blues (my favorites) and tried to branch out a little with my yarn choice this time.

I don’t know if you can see the duct tape on my CrochetLite hook. The grippy part started to come off so…I just duct taped it. I’m sure there’s probably a more elegant solution to fix it but that’s what I had on hand. 🙂

I’m really hoping to finish this project this weekend so I can get on to the next. I saw this bag on Crafternoon Treats on Pinterest and now I’m obsessed. I’m thinking of using some of the Moogly CAL 2017 squares I already have made as it calls for 12 inch squares OR making a bunch of square #1 in the Sugarweel Pixie Twist.

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Maybe?

My only problem is the lining. I am awful at sewing. Not being self-deprecating- it’s just the truth. I cannot sew at all. And oh, I have tried. I attempted quilting before I got into crochet and the results were comical. But I will give it a go again! It’s just hidden inside the bag anyway, right? 🙂

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The dress that wasn’t.

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I worked on this dress by Pale Rose during LG’s nap time yesterday. It called for worsted weight yarn but I found the Sugarwheel to be a little too heavy. When she woke up and tried it on, she didn’t like it either. LOL Back to the drawing board!

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The pattern for the dress was excellent though. Easy to follow and I can’t wait to make it with a lighter/softer yarn.

I think I’m going to make another bag with this. It was a fun pattern and it’s right at my level of concentration right now as I just keep thinking about moving into our house next week!

 

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The Hobo Bag is done!

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It’s done! LG claimed it as her own last night while I was working on it so after she went to bed I was determined to finish so she could have it in the morning.

I obviously ran out of the plum variegated yarn so I added another colorway of “I Love This Yarn” that I had in my stash. As I made this as a stash buster project I figured it was ok and I kind of like the colors together.

Anyway, LG loved it and promptly stuffed her little animals and loveys in. I need to make her a smaller one now so she can actually carry it – this one is almost as big as she is. LOL

I’m on to the next project – a dress for LG made with Sugarwheel in Glazed Donut.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Hope all of you who celebrate Mother’s Day are having a good one. My little girl said “Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!” to me this morning for the first time and I cried happy tears.

We spent today looking at rugs for our new house. We didn’t come to any decisions but we have a better idea of what we want so that’s good.

Yesterday I got an early present- we went to Hobby Lobby to see if they had stocked the new Sugarwheel yarn yet. I went last week and they had said they had it in boxes in the back.

Lo and behold –

Sugarwheel! The cakes are 7oz, 355 yards and 100% acrylic. I got one Licorice Jellybean, one Glazed Donut and two Pixie Twists.

To me they don’t feel as soft as the Caron Cakes as there is no wool in these. But they feel softer than, say, Red Heart Super Saver or other acrylics. Probably more in line with HL’s I Love This Yarn.

I’ve seen online that it comes in a lot of colorways but our store didn’t have all of them and only had one or two cakes of the colors they did order. Hopefully if it’s popular they’ll get more?

I have no idea what I want to make with these. I just loved the colors. Probably a shawl with the Licorice. And I’m thinking a little dress for LG with one of the Pixies?

I’m still working on the Hobo Bag. I did run out of yarn but I’m trying another yarn from my stash and hoping that works. 🙂