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Recently I’ve made a number of items…scarves…springtime shawls…and hopefully I’ll post some of those FOBs (finished objects) in the near future.

In the meantime I made a little red bag!  How little?

It’s made of thread, something I don’t normally use.  I decided to give it a try with something small.  How small?

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It’s done in the round until the flap, which is done by going back and forth.

I also added a chain across the top for the buttonhole.

I added a border in single crochet around the opening.

The button was created separately then hand stitched to the bag.

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So what’s inside?

…well I’ve mentioned in my main blog Comments from Cathy that I occasionally travel on the job

…and if there’s one thing I want to have when I’m on the road, it’s a nice cup of tea…so this handy little bag makes sure that I have a small stash of tea bags tucked away in my purse.

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This particular one is Blackberry and Elderflower by Taylors of Harrogate in the UK.

So happens I found it on-line in the US at the English Tea Store.

Hope you enjoyed my little creation!

I think it’s cute and practical – happy crocheting!

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I am finally participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post!  This week’s theme is Design.  Rather than posting from my main blog, Comments from Cathy, it seemed to fit the theme better if I posted from my crochet blog!

After all my Christmas crocheting my stash consisted of numerous small balls of yarn. I decided to use up as much as I could by making a laptop case for my new mini.

This design is my own. I hope you like it!  I’ve been known to make a variety of bags for different occasions.  This was is a bit different from the others because of the striping pattern and the variety of colors.

Here are the front and the back…

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The opening and the tie/closure.

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Here’s a close-up of the opening as the fabric is doubled.

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As far as the stripes…there’s a pattern that’s said to be pleasant to the eye.  It occurs in nature and is called the Fibonacci sequence.  Since I had varying lengths of yarn in my stash this seemed to be a natural choice!

The striping pattern is 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13, then decreasing (from 13 ) – 8 – 5- 3 – 2 – 1 – 1.

For the Math aficionados, add the preceding row to get the next result:

0 + 1 = 1

1 + 1 = 2

2 + 1 + 3

3 + 2 = 5 etc.

Because of the size of the case I stopped at 13 rows as far as the sequence. You can see this on the back side.

The last photo shows the case in action as I was in getting ready to use the netbook at the airport!

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If you’d like to know more about the Fibonacci sequences see Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number.

Happy Crocheting!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted any items…but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crocheting!  When I travel on business I generally pack one or two skeins of yarn and different hooks.  It keeps me busy, i. e. relaxed when there is down time in the airport, or, in hotels.

When I’m traveling I try to stick to patterns that are very basic. This way I’m not worrying about extra items, or, patterns that have to be packed then unpacked.

Here are some of the scarves I’ve made during my down time.

The patterns are essentially the same.

Single – chain 1 – single

 

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If you read my primary blog, Comments from Cathy, you’ll know I was in Birmingham during recent storms – see Patience and a Cup of Tea.  I made the scarf below to keep me occupied while the storms passed.

Half double – chain 1 – half double

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I was in a training class that was really cold, so I made this scarf/thin shawl using a large hook and a loose tension.  I used it the next day and it really kept me comfortable in my class!

Double – chain 1 – double

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The scarves in the first picture didn’t use up a full skein.  The scarf below was made with the two remaining portions of those skeins using the half double – chain 1 – half double repeat.

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Coming soon – hats, and an item that I used on recent travels.

Happy crocheting!