I am going to try to start updating my WIPs (Works in Progress) weekly; however, this week has been kind of hectic. I’m only working two jobs right now, but I have four deals in real estate; plus it’s the end of the school year in two weeks, and I have to pack up my whole room. Add some unsolved family illness last weekend and trying to guide other loved ones through their life-changing decisions and coordinate Mother’s Day plans…needless to say, my stomach was upset today from my frenemy stress.
Ah stress! It can help us complete last-minute projects, induce fight-or-flight responses, and it can create hives, cold sores, upset stomachs, and even heart-attack like symptoms! Fun! Truthfully, I know for me the cure is exercise (I’ve been eating healthy), but I just need to survive the next couple weeks. We’ve all been there. I’m in survival mode. But crocheting helps. It distracts. It soothes me. Crochet now, exercise later. (I just don’t think I’m coordinated enough to do both at the same time. Imagine walking on the treadmill, stitching away lol).
Meanwhile, I have quite a few projects going on. Some are top secret (shhhhh…) so I will reveal them after I give them to their new homes. Others I am just trying out to learn new stitches or have fun. One of my experiments is this free summer clutch pattern that I found on Pinterest and Ravelry. Ravelry brings you to the author’s website, so I’ll take you directly to it here at Tangled Happy..
I first fell in love with this pattern because the clutch looks vintage and romantic. Then pattern was super easy; you just need to know a single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet, and slip stitch. You end up with these adorable little clusters that kind of look like flowers. Another reason I love this pattern is its versatility; it could be a make-up bag, a pencil bag, a paint-brush holder etc.
I followed the pattern with relative ease and then added a classic looking button and a button hole. Next, I want to add a fun fabric to the inside. I think it’s cool that in one project I learned: how to make a button hole, how to tie on a button with yarn, how to do a simple cluster stitch, and (soon) how to line a crochet project with fabric. That’s so cool!
Side note: I looked most of those things up- only the cluster stitch is in the pattern.
Looking back on this project, I think orange was a really bold color choice. Next time, I will pick a softer color like purple or blue or a neutral like oatmeal or gray and then use a daring color as the border.
Otherwise, I would recommend this project because it’s easy, and the clutch would make an adorable gift to give someone (or to sell). It probably only took me an hour or two in total; I did it here and there, so I never counted how much it took. It was a cinch to carry this around in my purse and work on a row or two during my lunch or while waiting in the car to meet a client.
Anyway, I’ll try to keep the blog more updated with projects. I imagine that I’ll have more time in about two weeks to crochet more. Also, I should be delivering some gifts soon so stay tuned :).