I’ve been sick for an insanely long time. And now it is March, the time when the sun starts to come out and blind everyone that isn’t used to it – Migraine Season. I have always loved this time of year because of the sunshine but the last several years I’ve been getting a lot of migraines during March. It took a long time before one of my doctors figured out that it was the sun (bright light) triggering it. I have my movie star sunglasses with polarized lenses that I always wear when I go out but somehow I still get migraines. So, while the weather is warming up and it is a beautiful sun-shiny day, I am sitting inside with the drapes all drawn like a vampire. I vant to suck yer blood ah ah ah ah! Okay, not really. I like things more well done than rare.
Anyway, I think I’ve been sick for a good two whole months at least. That really sucks but the one thing that keeps me going is crafts. I always knit or crochet something though I usually drop the more complicated projects and start something more simple. For some reason I like something that requires me to count stitches when I don’t feel well or when I have a migraine. If not I end up counting anyway. It must be a distraction tactic.
Right now I’m making a reusable grocery bag I found FREE on this blog and on Ravelry. I’m using the new “Twists” yarn by Peaches & Creme. The color is called Hampton Twists and has burgundy, white, and neutral strands twisted together. The effect is very cool but a bit difficult on the eyes when working on it. I’m working the bottom of this bag which is done in a spiral of single crochet and my eyes just can’t seem to keep track of the stitches with all the stripes. I think it will be cool though.
The pattern says to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round but because of this crazy stripped yarn I’m using 4 stitch markers. This would also be a great way for beginners to do this pattern. The bottom is an oval spiral – so basically a rectangle with a half circle at each end. The rectangle is 39 single crochets long and after rounding the corner you go back down and work 39 single crochet in the back side of the chain stitches. So I marked the first and last stitch of the 39 stitches on both sides. 3 of my stitch markers are one color and the one that also marks the beginning of the next round is a different color. This makes it easier to know when you get to those stitches that require increases. You know exactly where they are because they are between the two markers on the short sides. If you don’t mark them it can be difficult to know where those stitches actually begin and end. The first time around I noticed my piece wasn’t looking quite right and I knew I had gotten mixed up somewhere. So this is my 2nd attempt.
I found a sneaky little trick to crochet in my stitch markers since I find it a little fiddly getting mine to slip into these tight single crochet stitches. They just aren’t stiff enough and they are rubbery so they want to stick to the cotton and refuse to go through. They are the Boye ones that come in the cute little box. I normally love them so it must be the cotton. Anyway, when you get to the spot where you want to add the marker – just before that stitch – close the marker and then slide it on the back end of the crochet hook. Then push it down and over the loop of yarn and then off the hook end (keeping the yarn on the hook). That puts the marker around the part of the stitch that will end up being the top. Then you just work the stitch like normal and it will already be in place.
I’m still working on the bottom but you can see my progress by clicking here. I’ll take a picture once I get the bottom finished.