I know that my blog says Knitting and Other Stuff, and I guess this qualifies as "other stuff". On Saturday I was out and about and I stopped by this little gift shop at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo called Little Lace Lady. The shop has scrapbooking supplies, rubber stamps, and a little of everything. It even has a few cross stitch kits, and some fat quarter fabrics. As I went in the door, there were some tote bags hanging on a rack. I love tote bags, and a particular one caught my eye. It was just a very small bag that had been sewn out of some mauve colored pastel cotton fabrics. The inside was lined with a coordinating fabric, and on one side of the outside of the bag, the maker had attached a really pretty crocheted angel doily made from crochet cotten size 10. It was so pretty and delicate looking. Sort of Victorian looking, really. I looked at the price tag and it was $24.95. Well, knowing that I have so much fabric stash at home and a pattern for a tote bag just about that size, I thought to myself "I can make that." The only other problem was that I had to find a crochet angel pattern. Then, I remembered when Chie had sent me a really pretty angel dishcloth. It looked almost like the one that was attached to the tote bag in the store.
I went home and looked up the pattern. It's here: Crochet Angel Pattern. The only thing I did differently was to use the pattern for Angel #2 and crochet 44 stitches (instead of 24) around a 1" plastic ring. I used cotton crochet no. 10 and it was Spring Maid, or something similar, in a cream color. I used a steel crochet hook size 0. It took several starts and restarts, but once I figured it out, the angel came out so intricate looking. And so pretty. I'm really pleased with the way it came out. I made one in white and one in the cream color. Double click the picture to see it bigger.
I think I'm going to make a little bag like the one I saw in the gift shop, or I may crochet a few more and make a wall hanging. They are so quick to make that making a Victorian looking quilted wall hanging would be pretty quick too.
I must go now. Hubby is having a touch of a stomach virus today and is not feeling well. I guess it's that stuff that's going around everywhere. More later.