This post has been long overdue, since it’s about my birthday party which was on June 19th! I celebrated my 27th birthday on May 5th, and I’m not really a birthday party type of gal. I usually think they’re too crowded and just, well, useless. But, a few weeks after my birthday, it came to me in my sleep: I would throw a Yarn Party! :)
I went online to look for someone that gives workshops and lives nearby, and I found her! Her name is Maria, you might know here from her blog, Marutska. She gives workshops on how to crochet, and she is a supplier of Zpagetti. Those of you who’ve seen my work have seen this material used many times, and I think it it just perfect for learning to crochet with because it is so big and chunky :)
So, emails were sent, dates were set, and the preparation began! I thought it would be fun to give the party a bit of a child’s party-theme, so I dressed everything in pink and polkadots :)
The party was a hoot; I invited two of my friends and my baby sister (who really doesn’t look like a baby anymore, man she is growing up so fast!). I provided them with petit-fours, home-made snacks (like stuffed zucchini and french toast) and ofcourse pink lemonade! :) Maria brought a lot of different kinds & colors of Zpagetti, and after everyone picked out a skein, we all started on our bags. Maria was great in explaining crochet to my friends (I mainly got her on board because I S*CK at explaining things to people…) and before the afternoon was over, there were 3 new crocheted bags to be taken home by the ladies :) Some pics of the afternoon:
Since I already own like a gazillion crocheted bags, I decided to make something else. It started out as a doily, then morphed into a bath mat, and after about 4 hours I completely frogged it all because the yarn didn’t want to become a mat! It wanted to become a bag, real bad. So the next day I used my newly acquired Tunisian crochet hook for Zpagetti (12mm!) and made the yarn into a wonderful bag!
It was a bit getting used to crocheting with such a big needle, I swear, by the end of the day I had my arm so worked out that it looked like I actually had some muscles in there! ;)
But in the end, I really REALLY like the look of Tunisian crocheted Zpagetti. It just looks so tough yet still pretty, you know? :) I took it outside with me to photograph in the same spot where I photographed the baby blanket. So without further ado: here it is! Tad-ah!
I used about 1 skein of Zpagetti with a 12mm Tunisian crochet hook. I finished the edge of the bag with a couple of rows of single crochet and another round of slip stitches. The bag has a beautiful handle made with braided leather, attached with big rings and decorated with wooded beads. I really love it :)
This bag will end up in my Etsy shop as soon as I open it. Are you interested in buying it? Let me know! Leave a comment or tweet me :)