I finished this a couple of weeks ago but finally am getting around to posting about it.
We found about 5 weeks after it happened that a friend/neighbor broke her leg at the beginning of May. I wanted to do something to cheer her up. I thought about taking over some chocolate and flavored teas to enjoy while she was house-bound, and then tried to figure out what to bring it in.
The gift was delayed a few days because I decided it would be neat to whip up one of those Nordstrom Hobo Bags that I had seen in Craftster (http://shortylamcrochet.blogspot.com/2006/11/nordstrom-hobo-bag.html
is where the pattern is located).
I think it turned out great! I didn't have time to run to the nearest city to find leather straps or magnetic snaps, so I improvised and made my own crocheted straps and found a cute button.
Unfortunately with the black yarn I used, it's hard to see the stitches in the photo, but it looked really good. Here's the back of it:
I'd do somethings different if I were to do it over again. I think I like the "smoother", shinier yarns that I've seen this with - the yarn I used was pretty fuzzy. I'd also get a much thinner ribbon. But I love the look with the button and bright pink ribbon!
But, shhh... don't tell my friend that I bought both the button and lining material on clearance!
Here's a picture with the goodies inside:
If you want more details as to the slight modifications I made, you can see them here http://nulandnews.blogspot.com/2008/07/cheer-up-bag.html
Let me know what you think!