Ok since this is for a swap for another forum I think I am safe in posting this. I just finished this purse this morning. It was a long time in making. My puppy had gotten into my first purse and chewed up my knitting needles and some of the wool yarn. So I frogged that one and decided to make a crocheted one. I really like it and it even has an unintentional southwest feel. My partner lives in Arizona and I didn't give it the southwest feel on purpose.
I used a J hook and started Double crocheting in a circle, until I got to the size (for the bottom) I wanted, I messed up since the bottom has some "ruffles" but I think its cute. Then I did straight DC up the sides, switching yarn colors every 2 rows. On the last set of stripes I did a DC in 5 stitches, chained 5, skipped 5 stitches, around so I would have the loops for the strap and tie. Then the next row around I DC in each stitch and the did 5 DC into the chains. For the tie and strap I just did a chain that was LONG.... I did my stripes in DC in each chain across, each row was a differnt color. I think my strap ended up being 12 feet long before felting.
I used Patlns classic meriono 100% wool yarn. I felted this using my washing machine. I turned the water to hot wash cold rinse, low setting. added a bit of detergent, a pair of jeans and placed my handle tie into a pillow case, and then the purse into antoher pillow case tossed it into the washer and let her go. I only did one wash/spin cycle. This felted super fast, usually if I use brown sheep lamb's pride I have to do 3 or 4 cycles to get it to this felted consistancy. After I took it out of the washer I blocked it kinda and then hung it up to dry for 4 days. I threaded the tie thru the holes and then cut the strap and sewed it onto my purse body. I tried to needle felt it but I couldn't get it to work, so out came the handy dandy sewing needle.
and Michaels has this yarn on sale this week, ending tonight 9/23/06. it has lots of cool colors