Thursday, January 15, 2015

Garden or Yarn? Who cares!

How is this day treating you?
I can't complain although it's real cold outside.
Old Man Winter has finally came here to WV.

My reason for this post is to show off my garden bag. Ok, I don't garden so I am going to call it my yarn bag.  When I picked out this pattern and started on it, a blog I follow had it compiled in one of those posts with many other bags.  I love to crochet bags. In my real life I am a bag lady.  I can't help it.  I love all of them and there are a ton of different styles out there available to crochet for free.  Those are best kind.  I hate it when I find a cute something on Pinterest and it has no pattern available or it leads to an Etsy shop (I love Etsy, no offense) where the pattern is available for purchase.  I don't purchase patterns.  I cant afford to buy yarn and patterns. Sad but true, and I bet I am not alone.
Am I?

This morning I finished my yarn bag.  I have been working on it on and off for a week now. Just nighttime work for an hr or so.  I will say that it calls for cotton yarn.  I had some but not the 17 balls it calls for so I went ahead and used a Red Heart Super Saver in Navy for my basic structure.  It worked out well and I am very pleased with it. I will say that I would have made stronger handles.  In the picture the lady looks like she has a long strap on hers but the pattern doesn't acknowledge that so I am going to make a long one for mine in the cream that I used.  I used Walmarts Peaches & Cream and it still took me about 4 balls total and about half of my navy.

The pattern is Easy.  I had no trouble with it, and I am a beginner.
 Turned out really nice.  A tweak here and there but I think its great and totally appropriate to pack all my yarn stuff, and hold what granny blanket is on my hook at the time.

Its holding its shape well.  If I would have used all cotton it would have held a little better, I'm sure. 
As of right now it's stuffed full!


See, I told you it was stuffed full.  I am pretty sure I can get a few more things inside there, and the pockets on the outside can hold at least 3 balls of cotton yarn.  Ooohhhhh, I just love it!

Here is some of the progress at times....

This is just the basic structure of the bag.  It was made in pieces, then sewed together.

Here is a good picture of the depth, and the bottom.  I ran out of navy so I went ahead and striped the bottom.  You cant see it, but it matches and looks like it was meant to be that way.

These are the outside 3-D pockets, one for each side.  They are just SC like the rest of the bag.  Really simple but make sure they both match when it says to miss stitches!

These are the 2 strips of handles.  Now, this is the part I would change.  You have the option in the pattern to wrap them.  I am going to make one long one (strong) so I can throw it over my shoulder.  The pattern has you make holes to put them thru. Its a neat concept. 

Here is the other side of my yarn bag.  I think it turned out well for a beginner.  I am pretty proud of it, but better than that? I can pack it all up and take whatever crochet madness I chose!


A big THANKS to because this is where the pattern came from that I got.  I dont have a blog link for it but I have seen them on  Thats where I got the bright idea.

Here is the link to the Yarnspirations Garden Bag

If you make or have made one of these, let me know. I would love to see it. I am interested in ALL things crochet.

If you follow me, thanks for taking a sec out of your day to share mine. 
Please comment and let me know. 

I want to meet like minded, crochet goddesses who love to talk and share!

I will be back soon with another project on my hook. 
I have some fingerling, sock yarn, 3 ply, whatever you call it, in a gorgeous camel brown.  I have no clue what to do with it.  Its thin and soft.  It calls for something beautiful.  I have no clue!!!!  Do you?????


Happy Hookin!


  1. wow totally awesome! Love this 'garden' bag and you have a nice bit of yarn stuffed in there too :) I was creating my own but without those yarn pockets with some cotton yarn I hand dyed but now I can just use this pattern and have a doubly useful bag! thanks :) stop by on a weekend and link up with us @ Snickerdoodle Sunday sometime, we would love to have you party with us!

    1. I will be there for Snickerdoodle Sunday! Thanks for the invite. I know about that bag. I could just see yarn in it. Idh a garden ;-) Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it!

  2. I have looked at this bag pattern many times, and that nah, I don't need a garden bag. But this is perfect for yarn too! Now that I think about it, probably a good diaper bag to give as a gift at a baby shower. You did a great job!
    I would love if you shared this at our Yarn Fanatic Linky Party -
    Don't forget to enter the giveaway while you're there!

    1. Thanks for the invite, I sure did enter. Your right about it being a great diaper bag. Baby yarn, I would suggest 2 strands would be just as nice. Thanks!

  3. What a great idea. Love the look and how easily it holds gardening supplies to crochet goodies!

  4. Hey! That's a good looking bag! I would have taken one look at the pattern and thought to myself "Shoot! Who needs a gardening bag when you could put YARN in it instead!". Great minds think alike! Lol! Anyway, a cheerful " Hello!" from the Deep South! Keep on hookin' !

    1. Thanks! Early morning hello from West Virginia :-) I appreciate your comment and stopping by. Idh a garden, but I do have yarn that needs to go places from time to time. :-)

  5. What a Great Bag pattern!! Thanks for posting this! Just wondering.......when you used the Navy Red Heart......did you use 2 strands or just one?

    1. Thanks so much for being here! I appreciate it. I just used one strand. I am sure 2 would have been great but its a sc so I figured it would be tight enough. If I could have, I would have used all cotton but I am totally satisfied with how it turned out. I am hauling yarn around so I didn't need it to be boxy and stiff. Take liberty with the handles too. I crocheted a long strap just like the handles and put it from side to side/corner to corner so I could throw it over my shoulder. I just love it. Thanks for asking. I am flattered.

    2. You're welcome but the pleasure is all mine to be here:) It was my thoughts exactly about only needing 1 strand of worsted weight yarn with it only being a SC stitch. I have 5 one pounder's of Caron yarn, which is slightly thicker than Red Heart super saver. The pattern is working out beautifully using it. So far, I've made the 2 main panels and tonight,started the side pieces. I'll probably make my handles longer, also so I can wear it on my shoulder. Thanks again for posting the great pattern. I'm a "beginner" at crochet too. If this bag goes well, I see myself making Many more for gifts...after can never have too many bags right? ;)

  6. Awesome bag! I love that you're using it for yarn.

    I can't afford too many patterns either. I have purchased a few, but very few. (And I have been happy with the ones that I have bought.)

    Thanks for sharing at The Yarn Fanatic Party! I hope to see you there again!