Friday, 8 October 2010

Uncommon Crochet

I saw a post last week about a crochet string bag which I really fancied having a go at. The pattern was from the Uncommon Crochet Book by Julie Armstrong Holetz. Well I managed to get my hands on this book and here are some of the lovely ideas in there; I do like the idea of crochet with different materials Jute, String, Wire etc.

This is the string bag I set my heart on. I have the string ready 3 balls for a quid (B&M Bargains), just need to decipher the instructions:

I remember my Mum had a bag like this back in the 70's, I can see it with a Cath Kidston cotton inside:

I could fancy one of these too I have a mountain of yarn stuffed in ugly carrier bags:

I really like this felted bag, it's called the Hong Kong Bag:

This is something I could manage, I like the mix of materials, now where can I buy those handles?

These are quite sweet and look really simple to make:

On the whole I like this book, I am glad I came across it. The only fault with it is that over 1/3 of the book was showing the basics of crochet.
This does annoy me a little, I think that with the millions of books out there dedicated to showing the basics the book could just crack on and show lots of lovely patterns, but nevertheless it is a welcome addition to my craft book selection.
Any good craft book recommendations?

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18 comments:

daisychain said...

I'll be interested to hear some recs for books, too :)

Alex said...

Ooh what a fun selection of bags! Can't wait to see the string bag when you've made it :)

Bethany said...

Ooo I HATE when half the book is instructions on how to do the craft....

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU MAKE! WHAT A FAB BOOK XX

Jacquie said...

Thanks for a peek in the book. loving the pincushions but the jute looks like it would be painful on the hands .
Tempted by your recipe too :0)
Jacquie x

Serenata said...

The book looks interesting, good luck with the bag and make sure you show us how it turns out!

Alexandra Mason said...

That book looks great, the yarn bag is a great idea...mine is stuffed into carriers too. Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

Jacey said...

Great looking bags, my husband moans all the time about all the carrier bags filled with half finished projects all around the house, perhaps if they were in those nice bags he might not notice. x

Pene said...

Sounds like a book for me as the crocheting is coming on very slowly so the more hints the better.
Pene x

Clara said...

I just love getting new crochet books.

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

OOh I like string bags. I've got one (not made by me) by the front door with all our hats, gloves and scarves in and it's great to be able to see everything at a glance.

Love your blog and the things you make. I'll be back!

Amanda said...

Hi Kandi! Do you know about www.u-handbag.com? they stock all manner of handles and bag making supplies. It's great! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

Vintage Vixen said...

Wow! What a great selection of bags. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations. xxx

Rosie said...

Lovely book and I love the basket that's holding the wool. Thank you too for popping by and leaving a comment. I'm sure my mum would be proud to see her name in lights! x

Josie-Mary said...

Looks like a great book :) x

giddynici said...

So many lovely bags to chose from, can't wait to see what you make! x

Lucy said...

Yes! One of the crochet books I've read had patterns for little basket things made from string, for in the bathroom etc - they looked so effective!

WoodbankCrafts said...

Looks like a great book :) x