When I was maybe 7 or 8, my grandmother came to visit from Oregon. I hardly ever saw her since she lived so far away. On this particular visit, she decided to teach me how to crochet and knit. So on one sunny afternoon, she taught me to knit while sitting on the front stoop of my parent’s house.  The next day (since she wasn’t staying long), she taught me to crochet. She left me with lots of her hooks and a few needles (which I still have) before she left to go back to Oregon. I tried to remember how to crochet. I had the basic idea, but my mother didn’t do either so she couldn’t help me. The knitting stuck, but crocheting didn’t.

I do prefer to knit over crochet, but every so often there is a crochet project that I would love to do. So with a new year, comes new goals and I decided to re-learn how to crochet.

A quilty friend of mine was making this bag, the Crocheted Summer Bag and I really liked it. She is an avid crocheter and with some encouragement I pulled out my old crochet hooks (my grandmothers) and I gave it a go.

Luckily, this was a class on Creativebug, so there were many videos to watch. (Some of which I had to watch several times. 😉 )  But in the end, I got it done! I can’t wait until warmer weather to use it!

And BONUS: I used up some roughly 9 year old yarn in my stash! Yay!


  • Pattern: Crocheted Summer Bag by Edie Eckman (via Creativebug)
  • Yarn: Plymouth Yarn, Wildflower DK
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