From the familiar to the fabulous, my bag is done! In Ravelry, it looks like it took me quite a long time to finish this. Not true! There was just a pause between frantic crocheting and finding time to line it. I lined it and crocheted the flaps last night and attached the handles during my commute today.
Pattern: Fat Bottom Bag in the book The Happy Hooker
Hook size: I
Yarn: more than 1 but less than 2 skeins of Lily Sugar n' Cream in Ecru
Size: 13" wide by 8" deep (excluding handles)
Modifications: I used the size hook recommended by the pattern. Didn't even bother with the gauge. The larger hook than I used last time and my mistake at adding rows at the beginning (and having to add rows at the end) made this bag larger than expected - but I love it!
Comparison with the first bag I made:
I lined the bag thanks again to Kel's easy-to-follow lining tutorial. I bought this material a few years ago on a whim. I just loved the fabric but never knew for what I'd use such a small piece. Voila! A purpose!
And here's a close up of the machine sewn lining and the magnetic snaps I used. I should also note that I sewed the length (the ungathered) part of the lining first before I gathered and pinned the sides. This was good for two reasons - first, it made pinning and sewing the sides easier, and second, I could attach the snaps in the exact right places to line up.
Though the lining is very fun, the outside is a bit drab. I don't know if I'll add a ribbon or not (depends if I have a ribbon) or perhaps I should crochet a flower. Suggestions welcome.
Funny story to share about this, too. I showed a coworker the finished product and asked what she would pay for such a bag. I pointed out it was lined, had a magnetic clasp and was handmade. She said with the bamboo handles, she's pay $60.
Well, probably $45 for the Eastern Market crowd. (Still...$45??!) Then I told her I had made it - she was shocked. She thought I had bought it and either paid too much for it or got a fabulous bargain and wanted her opinion on the value of my purchase.
Do I see a side business in my future? :)