In trying to think of an island connection for this bag design, I was reminded of the old adage “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”. Both Shakespeare (Venus and Adonis, 75th stanza) and Jesus (Matthew 16:1–4) expressed similar meaning proverbial wisdom, and despite my growing up aside the ocean and in a fishing family, I never heard it before moving to Ireland. Here, where much of the population fish for a living, and where travel by boat is the main mode for leaving the island, if a red sky occurs, it’s a matter seriously taken into account when formulating an opinion or plan about travelling. And it’s not without scientific merit.
Another crocheted bag–this time an open tote. I didn’t use a pattern but this is what I did: After making an oval base (same as a rug) I crocheted in the round for the bag’s body using US single crochet/UK double crochet continuously until I reached the desired height.
The straps are crocheted flat with rounded ends then wrapped around extra thick cording before being stitched closed. With my sewing machine, I stitched the straps onto the bag. It’s lined with a matching tan corduroy fabric that has a set in zipper pocket. The variegated yarn is Red Heart acrylic that I brought over from the States with me.
The picture is an island sunset taken by Johnny a couple years ago. The resemblance works and so I have named the bag ‘Sailor’s Delight Open Tote’.
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I have attached my notes. They have not been tested other than the original creation but I feel confidant enough to pass them on. Sorry they are not typed out. Though I am happy to share them, it was not my intention when I published this post. I am honoured to have had them requested. This was the quickest way and I’m tired. Let me know if you have any questions.
**On row 14, it only implies to put skein through the loop–but do it. This keeps it from unraveling while the contrast color row of trimming is added on, after which you will open the loop up again and continue on making the body. (you could probably put a safety pin through the loop rather than making the loose knot–you’ll figure it out 🙂 )
I used a slip stitch to stitch the handles around the cording.