The bag that took over my life


It feels like it’s been forever since I last posted. And I really have no excuse, except that darn shopping bag.

That bag and I have been around the world (not literally), and we’ve had quite an adventure. But let me just start at the beginning…

(cue the mystical music and wavy lines for flashback)

As you know, it all started on the beach in Florida. I was working so hard on my Provence Summer String Bag, and doing quite well, may I add. I had chosen a beautiful purple yarn and was trucking right along.

And then I made the most amateur of mistakes.

I had gotten all the way to the top section of the bag, where i would make handles, when I realized I would not have enough yarn.

i was soooo close to being finished!


The yarn I had used was from Michaels, and the closest store to me is 2.5 hours away. And of course they make things difficult by not having an online store. I couldn’t find my yarn anywhere in the web universe. And the yarn was bought over a year ago, so the chances of finding the same lot number when I finally did make it to a Michaels store were slim to none.

(here comes the part where I’m brave and amazing)

Instead of being a quitter and tossing the bag aside, I came up with the fabulous solution to use another color along with the purple and make my bag striped. This meant, however, that I would have to unravel 90% of what I had already stitched, going back to the base of the bag.

Oh man. That part sucked big time.

But it was also a little fun pulling out all those stitches, my own tiny version of rebellion. I rewound my purple yarn and prepared to start over.

This project had quite a few firsts for me: first time to crochet something bigger than a hat, first time to use the treble crochet stich, and now first time EVER to use more than one color in a project. And that was a huge first for me! Even going back to my knitting days (both with needles and looms) I had never been brave enough to use two colors. I’m such a chicken.

But my amazing crochet know-it-all book (The Crochet Answer Book) had excellent instructions for transitioning. And my sweet friend Anna Grace taught me an easy way to hide my loose strings. Thanks, friend!

So, a loooong month later I finally stitched my last stich and hid my last loose end on that blasted bag. It looks fabulous, but I’m so burnt out by it that I’m putting it away for a couple of months. I’m so sick of looking at it! When I do come back to it I’ll appreciate it so much more than I do now.

I'm actually proud of myself, no matter how frustrated it made me.

i'm glad my stripes ended up so nicely.

Now I’ve moved on to my next project, the Urban Revival beanie, a pattern by Vickie Howell. Instead of the turquoise color, I chose sunflower yellow, which will look so lovely this summer. When I’m done with it I’ll post all about that mini adventure. (I’m sure it will be nothing compared to the shopping bag incident.)

In other news, this July I’m part of a project called Hookin’ Up, which is a cool way to learn about other crochet blogs out there in blogland. Poppy&Bee will be reviewing me on July 18, and I’ll be reviewing All the Strange Hours on July 19. I’m really excited about it! Find out more about all the blogs involved here, and check back on July 19 for my next post.


Uh Oh, Spaghettio!

Ummm….I’ve made terrible, horrible, no good, very bad mistake.

I didn’t do my homework before starting this blog. And one of the first things I learned when I was in school for graphic design! Someone out there is already known as the Clumsy Crafter!


What to do? What to do?

I definitely have to change my blog’s name. I don’t want to be a copycat. That’s not fair to the original Clumsy.

Any ideas for a new name?

Here are some that I’m thinking about: The Clumsy Crocheter, The Crochet Girl, The Klutzy Crafter, Crafty Corley

Please let me know what you think. I need your help!

I’m also getting kind of bored with my theme. One of my biggest flaws is loosing interest in things too quickly. I need to find one that’s absolutely perfect for me.

Any ideas where I can find a good one?

Sexy Grandma


I’m later posting than I planned to be. I had every intention of writing early this week about my recent adventures, but I found myself too tired and distracted to even open my computer.

I spent last weekend in Destin for my friend Tasha’s bachelorette party, and I may have partied too hard. I’ve been trying to catch up on my sleep since I got back late Monday night.

We had a blast, though! Woohoo bachelorettes!

Rivers, me, Haley, and Shana all adorable before we go skank it up at Nightown

We went to this club called Nightown, and it was like stepping into Jersey Shore. Seriously, it was insane! We were literally up for 24 hours straight (after leaving home around 5 am and partying until 3:30 the next morning). I spent the entire next day out on the beach recovering and worshiping the beautiful sun and sand.

Not surprisingly, I took my latest crochet project to Florida with me. The girls all had a good laugh when I pulled it out on the beach and started hooking away. They said I looked like a grandma crocheting on the beach in my one-piece swimsuit. Well, I’m one sexy grandma if that’s the case!

I felt a lot like my favorite detective, Miss Marple. (In A Caribbean Mystery she sits under an umbrella and knits, while solving a murder or course.)

Miss Marple

See the resemblance?

Phooey on them. Like the quasi-hipster that I am, I didn’t care at all. I’m young and fun and crafty!

My shopping bag is coming along nicely. It’s taking a while because it’s bigger than anything else I’ve made so far. I also didn’t have much time to work on it last week since I was preparing for my trip. I got so much done on both the ride to Florida and the ride back. And I took it to Trivia Night at Hey Joe’s Wednesday and crocheted while I played.

I have about two more repeats of the shells and v stitches and I’ll be almost done, then the top of the bag and handles. Phew!

I’m so proud of myself on this project. I have now mastered the treble crochet stitch, and my tension is sooo much better than it used to be. Watch out, world. Master crocheter on the loose!

my awesome treble crochet skills in action

Provence Summer String Bag

I go through phases with my crafts. I get really into something for a while and stick with it a couple of months before I move on to another interest. Right now I’m into crochet. I took a class at Delta Knits (a great little yarn shop here in Cleveland) and was hooked. Haha!

So I’ve been crocheting since February. In the past few months I’ve proudly finished a handful of projects, including a granny square, beret, cowl scarf, flower headband, and purse. Go me! I’m so glad I took the class, which I recommend to anyone thinking about starting crochet. Abigail was a great teacher. She’s a really awesome person, too. Check out Delta Knits’ website for more info:

My newest project is the Provence Summer String Bag. I’m having so much fun working on this!

I found the pattern (free!) on Ravelry. (Here’s the link: It’s gonna take me a little while to finish, but I’m going to the beach this weekend, so I have a really long car ride and lots of time out by the water to work on it. Maybe I’ll be done in time to use this adorable bag while I’m on vacay!

Here’s how far I’ve gotten since I started Sunday:

This is just the bottom of the bag. I built it with single crochet stitches working in rows. Look how pretty and straight this edge is!

I’m so proud of myself. Not too shabby for a beginner, huh?