Little Box of Crochet is back and after a couple of months since the last original smaller format boxes were sent out, I was so excited when the new bigger and beautiful box arrived a couple of weeks ago! Like the previous boxes, the new one continues to provide an exquisitely designed box packed to the brim with gorgeous goodies, and of course a fabulous pattern from one of the many lovely crochet designers out there – only now the project is bigger, there’s oodles more yarn, there’s even more lovely extras and we’ve got eco-friendly bamboo hooks! Seriously, what more could you ask for?!
Amanda and the rest of the lovely LBC team wanted to move to bigger, bi-monthly boxes with the aim of being able to provide larger projects for us to make, and I am so pleased that they made this decision. I have loved receiving and making my smaller LBC projects but I have been dying to make bigger items such as garments and bags, anything that I can get more use out of on a day to day basis. So I was incredibly chuffed when I open my LBC box and discovered what the project was – a bright and fun Summer Market Bag designed by Helda Panagary. Helda’s blog here is well worth a follow if you haven’t come across it before.
To create this lovely bag, included in the box was 6 balls of Yarn and Colours Epic yarn in Pepper, Orange, Girly Pink and Pesto; a 4.5mm bamboo crochet hook and a pack of bamboo marking pins from Kinki Amibari; a bodkin needle; and a set of 4 stitch markers from Koru Clay Studio in colours that match the yarns. On top of all that, there was also a cute little travel case from Rex London that I’m going to use to put my bodkin needle, stitch marker etc. in when working on projects; a set of beachy themed iron-on patches from Jennie Maizels; and a matching postcard and notebook from Nicola Allen.
After admiring all the lovely things in my box and having a read through the booklet, I set to work on the colourful Summer Market Bag. I have to be honest, I found the bamboo hook a little tricky at first and it took me a few rounds of the project to get the hang of it without constantly catching it on the yarn, but I was determined to persevere as I would like to move to using more eco-friendly products.
I love how this pattern is pretty much made up of a big crochet square. It’s quite a simple design but the end result looks amazing and it creates such a lovely pattern. I decided to embellish my tassels with a couple of little flower buttons that I had in my stash and I’m so chuffed with it! I’ve already started thinking about making another in a neutral colourway and my Mum would like one in blue tones. I can’t wait to take my new Summer Market Bag on its first outing- I think it’s going to be perfect for our camping holiday in Dorset next weekend.