Thursday, May 20, 2010

Crochet Wallet

Many of you needleworkers and crafters can completely understand what I am saying.

  • Although I could probably fill a small room from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with the items I have made, very few of them now belong to me. Aside from some clothing I have made myself and a couple other items, the rest has been for my children, or to give as gifts, or to sell.
  • For years (and years), I have wanted to make a case to keep my crochet hooks in. I have lost, misplaced, or my daughters have walked off with so many of my hooks that I have lost track. So often I would finally buy another and THEN find the original hook later. I needed a central place to keep them, a place where I would know if one were missing. But I just never got around to making myself a case, because I just wasn't sure what I wanted exactly. That is until I saw a crochet wallet similar to the one below.

I was so excited while I was sewing this. With just a tweak or two, I knew this was exactly what I needed.

It is a trifold, closes with a snap, has a handy little wrist strap to free my hands for all the other things I am dragging along with me (crocheting, or knitting is a very portable craft item -- much better than trying to drag a sewing machine with you). Wink, wink. The crochet flower with the covered button is just there for looks. Since it is a Crochet Wallet, it seemed fitting that something on it was crocheted, right?

This is the inside. Lots of room for hooks as well as a see-through pocket to hold such things as gauges, measuring tape, little rings to mark stiches. . . just anything my little ol' heart desires. The half-moon shape at the top is a padded pin cushion to keep a needle and a few pins "nearby and handy."

I thought you might like to see what it looks like empty.

The original wallet that I saw did not have the pocket in the back. I added it for more storage. I keep a notepad and pencil there to record any projects I am working on. I write down what size hook the project requires and return the hook to the clutch even though the project isn't complete. Yeah! No more lost hooks!

The really great thing about all of this is that I only spent fifty-cents to buy 2 zippers at a local surplus store. The rest was all made from left-over scraps that I had hangin' around from previous projects.

So, this one is a keeper -- just for ME!


Tracy said...

I love it! I've made several crochet hook cases, but not in this style, and I really like your zippered compartments. The idea of writing down which hook you're using is brilliant. I forget if I go too long between sessions.

Bonnie said...

I was just looking at a pattern to make one of these!
Not that I've figured out crocheting yet (I'm really good at knots though), but I like to pretend I'll finally master it one day, and I wanted to be ready ;0).
This is cute and practical, I love the flower!

Rebecca said...

Great job! Good for you to finally make something for yourself! And it sure is perdy!

momawake said...

I like it. You did such a nice job on it. I've been sewing away with your pattern for Kit. I think I've just about got it memorized. :)

Mom2fur said...

OMG, I love that! I'm also losing hooks all the time, LOL! I had made a 'roll' but the hooks kept sliding out the top.
I'm glad you are keeping that for yourself. Sometimes, we forget to 'reward' ourselves for our work, LOL!

Debbie J said...

Its so pretty and you did a great job on it! It definitely be nice for keeping up with your crochet stuff.

Heather said...

Ooh, it's lovely! What a great idea.

Sue Bridges said...

This is just the ticket you have done a wonderful job on this, make sure you do keep it for yourself and don't be tempted to give it away like I do with most of the things I make. x

Rebecca said...

HIya Nanci!

Just wanted to let you know~yup. Fenby's invited us to the graduation party so we are happily headed thataway this weekend. We will be heading out Friday and leaving after church on Sunday. I can't wait to see everyone. It has been TOO long since I have seen you. I can't even remember? Have you met Adele' in real life yet?

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