September 29, 2020

NEW CROCHET PATTERN: Water Bottle Bag


This water bottle bag was designed by my ten year old daughter with my help.  She's excited to share it with you in her first published pattern!

We think these bags are great because right now most drinking fountains are out of order due to covid-19. You still need to drink water, especially if you live in the desert like us.

She designed the idea, and I gave her guidance on how to get the end result. I kept track of the steps and she tested the pattern on water bottle bags for her siblings. She helped type up the pattern, which you can also get in PDF form for FREE at Raverly

This pattern is kid friendly, but if you have any questions let me know through the contact form or through Ravelry.

We hope you enjoy!

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This pattern makes a simple and handy water bottle bag that fits even 16oz/500mL Nalgene bottles. Make the strap longer or shorter if needed.

SUPPLIES

Yarn:  Acrylic Worsted Weight

Skeins: One skein

Hook: 5.5 mm (I) hook

Other: Yarn needle, Scissors


BAG

Note: Ch-3 does NOT count as dc.

Rnd 1: Ch 4.

10 dc in first ch. Sl st to top of first dc. (10 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3.

             2 dc in each st. Sl st to top of first dc. (20 dc)


Rnd 3: Ch 3.

             (1 dc, 2 dc) around. Sl st to top of first dc. (30 dc)

Rnds 4-12: Ch 3.

             1 dc in each st around. Sl st to top of first DC. (30 DC)

Note: you may want more rounds if your bottle is taller and/or if it feels too short. Be aware that the stitches will stretch with the weight of the bottle full of water.

Rnd 13: Sl st in first st and in each st around.

Do not fasten off. Continue to Strap.




STRAP

Note: Ch-3 counts as DC.

Row 1 (RS): Starting with ending stitch from Rnd 13, Ch 3.

              Dc in next 4 dc sts (around sl sts). Leave remaining sts unworked. Turn. (5 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3. Dc in each st. Turn. (5 dc)

 

Repeat row 2 until strap measures 25” or desired length.

Fasten off, leaving a 10” tail for sewing.

Sew strap to opposite end of bag opening.

Weave in loose end.


BORDER

Attach yarn with sc in a st along opening of Bag just to the side of Strap (right side of Strap for right-handed and left side of Strap for left-handed). 2 sc around each CH-3/DC along side of Strap.

When other side of Strap is reached, 1 sc into top of dc from last dc-rnd of Bag (around sl st).

Sl st tightly to fasten off.

Break yarn and repeat Border for other side of strap.

Weave in loose ends.




 



Copyright © 2020 AnnaVirginia Fashion

Do not resell this pattern. 


April 06, 2020

Pandemic equals Extra CRAFTING!

Wow, it's almost been a year since my last post.  SO MUCH has happened since then.  I still need to get that last pattern ready for sale on my website and Ravelry pages. Sigh, I'll tell you why that hasn't happened yet, if you'd like to know.

Top: Empty Vegas, Masks ready to sew, Moving from Ca
Middle: Unpacking, Masked Family, Surgery Day (shirt says:
Goodbye Uterus, She was kinda cramping my style)
Bottom: Moving from Ca, Family buying a New House
BUT FIRST, in light of the recent worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 and realizing that many more people are home and with hands itching to stay busy, I'm offering my patterns for 1/2 price. NINE of my 20 patterns are already FREE, but I'm hoping this will help some of you to access more patterns.  The sale is valid from TODAY, April 6 through May 5, 2020.  If there are still pandemic troubles I'll consider doing another sale after that. As always, let me know if you have any purchase or pattern questions by emailing me or filling out the contact form on this page.

How to get the sale price: Go to my Ravelry Pattern Sales page and select any patterns you'd like and Add to Cart. In the cart there is an option to Use a Coupon Code.
The coupon code is: STAYSAFE
Then you can complete your purchase.
Like I said, many are Free, so please enjoy as many as you'd like! You can share your creations with me via the contact form here or on Ravelry!

So, in quick summary, over the last year while I've been dark from my website, my family moved from California back to Nevada for my husband's job transfer, we bought a new-construction house, we enrolled our children in the new local school, unpacked and re-arranged, in January we pulled them out of said school (except we kept them in the morning music program), started homeschooling, and then on Valentine's day I had a hysterectomy to remove my overly enlarged uterus. And now I'm sure you're all aware of the worldwide pandemic that has shut down much of the world and encouraged people to "Stay Home" to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.  So yeah, it's been so very busy.

I'm using this Stay-Home-Time to finish potty-training my youngest child and we are just about there! I'm so excited about that. I've also been sewing face masks (for free for the local hospital, family and friends), and continuing to establish the homeschooling I'm doing for my children. We were hoping to get them into a particular school for the coming school year, but right now I just don't know what to plan on!

If you want to know what source I used for the face masks, I started with this pattern and video (pattern link in her description) available here from Mimi G Style. I modified by adding a third layer, filter pocket and a wire for the nose in an encased pocket.

If you like the hysterectomy shirt, my husband found it for me at Amazon! Hopefully it will be available if anyone wants to buy it.

Good luck out there, everyone.  May God be with you all and I hope you can craft some amazing things.

April 15, 2019

It's Been a While...

Right before my last post, my assignment at my church changed and I'm in charge of the Young Women (the 12-18 year old girls in the area). It's an involved assignment and it's kept me pretty busy and when I'm not busy with that, I'm already busy with my family (I've got four kids!). So, anyway, that's why I haven't posted as much.

Also, as a side note, I've come to realize just how much my endometriosis is affecting me.  I was diagnosed with endometriosis 11 years ago (after aching for many years before that), but I figured it explained my painful, overwhelming, monthly, abdominal cramps and nothing else.  It hasn't gotten any better, and a couple months ago I realized that it might be affecting my whole body more than I'd thought.  And more that just one week a month.
I've told my family for a long time that I hurt the week before, the week of, and the week after my cycle for many years now. Turns out that's probably the endometriosis.  My nerves hurt all the way down my legs, under my knee caps and sometimes to my toes. That could be endometriosis, too. And sometimes I don't feel the cramps yet, but my emotions are all over the place (my brain knows it's coming even if I don't quite realize it) and I'll feel like a panic attack is coming on because it's hard and hurts to breathe. Endometriosis could be to blame yet again. I've been living with it for a long time, so I'm pretty good at mustering all my strength to ignore my pretend I don t have pain while in public. But honestly, when I'm at home I'm so exhausted. I'm emotional. It's hard.
(If you want more information on endometriosis, do a search on it and you'll find out it's pretty common and not fun).

So, I haven't had the umph to write blog posts lately or to publish my latest pattern (Square Owl Hat) on my Ravelry shop or Pattern Shop. It's published in Happily Hooked Magazine, but I've had exclusive rights to publish since January. I need to see if I can work on that soon.  The way things are going, I'll probably be able to finish up the PDF pattern in June! Maybe it will work out sooner. One can hope!

I also wanted to make note that Craftsy shut down my shop there.  I hadn't sold a single thing in one year on Craftsy, so I'm not sad. I guess it's not my niche! Also, my Etsy shop will be "on vacation" for the foreseeable future. I don't find that many people are looking for crochet patterns there and thanks to their fees, I can't offer "free" patterns for Free. So my best spots are right here on my website and on Ravelry (I love Ravelry!). These sites are where I can charge closer to actual amounts (everyone wants their cut!) and offer free patterns for free!

I occasionally get emails or comments for help with patterns, and I respond to those within 24 hours, usually! I haven't wanted to leave crocheters without my assistance, so I check my email regularly and respond as soon as possible. Continue to write to me with any questions!

So yes, Life continues to busier and busier. And I'm more and more tired!
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