Now this makes me want to crochet. A combination of Madelinetosh's Tosh Sock and a super cool pattern. How can you go wrong?
These bags were crocheted by Michelle, a fab local crafter who is the first person to really make me rethink my excuses for not yet learning to properly crochet- said in a whiny kid's voice, "But I like knitting," "I'll take on another hobby when I don't have to wake up to nurse and infant," "I don't want to be referred to as a hooker."
The top two images are Tosh Sock in Alizarin and Heuchera, and the bottom in Twain and Betty Draper Blues. Michele even has two more options on the hook already for holiday gifts, so if you want some color suggestions for other options you may be considering, just e-mail me at email@example.com if you need me to say that "YES, these go together," or "No, go with another idea." While I know that most of you are comfortable choosing coordinating colors using your monitor, I know that it's helpful to also have someone who can tell you how they look in person before you place your online order. You might also consider using Lorna's Laces in a Multicolor and Nearly Solid, or oh-my-goodness-how-cool Mini Mochi so that the granny squares slowly changed color from the inside to the outside.
So do you want a chance to win the Red Hot Mama Purse pattern? Dawn Sparks, the pattern designer, is giving away this pattern to five lucky crafters who comment below. Just tell me in the comments below what two colors you might like to combine in this pattern (use any of the above links to look, or go here for more yarn), and I'll randomly choose five people! You can only leave one comment, and coments will be closed mid-day Thursday, so get crackin'. I'll e-mail the winners a few days after the contest closes. And if you want to get started on this pattern and don't want to take the chance that you won't win one, then you can go right to her Etsy shop to get it now. Because if you already know how to crochet and you aren't making at least one of these for holiday gifts, then I think you're crazypants. CRAZYPANTS, I tell you!
Want to win even more goodies? Check back throughout October as we celebrate No Tricks, Just Treats- a month full of contests!
Here's the preview of the Halloween Kit, going on sale Tuesday!