What a difference a week makes

Last week at this time, I was nearly, but not quite, done with my 2012 North Carolina State Fair project and if the last seven days have reminded me of anything, it is this: what a difference a week makes.

Just seven days agoI had run out of daylight, but still had work to do.

I set myself up at my breakfast/crochet counter:

Working by lamplight in the kitchen on a pet-hair free surface
Working by lamplight in the kitchen on a pet-hair free surface

and worked through the night.

Apparently that work paid off as a search of the 2012 North Carolina State Fair winner’s search shows that my entry this year got first place in its category.

But, I have, at this point, in many ways, moved on to what is next, and what is next for me is to finish the future felted fat bag:

I gather two ends of the future felted crochet fat bag to-be
I gather two ends of the future felted crochet fat bag to-be

but before I do that, I am working out some design questions I had with a more forgiving, unfelted version.

Over the weekend I finished crocheting the body of the bag:

The body of the future unfelted crochet fat bag to-be
The body of the future unfelted crochet fat bag to-be

as well as six curlicues:

Six hyperbolic crochet curlicues for a tassel
Six hyperbolic crochet curlicues for a tassel

Next, I went to Wish Upon a Quilt where (with the help of a woman who works there named Christine) I tracked down a coordinating fabric that I think suits the project perfectly:

The fabric for the lining of a crochet bag with the six crochet curlicues
The fabric for the lining of a crochet bag with the six crochet curlicues

After washing and drying the fabric, I cut it to the correct size to line the fat bag to-be:

The lining for the future crochet fat bag, ready to be sewn into the fat bag to-be
The lining for the future crochet fat bag, ready to be sewn into the fat bag to-be

and sewed it in:

The future crochet fat bag with the lining sewn in
The future crochet fat bag with the lining sewn in

Tomorrow, I will begin working on gathering the edges of the future fat bag and making the straps and a tassel, and if I have the crochet wind at my back, maybe, just maybe, the future fat bag will be transformed into simply “a fat bag,” — one ready for whatever adventure awaits, because, as I have learned, you never know what difference a week makes.