This is a beach bag that will be given as a gift to a teenage girl. I got the pattern from Bernat Patterns , click on bags/purses and crochet. You will see the beach bag pattern. I crocheted the granny squares together using back loops only instead of just sewing together like the pattern said. I liked how it broke up the pattern some and made it lie flatter too. This made up pretty quick. I love the handles. It is 3 rows of double crochet, then fold in half length wise and single crochet through both thicknesses. I will use that to make handles for other things I crochet in the future.
The last thing that I have made is a cotton dishtowel. I have made a lot of wash clothes and they are wonderful. They last forever and are nice and durable. I found this pattern on Lion Brand Yarn, Dorothea Dishtowels. I made up one and it is so soft. The pattern is a single crochet, double crochet repeat. I love the feel of it. The comments say that it is very absorbent. It made up very fast too. I am working on a blue variegated one with green stripes right now. I think I will be making a bunch of these to give as gifts for Christmas!! It is nice because I can use up all my left over cotton yarn for the stripes.
So hopefully over the summer I can get a few of these done in between planting, harvesting, and canning. Last year I took my crochet along when we went camping. I get up pretty early before everyone else. (My husband snores real loud so I don't sleep much) So I make a fire and sit there crocheting dish clothes. It is nice to sit out in nature with the birds chirping and the fire cracking. It is so relaxing to just sit and crochet!!