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Friday, June 29, 2012

Quick Pattern: Barbie Skirt

I have been experimenting with a pattern for a diaper cover, but it still needs a little tweaking. The first one was too low on the butt and too tight around the legs and I ended up giving it to Coryn who put it on her teddy bear. While I was working on my second attempt this morning, Coryn asked me for a "ballerina skirt" for her Barbie doll so I whipped this up:

Rows 1-3 DC in the third chain from the hook, two double crochet in each chain around, Ch 3
Rows 4-5 DC in each stitch around
at this point you should have an open circle (if you lie it flat).

If you hold it up it will look "twisty."

Now it is time to sew it up. You can either slip stitch or fasten off leaving a long tail and use a yarn needle to sew up the open edge.

I chose to slip stitch. 

And here we have it finished up. Tie off the yarn securely, weave under the loose ends. 

From the back.

From the front.

Coryn now wants a ballerina shirt, but I haven't figured out that part yet, and I really want to concentrate on my diaper cover, so it might be awhile. 

But this is so crazy quick I just thought I'd take five minutes and share it. Hope you enjoy. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Interval Training Mommy Style

Step One: after cleaning the kitchen and realizing the baby is still asleep, think, I may have time to exercise right now.
Step Two: Grab your daughter's step stool (if she's not using it as a table or to reach the candy stash) and step up and down, leading with the left foot 100 times then with the right foot 100 times. If the dog thinks this is a game and tries to bite your ankles off or pull the stool out from under you, consider it incentive.
Step Three: Hear baby. Get baby. Begin walking baby slowly around the house. Drink some water.
Step Four: Since you are already sweaty, and, if the baby doesn't need to be fed or changed at the moment, attempt to continue your workout with the baby in the play pen.
Step Five: Do 200 more steps on the step stool.
Step Six: Check on baby. Drink water.
Step Seven: If your sweet little bundle/time bomb hasn't gone off yet, launch into jumping jacks with the intention of doing 100.
Step Eight: At about 24 realize that your pelvic floor muscles still haven't completely recovered and take a bathroom break.
Step Nine: Baby wants attention. See if she'll accept the swing.
Step Ten: Try to do some weight lifting with your four pound sissy weights.
Step Eleven: Baby wants some attention. Try to do some weight lifting with your eighteen pound infant.
Step Twelve: Baby doesn't like this. Decide to give up and take a shower. Put the baby in the crib. Pretend you don't hear the baby's cries while you shower. If you are quick you might have time to put on make up as well.

The picture above is not one I did during this particular workout (which I am relaying more in humor than anything else), but I do it from time to time. Claire loves it. It feels like it is working. Only downside is Coryn wants to do it too and she weights a lot more than Claire. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Things that make me happy: kitchen edition.

I'm always entering online contests from blogs that I follow and generally you get a certain amount of "entries" per action, 5 entries for posting a comment, 5 more for sharing on Facebook, and things like that. Generally one of the actions is to "tweet" about the give away, so a few weeks ago I broke down and created a twitter account. Today I finally went and filled out the profile, selected a picture, etc, and set my "handle" as "typativemamacat," which I felt was mostly original. I'm considering if I ever do buy a domain name, straying away from the Coryn's Cat Club handle. For one thing it can be read as Coryn Scat Club (this was pointed out to me recently) for another now I have Coryn AND Claire and I don't want to play favorites.

Anyway, if you do the twitter thing, go ahead and follow me. . . If anyone is actually reading this.

So the theme to this ramble is "things that make me happy: kitchen edition." Basically, I was making dinner and I spotted this scene

and it made me happy.
This is the windowsill above my kitchen sink and on it we have an eclectic collection of items that make me happy, from left to right:

  • a bird house I painted during a craft session with Coryn
  • a morning glory plant I'm growing in a mason jar 
  • some green onions I learned to grow indoors from this popular pin 
  • a decorated jar (similar to the one in this post) Coryn made for me and filled with pretty pebbles (a random gift she gave me last week)
  • and a bird house Coryn painted during the craft session where I made the first item on this list.
There are different reasons why these things make me happy. Three out of five make me happy because they were either a gift from Coryn or something we made together. The onions make me happy because I actually did something that I pinned on pinterest. There are plenty of pins that I pin knowing full well I'll never get around to them (mostly things that I pin to my "Cooking:Sweet" board; I love to eat desserts but I'm not great at baking). I get a certain feeling of extra special accomplishment when I actually put a pinterest plan into action, even if it is something as simple as putting some green onion roots in a glass of water on my window sill. The morning glory (which until recently was on my porch) is one of the more successful plants from my container garden and one of the few that didn't recently get transplanted into the lopsided little garden patch that I've criminally neglected (I water it. . . most days). 

Today for dinner we are having chicken curry, not traditional chicken curry, but this version I got from parents.com. I love this recipe. This is the second time I have made it and it makes for great left overs. I do a little bit of tweaking, as always. I leave out the red peppers because they give Matt heartburn. He would prefer I leave out the chickpeas, but I like those, so I leave them in. I leave out the almonds because I always forget to buy them, and I use regular brown rice because it's what I generally have on hand. I need to find a vegetable that works as a substitute for the red peppers because I like incorporating vegetables into dishes like this. It makes it so I don't have to come up with a side dish instead. 

I need to write this recipe down in my book. So many recipes that I use come from the internet that I started copying the best into a composition note book. Unfortunately, it is a lot of work to hand write a recipe so eventually I'm going to have to move into a binder situation where I can print them out. 

I generally have my laptop on in the kitchen with a tv show in one window and a recipe I'm making in another. I'm a little bit too plugged in sometimes. This laptop follows me everywhere. 

Another thing that makes me happy is the pair of chopsticks in my silverware drawer. Coryn can eat with chopsticks like a pro and I love it when she uses them. I'm trying to get her to keep up the skill because there are so many skills that we take for granted kids will remember when they get older but that fade away with disuse. I guess that's why kids get assigned Summer reading.

Post Views and Failures

It's funny how I've gotten about this blog over the last few months. I started it a few years ago and while I intentionally made it public I didn't think I had anything extra special to talk about that would gain me any real traffic. In some ways it was just a way for me to share "extra long" Facebook status updates. Occasionally I'd post something I (personally) thought was really good or funny or even on very rare occasions profound/useful, and I'd think, "Gee, I wish there was a way to get more people to see this," but for the most part, I was throwing things out there into the void knowing that the only people who would care about what I was posting were my relatives who, for the most part, aren't into the internet enough to read blogs at all.

Then came pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest which changed my blogging in two ways:

  1. I started including more images to make my posts more "pinnable."
  2. I started pinning my stuff and occasionally getting repinned
My first pin to get any real hits was my bath salt Christmas craft and later, while it wasn't seriously repinned, I got a lot of views and several likes for Claire's (somewhat unconventional) birth story (let's just say it's an ambulance ride I'm never going to forget.). Still, things didn't really take off until I learned how to link to my stuff on other blogs. I try to do this subtly or join an official "linky" party as opposed to just making up an excuse to comment and link at the end of any random post, but since I started doing this, I've seen my page views go up steadily. 

Because of this, I now feel kind of responsible to post "relevant" and "interesting" material. I've noticed that, of my top ten most viewed posts, four of them are crochet patterns I've posted (three of those are in the top five, assuming that the page view stats on blogger are even slightly accurate). So now, instead of just crocheting whatever I feel like, a lot of times I'm consciously trying to come up with original patterns to share. This has led to me coming up with some interesting new patterns (my ballerina was made mainly to give me something new to post) and also to me pushing myself in new directions with my crocheting instead of just making turtles and monkeys over and over again. 

Of course, it doesn't always work out. Crocheting without a pattern can be hit or miss, especially if, like me, you are self taught. Today for instance,  I really wanted to make something new or exciting and hit upon Barbie clothes and it was just a disaster. 

This was supposed to be the bottom portion of a leotard/dancing outfit. Looks like a diaper.

Barbie normally wouldn't be caught dead in this but she recently had an encounter with a young German Shepherd which is limiting her options in the modeling world. 

This isn't working out at all. . .

Anyway, so if you are reading this, things often don't turn out the way I hoped and I'm honestly not even sure that those page views are real people rather than evil cyber spiders just climbing across the interwebs randomly inputting web addresses, but I'm still watching those page views creep up and I'm grateful for anyone who chooses to give me a few minutes of their web browsing time. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Carlton Kitty Likes Chips

I had to share this. This is our new kitten Carlton and apparently he loves barbecue potato chips.

Crochet Pattern: Belt

I didn't think I'd have anything to post about for a few days, no projects planned worth talking about and the crochet pattern I'm working on is a from a free pattern off of the Lion Brand website, not an original of my own. I could give the link, but instead I'm going to plug my pinterest account as I have that and many more free patterns linked on there.
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Today, however, I had some TV to watch and I decided I would use the time to share a quick pattern from a belt I've made twice now, once for myself and today in child's size for Coryn. She picked out the colors.

I'm not going to give a stitch count because the sizing should be made to the individual. Two things to keep in mind, however, is that yarn is stretchy so you want to make it a little bit tight. I think it was about 100 stitches around for the adult size one I made, but depending on who is wearing it, just adjust to make it as long as you want. You can also add on rows to make it a wider belt. 

So start by making a chain a little shorter than the desired length of the belt, then count seven more stitches (these will double back to make the button loop). Slip stitch in the 14th chain from the hook. Start to single crochet down the chain.

Here is the loop and the first set of single crochets. 

Single Crochet until the end of the chain. In the last chain single crochet three times.

This will turn you so you can work on the bottom of the chain. 

Single crochet down the entire length of the chain along the bottom of the row you just did. 

When you reach the loop single crochet around it as well. 

There you go, and you are basically just going to keep going around until you reach your desired belt width. When you reach the "turn" the second time put two single crochet in the two end stitches. 

When you get to the end the third time you are going to do 2 sc in the three stitches at the end. Here we are going around again, so once again you are going to want to single crochet down the length of the belt and around the loop. 
This is where I chose to fasten off. You might want your belt larger than mine. If so just keep working around the belt adding an increase each time you go around the turn to keep it from curling up or doubling over on itself. 

Slip stitch here after going around the loop one last time. 

Carlton Kittenster is interested in my work. 

I made a small flower to use as a button. You could also use a real button if you happen to have a large one handy or crochet a shape of your choice. 

My flower pattern really quick:

Ch 5, join in a ring, chain five again, slip stitch into the ring, repeat four more times (five "petals.). Into the first chain five loop (sc, hdc, 3xdc, hdc, sc), repeat on the remaining four loops, fasten off. 

Sew the button onto the end opposite the loop. 

Here is Coryn (with Carlton), modeling the belt. 

It's pretty simple but I may have gone too simple in my explanation, so let me know if you have any questions.

Mommy Pedicures

Today I was sitting on the couch with one daughter in my arms and the other begging for me to do something with her. I had my feet out and was feeling like relaxing, so I told her she could color my toenails for me with her crayola markers. She thought this was awesome. I don't think I'm going to impress anyone with my "pedi-piggies" any time soon, but it kept Coryn busy and they were washable markers, so time well spent.

My nail technician 

She's very focused

She picked the colors

I've got Mommy Style

Coryn wanted to do Claire's nails too, but Claire (loudly) refused. Instead Coryn took our picture. 

Then I did Coryn's nails. 

We win. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Soap Dispenser "Craft."

One word that I never have and most likely never will be associated with is "finesse." Personally, I'm fine with that. I like to do things quickly. I like things that look hand made. I like off kilter, unusual, quirky. Because of that, I don't do a lot of complicated crafts. In fact, this "craft" is so easy it scarcely deserves the word. It doesn't even qualify as a "project."

I usually buy the biggest size of things like liquid soap and then refill smaller bottles so that I can use them easily. Because of this, the soap inside my soap dispenser usually doesn't match the label on the outside of it. Today, while doing the refill, I noticed that the label actually pealed off effortlessly without leaving any residue. . .so I gave one to my daughter and one to myself and we spent fifteen minutes covering the bottles with stickers. I like how they turned out, even though Coryn's looks like a four-year-old did it and mine doesn't honestly look much better.

Here they are:

Admittedly, this isn't for everyone. I can't see either my mother or my sister having Disney Princess Stickered bathroom accessories. . . but I'm not that picky. In fact, my lap top has been decked out in stickers too, sort of looks like a middle-schooler's notebook (the paper kind, not the electronic). 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monster Zoo, a rhyming story

Every so often I take a break from blogging and go back to fiction. I've shared some of my short stories on here. You can find four of them in the following links:
Claire and the Giraffe
My Cat's Dream
Sally and Daisy
Specific Snake .

Today I scratched out a new one, a rhyming story, based on something I told Coryn when she decided to try and keep me in the room a little longer at bed time by pretending she saw a monster (the fact that she couldn't stop grinning made me skeptical.). I wish I had the talent to illustrate this. I read once that most publishers prefer you to submit the book without illustrations anyway, but most of these aren't good enough for commercial publishing anyway, and I'd just like to make my own little booklets so I could read them to Coryn who still likes her books to have pictures. I tried to make a little monster to go along with this blog post, but while I like him, he isn't what I had in mind exactly. He's a little too Muppet like.

Anyway, without further ado, I present, The Monster Zoo.

Sally said, "Mama, don't turn out the light!
I'm sure there's a monster in my room tonight.
He's under my bed; I can hear him snore.
I saw his claw marks across my floor!"

Mama got down and looked under the bed.
"You're right; I can see him," was what she said.
"He's got googly eyes, fangs sharp as nails,
Spiky green hair, and slimy pink scales."

Then Mama said, "There's just one thing to do.
We'll have him hauled off to the Monster Zoo."
"The Monster zoo?" Sally said with a blink.
She'd never heard of the place, didn't know what to think.

"Oh yes," said Mama as she dialed the number.
"They'll collect this monster, get you back to your slumber."
In less than a minute, well, perhaps three or four,
Two men in jumpsuits came knocking on the door.

One was tall, the other petite.
They both wore caps and had boots on their feet.
They carried some nets and a huge duffle bag.
"What sort of monster are we here to snag?"

"Is it a blue one with glowing green eyes?
A fat one? A thin one? I love a surprise!"
"Did it bite you or pinch you? What did it do?
Whatever, no problem, we're from the Monster Zoo."

"We'll lure him out, snatch him up, take him away.
Then off to our zoo, and that's where he'll stay!"
Sally just stared at these men and their nets.
They were dealing with monsters; these things are not pets.

They crawled under the bed; she heard a great thumping:
A ruckus, a racket, a terrible bumping!
Then all was quiet. What was going on in there?
Had they captured the monster or had he eaten the pair?

Then out popped the men with a victorious hoot.
"We caught him! We snagged him! We got the big brute!"
The monster hung in the net like a pig in a poke.
Up close and corralled he was a sorry old bloke.

His eyes were sad; he teared up just a bit,
And Sally was sorry she'd pitched such a fit.
"Don't hurt him," she begged. "He's really not bad.
Don't take him away if he's going to be sad."

"Don't worry!" they laughed. "Because it is true:
The best place for monsters is in our Monster Zoo!
He'll have friends to play with and all he can eat.
He'll live between the Loch Ness and a bunch of Big Feet.

"Our zoo is quite large. He'll have room to spare,
Much more than under your bed (it's cramped under there.).
So say good-bye monster; we're off to the zoo.
And there you'll be happy, that's my promise to you."

And with that they were gone, off into the night.
Mama tucked Sally in and turned off the light.
Sally lay down and counted her sheep.
She only got to five and then fell asleep. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Decorated Glass Jar Craft

I'm typative today. Typative is my new word. It means I am talkative-in-a-typing way. . .and rather than bombard my friends with constant Facebook status changes, I'm taking it out on my blog (and sharing the links, of course). 
I saw this list today on Pinterest: 
and traced the link back to this http://mango-watermelon-love.tumblr.com/. I hope I'm giving credit to the correct source. I'm considering that my lazy version of due diligence. I decided to put it as my computer background as a reminder to not waste so much time on the computer, but it didn't do any good because here I am again. . .in fact, I'm blogging about it on the computer which might very well be ironic. It's (if you are confused in anyway) a list of productive things to do before you sit down at the computer. . .I found a loop hole, however, because it says "pick one" and number 11 is "Drink a glass of water." Which takes me about 30 seconds and I can do it en route to the computer. . .I'm going to be well hydrated. 

In case you were wondering, I do have a reason for this post and here it is!

What is it, you may very well ask, and I'll tell you. It's the best craft ever! I'm not making that up. Coryn said it was and she's an expert on these things. Here, have a closer look: 

Coryn and I made this with a pair of beat up paintbrushes (the kind on their last leg that you don't mind gumming up with glue), a bunch of yarn scraps (I can't throw anything away), a glass spaghetti sauce jar (again, nothing is getting thrown away here), some sparkly confetti (not part of the original plan, but it added to the awesomeness), and mod podge (that stuff just might be my new favorite thing). 

I'm pretty sure you clever folks can figure it out from there. . .Coryn and I spent about an hour painting glue onto the jar (which I'd previously scrubbed most of the label off of) and then sticking on various pieces of yarn and confetti. In the end I also glued a ribbon around the edge of the jar lid, but depending on the jar you use, this might not be necessary (mine had some printing there about the brand name of the sauce I wanted to cover up). I'm not completely sure what we are going to do with our jar, but the possibilities are endless. Maybe we'll put some bath salts in it as a present to Grandma. That was my original thought, anyway, but Coryn is rather in love with the jar and at least for now wants to keep it. 
PS I just googled typative, and it is actually a word according to the Urban Dictionary, so I guess I can't claim I invented it, but I can feel better about using it. 

Butterfly Mobile

Claire is one of those babies that stare a lot. From very young, if there was a bright pattern on something or it moved or it had a face, she was drilling into it with her eyes, studying it. Because of that, I knew she would be the sort of baby who would love a good mobile. 

I also found out that, for what they are, mobiles can be pretty expensive. The ones I liked, that didn't look cheesy or cheap, ran around $40.00 which to me seemed like a lot. So after a few attempts at making my own that flopped, I found these wooden butterfly while poking around the craft supplies at Wal-Mart. These plywood butterflies were (if I remember correctly) about $2 a piece. I already had hooks, string, and tempura paint left over from another project, so the whole mobile ran about $6.
Coryn helped out with the painting, but she's a very deliberate painter (which is nice in that she takes time with stuff but not so nice because she'll finish something and decide she wants to start over and paint over everything she did the first time, over and over and over again), so she only did one butterfly completely on her own and the rest I finished after she'd lost interest.  

For my butterflies, I drew a design with a black sharpie and then colored in with the paint. Coryn initially didn't want to do hers this way, but when she saw how mine turned out she asked me to go over hers with the marker so it ended up with a drawing over the paint (either way works, but if you don't wait for the paint to dry before marking over, the paint can ruin your marker). 

 Matt drilled a hole (I could've done it myself, but I didn't know where he kept the drill; our garage isn't organized yet) and  screwed the hooks (the same ones I used in my stuffed animal holder) into the ceiling and I hung the butterflies up.
 Coryn wanted in the picture.
Another picture but without the brownie she was clutching so tightly in the first photo. 

I've tried it out on Claire a few times; she's still not sleeping in this crib because the crib is in her sister's room and I'm keeping her in our room for a little bit longer. She likes the mobile. The cord I used is stretchy so if you pull one of the butterflies down a little bit it will "bounce" and keep moving for awhile. A motorized mobile might be better, but I'm not that handy and this one keeps Claire's attention just fine. 

What happened this morning

Some mornings I go to pull up facebook for the first time and already have like four competing status updates on totally unrelated topics in my head. At this point I can either post four updates in rapid fire style, awkwardly try to combine them into a single update, just totally not post them (but, heck, I'm in an over sharing mood. That's not an option), or make a blog post out of it.

So this morning Claire woke up at 6am which is the new 7am, apparently. She used to get up at 7. I could handle that. 6 is a litte bit rougher. Considering my ten o'clock bedtime, how long it takes me to get to sleep, and how often I wake up at night, 8 hours isn't happening that way. I can live on this amount of sleep but I'm a zombie for the first hour or so, a zombie who is trying to sneak back to bed in any way possible.

I really don't understand the whole zombie thing. My husband seems to be into it because you can kill zombies all over the place without guilt. My brother-in-law thinks it is some sort of metaphor for destroying the mindless hordes that make up society. To me, it's one of the more stupid aspects of popculture. That's just a little aside.

This is grocery day. I made a to go coffee to take to the store with me. It's almost gone already. . . huh. . .I guess I'll have to make another. When I get a plastic, lidded cup from a fast food establishment I save it, wash it, and use it for to go coffees.

Ugh, Claire just pooed. She's still on the liquid diet so her diapers have a sour milk smell, not really offensive, but it's distinctive.

Okay, back from the diaper changing. . .where was I . . .status updates. . . oh, the dog ate my glassess this morning.

As I mentioned, Claire woke up at six but by eight she was ready for a nap and so was I. I got Coryn (who had only recently gotten out of bed) breakfast and told her she could pick any movie to watch as long as it had a "fastplay" option because I haven't been able to find the remote since Thursday when Coryn kept pausing Tangled over and over again so her house guests could run up and down the stairs screaming that the dog was jumping on them every few minutes and a lot of dvds won't let you start them without a remote to push "play movie" on the option menu. She settled on "Aristocats," and I lay down next to her so we could share some quality time (ie she could supervise me dozing). The dog came and licked me in the face several times, but I was too out of it to do more than flick him away.

I don't wear glasses often. They are solely for early mornings and late nights. Otherwise I'm all about the contact lenses, but as mentioned, I really wasn't ready to "face the day" yet, so I decided to steal a half hour or so. . . I can't even remember if I took them off. He's a clever enough dog that he may have taken them right off my face, but however it happened, Coryn blurted out, "Mommy! The dog is eating your sunglasses!" For a moment I considered letting him finish the cheap pair of sunglasses I found the other day which is what I thought she meant, but Coryn doesn't know the difference between seeing-glasses and sun-glasses, so I opened my eyes and found that he was chewing on my prescription lenses. They are pretty scratched up. Not a cheap fix. Thankfully, I don't wear them much.

So, what else is going on. . .

Not a lot, really. Matt has duty tonight so I'll be on my own. I'm going to finish the hat I'm making for myself (I want one of those floppy beach hats like I made for Claire, just in my size. I might post the dimensions, but the pattern is basically the same). More later I'm sure.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tote Bag Pattern

Sometimes I have a reason for a project (I personally want one or I think I can sell it). Other times I just want to try out something new or challenge myself. These bags are more of the second. There really isn't any demand for them, but I thought it would be fun to figure out a bag pattern on my own. I made the first two free hand (meaning I didn't have a pattern and made it up as I went) and then sat down over the last couple of days to make a third, just so I'd have some "in progress" photos for this blog. The first one I made (the yellow, pink, and teal one), I've decided to use as a back up purse. It has the advantage of being able to fold up small enough to slip into a side pocket of my diaper bag so if I get to a store I don't want to lug the full baby kit into, I can whip out the tote, throw in my wallet, cell phone, and car keys (and maybe a spare diaper) and I'm good to go.

Unfortunately, yarn is stretchy and small objects tend to make their way through the weave, so if I were to market these as "purses" they'd probably need a liner and something to close up the top so your possessions aren't falling out all the time. The pattern, if expanded upon, could make for a decent book bag. It is a fun, easy project to make.

It's worked in a round with half-double crochet (hdc). You can make it with any sort of yarn you'd like and in any color you'd like, with any hook size you want, and it is a good basic project. I'll throw in some tips for customizing the size of your bag along the way. 

So here is the pattern:

Ch 2, 6 hdc in the second chain from hook. 
R1-2 hdc in each stitch around, 12 stitches total
R2-2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in the next stitch around, 18 
R3-2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in the next two stitches around, 24
R4-2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in the next three stitches around, 30
R5-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next four stitches around, 36
R6-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next five stitches around, 42
R7-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next six stitches around, 48
R8-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next seven stitches around, 54

I'm basically just increasing six stitches (evenly spaced) every round. If you want a smaller or larger bag than the one this pattern makes, just adjust the amount of increase rounds you use. I increased until it measured 108 stitches around (6x18). I know increasing evenly gave me a bit of a head ache before I got the knack of counting my stitches early on, so I'm going to list every row even though I'm tempted to just tell you to "do the math." 
Work around in the following:
R9-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next eight stitches, 60
R10-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 9 stitches, 66
R11-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 10 stitches, 72
R12-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 11 stitches, 78
R13-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 12 stitches, 84
R14-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 13 stitches, 90
R15-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 14 stitches, 96
R16-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 15 stitches, 102
R17-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 16 stitches, 108

R18-29-hdc around

If you would like your purse to be deeper, add more even rounds at this point. If not, continue as directed.

R30-hdc decrease, hdc in the next 14 stitches, around, 102
R31-hdc decrease, hdc in the next 13 stitches, around, 96

R32-35-hdc around

Again if you want a larger purse  you might consider increasing the even rounds here. 

Now for the handle:

Ch1 and turn, 
HandleR1- hdc decrease, hdc 14 times, ch 1 and turn
HR2-hdc decrease, hdc 13 times, ch 1 and turn
HR3-hdc decrease, hdc 12 times, ch 1 and turn
HR4-58-hdc across evenly, ch 1 and turn

The amount of rows worked here determines the length of the strap. Please adjust it to the length you want. 

HR59-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the remaining stitches across, ch and turn
HR60-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the remaining stitches across, ch and turn
HR61-2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the remaining stitches across.
Carefully line the handle up with the opposite side of the bag and slip stitch it in place. Fasten off and weave under ends. 

This is the purse before the decrease rows

After the first decrease row

A little more height  (I ran out of the blue yarn at this point, so close. . .)

 The first few stitches of the handle

The bag with the first handle row. 

A couple rows into the handle. The first rows have some decreases to make it a little more gradual. You could make this handle wider or narrower if you want. Also the length of it is up to you. 

The handle starts to take shape. 

When you reach the desired length, do the increase rounds, then . . . 

Figure out where it needs to attach on the opposite side of the bag. Folding the bag in half is a good way to make sure the strap is centered on the bag. Then. . . 

Slip stitch it in place. 

And you have a bag!

Matt says the 70's called and want their color scheme back. 

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