Once I was part of the way through my second ball of scrap yarn, I felt a little panicky until I remembered that I had a third one tucked away somewhere. I was quickly motivated to find it! I haven't needed it yet, but I will soon. Every now and then I'll use a different yarn than whatever is the next color up in my ball of yarn, but mostly I'm enjoying seeing all the colors thrown together fairly haphazardly. I'm joining my new yarn when I get ready to pull my yarnover through all three loops of the half double crochet stitch and then I just crochet over both ends of the yarn. I'll go back and cut the the ends when this is all over.
And that may take a bit more time and yarn. The bottom, and lower portion of the sides, are solid half double crochet stitches worked up in cotton yarn. This feels incredibly sturdy already! I'm a couple of rows into the 'lace' part of the bag and I'll be on that part of the bag for quite a while.
I was almost discouraged about how little progress I thought I'd made until I compared my work this week with where I was at last week. To review, this is how the project looked last week:
And this is what it looks like now:
I know, this thing is huge! Since the top is held together with drawstrings, I think it will still be more of a tote than a crazy-looking duffel bag. Maybe. I don't care, because I think it's going to be great. Bags made with cotton yarn are my favorite crocheted bags there are, and this one might turn into my favorite. I say "might" only because I don't want to jinx myself. This could be the tote bag crochet project to make all my dreams come true, or to use up all those little bits of leftover cotton yarn. That's pretty much the same thing.
Happy summer crafting, you guys. I'm in a good cottony place right now with this WIP and I hope you are too.