It really is better to give than receive!
I love Blog Hopping and right now there are so many lovely people doing their bit to try to make a little bit of difference to the suffering of so many around the world.
The lovely blog Paper and String is holding a marvellous raffle for those in Japan.
Pop over and have a look at her wonderful prize.
Well I love using up odds and ends of wool which are often given to me.
I like to use them for Charity projects, which seems to me the way to keep the kindness going around.
I have blogged about Operation Christmas Child before, and Janet who aims to make 100 puppets a year!
Well I must admit to getting totally obsessed by projects -- do you remember the hedgies!
Well I have been making these little purses to pop in the Shoes Boxes.
This little pattern is so easy and quick to make and I thought you might like to share it - Of course you probably wont make a hundred but every 1 could make a difference.
Make a chain of 19 stitches and 2 extra chains for turning.
Starting in the 3rd chain from your hook work 20 trebles along the foundation chain.
Chain 2 for turning. Work 20 trebles to make your 2nd row.Always work the last treble of the row into the turning chain of the previous row as this gives a really neat edge.
Continue in this way until you have completed 18 rows.
It is a good idea to count you have 20 trebles in your row now and again. I have been caught out with the problem of concave edgings when working in rows.
To work the scallop edging you need to work on the long side of your rectangle.
Chain 3 and work 3 trebles in the first space.In the next space work 1 single crochet.In the next space work 3 trebles.
. Continue with this pattern of 3 trebles and 1 single crochet to the end of the row.
To make the second row of the scallop edging chain 3, work 1 single crochet in the middle stitch of the first scallop then 3 trebles in the single crochet stitch from the previous row. Continue in this pattern of 1single crochet and 3 trebles to the end of the row.
Using single crochet stitches join the edge and bottom to join the purse edges. I like to continue this stitch up the folded edge to give a neat finish.
To make the tie, chain 3 and slip stitch to make a loop. Make 5 chain and slip stitch back into the central loop. Repeat this loop 4 more times then chain 80.This makes a pretty flower motif. Leave a long tail for the second flower on the end of the chain to complete the tie.
Thread tie through the bottom edge of the scallop row and complete the other end of the tie with a flower made with the tail of the wool using the same pattern.
I think the perfect finishing touch would be to pop a chocolate coin in the little purse. After all everybody loves chocolate !