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the tote formerly known as a sweater


I don’t know how to knit, and these days I am short on the patience required to fashion an entire bag in crochet (though I do have my eye on several patterns I’d like to try this spring).  But I love the idea of a knit bag.  And I love making new things from old things.  This one used to be a pretty thrifted sweater.  Now it’s a pretty tote – caught somewhere between winter and spring, kinda like this month.


KBG - I love the buttons holding on the handles – very cute touch!

Jennifer - What a great tote :) I was directed to your blog by a friend, she said we had a few things in common, so I spent quite a bit of time last night reading all of your archives. What an amazing experience yo have had and what a testament to your faithful to the Lord is is. I am a believer, too and in 2004, my younger brother (who is now a discharged Marine) was deployed to Iraq for 6mo. I have experienced a glimmer of what you have. Thank the Almighty that your DH returned safely to you and your daughter. Praise God for His wonderful blessings!!
Like you, I’m a crafty mama who uses her sewing and crafting as an outlet (hey, it’s so much cheaper than therapy). I don’t know how to crochet, but I knit.
I hope you don’t mind of I subscribe to your blog, I am always in search of inspiring mamas, especially those that love the Lord. And I definitely feel that you fit the bill :)

julie (jane's apron) - the tote is really, really have a great eye for details.

Dawn - Crystal…I just love that tote!!!! Sooo very creamy!

holly - Hey Chrystal!
Love the tote. Please post a tutorial or something. I have taken up knitting for sweaters and stuff. I am going to take a class real soon, but I love Crochet too, I am working on my first Chemo Cap. I would like to do a bunch of them for next winter if possible. That is an area that has my heart.

Mel - I love it! Very pretty!

Julie S - HI, I ran across your blog searching for information about PWOC. I’m a military wife as well and attend PWOC here at Ft. Benning. I stayed and read when I saw your tote bag! It’s beautiful! I love to sew as well and ventured into quilting this past year! God bless you and your family! Your sewing is beautiful! Julie

Andrea - Gorgeous! You are so talented- you always create beautiful things with such character.

Karen - Crystal,
You continue to amaze me with your creativity…the bag is beautiful!

lara - hooray – i finally get around to my promised blog walking. :) that bag is great! i’m jealous, because i am pretty much craft-retarded. your posts are wonderfully written, and the pictures are beautiful. glad to finally have a chance to visit! :)

rebecca - i absolutely adore it!!! beautiful

Carrie Ellis - I love the combination of your liner fabric with the sweater. Beautiful work!

Craftyminx - I saw this on the Craft: blog and I just wanted to tell you how amazing this bag is! Definitely one of the cutest transformation bags I’ve seen.

Carol - What a clever person you are! It’s it great to recycle and come up with something so creative and useful.