Ok, seriously. I feel like I've been working on this bag my entire life. I think I started it during the week of Thanksgiving, the week I was so super sick and had those days off. All the comments were like "quick project!" and "I made three!!" or something. Anyway, I feel like I have a thousand years left.
Ok, so the base is supposed to be 14 rows of increase, which I did - and that equals 14" for the bottom diameter. Yes, yes, this bag is supposed to be large, perfect for a big crochet project to hold all the skeins you need, but 14" seems huge. And also, it doesn't start folding up to be bag-like until row 18.
I mean, at least it is STARTING to look like a bag? Before it was just kind of a ... flap? And I like the colors. As you can see by that full skein of Red Heart in Grey Heather, I've already gone through an ENTIRE one and am on my second. Luckily, I knew well enough to buy entire pound skein of Caron (non-Super Soft) in Cape Cod Blue. I feel like one of my problems is that I'm using an I-Hook, when she calls out a 4mm (WHAT!). Also, what is DK weight yarn? Or Aran? That's what she uses in the pattern. This is all worsted. And I feel like I'm the worsted!
That all being said, after weeks and weeks, I feel like I can finally see the light. Maybe only 20 more rows? And then the straps? And then probably lining it?! It really hit home, though, tonight while I was working on it. When I first started, TBS was marathoning Friends all Thanksgiving weekend and the end of my holiday break, I crocheted while watching Ross & Emily's wedding in London. While I was hooking tonight, the episode where Ross proposed to Emily was on. It really makes you think.