Instead of going back to work I have been mooching and getting funky with the hook. No matter how frugal one might be, one can never really have too many handbags yes? Behold the newest edition to the crochet stable - a big fat purple bag loosely based on this pattern here.
Basically I used three strands of different yarns, crocheting in the ends after each color change as I went along. I used up lots of balls in the wool box mixing up sock yarn, alpaca wool and various tea cosy colours.
Instead of separate straps, I marked the center front and back, and then continued in two sections, decreasing two stitches each row until I got to 10 stitches where I just continued on until the handle got to a comfortable length, and then stitched the two sections together. It is roomy and strong and thick and sits nicely over my hip. I guess mostly one might see this sort of handle style on a dilly bag with a circle base, but I wanted the option of carrying an A4 workbook if necessary. (Or the paper!) I am most pleased.