MMM's favorite beer, by far, is the Blackfoot Brewing Company's India Pale Ale. In truth, we infrequently stop by for a couple (with free popcorn for me, because I don't like beer - I think we've established, however, that I do like margaritas), but he likes to pick up a growler on the occasional Friday evening.
One day, as I sat in the recliner, crocheting away, as is my wont, he asked, "Do you think you could crochet a growler tote out of parachute cord?" Parachute cord, as it turns out, is second only to the dog as man's best friend. If ever you find yourself in a real fix, your situation could not help but be better if you had a growler tote constructed of parachute cord. And thus, this project was born.
I like the challenge of taking on new materials. The parachute cord was not easy to crochet - it doesn't want to twist along easily, like yarn, so I had to man-handle it a bit, but I have to say, if the cord could talk, it probably would prefer that.
Then, when we were at Home Depot, I noticed mason's string, which is used to string a level line for a mason while building a brick wall, and thought, "Hey, I'll give that a try - orange is MMM's favorite color, after all."
Lastly, I crocheted one from the sturdy cotton twist I usually use to make my many crocheted dishcloths from. I am very used to working with this stuff, and that tote just flew along! So here's a nice collection, in manly shades of orange, blue, and green.
MMM likes them very much, and Mr. Waddles is apparently taken with them, as well. As soon as I set these out on the steps to photograph them, he plunged into their midst and made himself comfortable. He's quite the little photographer's model, and he's got the pretty-boy looks to hit it big-time! He hung in there pretty well, while I snapped away. He actually loved every minute; he loves being the center of attention -- the prince of the household.
One more, to make even the coldest heart melt. Look at those big brown eyes! He's a charmer!