I looked through my stash and found some Red Heart that I thought might be fun to create this case with. And I've got say...I kind of love mine.
As I started I had no real plan for how it would turn out, but as I was crocheting the tube I noticed the dark pink yarn just sitting there in the basket (I'm using on the pink linen stitch scarf) and thought, "That would (kind of) work with this variegated yarn." While it isn't exactly a match, I do think it "goes".
Then I looked through my giant button stash to find something I could use to make the closure, and finding nothing that went with either yarn I suddenly thought "A large bead would work." Digging through those I found these long-forgotten-about butterfly beads! Cute!
Again...not a perfect color match, but I think it works. In fact, it might be that the purply-pink cartoonish butterfly makes the dark pink trim work better. Making the whole thing a little whimsical. Yeah...I need more whimsy. :^)
I don't know that I'll keep my all hooks in it all the time. I like having my crochet hooks in a ceramic mug where they are visible and more likely to inspire use, but I can so see putting my hook(s) and other accessories in this case when packing a tote with a crochet project I'm wanting to take along somewhere.
The pattern is linked to here (my project page where I made a few notes). Most people seem to modify the pattern somehow to meet their needs (or perhaps the yarn they are using). It's a simple and easy, and fun little project. And Red Heart Super Saver yarn is perfect for this - a somewhat sturdy case that won't mind being squished in a bag of yarn.
I'm currently deep in the book, Reinventing You by Dorrie Clark. I watched an interview of Ms. Clark a few months ago and knew I wanted to know more how this woman thinks. About how people bring about change - in themselves and in the world. This book is written to help guide a person through a change of careers (typically after years of experience - both work related and personal). I'm finding this book valuable food for thought as I'm in a transition of sorts (from 20 years enveloped in the homeschooling paradigm and social network to... well... not). While I'm not interested, necessarily, in launching myself into a full-fledged career, there are great ideas here for gaining an understanding of what I can pull from my past experiences and contacts to launch into "the next thing". I may actually just float into the next thing (as tends to be my style), but still...having some appreciation for the transitions of life is a helpful thing.
Frankly, I think this would be a great read for a college student. Or any young adult. As presented in the book, the ideas are tied to changing career paths, but the ideas are just as pertinent to a young person just starting out.
Check out Dorrie Clark at http://dorrieclark.com as well as all the yarny goodness at Ginny's Small Things Yarn Along; and other crafty-genius at Nicole's Crafting-On page this week.