Sunday, August 17, 2008

Off to Market

It bothers me to use all of those plastic bags at the grocery store. I almost always have to double them so all of my items won't spill out all over the parking lot. It is a little embarrassing crawling around on your hands and knees looking for a can of soup that rolled away under a car after the bag split open. Not to mention all the harm the bags cause to our environment. And then animals getting caught in them or eating them. Not a good thing. I searched around Ravelry for a pattern for a grocery bag. Saturday Market Bag by Jodie Danenberg fit the bill. It's available on Ravelry as a free download. If you would like to get the pattern click here . I did do some revisions to the original pattern via disdressed blog.

The bag pattern was fairly easy. The pattern repeat is 4 rows. First you start with really big needles. Size US 15's to be exact. I then picked out some 100% cotton yarn. Lily Sugar'n Cream works well for this application. I purchased the super size and the colorway is Hot Pink. I got to learn a new stitch. The Kitchner stitch was new for me. I watched the video on so I knew what to do. I use that resource all the time!

I have to admit that my first try didn't turn out so well. This is my first attempt at the pattern. I knitted it exactly the way the pattern was written. I started a few weeks ago. I cast on for side number one and put it down and forgot where I was. I thought I could save it and just knit side two the same size. Can you tell I forgot to knit 2 pattern repeats! I seamed the two halves together still hoping to salvage my knitting time. The bag is really long and very short. It's the perfect size to carry a gigantic zucchini.

Or I could use it for my feet as a papoose?

Maybe Bear would like to lay on it. Nope, he doesn't like it either! I know just what to do.....Oh yeah, that's right.....Rip It! Rip It! Rip It!


Jennifer said...

Great bag. I love the ones I crocheted. Now if I can remember to leave them in the car! I would have picked that pink for you. I guess after you read someones blog for a few months you get to know their style. :)

Joyfulsister said...

What a great idea!!!
I haven't crochet in a long long time (sigh). I know what you mean about chasing cans under the car lol.. Thanks for sharing your bag!!

Hugz Lorie

Quiltersal said...

I've had in mind to knit a shopping bag for quite some time...that one looks wonderful! And the hot pink makes sure you can't lose it!How many balls of the Peaches & Cream did you use?

Hope your vacation was super!

Wool Winder said...

We've all done that before. I've learned to leave myself a note, so I don't lose my place. Most of the time that works. :)

whitestone said...

Thanks for the giggle! And for the nudge. I like the pink!

Renna said...

Too bad about the zucchini bag, but I LOVE the hot pink Saturday Market bag!

I also love your porch, I love your yard and flowers, and I love your dog. Everything you have is loveable! ;-)

Jenny Girl said...

YOur flowers are beautiful as always.
And I love the market bag. Hot pink baby!