A Bag Blitz and a Plethora of Pansies!

Over the Christmas and New Year break I went beserk and crocheted about 10 market bags! I probably have the pattern etched in my brain now. Remember me telling you about the Market Bag pattern I found in the Australian Creative Knitting magazine?

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I’ve made three of these ones in a very coarse wool that I featured in an earlier blog.

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I have since made three bags in this yarn…

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which is a Lincraft Double Knitting 8ply acrylic. This yarn is extremely light so these little market bags weigh hardly anything so they can be slipped into your bag when you go shopping. I have given one to my Mum.

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The bags are crocheted in a spiral from the bottom.

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The handles are quite cleverly crocheted to make them quite sturdy.

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An unusual combination of colours which caught my eye.

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I have made one of these bags in this yarn as the bag used a lot more yarn than I anticipated.

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Some of my stash being used as a ‘prop’.

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Again, the start is from the middle of the base and the crocheting is carried out in a spiral.

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The handle and top of the bag is finished really neatly.

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The yarn I used is Moda Vera Kendra which is a 12ply / bulky, 70% acrylic / 20% wool / 10% nylon. I used a 5.5mm crochet hook. I’d purchased four balls of the green and the last two balls of yellow hoping that I could get at least two bags made, however, one bag took nearly four balls to complete!

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This is a lovely sturdy market bag which can tolerate a bit more weight. I love it! As one of my friends mentioned, the straps and the top edge look like they could easily be adapted to make a woman’s singlet top.

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I loved crocheting these bags as they were quick to do and once the pattern was reinforced in my head I was keen to make more…..which I did! I couldn’t show you all the bags as some will be presents throughout the year and I don’t want to give the secret away!

Before I sign off I want to show you some of the pages of this absolutely stunning book I bought at last week’s Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane. It’s called Pansies and I just could not resist buying it as pansies are probably one of my favourite little flowers. Even though they don’t have a perfume they have the most beautiful colours and to me they look like the ‘smiling faces of nature’. I hope you enjoy these pictures….there are a few!

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Don’t these ones look like they’re made from velvet?

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Nature’s smiling faces…

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Beautiful colours…

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I’m sure you all have smiles on your faces now don’t you? Aren’t they just gorgeous?

I’m off to meet my wonderful friends at Knit and Knatter tomorrow. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of crafty goodness.

Until next time…

Melanie

Plain Easy Green Socks……Pair # 18

As Kermit would say “it’s not easy being green”….unless you’re my plain easy green socks!

Sometimes when I’m ready to start knitting a new pair of socks and I’m not in the mood to follow a detailed pattern, I reach for this pattern as these socks are very basic and are ideal to knit using a self patterning sock yarn. The pattern comes from the Yarn Harlot’s book “Knitting Rules” – Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This pattern is a great one to use when you feel your mind might be in a wandering mood while you’re knitting as you’ll spend lots of time going around in stocking stitch circles. But what makes it exciting is watching the yarn patterning emerge.

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The colourway of some sock yarns always amazes me. I would never have thought to throw the colour purple into this mix but somehow it just works. I cheated a bit with these socks and tried to start the second sock exactly at the same colour change position so both socks would look the same. I think I succeeded quite well, don’t you?

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I love the look of this heel. So easy to knit and yet to a novice (like I was) it looked so difficult.

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The yarn I used for these socks is Online Supersocke 100 and the colourway is Sport.

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On a different note, yesterday I went to the Lifeline Book Fest in Brisbane City which is the largest second hand book sale in the world. It’s held twice a year in Brisbane…January and June. It’s also held in air conditioned comfort which was a must yesterday as it was another hot day in Brisbane.

There are literally millions of books to select from. This January’s sale runs for 10 days and each night the tables are replenished with more stock. It’s really hit and miss as to what you can find….some years are a bonanza and other not as much. This year was not a bonanza for me although I did finally get hold of a copy of Kate Morton’s “The Distant Hours” which I’d been after for a while. I also purchased another Scrabble board game for $7 with all the tiles intact. Plus a few older style knitting patterns and a couple of knitting books.

Plus, of course I bought a few more lovely notebooks to keep track of my row counts as I’m knitting my socks and other goodies. You can read about my notebooks under my ‘Essential Knitting Paraphernalia’ page. Here’s a picture of some of the notebooks I bought. They only cost 50c and $1. Gorgeous aren’t they?

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I will leave you now as I toddle off to do some more sock knitting. I have started Pair # 20. That’s right Pair # 19 is finished and ready to be photographed and featured in a blog over the next couple of weeks.

How can a person be bored when there’s so much knitting to be done!

Ciao

Melanie