Knitting tote bags
Overnight, somebody from a Web site that sells green products posted a comment on one of my old blog posts about why we should stop using plastic bags. This was what we call a comment because the real reason he or she posted it was he or she wants you to click on their name and go to their Web site and buy stuff. However, it was subtly done, and I happen to agree with the message, so I let it stand.
I made this one to use up orange yarn.
Some of my friends think of me as the original bag lady. I loved tote bags all my life. And I been shopping Burberry Outlet Online with tote bags instead of plastic or paper bags for years. I get free totes at professional conferences mostly real estate conferences, and I have been known to buy totes at garage sales. I have quite a collection. The nylon totes get used for shopping, the pressed fiber ones Burberry Outlet Online generally get used for yarn storage, and the canvas ones get used for both. I had bad luck with the recyled plastic totes ripping, so I don like to carry things in those, but they good for storing yarn, too.
You wouldn believe how many totes of yarn I have in the attic and in my computer room.
My mother dubbed this one the Spanish Market Bag.
A couple of years ago, I knitted totes for nearly everybody on my Christmas list, except my mother and my aunt, who I knew wouldn use them. I wore my hands out because I made them all with cotton, although that was when I discovered that knitting cotton with flexible needles was much easier on my hands, and that helped. The totes were very popular, and people continue to make them. Maybe this summer, after we do the toys in June, we should have a contest to knit tote bags! I have some good patterns for knitting and crocheting them.
I made this one for my son girlfriend.
If we do this, I would still use my cotton yarn, as I have tons of it in the attic. But if you prefer, you can cut up plastic bags into strips and knit the strips. People do this to be more ecological, and they call the plastic strips as in PLastic + yARN. I guess the knitted strips, being thicker, are stronger than the original bags and can be used for a much longer time.
I made this for my friend, Cesca. I made a similar one for my friend, Val.
If we have a tote making contest, I guess people would have to e mail me photos of the totes, as the whole purpose of the contest would be to have you make them to use yourself! But it could be a lot of fun, and cotton is a nice yarn to work with in the summer.
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Pam MacKenzie grew up in a real estate family. Her parents were real estate brokers and office managers, and she herself was a licensed agent in the 1970s. But early on, Pam discovered she’d much rather write about the industry than sell. Now in her eighth year as the real estate editor at the Courier News, Pam believes she has the best job at the paper. In this blog, she’s on a mission to empower readers to give them a stron Burberry Outlet Online g understanding of anything and everything that can impact their ability to own a home. And she believes passionately that when you understand the real estate industry in New Jersey, you understand so much more: the education system, economic and racial bias, the way politics works or doesn’t work and ecology, to name a few. She invites everybody to leave lots of comments, even when they disagree with her.
We are researching knitted tote bags for an upcoming articles and I like your orange ruffled one. However, I think I post a simple pattern for a plain bag next week and then suggest add on embellishments such as crochet flowers and hey, how about a ruffled edge to sew on, for those who can make these
GREAT IDEA. thank you.
Btw this Monday I Burberry Outlet Online have a free jewelry give away, and Tuesday I have a DIY tutorial Linky party, so stop by our blog and leave a comment, win a prize and get a free link to one of your tutorials. Pam learned to knit at age 6, when her friend’s mother made Pam’s doll a dress, and Pam wanted to make more. Her mother wanted her to learn how to sew in high school, but she was afraid of the sewing machines, cutting fabric the wrong way, and the potential that sewing would have for bringing down her grade point average. Every year, she managed to find a course conflict to avoid sewing classes. But the day after high school graduation, she took her graduation money to a fabric store, bought a kit to make a sweater, taught herself to read patterns and never looked back. These days, she knits a prayer shawl every month, along with sweaters, tote bags, gift bags and other goodies. She also designs many of her projects. Read More About Pam