Thursday, June 18, 2009

Market Bags


You know how everyone is carrying their own bags into stores to be more “GREEN”? Well, I decided that I should get started on that right away with some crocheted market bags. First, I found a great bag in the Leisure Arts Enviro-Totes book. I chose #3, the Beach Bag. I figured it could be used for both a beach bag and/or market bag.

First Attempt Crochet Beach Bag

I decided I would use some yarn that I already had, which was I Love This Cotton, and I thought I knew how to make a gauge, but evidently not so much when it comes to round things. Anyway, my bag came out very large. The amount of groceries that will fit in this bag would not be good on the back.

Second Attempt Crochet Beach Bag

Then, I attempted another one, but with another stash yarn called Punto that I purchased at my LYS. But guess what, it’s only a little smaller than the first one, but I love them anyway. I think they will be used only for the beach.

Interweave Crochet Magazine

Then I saw the Spring 2009 Interweave Crochet magazine and had to purchase it. Guess what it had in it? There it was, a Spring Market Bag designed by Carol Ventura, and you know what that means. Tapestry crochet.

Carol Ventura’s Spring Market Bag

my Spring Market Bag

Since I hadn’t ever tried to do tapestry crochet, I thought it would be a good project to try. How fortunate for me, I had just acquired some mercerized cotton from my LYS. It’s called Catania. This time, I think it worked. What do you think?

I’m now in love with tapestry crochet, too, and I can’t wait to show you the next project that I’m working on with the new technique that I learned.