Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Evolution of the Crochet Plastic Bag

This post has been in draft for some time. I've been wanting to write about the various plarn bags I've made over the years. Since I'm so excited about the current bag I've finished, let me start this plarn love story from the beginning.

I learned about plarn in 2012 from a local knitting group that met at the local tea shop when I was in college. I made my first bag then, a square shaped flimsy thing that didn't look like it could hold anything. But I loved it, and my friend liked it too, so she bought it from me.


I saw it again at Christmas 2014. It was sold to another bag enthusiast. I also realized how much more I could have sold the bag for.


The second plarn bag was one that was modeled from the market bag pattern on Lion Brand. I wrote a pattern review about it

A few months later, I made a third bag of my own design for an online gift exchange.

1 year later, this is how the plarn bag design evolved.

The bottom is a square base, very similar to the bag I made for the gift exchange. I am also adding another rectangular layer of crochet to strengthen the base.



The handles are Tunisian crochet and doubled. As I was testing which handles to try, the Tunisian crochet happened to curl as I was crocheting. 


I'm so happy with the results. I tested the weight with my nook tablet, and it holds well. I haven't tested carrying a laptop inside of it, but I am sure it is sturdy.

One of my main concerns is the plastic bag stretching. The handles should stay strong enough, and the base I'm adding will

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #68

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Welcome to this week's blog hop! I'm so happy that you've stopped by!
This blog hop runs from Wednesday 12:00 PM through next Wednesday 12:00 PM EST.

Your hosts:

Sara from Content in the Meantime
 

Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses

Featured posts of the week:

Posted below is the featured blog post of the week. I love to find unique blogs and post to share about and write little comments on their writings. I try my best to give every blog a chance to be chosen, so check both of the blogs to see if you have been featured!
Sara's featured post of the week
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Create with Joy's post on Healthy BBQ Sloppy Joe Sliders is the featured post for this week. I don't know why I tend to look at the linked posts when it's lunch time! I love BBQ, and this is an easy and healthy recipe.  And great pictures too! Thanks for sharing!

Congratulations to the featured blogs!


What have I been doing?


I love progress photos! Here's the plarn bag from last week:


The bag is nearly finished. It's my best plarn bag yet! I'm definitely writing a post about it.

Now it's your turn! What have you been doing this week?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Summer Hat Challenge: Update #2

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While I'm working on the plarn bag this week, I might as well update my summer hat challenge post from last month. Check out the other hats I made in the Summer Hat Challenge: Update #1.
This is the Lady Mary Sun Hat by Danyel Pink Designs. I won this pattern from one of her giveaway. I always try to test the pattern to see of it simple enough for me to do. Most of the times I look at the difficulty level, but if I read over the pattern I can get a sense of how difficult it will be for me. The Pink and White hat was eventually given to a friend as a baby shower gift.

I made two more toddler sized hats for these beautiful twins.

I took a little break from kids hats and made 2 more ribbed mens hats from my favorite pattern at Eating Out Loud. The left one is for my brother in Chile and the right one is for a missionary friend in Ukraine.


I found this bear hat pattern from Oombawka Designs. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Sunshine, and it's a lot thinner than the cotton yarn hat was used. So I just made a hat similar to the pattern online.

This Monsters Inc inspired hat is the cutest thing I have made! I followed my own pattern for the hat design, and I made the eye and horns following the pattern from Hopeful Honey.  

These last two hats are sack hats I tested for Creative Threads by Leah. The mouse hat is single crochet and the storm trooper is Tunisian crochet. The Mr and Mrs Mouse pattern can be found on Ravelry. She hasn't posted the stormtrooper pattern, so when she does I will add the link.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #67

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Welcome to this week's blog hop! I'm so happy that you've stopped by!
This blog hop runs from Wednesday 12:00 PM through next Wednesday 12:00 PM EST.

Your hosts:

Sara from Content in the Meantime
 

Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses

Featured posts of the week:

Posted below is the featured blog post of the week. I love to find unique blogs and post to share about and write little comments on their writings. I try my best to give every blog a chance to be chosen, so check both of the blogs to see if you have been featured!
Sara's featured post of the week
Kassandra's featured post of the week

I'm loving these Cucumber Turkey Roll-ups from Reviews, Chews and How-to's. This could partially be from being hungry. But I love how simple these are, and they can be made with other meats and cheese (but I love turkey the most). Jackie also shared her meal plan from last week and a list of fabulous things she got from a harvest haul. Definitely inspiring and motivating, I'm eating veggies with hummus now! Thanks for sharing your post, Jackie!

Congratulations to the featured blogs!


What have I been doing?


Here's the beginning of the "small" plarn bag. I had to stop hat making for a little bit to work on this. Cutting the bags takes up most of the time. I hope to be finished by the end of the week.

Now it's your turn! What have you been doing this week?

  • Please post the link to a specific blog entry, not just the blog. I look at every link posted, and I comment in every entry. If you don't post a specific entry I can't comment!
  • Adding your email address will add you to my blog hop email list. I will only send you an email once a week informing you of the blog hop. If you don't want to be emailed, just let me know.
  • If your blog is featured on this blog hop, I will be using the picture you posted on the linky.
  • All blog posts will also be pinned on my What Are You Doing? Pinterest board, so others can see the awesome things you are doing!
  • Family friendly posts, please!
  • *NEW* I also added a LIKE feature to the list, so make sure you check out the other blogs and like your favorite! Help me choose the featured blogs for the week! You only get one choice for a favorite though, but if you have other favorites, let me know in the comments!
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