Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #70

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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


Fall is here, and the weather is changing. The morning air was a little bit chilly even in Florida. This Granny Square Blanket from Darlene Nemeth is the perfect blanket to start for the cooler weather. Looks quick and easy to make. I haven't tried granny squares yet, and this looks like a good beginner pattern. Thanks for sharing! 

Congratulations to the featured blogs!


What have I been doing?

I stopped my plarn bag and picked up more testing jobs from Creative Threads by Leah. This time it's Star War coozies, light sabers and storm troopers. I will get the link up to the Ravelry page when she posts it.


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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #69

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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
Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
I love this Autumn Leaf Earrings tutorial from Jewelry Making Journal. I love wearing earrings, and these leaves make the perfect festive accessory. I would have also used the glittery side of the leaf, because I love Fall! Thanks for sharing, Rena!

Congratulations to the featured blogs!


What have I been doing?

Now that my plarn bag is finished, it's back to making more hats. I'm still having trouble with the brim hat. I've made and frogged at least 4 different patterns. But I still have hope for this hat. I was using a variegated cotton yarn, and that could be one of the problems. Back to the drawing board!

I'm also trying a spiral pattern on another plarn bag. Let's see what happens with this one. 

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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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 make it stand stronger. I hope this lucky giveaway winner likes it!

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