Category Archives: Knitting

Floppy Things and a poet

Crocheted Floppy Hat

I needed a gray hat. And floppy is fun because I can shift it around to get different looks.  The pattern built itself as I went along with it. So I got that out of the way and went back to knitting. Right now, I’m on bag 4, got # 3 done with the new cotton yarn. It’s a cotton blend from Red Heart called “Eco-Cotton Blend” 75% recycled cotton. Nice to work with. Lighter cotton than my other bags, but just as strong.

Market bag #3

I tried to do rolled handles on this one. They feel nice, but I think for added strength, I’ll crochet a little at the corners. It’s floppy too. 🙂

Now onto other things,….I wanted to just write a little tiny bit about the 100 year old Japanese poetress Toyo Shibata that I discovered when I did some searching the other day.

As soon as I saw a picture of her, I felt the love,wisdom and gentleness that came from her image. Made me smile. I wish there was an English translation of all her poems. Guess I’ll wait for it. She inspired me so much- I was able to find one poem that someone translated.

Glad I followed my instincts and impulses.

I’m thinking about a little home made book, that contains inspirational thoughts, quotes, poems, little messages from the internal whispers, little picture or two. Something I can take with me and just flip to any page and know it will bring me a smile.

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Beaded Dragonflies

It’s a cold snowy day today. I’m still waiting on my cotton yarn order to come in and there won’t be any mail today 🙂  I hunted through my box of some tatted pieces I had and I am thinking of Spring. And market bags, more knitting. I’m in the mood or knitting mode and it’s hard to shake once I become obsessive with a project. I did manage to get another bag made with the scraps of cotton yarn I had left.

Now that I found these dragonflies again, I can use them to sew on something for adornment. Or make earrings out of them. I like how they turned out. I went with the flow and didn’t write down a pattern for them. Why I stashed these away, I don’t remember!

I hadn’t been in a very creative zone in the longest time, now I feel like I’m bursting with the desire to create things. Guess I should just let “er” loose! lol

When I went to Joann’s online to order some yarn, I noticed there was a contest for “going green” with a certain brand of blended cotton yarn.(2010) I thought that was so awesome! That surely stirred up the creativity of many crafting artists and what a great cause! It’s what I had been thinking about previously. Help Mother Earth out! Get rid of plastic bags!

If I were to imagine all the knitters out there and crochet’ers, and they all made cotton or some other natural fiber market bags to use and share with others, wow,….that would sure be something. That’s a huge community! Nice thought. 🙂

Market Bag and plastic shopping bag guilt

I had done a previous blog on this shopping adventure I had, but when I tried to edit it, it all got deleted. lol

So again,…I went grocery shopping and was being eyed at by the shoppers along side of me, putting their food items in paper sacks and canvas bags. I was using those plastic sacks. Talk about feeling guilty! They all gave me “that” look too.

I had spent a few months knitting dozens of wash clothes, hand towels, miser bags and shopping/market bags as gifts for family. And the gifts that got the best “oh my god I love this” were the market bags I made. That made me feel really good.  But did I make any for myself?  NO.

Now was the time to get at it. I thought about all the plastic bags I’ve used when I shop and all the other people that do it too. This isn’t going green at all. Then I envisioned the land fills full of it and thought, I just can’t do this anymore. I have to make bags for myself and change some of my ways. I mean after all, I am a child of the 60’s and I used to do many things to help save the environment and mother earth back then.  Boy, some where along the line, I got lazy. I admit it.

I had hunted the net for a pattern but didn’t find any I liked. I was thinking about it one night and the next morning when I woke up, I had a pattern filling my mind. Now I don’t think it’s original to me. I must of gotten it a long time ago, and forgotten. Somewhere in those dusty files of my subconscious it was still hanging about. 🙂 Or I pulled it out of the ethers! lol

After I got the white one made, I went to the fridge and grabbed a bunch of things to see how much the little bag would hold, and boy was I surprised. It held 20 pounds of food. That included a pound of hamburger, gallon of milk, 4 sacks of frozen veggies, 2 oranges, bunch of banana’s, loaf of bread and it would of held a lot more only I couldn’t lift anymore. lol

I was surprised at how much I could fit in it, it expanded a great deal and is so strong. So I’m happy and will be making more.

 

 

 

 

Goofy passion for red and white striped socks :)

I know it’s weird. It happened when I was really young and read a book about pippi long stockings. If I am remembering rightly.

I can’t get enough red and white stripped socks it seems. And I wear them with everything. I could be wearing a purple shirt and blue jeans and still wear those socks! I’m just not into fashion at all. I’m into wearing what makes me feel good. Giddy even!

I’ve knit spiral pattern knee high socks in red and white striped. 🙂  They are my fav!

I’ve also got this urge of late, to wear sparkly stuff. I don’t know why. Don’t ask me. It’s just a “thing” and I’m going with it 🙂

Now that I’m thinking about this, I need to get some red shoes 😀

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trying to live as lightly as possible on our beautiful planet

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