Monthly Archives: May 2014

Construction Grade Grocery Bag

IMG_5534_headerAfter I made the Clapotis Scarf, I was inspired by how the drop stitch on the bias layered upon itself to create a plaid effect. I immediately jumped into knitting another rectangle in this pattern to create a bag. The toughest knit bag to ever be knit.

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To have a heavy, duty grocery bag, I went to Home Depot and bought construction twine. The fun component to choosing from this selection is the great neon colors. Because I’m me and always like to add a pop of color interest, I knit most of this bag in white twine, but added one small section of neon pink. Because this project is knit on the bias, once folded this section becomes diagonal. I knit this is such a way so that the color sit in the corner of the folded piece (meaning I knit equal parts of white on either side of the pink).

I do have to admit, the created fabric is a bit difficult to work with. Even though I knit a rectangle, the combination of stiff twine and knitting on the bias makes the shape of this bag difficult to photograph beautifully. Functionally, however, this bag is a success!

Word to the wise: If you choose to attempt knitting with construction twine, be cognizant of your needle selection. I used metal Addi Turbo circular needles, and they seemed to ever so slightly bend!

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Knitting on the Front Porch

It’s my favorite time of knitting season again, Spring.

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The weather [finally] warming up and choosing the right light-weight garment to knit can help to coax the warm temperatures.

This Spring, I was lucky to take on a test knit for a knitwear designer I’ve admired for awhile, Sara Gresbach of Front Porch Knitting (see her  ravelry  profile). In March, Sara posted a call for Portico, a t-shirt she designed.  Sara asked that we use the yarn the pattern called for, Luna Grey‘s Aspen Sport. This 100% superwash merino wool was hand-dyed the day after I ordered it and I received it within the week.

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I chose to work this t-shirt by working both sides at the same time. Probably doesn’t really speed up the process, but when you’re done, you’re done – no going back to the beginning!

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I was very happy with the final garment! For more info and notes, see my Portico project page ravelry

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