Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Corralling the Plastic Bags

Last Sunday afternoon I knitted up a little bag to keep our stash of plastic shopping bags tidy yet accessible.  It is not all that pretty, really, but its not ugly either and certainly quite functional.  The one in the pattern I followed is cuter.  We nearly always bring our own shopping bags when we hit the grocers, but still...we end up with these plastic bags from time to time.  In any case, since we have them, they do come in handy every now and again (like in tie-dye or mending my Gretchen bag, etc).  Now they have a home and I have the satisfaction of having completed a knitting project other than a wash cloth.  My socks are languishing.  I am not quite sure I was ready for that project.  Quite frankly I just can't keep myself straight in the pattern!  So they are on hold until I practice up my ability to follow a pattern a bit.  To that end this little project was perfect.   I should have made the ribbing part wider, but, like I said, its certainly functional.
I found the pattern on Ravelry.  People have been telling me about Ravelry for a long time and so I decided to finally check it out.  I have to say I was pretty impressed.  I found a load of free patterns to try.  Now that I've got this one done (and a hat, too, which I still need to take some photos of) I can try and tackle another.  And then probably another. 

Practice makes perfect!  (Or at least so that you're not dropping stitches all the time...)


  1. Excellent idea! I'll go and have a look at Ravelry - my daughters Grace and Alice both do a lot of knitting :0)
    Like you we mainly take our own bags to the store but sometimes forget or need an extra plastic one, and we have a linen holder to store them. The main uses we find for these plastic bags are:
    1) To store fresh food in, especially bread, so it doesn't dry out, or to overwrap food with flimsy wrapping for the freezer.
    2) As trash bin liners
    3) To ferry away stuff from our house to Goodwill or other willing recipients, in our unstinting efforts to stem the rising tide of manufactured items.

    What do you do with yours?

    1. We store bread in ours as well. Sending things to Goodwill, too. I've also found it hand as packing material (balled up) when shipping things. And sometimes when Matt gets on a real tie-dying bent and he runs out of space in the containers he usually sets the dyed garments in (they must be allowed to set for 12+hours after dying) he lays them out on plastic bags which are then recycled.


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