Archive | July, 2010

A whole lot of recycling :: 25 bags

26 Jul

What a transformation this bag is taking. I’m up to 25 bags now. I decided I didn’t want to make this one totally brown, so I changed from the grocery store bags I used around the bottom to newspaper bags that I had saved in shades of brown and orange.

In order to keep the count consistent, I measured the plarn/strips from the newspaper bags against the plarn/strip of one grocery bag. Since the newspaper bag strips are shorter I actually used more bags than the count shows, but my goal here is to see how many average size grocery bags it takes to complete a purse.

I love the shades of browns and oranges in this purse.

A whole lot of recycling :: 15 bags

22 Jul

Yes, I am finally continuing the bag count on this purse! Life has been extremely busy so I have slacked on posting here. I am crocheting around and around and around the bag now (all single crochet). 15 bags gives this purse a good beginning and it is taking shape. Watch to see what will be evolving from these brown bags.

knit vs. crochet

17 Jul

Since starting my venture in plastic bag making, I knit a few purses. I would start by knitting each piece individually—front, back, bottom, and a piece for each side panel. Sometimes I knit a long strap and sometimes I used store-bought plastic or wood handles. After making all the pieces, I would assemble the bag by crocheting them together. That got to be rather tedious.

The first bag I made for my daughter was a cute lime green knit handbag, and she said that it tends to stretch and sag a bit. I have found that the bottoms of my knitted bags are a bit weak, so I cut a piece of plastic canvas and put in the bottom for more durability. Check out the texture of a knitted bag in the following picture.

Since making that handbag for my daughter I have made her some crocheted bags and she likes the sturdiness of them better. They are also much less complicated to make and I like that a lot. After trying both methods, I came to these conclusions:

  • crocheted bags can be completed in virtually one piece
  • it’s better on my hands to work with the plastic strips with a crochet hook rather than knitting needles
  • I can easily crochet over the ends of  my yarn (plastic) while working; with knitting I had to weave the ends in after finishing the bag
  • the end result of crocheting provides a sturdier bag

So after making only 4 or 5 knitted bags, I decided to leave the plastic knitting behind and switch over to only crocheting and plan on keeping my focus there.