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Wisconsin with love

18 Oct

Late last summer, we visited friends in Wisconsin for brunch. I gave Rita and Randy a mini snowman and Rita a purse. Fall was on its way so she chose a handbag in fall colors. I have made  several with yellows, oranges and browns. Each one of them has been unique.

Rita then surprised me by giving me a beautiful shawl she had knit. She is fairly new to knitting and has lots of fun meeting and knitting with other knitters in her home town. She’s been making shawls, dishcloths,slippers and afghans.She does beautiful work.Thanks Rita!

Ugg baby slippers

7 Jun

I do sometimes make things from material other than plastic. There are actually several other projects I have been working besides my crocheted plastic B2B purses. Here is one of them:

a knitted yarn version of Ugg booties for babies

I was searching for fun baby bootie patterns and came across this pattern for Ugg booties. The site could use some design help, but the pattern is worth it.

These are knit (all my plastic purses and totes are crocheted) and I found the pattern pretty easy to follow so you can make your own adorable little ugg boots for your baby (or for a gift). I used left over brown yarn and had some textured cream color yarn that makes the fluffy part look like the real fleecy lining. These are going in my box of gifts to be ready for the next baby who comes along.

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.