Reusable bag for produce

I made a reusable bag for produce!

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I follow Celia’s blog (Fig Jam and Lime Cordial) and she often offers interesting ideas to save the environment.

One of these is to make reusable bags for produce to avoid using plastic bags (VERY BAD for the environment) or paper bags (much better, but still why use unnecessary resources and cut down trees).

She used net fabric but I didm’t have any at hand. I didn’t want to use man-made fibre (= nylon = plastic = oil = BAD for nature)

The idea stayed in the back of my mind for a while, then one day it came to my mind that I had some vintage cotton (a charity shop from while ago) in my collection.

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While cotton is a natural fibre, it is not necessarily good for our Earth: it uses a lot of water to produce the raw material and then process it. A LOT, like in

20,000 LITERS
The amount of water needed to produce one kilogram of cotton; equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans.

(source: WWF https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/cotton). So I was happy to use some unwanted vintage one.

Pattern:
I went freestyle –  just did some filet crochet alternating sections of standard filet with parts of double-chain ((I think – whatever it is that it results in a “full square” rather than the “empty square” of filet).

Project notes with instructions:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/ItWasJudith/reusable-produce-bag

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The only thing to improve is possibly making it with a finer yarn to obtain a lighter weight; this one is about 20-25g for a small size (finished bag is approximately 19×24 cm).

The bag is now finished and is being carried in my rucksack for when I go food shopping.

It’s perfect for the small vegetables (mushrooms, beans, carrots..), nuts or fruits (kiwi, mandarines), etc.

It can store the items as long as needed and then reused. When dirty it can be easily washed.

I’m so happy to have made it!

 

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Making: a wave blanket

I have had quite some random yarn which wasn’t enough or particularly nice on its own, but still didn’t want to dispose of (no waste!)…

There are many ways to use smaller batches and in my opinion one of the most useful is that of using them in a blanket – in general I prefer to make things that have a practical use.

There are many nice patterns, both for crochet and knitting, and quite some are even free.

I had eyed this pattern a long while ago and finally I got around to actually make it… isn’t a nice feeling when you choose an item and start with it?

This time I have been good, and didn’t just start it (Startitis..?)!

The pattern is “Easy Ripple Afghan” by SusanB (free Ravelry pattern and blog post) and it comes in two sizes (throw and baby blanket) – in any case it is very easy to adjust to fit the size you want.

My (little) project notes are on Raverly and here are a few pictures…

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Have a lovely Sunday!

♥ ♡ ♥ Ribbons ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡ ♥

I very much enjoyed reading Martha’s recent post on ribbon love and upcycled storage glass jars. By coincidence, I had just ordered some ribbons myself and they just arrived.

With excitement and joy, let me show you the little group that is going to join my small but happy Ribbons family. There are six of them: 4 embroidered (Strawberries, Forest Friends, Best Friends, Farmyard Animals) and 2 grosgrain (Bunting and Buttons).

New members in the Ribbons family!

New members in the Ribbons family!

They just arrived :)

As they just arrived 🙂

I ordered them from Blooming Felt and they have been promptly and flawlessly delivered. They even added a kind hand note on an upcoming event: the Knitting and Stitching Show in London, 10-13th October. If London is not a convenient location for you, there are further appointments: 31st October to 3rd November in Dublin, and 21st to 24th November in Harrogate (full details here). I’ll probably visit, although I’m not entirely sure that it’s a wise idea from a student financial perspective!

Buttons and Bunting

Buttons and Bunting

When my budget allows, I’m planning to add further members to the Ribbons: a German Etsy shop, FreuleinStephi, offers amazing ribbons produced in more than a century old traditional looms in Germany. Mind you, quality always comes at a price, but it’s well worth!

Best Friends and Farmyard Animals

Best Friends and Farmyard Animals

Strawberry may be (not sure yet) integrated in my knitting WIP Lazy Sunday bag. I’m also planning to add some crochet leaves made adapting the LOTR inspired leaf clasp  free pattern (Ravelry project page).

Strawberry and Forest Friends

Strawberry and Forest Friends

Speaking of crochet, I just remembered an old crochet FO of mine: a border I made on an Austrian table cloth that a friend kindly gave me – sadly the HallTex factory in Tirol that used to produce those high-quality fabrics has now gone. Sign of the times? hopefully a trend that is reversing. Let’s keep buying local products 🙂

An old FO: table cloth with crochet border

An old FO: table cloth with crochet border

that was made years ago, when I lived in Tirol, Austria

that was made years ago, when I lived in Tirol, Austria

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