I have many projects waiting in my queue and it doesn’t really help that I reorganize it and add new patterns all the time. Like, seriously browsing Ravelry’s pattern database and reorganizing my projects queue is something I do almost daily, and I always enjoy it just the same. Some patterns have been waiting for their turn patiently for more than a year and don’t seem to get anywhere closer to being knitted/ crocheted, as there’s always something more urgent, that I need to start right now! That’s exactly how I decided that I absolutely needed a new reusable shopping bag.
I crocheted my first bag – initially made for shopping, then for the beach, and eventually it ended up as a project bag for my doily – about a year ago. There are some other bags I’m planning to make, such as this one – and since Drops offers 40% discount for their cotton in July, I might stock up on cotton yarn including all the colours for this bag. But for now, I thought I’d never knitted a bag, and decided to give it a try.
This is Ilene Bag by Hannah Mason, a super-stretchy market bag that reminds me of the type of shopping bags my Grandfather used to have back in the 1980s and 90s. Something like this. As a child, I was always fascinated with how much they could stretch! Well, this one doesn’t stretch that much, but still quite a lot.
It’s also an easy, repetitive pattern, great for mindless knitting. The main part is just yarn overs – knit together repeated in the rounds alternating with knitted rounds. I could knit it while working, which requires a lot of focus and doesn’t let me knit anything complicated.
It took a little below 2 skeins of Drops Safran, fingering cotton yarn from my stash. I’m thinking to knit it some day again with a thicker – possibly DK yarn, to be a little more sturdy. Although I didn’t have any problems when I went shopping and carried my groceries in this bag, it does seem quite delicate, so I wouldn’t use it for anything too heavy. But then again, I try not too carry heavy stuff anyway, so why do I worry…?
The flower ornament is not sewn to the bag, it’s just pinned so I can replace it with other motifs if I feel like that 🙂 I have a whole box of felted ornaments made by my friend from Poland and I felt like this sunflower was a good choice for summer. And it matches the brown colour of the bag.
So that was my impulse knit of the month! Do you often decide to postpone working on something you’ve been planning for long to knit/ crochet something else instead? I’m curious to know!