Inspired by Mary, one of my knitting and spinning friends, I decided to knit a few bags to try to minimize the number of plastic bags I use when shopping. Mary was knitting the Everlasting Bagstopper she found on Knitty, designed by Amy R. Singer (http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer07/PATTeverlasting.html), as a Christmas gift for a friend and I thought I'd do one. Our bags vary from the original pattern a little. Rather than the hemp that the pattern calls for, we are using cotton because it is easy to find. I'm doing this one in two of Sugar and Cream's colors: Soft Teal # 01009 for the base and Butter Cream Ombre #00222 for the rest of the bag. I think I will switch back to the teal for the top of the bag. I am also using only one set of needles, size 9 Addi Turbos. It seems that Mary was using 7's. Whatever she used, I really liked the way the bag was working up and wanted to make one.
I am thinking of omitting the drawstring that Amy puts in so that the bag can be stuffed into itself for stowing in a purse. I might also do a different treatment of the top--maybe a drawstring made from I-cord, maybe not. I'll just have to see how I feel when I get to that point.
This is an easy pattern and fun to knit. My knitting tends to go slowly because I am bad about putting projects down and not picking them back up for several days. This is a good project for those times when you need something to do while waiting in places like doctors' offices (which I did recently and got quite a lot done on it). I usually keep one or two simple projects going just for waiting room knitting. It really helps to pass the time. If you are a knitter and haven't checked out Knitty, I strongly recommend you give it a look.
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