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Bags, Bags, Bags

I cannot believe how fast January has come and gone… with lots of rain too! All the sources say we got between 40% to 75% rain replenishment to get those lakes and reservoirs filled. But they are not filled up completely, so I am hoping February brings us more rain. And why not? I tend to crochet and knit more when it rains. So, why not wish for more, right?

I have been trying to create practical items to fit various needs. As many of you know, California has become a “No Plastic Bags” state. That means when going to the any store,  you need to bring your own bag, or be charged ten cents for one of the store’s bags.

Taking inspiration from my favorite designers, I have been using up cotton yarn to make these bags. I like to mix up colors, whether it be solids and stripes or solids and variegated yarns. Lily Sugar & Cream, Bernat Cotton Soft and Lion Brand Cotton Ease are yarns I have been working with to create these bags.

Multicolor market bags

 

Thanks go out to: Cre8tion Crochet for her Hobo Style Market Bag (photo with 3 bags); The Stitchin’ Mommy for her large Summer Fun Market/Beach Tote (purple green, white) and Simply Collectible for her Sturdiest Ever Market Bag. You can find the patterns on their blogs or Ravelry.

Baggy here: If you would like one of these featured bags, they are $25 each and will be in the shop no later than February 2nd. Even I have one, and goodness knows why…

 

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New Year, New Pattern & The Women’s March

Pretty in pink Pussy Hats

Rain, Rain, Rain… oh how I love the rain. We here in California really need it, and this year we have had plenty of rain. It’s also a good time to look at new items to crochet and knit.

Baggy here: Speak for yourself, I have cabin fever and I don’t even know what a cabin is.

One of the new items out in the world wide web is The Pussy Hat. It’s a cat hat (not black but pink). It is based on “The Pussy Hat Project”.

The mission of the Pussy Hat Project is to provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.

It also provides a way for people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and women’s rights. The more we are seen, the more we are heard. Let’s come together to support women’s rights in a creative and impactful way. Please visit www.pussyhatproject.com for more info and awesome free hat patterns.

I was approached to make the hats for friends, after reading about the project, I knew I wanted to participate. They are cute, and, well anything kitty cat has to be cute, right Baggy?

Baggy here: Absolutely! Darling. Handsome, even if I do say so myself.

As you see here, I knit 2 pink hats, and crocheted 3 hats. And a black one too…just for Baggy!

Baggy here: Aren’t I the lucky cat?

The trio of hats were crocheted with worsted weight yarn. With the knit hats, I tested a new yarn called I Love This Yarn Chunky for the solid pink. I used about half of a skein. The stripe yarn is Lamb’s Pride in the color Strawberry Smoothee. It is a worsted weight yarn and I used about 3/4th of the skein. It will felt if washed.

These hats were fun to knit and crochet and I will probably make more in kids size. Next up is the “Messy Bun Hats”, a hat with the top open to allow your messy pony tail to hand through it… Stay tuned!

Baggy here again: If you are interested in a Pussy Hat of your own, send Kathy an email for pricing and shipping. Honestly, I don’t know what Kathy would do without me.