posts tagged: bags

reversible sewn bag

It all started with a Thermos. I can’t exactly explain why I got it in my head that I needed to start bringing soup for lunch in a Thermos—there is, after all, a perfectly good microwave at the office—but I spontaneously bought a Thermos last week. Fall is definitely in the air and I knew I’d be making a big batch of soup. My Thermos is not an awkward shape (in fact it’s less bulky than I expected it to be), and it would probably fit in my purse no problem, but I got it in my head that I needed a bag to bring my lunch in, for the Thermos and any other lunches. More often than not I put my lunch in its container in a plastic bag and shove it in my purse, which is neither elegant nor environmentally sound. So on Sunday I made this (modified) reversible bag!

sewn reversible tote bag

I didn’t want this bag to be flimsy but I didn’t have a lot of heavyweight fabrics to choose from, so I used canvas (for some reason I have a lot of yardage of canvas) for the interior and a quilting cotton that I added lightweight fusible interfacing to for the outside. I really don’t plan on reversing it at all but it was an interesting lesson in construction to make it that way. If I were to make another I’d just leave a hole in the middle of the lining fabric and turn it right side out that way instead of struggling to get it through one of the straps! It truly killed my hands to be tugging on it that way, flaring up the carpal tunnel that plagues me.

sewn reversible tote bag

I didn’t make the straps as long as the pattern calls for, lopping off about 3 inches, because I wanted it to be a handheld bag rather than a shoulder one. (I only used the bottom two pages of the pdf template, to be precise.) It’s roomy—I ended up tucking my umbrella in it this morning, too, and a water bottle. Maybe it doesn’t need to be this large but it doesn’t feel unwieldy and some days I end up with homemade lunches of many elements, so this will fit all the little containers. My work on the topstitching is actually rather sloppy, and I’m debating picking it out and redoing it. At the seams it’s super thick and tricky to go around the curve so I’m not eager to do it again. As it is, the bag is plenty cheery and happy, and it got me through a Monday with a smile on my face! It definitely made the commute more fun.

sewn reversible tote bagThanks to Jason for taking these photos on our way home tonight!


lopi tote is back on track

I started Lopi over again, this time back on the 11s. Having started and stopped this bag three times now, I’m a pro at handling the casting back on for the handle holes. In order to avoid gaping holes on either side, I wanted to incorporate a k2tog. But where to do the m1 to maintain the stitch count? If I put the m1 right next to the increases, it left a large hole in the row below. (I suppose if I’d have been thinking harder I would have gone for inc in front and back of the stitch, but it’s moot now.) So I m1 one stitch out, and k2togged the first cast on with the first of the body. It’s all smooth and looks nice, with nothing ragged or out of whack. I just know that if I had allowed an errant hole, that’d be the spot where the felting failed me.

manos it is

Amy’s comment below is right–why let good Manos go unused? I think talking it out last night on the blog helped me realize that, and I happily knit away on my version of the Lopi tote using the yarn.

what’s next?

I have no idea.

I don’t know that I’ve ever really had a big knitting block before. Usually I start planning my next project while I’m still halfway through the current one. Maybe it’s because of the blog, but I feel this urge to be more systematic about my approach. Perhaps it’s that now that I’ve discovered the whole world of knit bloggers and online resources, I’m overwhelmed with possibilities.