Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hippy String Bag Mission. (Tye can I borrow some Size 20 Needles?) hehe

Hello to all...I hope you're enjoying some Spring Melbourne Warmth (Those of you from Melb, anyway!) I'm a little excited at the moment 'cos I'm on a mission. It's funny how 'Missions' can put a spark in your step...hehe! I was grocery shopping the other day and spied, lining up at the Deli, the cutest, funkiest hippy string shopping bag ever! (Slung over the shoulder of it's nifty owner, of course) I was inspired. I want one! Well with such a large family I guess I'll need a few! So...Yarn... It'll need to be somewhat inelastic (hehe...visions of a shopping bag with a few tins in it dangling around my ankles ) It'll need to be pretty strong...which handspun usually is. Cool! Check out what I've come up with so far. All of these yarns are an Alpaca Merino Blend, in black, brown and grey. The ratio of Alpaca to the Merino is apparently about 80:20...but the Merino seems quite course. The alpaca is a lot less elastic than Merino...Ideal for what I'm after, but you wouldn't want a scarf from it, as the course Merino is a little scritchie. These first hanks are just what I'm looking for. I've spun them off...and plied back with some interesting commercial highlight yarns. With the grey I plied back with machine thread and tossed in some silver fibres at odd intervals. Now I better figure out a string bag pattern....any hints will be sooooooooo appreciated in the comment or by email (see address in my profile). I wish I could crochet...I think this may be the way to go. That's that for the Hippy string bags... but I thought I might post a photo of some really cute yarn a made the other night. I'm loving this...it's cute. Thanks for popping into Sheepychic bloggings. Hope to hear from you soon. Ruth xxx

3 comments:

Merry Munchkin Designs said...

Love the new wool it looks fantastic!! I happen to have just the pattern for that bag, and no you dont want to crochet, it uses 3 times more wool than knitting!!!! Of course you will have to make one for me too........ kidding!!!!!!!!!!!

roseys madhouse said...

I can just see Ruth at the register with a bag big enough to fit a small child in as she keeps filling it with chocolate and strawberries and coffee to keep her going while spinning her many creations lol the wool looks great Ruth cant wait to see the completed bag (knowing you wont be long till pictures apppear on your blog)

kerry said...

Ruth you should have a look at spotlight. When I was there last, I found on the registers, free pattern booklets. They had patterns for everything you could think of knitting..including a bag, not sure if its the size you need but thought id let you know.

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