So now that my holiday gifts have been distributed, I suppose I can mention them. This year, I made three market bags, two pairs of slipper socks for women, one pair man-sized slipper socks, two baskets, one hat (with a skull and crossbones), another hat (sans skull and crossbones) and one cowl.
I used three different patterns for the market bags, since each would have a somewhat different function.
I made the first one using this pattern and cotton twine, so it is huge and UBER sturdy; it was for my stepdad, who needed a big, sturdy bag for his trips to the library.
The second one was for my friend Claire (who does the historical reenactments). She has a collection of antique cooking accessories that she demonstrates at events, one of which is an apple peeler. I thought it would be nice for her to have a fancy bag to carry the apples in. I used this pattern and Scheepjes Catona cotton yarn in off-white:
Lastly, I made one for my mum. I learned enough from the previous projects to design this one myself. I used Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn, which stretches, allowing the bag to expand. Also, I made the handles longer, so she can sling it over her shoulder.
I’m fairly pleased with how these turned out – in particular the Sakura bag.