Monday, July 30, 2007

Everlasting Bagstopper.

While I was out of commission because of the back problems last week, I took Sarah's advice of knitting on big needles. I decided that I'd use up some of the cotton that I've stashed, and I made the Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty. The pattern calls for hemp, but I used Sugar n' Cream instead because that's what I had within a 3 foot radius of the couch (and that was about as far as I could move at the time).

I used 2 full balls and a partial skein in the colorway Beach Ball Blue. I ran out at the top garter stitch portion, so then I just used a partial skein of Hot Blue that I had on hand. Mine is a little shorter than the pattern version because of my yarn shortage, but I think it still does the job.

Starting Wednesday, The Boyfriend and I are driving cross-country to L.A. I'm using the bag to hold snacks in the car, and to hold my sunscreen at the beach (and we all know that I need sunscreen!)

I'm hoping to make several more of these bags. Even though I always try to bring my own to the grocery, it seems like I always collect those icky plastic bags somehow. So, if I have more, I can keep a constant stash in the car for unexpected trips to the grocery. The next time, I think I'll do a solid color on both the top and the bottom to make the edges stand out a bit more.

Just a warning to anyone who might make this -- when binding off, use a much, much larger needle. I went from a size 5 to a size 8, and the bind off was still too tight & I had to rip it out. You couldn't even get a box of cereal in it! The second time around, I used a size 11 to bind off, and it worked perfectly. They tell you to use a "larger needle" in the pattern, I just didn't realize it needed to be THAT much larger.

Another funny thing.. you can see in the knitting where I took pain meds. Somehow I got off a stitch in the pattern, and didn't realize it until a few rows up. With all the yo's and k2tog's, I knew that I'd never be able to rip it back, so I just kept it. I think it's kinda hard to pick out unless you're staring at it. Oh well.. I've yet to make a perfect knitted item, why start worrying about it now?

Final Specs:
Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty - Free!
Yarn: Sugar n' Cream (2.5 balls variegated, 0.5 balls solid), $3.25 (on sale)
Needles: Size 5 and Size 10.5 circulars (already owned)
Total Cost: $3.25


bobbi said...

great looking bagstopper!
very nice job.

Anonymous said...

I love your bagstopper and your blog. I'm amazed how much we academic knitters have in common!

hakucho said...

I love your finished bag...very pretty colorway and pattern. Too pretty for a shopping bag! I've been trying to make up a bunch of bags for shopping, too. Knitting strips of the plastic grocery bags...not the best fiber to knit with, but the price is right ;)

happy knitting :)

Carrie Penny said...

You know little flaws like that you are the only one that notices. I kinda like what the Omish say about their quilts; they add a small flaw so as to not offend God.

Sarah said...

Very cool! Except here's what I don't get. How are you supposed to carry all your groceries in one bag? I don't know about you, but I usually wind up with a carful. Although maybe this has to do with me only shopping about once a month.

Minerva Turkey said...

Very pretty bag! Great work, especially on pain meds. :) I worked on my shawl while on pain meds following surgery in June, and I have a very creative row right in the middle. Oh well, no way am I backing out 30 rows of lace! gives it character.

Opal said...

Nifty bag! Have a great time in LA!

KnittyNancy said...

Your bagstopper is beautiful. You have a great eye for color. After seeing your great bagstopper, I have to add one to my gotta knit list.

Unknown said...

Wow, looks great. My Mom is doing one too but in the Sugar and Cream stripe. I am going to have to do one too. :)
Good job pretty colors.