I finished a few projects that I haven't blogged about yet, so my next couple posts will cover those and my thoughts on the patterns.
I finished this bag a while back. This is the Lets Go Shopping Market Bag by Linda Skinlo.
It can be found on Ravelry here.
I used about 3 balls of Lily Sugar'n Cream cotton for the larger version. I absolutely love this pattern. It is very easy and knits up very fast. It only took me a few days of knitting to finish it.
The large size can fit a massive amount of stuff. It would be great for the beach. You could fit a blanket, everyone's towels, a couple books and lunch in this thing! Next time I want to make the smaller version. I think it would be the perfect size for a farmers market trip.
I made some slight changes to the pattern. The original directions say to do a garter stitch top edge and handles, but I was afraid it would be too stretchy. I decided on seed stitch instead and I like how it looks. It is sturdy and not too heavy on my shoulder. I hate when heavy bags dig into my shoulder. This one has wide straps so there is none of that.
I am a little tired of the bright colors I used. It was the beginning of summer when I started this project and I was loving bright stuff then. Now I am wanting something more muted, darker, & richer. I think the cooler weather we have been having lately is making me think of Autumn, rain, burgundy and thunder gray, warm cozy mittens and hats...
If I were living in the high Desert of So Cal, where I grew up, we would be just starting the hottest part of the year. But up here in the Bay Area, Autumn is just around the corner.