I am a maker - of things. It doesn't really matter what as long as I can create something - a pair of earrings from beads found years ago in a little, out-of-the way shop or a scarf with some of that ...
I am a maker - of things. It doesn't really matter what as long as I can create something - a pair of earrings from beads found years ago in a little, out-of-the way shop or a scarf with some of that snazzy yarn I just couldn't resist, a pie or batch of cookies or a new recipe that needed to be tested.
A potter primarily, I also have this huge fascination for fibers - doesn't matter if it's spinning them, knitting them or weaving with them - each process is unique and full of treasures to come to life.
"My Grandma's Garden" is in dedication to my Norwegian Grandma, my Irish Grandma, my Mom - all the Grandmas everywhere. A garden doesn't necessarily have to be full of flowers - or veggies - or plants of any kind. In this case, it's simply a garden of handmade goodness - by THIS Grandma.
When I was little, I remember my little Irish Grandma sewing her quilts and clothes on the treadle sewing machine that fascinated me so much - to the point that my Mom started me sewing when I was 6 years old. There was always some sort of fiber work in evidence - at home, at Grandma's - no matter where I was. Sewing, quilting, crochet, embroidery - we saw it all. Odd, though, out of all of us, I'm the only one who knits - or, spins - or throws pots!
My favorite garden? Well, that's my daughter and her husband with a couple noisy, little sprouts of their own!
I hope that after you've visited my handmade garden, you take the time to enjoy a little bit of your own garden (whatever it consists of and wherever it may be) each day!
My Etsy shops:
www.Claydancer.etsy.com and www.MyGrandmasGarden.etsy.com
I wrote this pattern because even though I buy patterns, I'm not always satisfied with them. I'm not typically a pattern writer, but after fiddling (and, struggling) with quite a few purchased patterns and revisiting several different techniques I've used for past projects (including an 'accidental' ribbed mesh pattern that was truly an accident), it seemed the perfect way to share my satisfaction with what I've come up with.
One of the causes of my frustration was working from the bottom up - because DPNs and I don't always play nice together, I've found that it's easier for me to finish rather than starting with them. So, these little bags are worked in the round, from the top down. And, because a little more than a simple Knit-Purl is required, I'd categorize this as for an Advanced Beginner - maybe even Intermediate, depending on your skill level. (It's really easy, though, so don't let this information intimidate you!)
I've included options for all 3 segments of the bags - the band/handles (2), the mesh body (4) and the base (2). The mesh techniques range from a cushiony 'accidental' ribbed mesh, to a very stretchy, fishnet type of mesh.