The 'Onion Bag' is another little, knitted bag to contain treasure from the market - or, your garden - or, for a little one to carry around their own, special treasures. You don't really need to use it just for onions - it just reminded me of those icky plastic ones we see in the store, so that's what it became!
If you know someone who knits or crochets, a perfect gift is this small bag to hang from the wrist and hold a ball of yarn while working. Many of us use yarn bowls to contain that errant yarn ball, but others like to have the yarn more portable - this little mesh bag will do it. (I'll get a new photo or two up once the natural lighting is better here in our storm ridden part of the country.) Simply put the ball of yarn into the bag, run the working yarn out the top, slip the drawstring over the wrist and knitting or crochet can commence!
Similar to my 'Reusable Produce Bag', this 'Onion Bag' is knitted in the round and top down - DPNs and I don't always play nice together, so it's easier for me to finish with them rather than start. The top opening is approximately 4 inches across and when the bag is laid flat, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. The narrower opening makes it easier for the bag NOT to tip and spill everything all over.
Don't be fooled by its small size. Due to the stitch pattern used, it stretches like crazy! So much so that when finished, it will hold up to 24 golf balls - or 3 lbs. of Cutie oranges. I can pour a couple pints of grape tomatoes into one of these with room to spare, and no bruising. (The green bag in the back of the photo IS holding 24 golf balls - amazing!) This will also hold a HUGE ball of yarn if one wishes to use it as a yarn bag (yarn keeper).
I've included instructions for use with both a worsted weight bamboo blend yarn and a fine cotton. **The difference is minimal, occurring only in the cast-on and first few rows.
It's almost time for those wonderful home-grown goodies to appear at the Farmer's Markets, so make a few and enjoy a little more freedom from dependency on plastic!
(Psssst - these are also a great seller at the morning markets!)
Have fun - enjoy!!
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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