Archive for Knitting

Those Pesky Plastic Grocery Bags!

Ugh! They suck!

I have been buying the reusable grocery bags. They’re a dollar and the grocery stores plaster their names all over them. Sometimes I forget them when I go to the store though. I know people keep them in their car, but 1) I don’t have a car, and 2) When I go with someone that does, we sometimes forget to put them back in the trunk. >_<

So, before I bought the reusable bags, and even now, I have a bunch of plastic bags stored up in a cabinet in the kitchen! You can go to the store once, forgetting your reusable bags, and they'll give you about twenty plastic bags. They add up quickly!

There are two stores near me that actually have a recycling bin for them in their stores, which I love. These stores are Acme and Whole Foods. If those aren’t around you, I’m sure there are other chains that do this as well. Check around your neighborhood. Help the environment and recycle those plastic bags!

Another great way to recycle those bags is to crochet or knit a reusable grocery bag out of them! That’s what I’m doing for the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC). If you’re a member of Ravelry and love HP, then I would suggest you join the group. It’s a ton of fun! For Transfiguration class that’s what I chose to do!

I first saw this done on a show I used to watch called Knitty Gritty, on the DIY Channel. Used to because it has since been cancelled. 😦 This show helped me a lot with my knitting. I had learned the year or so before I started watching this awesome show. The website has videos from parts of the episodes, which is good. This was a really great show. *sigh*

The project I’m referring to is the Recycled-Plastic Carryall. When I first saw it I wanted to do it, but just never did for some reason. Now that I’m doing the project in the HPKCHC, I figured this would be a good time to try it!

I am changing a couple of things from the original pattern linked above. Instead of cutting off the handles of the plastic bags, using leather for the handles of the finished project and multipurpose polypropylene string to sew up with, I’m going to use all plastic. Why not? I’m trying to use as much as I can! My idea is to make i-cords to use as the handles instead and just sew it up with more plastic bags. I may add ribbon to spruce it up, but not sure yet. I have to see what I have in my stash.

I want to see everyone do this! It’ll help the environment as well as give you a new reusable bag! Who wants to join me? How many can we make in June? Get those pesky plastic grocery bags from where you store them and start creating!

Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup

I love the Harry Potter books, as I stated in my last post. Well, I was on Ravelry last night and saw that Quietish suggested that I join this group.

Wait…what’s Ravelry, you say? You don’t know what Ravelry is? Well, it’s a great place for all you knitters, crocheters, dyers, spinners and designers! We can share patterns, buy patterns, post blogs, share experiences, join groups, learn new techniques, marvel at others abilities and that’s just to start. You can also keep track of your yarn, hooks, needles, and craft books! I love it! I still have to add a lot of my supplies and books! I have to get them more organized first. XD

Anyhoo, that’s what Ravelry is in a nutshell. If you want to join Ravelry you have to request an invite, which is on their front page. It’s simple and easy, but you do have to wait a couple days. Please leave comments below if anyone thinks I left something out please, (which I most likely have) as I’m kind of still knew to it all.

So, I’m on Ravelry and I get an invite to this group. I think it’s looks really cool! There are rules and if you want to join the HPK&C House Cup, please read them so you know what to do!

Basically you get sorted into a house and you’re given assignments by the different professors. Obviously they’re knit or crochet assignments. Each person gets points for what they’ve made and at the end of term one of the houses wins. I believe the top winner of each house wins a prize. I could be mistaken though.

Doesn’t that sound like fun? I think it does, but I also love HP. 😛

I’m probably leaving out a bunch of other things they do, since I just joined last night. If you love HP and knitting or crochet (and are a member of Ravelry), why not join this group? Well, yeah, if you’re too busy, there’s always the next term. 😀

If you’re not a member of Ravelry (and love knitting and crocheting) why not request an invite? It’s really a lot of fun!

My Wrists Don’t Like It When I Knit…

…or do they?

I just recently switched over to continental knitting. This is basically knitting with your left hand instead of throwing the yarn with the right. I ‘m so glad that I finally sat down and taught myself how to do it. The hardest part about it was purling for me, but after doing it over and over it was easy. Now, I’m almost up to speed, but I do need to practice more.

Right now I’m knitting a ribbed scarf so I can practice both knitting, purling and switching over from them both. It’s going well.

Purple Ribbed Scarf

I plan on knitting some more. I’m going to teach a few friends of mine how to knit either this month or next. We’re going to make a little party out of it. I’m definitely going to teach them continental knitting though, which will probably work best anyways since a few of them already know how to crochet. The whole flow of the yarn is still coming from the left, so I’m thinking it’ll be an easy transition for them.

I’ve always loved knitting, even though my wrists complained. But now they don’t have to. Yay! 🙂