Years ago, groceries were loaded into brown paper bags that I rather liked,
though they either lacked handles entirely
or had handles that broke when you picked
them up. Then came plastic—now banned in
some areas because they are not biodegradable
and, in aggregate, take up lots of room in
I have conscientiously bought some of the ugly
logo bags that the supermarket sells, but I
wanted something that would improve on the
old brown paper ones. I don’t like the open
knit, crochet, or macrame bags because small
items fall through the openings.
Hence, this knitted and felted grocery bag, also
very nice as a carryon, knitting bag, or general
purpose tote. I perked up with a pair of
handsome and sturdy leather handles (Grayson
E, distributed by Muench Yarns, and available, in larger and smaller sizes, from snap closing, and
available from My Sister Knits, Fort Collins, Colorado, (970) 407-1461) in two sizes. These are
22” long and $44 a pair as of this writing). The bag is fitted with a center magnetic snap,
available from notions racks anywhere that knitting supplies are sold.
The bags are fitted with firm plastic bottoms, made from a self-healing cutting mats from the
local art supply store.
You can make this in any color, or colors; with intarsia or jacquard passages, or anything you like,
of course. You can embroider or needle-felt a design
to really make this your own, too.
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