Let’s Talk Weather


Thanks to Mom I got a short break from the harsh Northwest Ohio winter to visit her in New Port Richey FL. Auntie Neighbor was nice enough to take care of the critters. And I celebrated my one year anniversary at work so I had earned paid vacation time.

imageWhile in Florida everyone wanted to know about the weather “back North.” I shared the joys of winter. The beauty of hauling 10-20 gallons of water every day in frigid temperatures to the barn. Trudging the horse through 4′ drifts to the pasture so he could get a little exercise even if it was only for a few hours. And braving those elements to move snow further back with the Bobcat.

imageFriends at home were thrilled to share the news of the daily forecast and thanks to smart phones, the Florida locals were often quick to let me know just what I was missing. Every day I was informed of the weather. It is everyone’s favorite topic of conversation. We went to The Ringling – saw fabulous artwork, a wonderful flea market, spent quality time with Aunt Phyllis, and of course, ATE phenomenal food. But the topic of conversation almost always ended up being about the weather.

imageI found it humorous how those in “good” weather enjoy discussing how miserable the weather is elsewhere. Those of us dealing with “bad” weather are obsessed with the challenges. I love the winter because it provides a break. Things have to be done slower, a little bit of hypernation, it’s like wiping the slate. And apparently, even on vacation, it gives everyone something to talk about.

Recycle Bags to make a Bag


A co-worker convinced me that I HAD to get on Pinterest. I am familiar with Pinterest, in fact many friends share project ideas with me and strongly recommended that I take a look. However, running around after animals, maintaining the property, house, and lately moving snow, moving snow, moving snow! There doesn’t seem to be an appropriate amount of time to hunt down new projects, not to mention finish the projects started.image

During one of the recent storms, I did get on Pinterest and started finding way too many interesting new projects. One of the things I found was the way to make yarn out of plastic bags. This of course made me look for a way to make a market bag using the recycled plastic bags. I found a pretty good market bag pattern on Red Yarn but of course it didn’t quite fit my ideas and I wanted to reinforce the top and handles a bit so that the plastic wouldn’t stretch.

imageCh 8, slip st in first st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 23 dc in ring, slip st in first st to join – 24 sts.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same space, [2 dc in each st] around, slip st in first st to join – 48 sts.
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in each st around, slip st in first st to join.
Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around, slip st in first st to join – 72 sts. Round 5: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st; repeat from * around, slip st in first st to join – 96 sts.
Round 6: With right sides together, join Base and Pouch, matching sts and working through both thicknesses, ch 1, sc in each st around, slip st in first st to join – 96 sts. Rounds 7-9: Ch 3, dc in each st around, slip st in first st to join – 96 sts.
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in same st at joining, *ch 5, skip next 3 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * around to last 3 sts, ch 2, dc in first sc forming last loop – 24 loops.
Rounds 11-21: Ch 1, sc in loop just formed, *ch 5, dc in next loop; repeat from* for 10 rows
Rounds 22-24: *ch 4, dc in next loop; repeat from* for 3 rows
Rounds 25-27: *ch 3, dc in next loop; repeat from* for 3 rows
Round 28: 3-5 dcs in each loop created (I varied the number of dc to fill each loop
Round 29: sc in every dc (this is just adding strength to the top to help hold the handles)
Fasten off.

imageHandle
Row 1: loop into top of dc and sc 60, sl st into dc on the opposite side of bag
Row 2: 65 dc around the foundation chain, sl st handle securely to dc
Row 3: sc in ever dc to add strength, sl st handle securely to dc on other side

Making this from a basic yarn is always an option, but if you are interested in crocheting plastic bags, check out the how to make Plarn on Pinterest. This project took about 50 plastic bags and it was a lot of fun. Speedbump (the cat) was especially in love with the plarn.