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I often ask myself “Do I need another reusable Market Bag?”. I always end up answering myself “Yes.” I love receiving them from foreign friends and they are a great thing to send away in return….but I crochet mine. They are a snap to craft and take just a few hours to complete. I like to add inner pockets, trick bottoms (so that the bag is self-containing) and special considerations for different kinds of groceries. For me, the Market Bag is a great go-to gift because it’s quick and easy to make, usually only takes one ball, requires no special care for the recipient to worry about, and it does any kind of person on your gift list (note: this is an excellent thing to give someone you don’t know very well. It’s also great for someone you do know, but don’t really like). Everyone is always glad to get a bag, and one more in the bottom of your purse can’t do you any harm either.
This summer The Loop is running a new workshop for Crocheters. In one session we will make a class full of greener than green bags for our summer marketing (or we will at least cover all the bases and get most of the project crocheted).
The crochet pattern for this workshop is a classic. The format for the pattern has been in use here for over 100 years. You may come across Victorian versions on the internet, or spot a lookalike on Road to Avonlea reruns*.

The pattern is designed to use a certain amount of cotton (keeping the materials at one ball) but additions such as wider straps and an attached change purse will be covered in the class.

The bag pictured (my “Posh Nosh Fennel Carrier”) used one ball of Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton DK, which has about 120m to the ball. Each colour in this line is plant dyed. This pretty blue was achieved with indigo. Indigo is the Pluto of the Colour Spectrum, poor little guy.

[From The Loop Website]Mesh shopping bags–called “filoches” in French–are a chic, practical, and environmentally friendly way to carry your produce home from the market. They’re also a great introduction to crocheting in rounds. In this workshop, you’ll learn how crochet can be used to make both firm, stable fabrics and open, stretchy ones–while making a market bag of your own.

Instructor: Morgan Forrester

2 hours

Tuesday, July 12th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Thank you Chives & Ciboulette for the photo props. I was very glad to use the fennel; very posh nosh.

*Aunt Olivia crochets throughout the series, and uses a white version of these bags to carry groceries for the Dale homestead back from Lawson’s. This was obviously my inspiration as are the Dales; Yorkshire and Jasper.
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Pia Skaarer Nielsen, the Annapolis Valley farmer, fibre artist and artisan behind Wondrous Woolerie spindles, sent us these pictures of some new additions to her fibre family:

Can you spot the shy one?

Pia handcrafts her drop spindles from reclaimed hardwoods and cabinetry scraps: she is particularly fond of using antique maple broomsticks for the shafts. We like them because they are convertible (top or bottom whorl), simply designed and great for beginners. These days she is hard at work on the spindles for our April 13th Drop Spindle workshop. This workshop is currently full, but don’t despair: you can contact us to be added to the waiting list or to be notified next time the class is offered!

Cathy is merriment
Mimi is starlings
Morgan is pomoboho
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