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Archive 2004: Progress report on Market Bag #1

(Note: This post was written by Laurel Regan and originally published in a separate blog called “Fibre Yarns”, which was later merged with Alphabet Salad.)

Adapted from LiveJournal entry originally posted October 30th, 2004:

In case you missed it, I’m in the process of making a market bag (in black cotton).

At this point in time, I’ve finished the single crochet base, and have done about 8 rounds of the mesh portion. I’m nearly ready to switch to my second ball of yarn, which is scaring me a little, but I’ll manage! 🙂

I definitely did something wrong on the single crochet base portion, but after taking it apart once and redoing it, only to find that I’d made the same mistake, I decided to just carry on with the bag anyway. The problem has to do with where the round has been joined. One side of the bag is straight, and the other side slopes out… maybe I’m accidentally increasing? Not too sure. I think next time I make this bag (’cause I
want to keep making them until I get it right!), I’ll have to be a bit more diligent about counting my stitches in that portion, and making sure I slip stitch into the right single crochet.

I’m also having a bit of trouble each time I complete a round, figuring out where to join and start a new round… but I’m starting to get the hang of it.

The “quest for perfection” has been my downfall in many projects and hobbies I’ve attempted in the past. Therefore, I’ve decided to keep telling myself that this bag doesn’t have to be perfect (good thing!), and that what’s important is that I complete the project and learn stuff along the way. I won’t be so easy on myself for the second bag, though! 😉

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.