Yesterday morning brought spectacular lightning and monsoonal rain, but that scarcely dampened enthusiasm for the New York-area launch of the Anya Hindmarch I'm Not a Plastic Bag cotton shopping bags at Whole Foods. The bags have sparked riots in some places; roundabout Exit 151, even with a purchase limit of three per customer, the entire stock was gone within minutes, leaving long lines of disappointed eco-fashionistas. Perhaps unsurprisingly, when the designer spoke to the NY Times, it was not about sustainable agriculture nor about Fair Trade, but about the value of created scarcity.
I could use a new market bag, but wasn't about to stand in line in the rain. So I re-purposed a UFO from last summer, Meta Thompson's Crocheted Bag for Holding Yarn, in Spin-Off Summer 2006. Although the chili pepper colorway still has great appeal, I lost interest in the somewhat tortuous pattern some time ago.
The medallion is now the bottom of a string bag in progress that's sorta based on Judy Gibson's Turkish Stitch String Bag. I adjusted the stitch count to accommodate the medallion and modified the version of Turkish Stitch given in the pattern to k2tog in Row 1 and ssk in Row 2 to emphasize the pretty faggoting (hard to see when the bag is in the formless blob stage).
Given the gross mismatch between needle (U.S. 11 or 8 mm) and yarn (crochet cotton), I'm having a little trouble keeping the tension as even as I prefer. I'm trying not to obsess – it's a string bag, fergoshsakes.