Today I wanted to tell you how good I’ve been and how I’ve so far stuck to my plan not to buy any more yarn. It has been so hard and all the summer sales have been so very tempting! I’ve been ignoring what seems like daily emails to entice me back and I have not given in … but I’m about to break that streak.
I was shopping online in The Works last month (I’m looking for a knitting stitch dictionary) and found some pretty raffia strips. I decided I had to give them a go and as raffia wasn’t yarn in the traditional sense that it didn’t break my streak. However, there’s a huge sale currently going on over at Knitting in France’s page ready for her relaunch and she has some truly beautiful colours. So tomorrow I am going over there and treating myself. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve got 😀
Anyways, back to the raffia strips … I got two packs in total at a reduced price of £1.50 each thanks to a well timed voucher – complete bargain! And there are 10 gorgeous bright colours in each.
Straight away I could see these raffia strips making a beautiful beach bag … not big enough for our normal beach towels, but definitely big enough for some microfibre towels and the other little bits you need on the beach in the summer. Just look at all the pretty summer colours:
Wow! I grabbed my hook and started making a circular base for the bag using treble crochet (double crochet in the US), changing colour each row. This was working up quick! I wanted to make sure that I had enough left for the body of the bag and the handles, so I made sure not to do the base too large – overall it’s about 20cm in diametre across the base.
Once the base was as wide as I dare go, I stopped increasing and started going up to build the bag. Ooooooooo I am loving this! Once it was tall enough I finished it off with a round of double crochet (single crochet in the US).
Next was the strap! I wanted to make sure that the strap would be strong enough so I found some rope l and made simple knots around that with the raffia strips, kind of like I was making a friendship bracelet. I changed the colour every so often to keep the stripes going. I can’t fully explain how I fixed the handles to the bag, as it was trial and error to see what would work.
And voila! My gorgeous new beach bag!
I love it! Definitely going to have to look deeper into alternatives for yarn as this was a fun change from the ordinary.