While cleaning up around the house, I found 3 string vests. I’m not sure if they are knitted or crocheted because neither of those techniques are in my repertoire. I have a vague memory of these vests from my past, but I’m not sure why. I think one of my sons brought them from Lethbridge to Calgary, who then decided they didn’t really want them. The vests were in the discard box when I found them. I couldn’t just let all that hand work be thrown out so I came up with a plan. I decided to make them into tote bags. I figured I could crochet the bottoms closed, like-wise with the neck opening and voilà – tote like shopping bags. The only problem I had to deal with was the fact that I don’t really know how to crochet more than one stitch. I was not going to let a little thing like that stop me. In my enthusiasm to get started, I forgot to take a before photo of the vests, but they look almost identical to the finished bags, without the green trim.
I’m need to give these a try to see how they work. If they do I’ll pass them on to someone who shares my appreciation of repurposed items. I’ve used string shopping bags and I love the way they stretch to hold a lot of stuff. I loaded one to see how it would hold up. They are best suited to round objects like fruits and veggies but by testing books and boxes I know they will carry a lot of weight.
I’m still trying to decide if I should make the openings a bit smaller. There always seems to be fine tuning needed to “perfect” my projects, but I love dealing with the details.