Thursday, August 23, 2007

WIP of the Week - Market Bag

Pea and I are officially on a diet. When the summer weather hit, I stopped walking every day like I had been. Even though I haven't been exercising, my blood sugars have been holding steady. Do you know what that means? It means, I'd lost my incentive to push myself to exercise.

But now, all of my pants are soooo tight. "Suck-in-your-breath-or-they-aren't-going-to-zipper" tight. Do you know what that means? It means, I've re-found my incentive to push myself to exercise. I also have incentive to make sure we are eating better. In doing so, I found out that our town has a weekly Farmer's Market, just a mile or two from my house. Apparently, everyone in town knew about this but me!

This week, I grabbed my Saturday Market Bag and went to check it out. It was small, but I still found everything I was looking for and had a lot of fun. What I found odd was that I was the only person who had brought their own reusable bag. There were plastic bags provided by each farm, and each customer used between one and five bags.

When I got home, I dug out a large ball of Lion Cotton that's been hanging out in the stash and I cast on for Elisa's Nest Tote. I haven't gotten very far, but I love it already.



I figure if I keep showing up with pretty re-usable bags, maybe others will be inspired to kick the plastic bag habit too. I think this pretty lacy pattern will be just the thing to inspire them!

18 comments:

Kristin said...

I love that bag! It's on my "to knit" list. I stopped using plastic bags and I think it makes grocery shopping so much easier!

Noeysmommy said...

Good for you! For walking and for using reusables! I haven't been working out either this summer....too darn hot!

~Kristie said...

I'm on a diet too ... well, at least I'm trying not to consume everything in the fridge & pantry on a daily basis.

I love the colorway your using for the Nest Tote.

Kym said...

i feel like a terrible person because I have a saturday market bag too, but i always forget to bring it to the store. DUH. good for you for bringing it with you- hopefully other people will follow your example.

JessaLu said...

That bag is pretty cool!

I have a bunch of reusable bags I got from delight.com which I totally love :o)

Julie said...

I have the same experience at my FM every week- all the booths have enormous rolls of plastic bags and even if they see I've got my own bags out they're still just automatically grabbing their own. Argh. Hopefully they'll get it by the end of the summer! Kudos on getting out more, I need to do the same so I want work on getting my cholesterol down.

Sonya said...

We just started using canvas bags at the grocery store. We now have to steel ourselves for the dirty looks we get from the checkout people. We always got the look when we asked for paper instead of plastic; now I know they have a whole other set of dirty looks.

Kudos to you on walking again. We've got to get it in gear once this oppressive humidity moves on.

Wannabe said...

We use reusable bags that I got from EcoBags. I love that feeling!

jessica said...

Oh you've inspired me! I've been wanting to make one but just haven't found the right pattern, thanks for the link! yay for exercising again! I need to do that too, maybe when gabe starts school, then i'll only have to worry about two of them... I love the color of you bag too, I'm afraid I only have boring colors of cotton in my stash... oh well:O)

Zarzuela said...

Seriously. What is with the plastic bag thing? Our farmer's market is the same way. I've seen a couple other people carrying reusable bags, but not many. I can't stand all those dang bags around the house. It's bad enough with the regular supermarket!

Jessica

Allena said...

LOL that's funny that noone else was using reusable bags! i'm sooo making one of those bags. thanks for the link!

good luck on the diet! i'm on one too!

Alisha said...

Good job on the walking!!! It makes a world of difference!!! I have been faithful walking and eating well and have been very successful.

I am so gonna have to try that bag!!!

MissyJoon said...

I am starting my diet too, and on top of that I am NOT going to forget MY Saturday Market bag like I usually do!!!!

Heide said...

I love the looks of the bag you're making so much that I downloaded the pattern and I hope to make some of these for Christmas presents. Hope all is well back east with you and that you're staying nice and cool.

Dipsy said...

I *so* hear you! I've neglected my exercise too all through summer and now my pants don't fit anymore, and gosh, it's a terrible feeling, isn't it? So, it's the same for us here too: Eating better, exercising more... argh!! ;( The walking sounds good though, I think I'll have to try that too!
And that bag? Absolutely awesome!

christine said...

OOOh, I love that pattern. Great bag.............we have a wonderful farmer's market here, too!

Ragan Knits etc... said...

How did I miss this post????
I will have to make one of these! What a wonderful idea. I usually get paper bags lately and make sure to recycle them. But, this is even better.

Sarah said...

Oh, I really want to make this bag.... hmmm. How you've really got me thinking.

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