Tully the Turtle and grocery bags

His name is Tully the Turtle.  He is a baby turtle that enjoys crawling around, eating stuff in the sea, and playing with other knitted animals like my failed attempt at a rabbit:

I know.  It’s hideous.  I made it a few years ago when I first thought of making stuffed animals.  However, I didn’t have batting at the time, so I used rice.  A lot of rice.  Now the rabbit’s head won’t stand up by itself, giving it a really creepy mangled look.  Also, all the rice went to the bottom, so it just looks like a head limply connected to a huge yarn ball mass.  Oh yeah, and it weighs around 5 pounds.

But look how far I’ve come since then! Tully is 100% daniel-made with every body part sticking to where it’s supposed to stick. The legs did take quite a few tries, though.  I kept making them different sizes, so I ended up making around 10 (And now the extra tiny turtle legs are lying somewhere around my house).  My family claims that I lack the gene enabling me to create cute replicas of living things, but I believe I speak for both Tully and myself when I say that they are deeply mistaken.  Hopefully, he is the first installment of a series of animals that I will create.  Suggestions are welcome!

Besides Tully, I also made this multipurpose grocery bag:

I actually got the pattern online (iliveonafarm.com).  Apparently, she lives on a farm, goes by the name of “firefly,” and makes really good patterns for bags!  It’s free, so if you guys want to make it, just go to “www.iliveonafarm.com/1bag.html.”   I did make some slight modifications with the handles and the pattern for the sides of the bag.  Instead of the pattern “firefly” used, I just did straight stockinette for the sides, and I made the handles out of an I-chord (for more support) and then connected them to their corresponding sides with a kitchener stitch.

Great things about this bag:

1. It stretches to an incredible size without the worry of breaking!  The 100% cotton makes it sturdy while the loosely patterned stitches allows for the even distribution of weight throughout the bag.  In this way it’s more like a sac than a bag, but “grocery sac” just sounds nasty.

2.It lets you use up all the extra scraps of cotton yarn you have lying around (thus the purple stripe and the teal blue bottom).

3. It’s aesthetically pleasing (at least to me).  I thought the holy (adjectival form of hole, not sanctified) pattern was cool.  Here’s a close-up of it:

Plus, it’s a really easy pattern!  Just start with an even number of stitches, then…

Row 1: *yo, k2tog* repeat from * across.

Row 2: *ssk, yo* repeat from * across.

…and then ta-da!  You’re halfway to making you’re very own multipurpose grocery sac!

***The New York Times first starting printing their front pages with color photographs on October 16, 1997.

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