I’ve never really been much of a summer-lovin’ kind of gal. Growing up in a beach town, you’d think that I’d be all about the mid-year rays. I so, totally am not. I blame this on a string of immobilizing sunburns obtained in my tween and teen years (while attempting to keep up with my blond, baby-oil lathered, tan skinned friends) and the Casper references often directed my way whenever I made an outdoor appearance. Alas. What can I say, I’m Irish (or rather, “Spirish” as my Spanish father explained was the term for the convergence of the two sides of my heritage.) I mean, my people are made for cool, misty moors –not dry, unforgiving, sweltering heat! I’d become a vampire, but my vegetarianism is potentially problematic for blood-sucking survival. Alas, again.
If I had it my way living in Austin (which ironically is summer for a good 6 months of the year), I’d live in some self-induced state of bio-domedom. As a parent of young children though, inevitably around this time every year, I have to come to grips with the fact that trips to the pool, day camps, and nature-filled play dates are in my near future. Alas, thrice.
If you can’t beat ’em though, join ’em–and while you’re joining them, you might as well accessorize. Start planning now (wait, did I just use the “p” word?), and knit yourself the perfect waterproof bag for toting around a hat, sunscreen & bottle of water. How, pray tell, do you do that you ask? Well my poolside pumpkins, you’ve got a couple of choices!
You can run right out and grab a copy of Not Another Teen Knitting Book, featuring this purse made from that same plastic lacing that you might’ve made lanyards from as a kid (I never actually went to summer camp, but I’ve heard lore that said lanyards were the craft of choice there.)
OR, you might want to choose from the plethora of color and style choices of fiber thin, plastic yarns from Jelly Yarns ! These came out right around the time my book came out and I remember thinking, “Man, I wish these had been around when I was making the Spring Break bag–look at all the colors!”
This yarn is perfect for all of your summer-y needs, as it is durable, waterproof, and will work for anything from flip-flops to yoga bags! Oh, and note to parents: THERE’S A GLOW IN THE DARK OPTION (of which I’m definitely going to need to get for trick-or-treat bag making, later in the year!)
As part of my Knit Aid release countdown, I have yet another giveaway for you! Get started on your own, beach-bound booty now by letting your fingers do the walking over to the JY site and/or posting here now for your chance to win one of their great, Jelly purse kits.
Two lucky stitchers will get supplies needed to make either one of the below pictured bags.
Crocheted Black Heart Purse Kit
Knitted Small Market Bag Kit
Good luck & happy Friday!
P.S. If your posting under “Anonymous” you WILL NOT be eligible unless you sign your name at the bottom of the post. Thanks!