A new cottage industry – crochet bags
with a strap, so that I wouldn’t put it down and forget it.
When my cardiologist told me to walk for an hour a day, I needed a bag for notebook and pen, hanky and a few euros “in case”, a bag that would stay put round my waist, without banging, leaving my hands free for the Nordic poles. The first one I made was big enough for my camera and a couple of carrots for a friendly donkey I meet regularly.
This was the prototype hands-free walking bag I made, in a combination of a ribbon yarn and crochet cotton. It did the job, but the belt slots were too central, and allowed the corners to curl. Also, it was a little bit too deep, and banged on my hip.
This was the second, prototype, made in thick knitting wool, wider, and with the belt loops on the corners. Again it worked for a while, but proved too stretchy
The start of Celie’s 1st bumbag, made in dishcloth string and crochet cotton – a good non-stretchy material. She needed a hands-free solution for working about her farm in Illinois.
Celie wearing her Mark II baggie, improved version with three separate belt loops instead of the open slots of earlier versons. It is tied round her enviably slim hips with a rope I made on a lucet, from novelty yarns.
My lucet is made from a piece of scrap wood, but here is a proper one: For history and basic cord and rope making instructions, http://kws.atlantia.sca.org/photos/lucet/
I have started to make a Mark III version, photographing the process at every stage, and will post this later for the benefit of some of Celie’s readers who have expressed interest. They really are very easy to make, using double crochet stitch throughout (see the video if you want to practise in advance!)