Oh Hey, Haymarket Tote 

Last Spring, I purchased a “Spring Fever Pattern Bundle” which included 44+ crochet patterns – what a steal.  The bundle included a handful of tops, hats, blankets, totes and this “French Market Bag” by one of my favorite bloggers, Two of Wands.

I must admit; this tote took me a couple months to finish.  It was my WIP that I kept nearby to do a couple rows here and there, while also working on other projects.

On Saturday, I took the market bag on a test run to Haymarket.  Haymarket is Boston’s oldest outdoor market, open on Fridays and Saturdays (throughout the year, I believe).  I can appreciate the whole “experience”, and the deals on produce is worth the trip.

However, if you’re not prepared to fight off the crazies with their mini foldable shopping carts, then it may not be worth it.  The experience can end up being a total debacle – People are pushy, and my ankles get jammed multiple times per visit.  I don’t know if I’m annoyed by the crowds of people, or annoyed that I don’t have a cart of my own to retaliate.

I mentally prepare up to 4 days in advance and I barely lasts 4 minutes before I start to lose my cool. I usually end up standing back and shouting what we need from afar while the hubs handles the transactions.  My job is to make the grocery list and map out the easiest way to get in and out of there unscathed.

I didn’t want to overload this bag with too many goodies, but it served its purpose of being a pretty market accessory and no one was injured in the shopping process, which is more than I can say for those obnoxious, yet efficient folding carts.

It’s clear that I am a fan of totes, and this one is no exception.  The pattern was simple enough, but also included some construction techniques that I don’t regularly use (treble, decrease for cinched edges).

The tote could have been ready sooner if I didn’t have have multiple half-finished project distractions.  I can never finish what I start right away. Unless I’m up against a deadline, I always get distracted and need several other pretty things in the ‘to-do’ queue.  I can’t be the only one, right? Right.

Anyway, it’s finally finished – look how pretty it is next to these terribly sour (inedible) clementines – at least they served their purpose for the photo – worth it.

~Bailey

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