String-a-Long and One Small Change

Just popping in to let you know about my March projects. So far my time away from the blog has accomplished me absolutely nothing. We have all been struck by a nasty cold and apart from my head feeling like it’s going to explode for the last several days, I’ve got four snotty children, two of whom now have lovely coughs to go along with the nose running. Ugh, anyway, I have higher plans for the rest of the week provided that recovery is speedy. At least we all came down with it at the same time, way better than it dragging on for a month because everyone gets sick one at a time. So, first off, Mousy Brown and Rattling On have set up a String-a-Long 2010 challenge. I was so excited as I have been making fabric shopping bags forever, and always loved string bags, but had never made one myself. I’ve got my yarn and hook ready and as soon as I can think straight without all the pressure in my sinuses, then I’ll be off. I’m using the Econo-Shopper Mesh Bag pattern for my first one, but I have plans to try out several different patterns over the course of the month. As you can see from my yarn choice, I have opted for a more outlandish colour, just kidding. I can’t seem to get out of my kick of coordinating colours at the moment. I’m trying to have several in the same shades to look nice on a hook by the door, but I do intend to make some more fun coloured bags to have in the car. Next, my March change for One Small Change. I’ve struggled to come up with what change we should work on, so I think this month it will be a combination of a few small things. We’ve gone to shopping less often, yay, so making some more string bags will help as I need more to hold the larger amount of groceries. I also want to bring in some air cleansing plants into the house. Ever since I ditched the peace lily I haven’t had any plants that are good at purifying the air, so I want to get a few in the house. Lastly, the winter wind is starting to die down, so I am hopeful that by the end of the month we should be able to go back to line drying our laundry. Our house is too small for me to hang it inside during the winter months, there is literally no room to accommodate all that much laundry so I can’t wait to be able to get it back outside. As far as February’s change went, it went really well. I did have to get rid of two onions as they were bad, but I am pretty sure that they were already bad when I got them as they were in the middle of a huge bag of onions that I bought and every other onion was fine. We were very careful about eating every last bite of everything that came into the house and had very little waste. Well, I’m off again for the week. I’m hoping to be back towards the end of the week, but that will depend on how everybody is feeling. I’ll pop in for sure on Friday and let you know what’s going on. I hope everyone is having a great week, I’ll catch up with you guys later.

crochet, gardening, green, home, nature • Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 • 13 Comments »
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13 Responses to “String-a-Long and One Small Change”

  1. amber jackson says:

    I missed checking up on your blog, I really enjoy it. Hope your family is well very soon. Peace!

  2. AG Ambroult says:

    I had a hard time coming up with a change for March, too. I like your idea of just building upon some of the other committments you have made. And my string bags are coming along quickly. I have a feeling I’ll end up with a bunch by the end of the month.

  3. Jen says:

    I agree on the March change. I’m struggling. I like your plant idea, although I have a black thumb! 😉 Hopefully by the end of the week I will have something. Hope your fam feels better soon.

  4. Sue says:

    Hope you all get well soon, I’m also doing the string-a-long, the same bag as you.

  5. SparklePetal says:

    I did my first line-dry of the year today – yay! It’s so nice to bring things in smelling fresh, even if they were also very chilly. And Snow White is finally able to come outside with me and ‘help’ without falling over (very often) or crying (much)! I’m not officially doing any ‘one small changes’, but I have decided I need to be more careful about whether things *really* need to go in the wash at all, or whether they can be worn once more. I’m sure I could save a bit of water and energy this way.

  6. Mousy Brown says:

    Love the colour you have chosen – very sophisticated! Take care all of you – lots of cuddles and hot chocolate and rest! I am thinking of you 😀

  7. French Knots says:

    We’ve had the lurgy here too, not good. Hope you are all better soon.
    Thanks for the link to the string bag, I’m going to try and make one too.

  8. Emily says:

    Sorry you’ve been sick but as you say, better to get it all done at once than to drag it out! We had a lovely warm day here today and it makes me so anxious to throw open the windows. Soon enough!

  9. Petit Filoux says:

    Oh no isn’t that typical??!! You take a break and then you fall ill! At least you’re all getting in at once like you said, which sounds much better than dragging it on!
    The mesh bag pattern looks really good, ah if only I could crochet! One day, one day!!
    Hope you and you kids get better soon, look forward to having you back amongst us soon! x

  10. Rattling On says:

    I have a dreadful cold as well…feels like a tractor is driving around in my head..
    Love the flowery fabric in the pic, and look forward to seeing the bag.

  11. Welcome back Jennifer – I missed you! Hope you are recovering all of you. We had loads of cold last week and this afternon teh vomit bug has arrived for its yearly visit (always in March!). x

  12. Rosaleen says:

    I’ve been missing reading your blog! I hope the runny noses stop soon, my older girl seems to have had one for weeks!

  13. I am so glad to hear Feb went well! Making the string bags is one small change in itself and I am so glad you are doing the string a long. Your other changes sound great also! Feel free to stop by any time this month and let us know how it is going! http://1smallchangeblog.blogspot.com/
    ~Suzy

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