Last night was one of those nights that it’s difficult to put the baby to sleep. After Kara slept soundly on Steve for 10 minutes, clutching her favorite toy—a (empty, unused) medicine dropper—he put her down in the crib. She, of course, woke up and screamed. Quite often, though, if you leave the room she’ll settle right back down.
It seemed as though she would do just that, but every minute or so, just when it seemed like she was asleep, she would scream again. Finally, I went into her room to see what could possibly be wrong.
Apparently, she had stuck her hand through the vertical slats of the crib, then turned the medicine dropper sideways. She was absolutely enraged that the horizontal dropper would not go back through the vertical slats. She was clutching it and screaming at it as though pure fury would get it back in the crib with her.
My baby, the genius.
I finally did it—made something totally freehand. It’s incredibly simple, but hey, it’s mine, and it’s something I’ve needed for a very long time. If you’d like to make your very own grocery bag keeper, here’s a rough idea how. I’m writing this from memory, so if you find any mistakes, feel free to let me know.
Chain 15. Slip stitch into first ring. SC into each chain—14 SC.
(SC in next SC, 2 SC in next st) until end of round—21 SC.
(1 SC in next 2 st, 2 SC in next st) to end of round—28 SC.
(1 SC in next 3 st, 2 SC in next st) to end of round—35 SC.
Chain 4, skip one stitch, treble crochet in next stitch. (Chain 1, skip 1 SC, TrC in next SC) til end of round.
(TrC in ch-1 space, ch 1) til end of round. Repeat until it’s as long as you want, then DC in next ch-1 space, SC in next ch-1 space, SC in each ch-1 space and each TrC til end of round. SC in each st for 1 more round.
Make a chain as long as you’d like your handle to be. SC to fasten halfway across the bag, SC in next chain on bag, turn, SC in each chain of the handle. Slip stitch to connect it to the bag. Fasten off, weave in ends.