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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Youngest Bag Lady-ramble

Have you ever noticed how some likes and dislikes tend to run in the family? The down side of it is that also certain diseases and disorders run in the family. This happens when  the composite of genes of the previous generations are passed on by birth. 
Customs and traditions families nurture settles even more how neuro pathways in our brain run.

For instance, our vacations tend to be filled with going to art events, hiking, travel, camping. In the family of my  oldest daughter's  hubby they like to stay in hotels in the Pacific. We emphasize new experiences in a vacation. In another family  they like being wined and dined on cruises, in hotels, etc.

Then there is the mind over body matter. I wonder which of these is stronger in the gift mix? 
Without ever having seen her grandmother do them, my daughter likes crossword puzzles. In her adult life she suddenly started doing them. My hubby and I never  have done them. As with other things, some characteristics and traits skip one or more generations.

One of my grand daughters has taken up knitting (she asked me to teach her to knit) and loves bags. I do not only knit, and love purses and bags, but I also knit bags! In one of the posts of last year around this time you can see several of them ("The Beginning and the End")

This is a bag from Interweave Knits I once made, The squares are vinyl. On cuts a circle into the square and  the empty circles are crocheted. Most of the work was punching out the little holes (the tool for that didn't work too well!), so the crochet yarn ("Grace" from Paton)  can go through there. The rest was a cinch. The squares are crocheted onto each other and a handle is put on. The ones who read my previous post know that I put a lining in every bag, except for the expandable grocery bags.


Protege said...

Beautiful bag! Honestly, I am so impressed.
Your granddaughter is lovely.;) And so true it is how some traits runs in families, I take apparently after my fathers father.;)

DUTA said...

You're perfectly right about things and diseases running in the family. There's no escape from genetics.

Regarding diseases I claim that if the person leads a balanced life there's a good chance that the genetic blow will strike late in life not before the age of 75-80.

Dimple said...

Your "bag Lady" looks very proud. And you can be, too! My grandmother took responsibility to teach my sister and me knitting, sewing, and crocheting. I still do each of them from time to time, after almost 50 years. Thank you for reminding me.

Gaelyn said...

I believe you're right about family traits being passed along. My Mom, her father, and I are all into arts and crafts, many of the same ones.
I like the bag.

midwesttomidlands said...

I used to do a lot of crocheting and funny enough had just been thinking about picking it up again today. Maybe I can make a bag as nice as yours one of these days!

crochet lady said...

That is a very fun bag. Love the bright circles. I like to crochet the mesh/hobo bags.

jeannette stgermain said...

thank you! It's kind of fun when a child is young, so see them develop certain traits, that are not learned behavior in any way!
Please give me a few days to get back to your email:)

there's a good and bad side on genes being passed on -the good is that we can UN-learn less desirable habits.

What is balanced maybe for very one different -what most people say is balance, might be boring to me. For you traveling is balanced, but for someone else it may be frightening...

Thank you! In my days knitting and crocheting was on the curriculum of 2nd-5th grade in Holland. In Indon. where my mother grew up not, so she learned it when I was in my teens.

Wow, that must be great to be in a family like that. I am the only one who paints, all the others of my family of origin are musical -so, I'm the oddball:)

Many people here crochet, but not many do bags. Is crocheting back in, in Europe?
When I told my sister in law a few years back that I wanted to buy some crochet books there, we ended up some with leftover books from the 70ties! Those were the only ones we could get.

Yes, the circles was what attracted me to make this bag. But I sold it at a fund raiser, so I was glad I saved the pic!

Rosie said...

What a cute bag-lady - I see she likes hats too:) Yes medical conditions do run in families I know from experience but also interests and abilities. Both my cousin and I loved history and we have both worked in Museums:)

Sreddy Yen said...

Hi Jeannette! Wow, I haven't blogged for a long time. LOL, holidays sure make one lazy :) But it's back to school next week...

I'm proud to say that I've knit myself a scarf when I was in Grade 6. It was quite an experience, but I'll never do it again - it is just too tedious!

Hmmm...the last photo in your previous post sure makes an awesome painting!

jeannette stgermain said...

wow, that specific, huh? Yeah, I forgot about the hat! You're a good observer:)

Oh my goodness, I don't know of many men who have even tried knitting - that's commendable!
Yes, it would make smashing painting, but don't tempt me, I have some other paintings that need to come first! LOL
Do well in school!

Jupiter Family said...

Happy New Year !!!

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jeannette stgermain said...

wishing you a happy 2010 too! I went to your blog and saw the video of the Chinese landscape (because I was there for a week) -which made me understand the Chinese artists more - they paint their mountains more realistically than I thought!
Thanks for visiting:)

The Muse said...

I can only make long
I have purse envy.

jeannette stgermain said...

The Muse,
If you can knit or crochet -all you have to know for (most) purses, is how to increase and decrease stitches. But of square or oblong purses you do not even have to know that.

A square purse with a flap is actually like a tablerunner (only shorter), divide it up in three (front,back, flap - a little shorter than front & back side).
If you don't want a flap, knit/crochet a short table runner, divide it up two (front and back side), fold over the ends to put the bought handles in there, and make a seam .

Instead of handles you buy, you can make 2 I-cords. For regular purses you knit or crochet 5 stitches till long enough (for dainty purses you knit/crochet 3 stitches) and voila I gave you a pattern for at least 3 purses.

Ebie said...

Hi Jeannette, I stumbled upon your blog from Stine (Coloring with Light) from Ontario, Canada.
Your grand daughter is a cutie. And I love the crocheted bag. I do crochet afghans, but I have not done bags.
I have also seen your art work and they are gorgeous!
BTW, I live in Noho bordering Burbank.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you, thank you:)
You know, bags look hard, but most of them are not -(read my comment to the Muse, above).
I recently moved to the border of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa - very different from Whittier -my previous living place:)
And thank you for visiting!