A few years ago, I spent a lovely day at my local agricultural show (Bingley Show – one of the largest single day events in the North). It was fascinating to see all the different animals on display from the tiny ‘fancy’ mice to the enormous show bulls via cats, hens, goats and everything in between. The show also has a whole load of traditional attractions – fruit and vegetable contests, flower arranging and my personal favourite, handicrafts. There were so many different categories and I made a promise to myself to enter. I was particularly spurred on when it became apparent that some of the categories only had three entries and furthermore all of the entries had been made by the same person, guaranteeing them all the rosettes!
So in June 2016, I downloaded my entry form from the show’s website and set to work. One of the categories was an upcycled item and what could be a better example of upcycling than reusing disposable plastic bags to make practical and functional storage baskets from plarn. You may have realised from earlier posts that I love plarn and I love making baskets so combining the multitude of coloured bags available, I created three rainbow striped baskets that fitted snugly inside each other. Standard crochet basket pattern, flat circle to start, line of dc into the back loops only to begin the side of each basket then carry on until they reach the desired height.
I was pretty happy with the end result – the rainbow lacked purple, I wasn’t able to find a suitable bag but I felt that the baskets hit the brief. It was only then that I read the small print. I hadn’t checked the dates and unfortunately we were on holiday for the day of the show. To enter, you have to present your items on the morning of the show and remove them at the end – no exceptions. After all my work and planning I couldn’t take part! Nevermind, there’s always next year!
As I type this (June 2017) I have downloaded the 2017 entry form – just need to check my dates properly this time!