Sunday, June 01, 2008


First up--the May K.A.Y.E. winner was:

Amanda H.!

If you didn't win this month, don't worry. Your name is still in the pot for the large end-of-the-year drawing. Some good stuff in that pot let me tell you!

No idea what I'm talking about? Click the link above.

Next up, winners of the ever so carefully (ha ha) crafted sheep key fobs.

I picked the pee tale of Alisha--because pissing in a car surrounded by wild monkeys is something I can only dream of!

Next up I picked Sherry W.'s answer on who to write in. Hillary! Of course! DUH! (Sorry Obamans, I just can't bring myself to swing that way.)

And the random winners were Bufanditas and my mom (seriously, it picked her!). And sorry mom, I made one of these fobs for myself--so I don't want to see this under my Christmas tree! Ha ha!

Congrats to the winners--email me your addresses to rkbezzie @ gmail . com and I'll send out your prizes this week.

And if you've made it this far, I give you a picture of my first finished Personal Jesus Spider shopping bag:


I tossed every canned food I could find in my cupboard in there (including the nastiness that are spaghettios and beef ravioli) to test it.

Unfortunately we only go grocery shopping every other week, so I've got to knit about 15 more of these to truly make it worth my while. Ha ha!

But I have to say this is WAY better than buying those 99 cent Chinese made PLASTIC based "earth friendly" bags that every grocery/drug/department store seems to be pushing.

Like what do they think will happen to that 99 cent Chinese made PLASTIC based "earth friendly" bag when it breaks after the 10th trip? Do they think people will sew the handle back on? I'm willing to bet the majority will just throw the bag away and into the landfill it will go with its normal plastic bag cousins.

OK, you saved yourself from using 10 regular plastic shopping bags, but since when did buying something made overseas by one of our economic rivals most likely by sweatshop labor (the normal plastic shopping bags from my Shop Rite are made in the USA--Oklahoma to be exact) and replacing plastic bags with 100% non woven Polypropylene make things better?

What's my point to this rant?

Dear Grocery Stores and Hipsters Pretending To Make a Difference Schilling These Ugly Bags:

Shut the hell up. These bags are no better than the "evil" plastic shopping bags that you are determined to make plastic pariahs.

Thus ends the gospel according to My Own Personal Jesus Spiders.

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Blogger Rachel said...

Actually, a major difference between those crappy "reusable" bags and normal plastic bags is that the reusable bags are too heavy to get blown out of landfills and into rivers, lakes, or the ocean, where they congregate or disintegrate - which is a HUGE problem with normal plastic bags.
And hey, even if a person only gets ten uses out of a bag, that's better than one use (or half a use, since they're always double bagging), right?
We have one of those kind of flimsy-looking polypropalene bags we got for free from a store, and we've actually been using it on every shipping trip since November and it looks none the worse for the wear.
But yes, your bag is way better than the crappy reusable ones. But the reusable ones are still way better than plastic bags.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous jymama said...

Do you have a pattern to share for that awesome bag with a fabric bottom?

I crocheted one from a pattern in Teach yourself to Crochet and it just sucks. It really needs the bottom. It stretched out and it was not strong enough for cans.

I do use canvas bags and a couple of really great Trader Joe's bags--the $2 ones and love them! I've had way more than 10 uses from them-over a year's worth and we shop at least once a week since we shop at the farmer's market, the conventional natural foods market and Costo (they have great organics!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I'd need a lot of bags since I shop only twice a month and there are four of us still at home. I love the Jesus spider fabric. What an inspiration that was!

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I WON!!!! I didn't say anything about Christmas presents. Hummmmmmm....I'll have to think about that. Maybe Santa could leave it in my stocking!! Hahahaha!!! Love, Mom

1:13 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I bought a bunch of the bags my supermarket sells for 75 cents each. They have held up pretty well for about 6 months now. One of them split its side seam a bit right away, but it's still usable. The others are holding up fine and it's been way more than 10 trips. I should probably start a campaign to sew enough cloth bags to see me through once the store ones really expire.

Your bag is really cool. I started to crochet myself a string bag two different times and just never finished. Maybe I should knit one instead.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

I have to say that I'm a little anti-plastic bag. I refuse to pay for a glorified tote when I have a pile of free cloth totes that I've accumulated over the years.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hehe..congrats to the winners! Fab bag there!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Congrats to the winners! Love the shopping bag. Your rant about those plastic bags rock. I went to the Carroll Gardens flea market today and there was a woman selling these plastic bags that said "Protect Earth." I laughed a bit because it just seems like the hippie way of "making a difference."

6:02 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I completely agree on the crap plastic bags they are pushing at the stores. That is just a way for them to make money by getting you to pay for the bag and then they don't have to pay to give you a bag. As far as earth friendly, it will still sit in a landfill for a bazillion years AND it had to be shipped from China thus using up oil and creating greenhouse gasses. so much for Earth friendly.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Congrats to the winners!

Yey on your bag!

One of the things I INSISTED upon, almost to the point of crazy, I admit (now), was that my X not get any of my canvas bags. They were mine to begin with, and if I could not keep my sailboat I was damn well keeping the bags.

I've used for the same sad-now looking canvas bags these past 10+ years to shop with, with a few more patches and love they'll probably last another 10 years.

12:08 AM  
Blogger JRS said...

I love your Gospel.

I've never understood the replacing-plastic-bags-with-plastic-bags bit. I just take my backpack to the store and toss everything in it. I'm lucky to have two supermarkets withing 4 blocks, so I don't have to buy much at any one time. Then I bike home...some things about Japan are really convenient.

2:02 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I have one of the reusable ones from the grocery store and 3 from Costco. We really have to do better in keeping the bags in the car/taking them with us, because we always forget and end up with the plastic. Though, I went to check out a new store a little further from the house this weekend, and they are pushing reusable cloth bags and also have a paper bag option instead of plastic, if you don't have a reusable. I liked that.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

Yay! I love key fobs, thanks!!!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Boy, are you cranky today!

7:09 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Lynn cracked me up.

Great bag!

I personally only buy bags that are manufactured by starving kitties in Iraq.

11:14 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Congrats to the winners! I like the Hillary write in too!! Love your Personal Jesus Bag!! Can't get the song out of my head now either!

12:14 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Well who knew that peeing with wild animals would come in handy one day LOL

Thanks Bizzie!!

Great bag. The opening looks nice and big. The market bags I am doing have tight openings (that just sounds not good on so many levels) and I am not sure if I am messing up somwwhere as I do them or if it is the patten. They are still nice but I kinda think a wider opening (again sounds bad on many levels LOL) is better.

Anyway yours look great! If you share the pattern I would so try it!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Cool bag!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

For those of you who shop less often and feel you need dozens of bags, think boxes. Years ago groceries were delivered in open topped cardboard boxes. They are easy to come by and when they wear out you can put them in the recycling.
This could require help at the grocery as someone has to go get the boxes out of the car and pack them at the checkout.
I have a half dozen heavy canvas bags that I use. My biggest problem is the self check out. The scale does not like the weight of the bags. It is a pain in the butt.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Thank you for speaking my mind about those stupid plastic shopping bags. It really annoys me that everyone thinks it's cool to "go green" by spending more money and buying more stuff.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

LOVE the bag! I wish more people would do stuff like that.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Beautiful bag! And good point about the reusable bags - I never thought about it like that.

I like Magatha's point about the cardboard boxes - the Aldi and Save-A-Lot chains provide boxes for customers to use in place of bags (although you can still get bags if you want).

11:32 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

Meijers has really good bags, though. They're machine wash on gentle (I've tried it--but the color bleeds some, so don't put anything else in there), and they're good and sturdy. I've had a few for over a year now, and the ones from Whole Foods are getting holes now, so it's time to patch those up. The Meijers ones seem to be better and stronger. I use mine everywhere now.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

Is that bag an original pattern???

And hey, if it weren't for those plastic bags, you wouldn't have that kickass raincoat you made a while ago... (snicker)

3:01 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I will never be able to hear that Depeche Mode song again without adding "spider bag" to the chorus.

1:03 PM  

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