I paid a visit to Ikea last week and found this sisal twine that I thought would be fun to try in the knitting nancy. The sample that I knit above just seemed to scream “handle”, so that’s what it became. I’m pretty excited about this idea. It’s so easy, so useful, and it looks good too. Then there are all the material possibilities: real or faux leather or suede cord, twine, mason line – you name it. Now I just need to look for places where I need handles. Perhaps on either side of a storage box or even used as drawer pulls. Keep in mind that if you use only four evenly spaced popsicle sticks on your toilet paper roll nancy, your knitted tube will not be round, it will be square. The loops that you form on each stick will make the four corners of a square tube. That could make for an interesting handle, couldn’t it?
I attached this handle to an inexpensive round box made in the Philippines that I found at Michael’s. I used my sewing awl to put holes in the box top and then I threaded the twine tails of my handle through them and tied knots in the tails on the inside of the box to secure the handle. If I get very ambitious I may cut out those little international Santa figures and decoupage them around the perimeter of the box. But I doubt I would have the patience for that unless I were sick in bed and I sure hope that doesn’t happen again between now and Christmas.
Those Santa pictures are from the packaging for a set of lunch sack size paper bags Ikea is selling now. They are very charming. The wrapping paper underneath is also from Ikea.
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