A snow outfit

doll clothesThis little ensemble is for the doll that lives at our house and is used when our granddaughter visits.  It was originally to be a birthday present for another granddaughter but that birthday has long gone.  I had issues when making this outfit and I blogged about it previously.  I started this quite some time ago and have only just finished it. (Cricket is on television).  The item on the right of the picture is supposed to be a muffler.

doll clothesI have yet to come up with a way of closing the front of the jacket.  I tried stick-on velcro but is just keeps coming off when you undo the velcro so I will need to think of another method.  I guess I could sew on the velcro but I don’t think that would look too neat.  Maybe I will use press studs.  Any ideas are welcome.

The pattern came from the book described in this blog post.

Remember the denim chair?

denim chairSince finishing the chair I was left with a large pile of cut up jeans.  I was not sure what to do with the left overs so I went online to Pinterest and typed in recycled denim.  Wow! what a wealth of ideas that gave me.

I quite liked several of the ideas :

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I decided that I would just crochet a rug.  My younger daughter wanted me to keep the pockets for her as she is planning an advent calendar using  a pocket for each day.  I think I have sixteen pockets so far and no doubt there will be more.

My first task was to cut up the denim in 1 inch strips.

denim stripsI will do this when the mood takes me so this project, like the chair, might take me quite some time.

The strips then have to be sewn together.

strips sewn togetherThe long strip then gets rolled into the resemblance of a ball.

denim strip ballThe pictures are a bit washed out so the denim doesn’t look very blue.

You then create a chain of the desired length.

denim chainIt is then just a case of crocheting single crochet until you have the rug length you desire.

Here you can see the size of the crochet hook.

denim crochetI have six rows so far.

five rowsIt looks a bit frayed but the whole idea is that it is a rag rug.  It is very sturdy.  This project may take a while. I think it will look fine when it is finished.  Ideal for in the shed!

Cricket season again……I love it.

My first year of blogging I posted this post The Mysteries of Cricket.  It was January 2012 when Australia was playing India in a test series.  Looking back at some of my old blog posts, this is my seventh year blogging, I came across this post and thought it was worthy of a reblog.I love it when the test cricket is on.  I have an excuse to sit in front of the television for long periods of time and I don’t feel guilty.  The reason for not feeling guilty is . . . .  it is sport.

For those of you who are bemused by the game of cricket this little explanation might help you!

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he is out. When they are all out, the side that’s been out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

“When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out, he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who are out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.

 I found that explanation on Zurich Cricket Club website.

cricketTo help those of you who have no idea what a silly mid off is, this diagram might help!

I do love watching cricket and those of you who know me will realise that it is one of the times when I get a lot of knitting or crochet done.