More left-over wool items

My brother-in-law asked me to knit some covers for his golf clubs as he knew I was trying to use up small amounts of wool.  I had no idea that you could find patterns for golf club covers but a search on Ravelry came up with many different patterns.

I decided to make the pattern that was available on Purl So Ho.

I have completed two of the covers and am now on the third.

I am enjoying making these as the pattern is very easy.

 

Looking for inspiration.

I want to make some pictures to hang in our toilet but I am not sure quite what I want to do.  I decided to take a look at my Pinterest board for ideas and was surprised by the many and wonderful quotes that I had pinned there.  It will be difficult to make a choice.

If you click on the photo it will take you to the actual board where there are many more framing thoughts I have pinned.

When did I last do framing?

I have finally put some time aside to do a bit of framing.  The framing that I did was some that I started a long time ago but just haven’t got around to finishing.  I seem to spend a great deal of time procrastinating.

The frame of the brown picture I made by using an old frame which was purchased cheaply at an op shop and then I cut the frame down to size.  I didn’t have any thick framing wood so that was the cheapest way to do it.

I have one more poster that I have to finish framing but I am having difficulty in procuring glass for it as the poster is quite large.  I might have to get a piece of glass cut to size at the glazier’s. I really need to finish the picture as I have had it for a couple of years now. Oh dear. I need to get my act together.

Old shirt recycled as dress lining.

It is a while since I have done any sewing.  I had cut out this dress last summer but hadn’t got around to doing anything with the cut out pieces.  I have finally got my act together and completed it.  The lining and pockets are made from shirt fabric that is being recycled.

I wasn’t sure if my granddaughter would wear it but I think the pockets were what convinced her.  She loves having pockets to put things in.  Although it is still winter here she wore it on her way back home to Canberra.

Strips of colour or chevrons

A while ago I crocheted a chevron rug for my daughter.  I used wool that I had frogged from a jumper and then bought the contrasting wool.

I was delighted when my son said he would be happy if I made him a lap rug using up scraps of wool.  He normally doesn’t ask for me to knit anything for him so I jumped at this idea.  I decided I would crochet a chevron rug as it is easy to do, no thinking required while I watch the cricket.

As soon as I arrived home I checked out the pile of left-over wool and pulled out a few colours that I thought would go together ok.

I was sorting through my 8ply box but when I finished the rug I found that I had inadvertently put in some wool that was not 8ply.  I don’t think it makes too much of a difference and the finished rug looks ok.

The pale grey is the non 8ply. You can see that the chevron is narrower.

I am happy with the result.

Some remedial work in the garden

We have a problem with moss on the so called lawn in our garden and my husband has tried to get rid of the moss but with no success so we have decided to get rid of the lawn instead.This photo gives you an idea of how poor the lawn is so we are making garden beds with pathways instead.

I started out by extending the original beds slightly

and then putting a couple of beds in the middle of the lawn.

I have only cut out the shapes and haven’t done the digging yet on this side of the garden.

This is the other side of the front garden before I started work.

I have managed to get a bit more done on this side. This is it marked out ready for digging.It is tough going as the soil is compacted and full of couch grass roots and moss.  Good exercise for me.

This is what garden websites have to say about couch grass which doesn’t get enough sun or water.

Couch lawn, however, can become straggly, form bare patches and look very poor if it does not receive enough water or nutrients (fertiliser), or is growing in the shade, which is too heavy for the lawn to tolerate.

Couch is also an invasive grass. It will require garden edging to ensure that it doesn’t begin to grow into and overtake garden beds. This is easily done through regular garden maintenance by pulling out any runners which have crept into the garden. It’s when we do not do this regular maintenance that we can begin to find Couch that may have grown excessively into our shrubs and bushes.”

One bed done, three to go.  The pathways will be done in eucalyptus chip so the finished result should be less maintenance for us.  We have ordered soil to top up the beds so they are raised above the level of the pathway.