Further work on reducing the stash

I now have my frogged wool ready to use so have been able to complete some of the hexagons I had started.

This is a project that will keep me going for a while.  It will reduce the wool stash very slowly.

 

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.

Time in my work room at last

It is quite some time since I spent time in the room where I do sewing etc. and it was good to get in there the other day.  I was inspired after reading a blog where the writer had decided to get to unfinished projects and try to complete them before starting something new.  I thought, yes I can relate to that.  I have a few things on the go and I need to get some of them finished and out of the way.

I decided to start with some of my framing projects.

I looked back through my posts and discovered that it was August 2017 when I started these projects, cutting the mats and backing core foam.  That is certainly procrastination on a grand scale.

I spent some time cutting the moulding for the frames and now I need to get the moulding joined before glass cutting for two of the pictures and then assembling the pictures.

I find I get easily distracted and spent some time doing a little bit more on the crocheted floor rug I started many moons ago. It is quite sore on the fingers when working the denim so I can only do a little bit at a time.

It is an on-going project so I can leave that and go back to it at any time.  I started this after I had upholstered a chair in old jeans and I had scraps left over.

denim chair

The most interesting little shop in Lakes

Stitches ‘N’ Things

I have no photo of the shop but it is only a tiny shop in the main street of Lakes Entrance.

Recently I made a return visit to this wonderful shop.  It is a treasure trove of all things you need for knitting, crochet and sewing, but not dressmaking patterns or dress fabric.  There is so much to see in this small shop.  It is crammed full of all you could possibly need.

The shop is run by Karen and she is a mine of information on all matters relating to the above mentioned hobbies.  I have asked her for assistance on several occasions and she willingly provides the answers.

I was visiting because I needed to purchase some wool for a project I am about to begin in readiness for winter.

I am using an old pattern I had and my stash doesn’t have enough of one colour to enable me to make this cardigan so I had to purchase some.

While I was there I saw the most beautiful crocheted baby’s jacket made out of cotton and even though I have no baby to knit for at the moment I know there are a couple of acquaintances that are expecting so I also bought the pattern for the jacket and the cotton to go with it.  I get trapped every time I go into this shop.

The pattern calls for merino and silk but the sample in the shop was made with this particular cotton and it looked magnificent.  It was in pink shades but I have chosen more sea/type colours.

Check out Karen’s website if you live in Australia she may be able to supply you with the things you need or things you didn’t know you needed.

 

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!

Some quiet play in the house. . . it is possible.

crochet bagThis little bag is one of the pieces of craft I have completed recently.  I was making some crochet balls to use in the house so our granddaughter could practise her throwing.  Our grandson had used some Japanese juggling figures for throwing when he was little and I thought this would be good to add to the collection.

Japanese juggling ballsThe pattern is one I procured from the Internet.in 2006, (it has taken me ten years to get around to making the pattern) and I can’t find it on the Internet now.  The pattern was by Nanabear97 and it was from Ravelry but is no longer there. If you would like a copy of the pattern just let me know and I will email you a copy.

crochet ballsThis pattern is great for using up small scraps of wool, the emphasis being on “small”.  I thought I would be reducing my stash but I have barely made a dent.  I will need to look for a bigger project.  I think some more doll’s clothes might use a bit more wool.