Monthly Archives: March 2007

Project Weekend: We could all use a little less

When I first saw this, it really got me to thinking about stuff that can be made with recycled items. So here’s a list of (slightly behind schedule) links to projects related to recycling.

  • Making Yarn from Plastic Bags. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this. This enables all kinds of possibilities, from bags to rugs to the dress I linked to above.
  • Recycled Paper Envelopes. Fold used calendars or magazine pages into envelopes.
  • Tissue Box Picture Frames. Simple yet beautiful.
  • Photo Business Card Holder. Uses old cassette cases. You still have those, right?
  • Recycled Lightbulbs. How to recycle burnt-out bulbs (or the ones you replace with CFL bulbs 😉 ) into a variety of different decorative crafts.
  • No More AOL CD’s!. Best idea ever. While looking for something to do with all those damn CDs, I stumbled upon this. Yes, it has some creative ideas (I particularly like the dragonfly) but more importantly it gives you an opportunity to get rid of them once and for all!
  • Furoshiki. Wrap gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, or whenever in cloth instead of paper. This page shows you how.
  • WhipLash’s Contest for Feb.: Recycled Crafts Month. Check out the finalists’ entries for a bunch of ideas.

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LOL

One of the cool things about WordPress, I’ve mentioned, is that I can see what people entered into a search engine when they found me.

Yesterday, there were two different occasions of “what stuff is made of” entered into a search, lol. Your Google-fu is yet young as the small sapling, grasshoppah. “Stuff” is a word that carries a meaning that spreads as vast as the great oceans. Perhaps be more specific as to what kind of “stuff” you’re curious about.

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Hello to Toastier Toes!

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I made a new rug for the guest room, using your standard Lion Wool-Ease (4 strands at a time), a booklet I found secondhand on making rugs with a Q-hook, and a hook (I went instead with a P-hook, as my stitches can often run a bit loose).

Some important stuff I learned about making rugs:

  • They’re quick.
  • They’re easy.
  • They only take a couple days.
  • They’re soft and smooshy.
  • They use LOTS of yarn.

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This particular rug used 4 skeins each of blue and grey. I have very little of each left over. I was thinking matching “halfghan” but it’s not enough yarn.

It’s in our back room (our 2nd bedroom) now. So much cold seeps up through the floor, and the landlords still haven’t insulated the basement ceiling, so I decided it’s time I did something. so here it is!

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N00b Monday: Putting it together, Part 1

All right, it’s n00b Monday again! And there was much rejoicing.

I’ve threatened promised to do this for a couple weeks now, so it’s time to get off my behind here. This week, we’re going to take all those 24 monochrome granny squares from this post and put them together to make a bag.

Crocheted sqares are joined a few different ways, as shown at this About.com post. This week we’ll be doing your basic whipstitch. When you start stitching, don’t knot your thread. Instead, leave a couple inches to be woven into the work afterwards.

So to put together this project, you’re going to need the following:

  • 24 identical-sized granny squares
  • Yarn needle
  • Yarn in matching color to stitch with
  • Scissors

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Project Friday: When in Rome…

So I found out from Wiki that the 19-23 of March was the ancient Roman festival of Quinquatria, a celebration of Minerva (goddess of crafts and of wisdom). So this week’s Project Friday links will have a Roman theme to them.

  • Roman Stripe Afghan (crochet). A simple yet elegant afghan done with your standard “I” hook.
  • Roman Rib Stitch socks (knit).
  • Roman Stitch Dishcloth, Mug Rug, and Towel/Placemat (knit) Looks simple enough…
  • Make a Bulla (general/miscellaneous). A bulla was a Roman amulet given to children to protect them from harm. Here’s one you can make with kids!
  • Ancient Roman Arts & Crafts (advanced/miscellaneous). Information on how woodworking, glasswork, and more were done “back then”.
  • Roman Stola (basic sewing). A basic long dress worn in ancient Rome.
  • Roman Tunica (sewing). The all-purpose Roman garment for men and women. Directions plus variations.
  • A Roman Toga (sewing) Directions plus a bunch of funny photos.
  • Antique Roman Dishes – Collection (cooking). A wealth of recipes for any course of an authentic Roman feast. Yummyus Maximus!
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    National Crochet Week!

    Apparently this week is in fact National Crochet Week. Who knew!

    I’m working on:

    • The next of my crocheted dice set, the d8 (d4 and d6 are done already; will add pic soon)
    • A grey-and-blue guest room rug. I think everyone’s getting rugs and/or socks this year.
    • Grannies, grannies, grannies. I’ll have them ready for Monday no sweat.
    • Saving up money to buy a house. I opened a no-catch 6-month CD today. I want 20 acres in the country, partially wooded but mostly open.

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    Just a quick note…

    Flying away to Atlanta today for a wedding over the weekend; returning Tuesday (this buys me you yet another Monday to work on those granny squares! ). So no Project Friday tomorrow (like you need my help finding St. Paddy’s Day craft ideas anyway…) and no N00b Monday this coming Monday.

    Enjoy your weekend, and remember: real Irish drink black beer.

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