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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Afghans, Shawls, Toilet Paper Rolls and Ladies in Lavender...Oh MY!

Cardiac Collage is coming along, it's growing both in numbers of pieces and size of the pieces.  You can see some irregularity in shapes due to some slightly different texture with the various yarns...one problem when you use bits and pieces.  But, I think when things are pieces together and playing off each other...then it get's laundered and blocked, it will be alright.  I'm enjoying the pieces parts, the mish mosh look to it.  The irregularity to it, speaks to cardiac events. (participating in Slow Sunday Stitch, see blog badge in right side bar--yippee, haven't been able to participate for several weeks, and just realized, thought the link is correct and the badge is correct, I've been referring to it as Slow Stitch Sunday...oophs)


I mentioned in my last post (please scroll back if you missed it), things you can use toilet paper rolls for.  Mentioned that I had saved several pictures of things that seemed like a good idea to me....but, could only find one (the bird seed thing in the last post).  YIPPEE in a totally unrelated file I stumbled onto some of the other pictures I thought I'd saved.  And, this is one of them.  Depending on where you live, this isn't one you can do much with now...but come next Spring.  Now I didn't read the article about this idea, but think...once you start the seeds you could plant the whole roll? Vs having to to try and remove the seedlings?  Thoughts??


Been awhile since I've posted about another enjoyable British series or movie.  Since I've been able to be a bit more active, less sitting and icing...equates to less watch my ipad.  That, and I was out of town for two weeks.  I had started watching this several week prior and just now got back to it.  Finished watching it last night.  Sweet sweet movie.  Very enjoyable, but than what's not to like with both Judi Dench and Maggie Smith!  Highly recommend this.


For my cross stitching friends.  A gift I made long ago for a shower gift.  Long enough ago, pre-digital, so this is a scan of a an picture, thus the quality is lacking.
Headway, even if minimal with my drop stitch (elongated garter stitch) shawl.  You can see the two cakes of yarn are basically the same colors but different intensities or different levels of how vibrant the colors are.  I think it will be an interesting look.........at least I hope so, as the fiber was $$$$$.  It's super soft, fingering.  The lighter version is BAAH New York, (Island Sorbet) 400yards, (100% SW Merino) the darker version is Swanky Sock 378 yards (10% cashmere, 10% nylon and 80% superwash merino Magpie, a local in the Park City area from my understanding.  You can see the pattern beginning to show with small drops, than larger drops...light and dark.  You can also the dreaded needles I moan about in the last post, Loops and Threads.  See how the cord won't lay flat at all...
And more importantly look at the significant bump where the cords joins the needle.  Horrible things.  Happy to say it's knitted off those needles onto the wonderful ChiaoGoo.......what a difference.  No bump to work over and the cord does NOT coil.  Worth paying twice as much.  Note to self, that's a mistake you don't repeatl



36 comments:

  1. Always good when we learn from mistakes and don't repeat. TP rolls sure have a bunch of uses indeed. Like a cat toy.

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    1. Cat toy...there's a good idea. Right you are about the mistakes we learn from.

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  2. Not familiar with the movie but will look for it. Love those ladies!

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    1. I know you do, it was a pleasant find, had not heard of it before either, but really enjoyed it.

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  3. Both Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are stars. And I believe good friends.
    Loving your work.
    You can indeed plant the whole roll, it breaks down over time into the soil and you don't risk damaging fragile root systems.

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    1. Thanks, that's what I thought about the toilet paper roll breaking down etc. Just needed another opinion. Yes a few days ago, believe I saw a sweet picture of the two ladies when they were a bit younger, and they did indeed look like good friends.

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  4. I'm glad EC answered your question. I was thinking you must be able to - but I'm not at all a green thumb type. I do love that use of tp rolls. It's brilliant.

    Be well, Sandy. Enjoy the weekend and new week that's approaching.

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    1. Thanks Robyn I shall and you as well. Thanks for the visit.

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  5. There was a documentary on the BBC called 'There's nothing like a Dame' which featured Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins all talking about life and work. They came across as really good friend and it was a wonderful programme. Apparently they all meet up and chat regularly and it was a bit like being invited along. If you come across it, it is well worth a view. Ladies in Lavender is a lovely film, directed by Charles Dance, who did a really good job.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie, am making a note and will search out Dame, sounds like something I would indeed enjoy. Glad you also enjoyed Ladies in Lavender.

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  6. I've never heard of Ladies in Lavender but I love both Maggie Smith and Judi Dench so that's one to look out for. I used to use toilet roll tubes to plant seeds in when I had my allotment, it's so much easier planting the whole tube rather than having to prick out tender seedlings.

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    1. Thanks Jo, glad to hear from yet a 2nd person that the planting the toilet paper roll is the way to go. Voice of experience. Love it. If you watch Ladies in Lavender, please let me know how you like it.

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  7. I've used cardboard a lot in the garden, though not for seedlings, but I think it would work perfectly. I've used it for mulch and to try to discourage an enthusiastic cat from digging up pepper plants. (It didn't work)

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    1. Never would have thought about it as mulch, but...sounds like a good idea.

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  8. You can't go wrong by investing in good quality tools.

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  9. This spring, My Rare One started a bunch of garden seedlings in cardboard egg cartons and planted the individual cups without removing the seedlings. It seemed to work fine. I'll mention toilet paper rolls to her for next year!

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  10. cardboard egg cartons work too.
    my grandmothers almost lost their minds when they tried to teach me to knit and crochet...I really want to learn how to quilt though..

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    1. You should give it another try. As a child, having the hand control for tension etc, isn't easy.

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  11. oh and lavender gives me a headache.

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    1. It's suppose to be good for relieving stress I think, like in essentials oils.

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  12. Thanks for the movie tip! I haven't seen it! What a great use for TP rolls Ill have to try that one.

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    1. Hi Carla, appreciate the visit. Hope you enjoy the movie.

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  13. Looks like you have been so busy Sandy .
    Great post ,love the T/ rolls idea ,

    Lovely Knitting and stitching .


    Have you watched Doc Martin or Poldark ,both great .
    Enjoy your week hugs .

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    1. LOVE Poldark, wrote about it in a post here awhile back. Watched part of Doc Martin, once, but didn't care for it. Perhaps I should give it another go.

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  14. Your projects are so pretty! That shawl will be lovely with the way the two yarns play off each other! I like scrappy as well - be it yarn or fabric! I use my bits and bobs of yarn to make hanger covers. Thank you for sharing about Ladies in Lavendar! Just added it to my "to be watched" list! I so enjoy British shows!

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  15. Thanks for the visit, and hope you enjoy the show. Let me know. Hanger covers....haven't done that in a long time, but it is a really good idea. Thanks for the reminder.

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  16. I love Judi Dench. I'll have to check out this one. I'm not a gardener so can't help with that part. I always love to see the different designs you come up with. The Cardiac Collage will be wonderful, I'm sure.

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    1. Thanks Sandie for the visit, hope you enjoy the movie too.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet words -- I always enjoy seeing a post comment from you! Your shawl is going to be just lovely; the yarn colors are scrumptious! Clever use of the TP rolls; who thinks of these things???!! :)

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    1. I know these ideas of how to use toilet paper rolls, I too wonder how people come up with such good ideas. Far more creative than me apparently.

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  18. I love British television so thanks for the recommendation.
    Enjoy your cardiac collage... look forward to you showing how you will join the pieces!

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    1. Thanks for the visit Kathy, hope you enjoy the show too. I'm having fun with The Cardiac Collage...truly here, there...whatever

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  19. Hi Sandy,

    I couldn't reply to you as you are no-reply (please see my latest blog post, it includes a fix for that). The olive oil soap is used for felting, just instead of whatever soap you previously used. It's supposed to be better for the hands and doesn't have harsh chemicals like washing up liquid or shampoo.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. Will check out your instructions.

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