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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Home Again with Yarn and Needles, Don't buy Cheap Needles!

Isn't this a cleaver idea?  Spotted this and some other ideas the other day for how to use/re-use toilet paper rolls.  I thought I'd saved about half of them, but when I went to look for them, they weren't in my files.  I tried doing this while out of town using my ipad...and always seem to have issues with stuff when I don't have my trusty computer.  It's simply rolled in peanut butter and then bird seed.  Tie it on a tree or slide it on a branch.  Birds don't need this right now, but come winter, might be nice.

This is a possible layout with blocks from my start with the Cardiac Collage AFghan.  You'll remember I started this sitting in the ER while hubby was having a Cardiac Event.  No real pattern....amounts of color and size vary.  I want it to be very sporadic looking.  I've got 2 other sections started, but they didn't make the picture....And, as time goes on this may not be the arrangement, but you get the idea.  The smaller squares (15.5 x 11.5 so far) were easier to tote on the plane on my recent vacation, as well as the sitting at the hospital.  Then I can put them together.
A wee start on a shawl with fingering weight yarn and size 4 needles.  I had the yarn with me, but didn't have the right size needles so bought some at Michaels....horrible things they are.  Loops and Threads.  They were cheap and the join from the needle to the cord is horrible.  I had to really coax the yarn/fiber across it with my finger nail.  Didn't get very far before I decided I really needed better needles.  This was my first attempt at elongated garter stitch (wrap and drop).  Hard to see in the picture but there are several rows of single wraps and drops and then 2 wraps and drops  to give it a light airy lacy feel and look.   Next picture will be after purchasing nicer needles and actually being able to knit comfortably.

Now home, and am once again working on Jeweled Lines, the last section so picture of completed ghan soon.

Added some notes about luggage and packing cubes on my travel blog, Traveling Suitcase, if you'd care to check it out.  Our trips was 2 weeks at Park City, Utah.  More to follow there.

18 comments:

  1. That is a clever idea with the bird feeder made out of a toilet paper roll. Hope your projects go well.
    Thanks for the share, have a fantastic rest of your week. Keep up the posts.

    World of Animals

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    1. Will get you added to my blog roll to make visits easier. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your thoughtful comment.

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  2. Love the bird feeder. And your creativity.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment. I need to do some catching up and see what all my friends are up to.

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  3. That is a very clever idea! I'll have to try that this winter. The colours on those patterns are gorgeous. So bold and lively!

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    1. Thanks Martha, appreciate the visit.

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  4. I am with you on cheap knitting needles. It is the fastest way to kill enjoyment of an enjoyable hobby.

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    1. Exactly...thought I was going to go crazy in a very short period of time. Thanks for swinging by.

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  5. What a great idea ,will try this in the Autumn .

    Love your new starts on your knitting.

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    1. Thanks for the visits and encouragements. I pretty excited to try the bird thing too. Seems so simply and yet worthwhile.

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  6. I hear ya about the needles. I don't knit but the same applies to crochet hooks where the yarn doesn't flow well. It makes the project seem to take forever and is quite discouraging.

    I really like the color of the yarn you're using for the shawl. Can't wait to see more of it.

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    1. Thanks Sandie...I'm anxious to see how it comes along as well. Thanks for the visit.

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  7. Right around Thanksgiving, we start decorating the trees outside with fun things like the tp roll covered in peanut butter and rolled birdseed, sort of like a combo Christmas decorating/present for the wild life! It's always a big hit! We did cranberries and popcorn garland one year, and the critters enjoyed that, too! Thanks for dropping by and your sweet comment! :)

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    1. Cool idea Denise. We used to do cranberries and popcorn when we took the tree down and left it outside for awhile for the birds.

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  8. Never use cheap needles of cheap yarn, it is not worth it. Love the blocks you have made for your quilt and the beautiful yarn you are using in your shawl. Have fun.

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    1. Thanks, I do use some cheaper yarn for some of the charity projects because so much has been donated and worsted weight yarn is best for those projects, plus something washable. But, if I ever use up all the acrylic, (working on it) will probably stick to washable wool, so much nicer on the hands.

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  9. Oh that is clever! I'm going to have to try it.

    I'm with you on cheap needles! They're horrible.

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    1. Hi Toni, thanks for the visit. Boy sure learned the hard way about cheap needles, lol.

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