I’ve been out of touch for a bit (two weeks) due to a bronchial infection brought on by all the pollen in the air but I’m back up and running! Here’s a touch of things that have gone on while I was down.
Do you like the convenience of a dish towel hanging close by in the kitchen? For years I’ve made my own hanging towels and they’re quick and easy and only take half a towel.
I have lots of them and change them about every other day depending on how much they’ve been soiled. Here’s how I make them:
Then I fold them in half and cut them in half. Then I turn down the cut edge about a 1/2 inch and using a large darning needle threaded with a matching yarn, I blanket stitch the fold down. The stitches are usually about 1/4 – 3/8 inch long, longer stitches will show more and not fill in the top of the towel quite enough.
Tie off the end of the towel with a couple whip stitches and knot. From here I make a single crochet using a Size F crochet hook in each blanket stitch across the towel. At this point you can use any crochet stitch you want throughout the towel until it’s about five to six inches wide. I mix the crochet stitches on some and single crochet throughout, just depends on my mood and how fast I want to make up the towels. At the end of each row, DO NOT chain and turn. This is how you will decreast the rows to go into a point. To decrease the row, pull the yarn through two or three stitches. My instructions aren’t great but if you crochet at all you will know how to do this. For more details just comment on this post. When I get towards the end with about 6-9 stitches on the row, I add that turning stitch until I have a tab look at the end. At the end of the last row you crochet make a chain of about 10-12 chain stitches and carry it back to the start of that row and pull through your first stitch several times to make it stay.
Fold that tab over and place your button in the middle of crochet work to meet the chain. Your done! Not sure I would make a very good crochet instructor unless it was a one on one session!!
I’m crocheting a lot at night now. Over the last two years I’ve found and been given some white feed sacks.
I decided since they were cotton they would make some strong and easy to clean scatter rugs. First I pulled out all the seams, washed them and hung them out on the clothesline to dry so they would hold their shape. Then I pressed them out with my iron just enough to be able to cut fairly straight one inch strips. I connected the strips as I rolled them into five-inch balls so they would be easy to handle and not get knotted up while crocheting.
I decided I wanted them to fit perfectly in front of the camode, shower and the sink. I took the measurements and started crocheting with a simple single crochet using a size N hook.
On the second row I started hooking in the back look of each single crochet. This gives the rug a layered look.
I decided not to dye them because I liked the look of the old feed sacks and the finished product will work in any room. I’ve washed them one time and got a sort of rag look from the pieces which makes them look even older. These rugs will take a lot of washing and last for a long time. They’re not so heavy that I can’t dry them in the dryer or hang them on the clothesline. I love the end results.
I recently inherited over a hundred old feed sacks made of muslin fabric. They had been washed but I gave them another good bath in really hot water to get them good and clean and to get rid of the aroma of being packed away for a very, very long time. They held up marvelously and now I have a huge treasure to do something with. They are not white but sort of beige/peach/pink shade of fabric.
I love to crochet and have decided to use some of the sacks to make some bath rugs. I can always dye them to suit the decor of the room or possibly bleach them to a lighter shade.
First, I cut the sacks into a continuous 3/4″ strip of cloth and wind them into a ball which gives me a 3″-4″ ball for each sack.
I’ve decided to use a single crochet stitch for the first one and use the back of the stitch for the pattern. If you crochet you know what I’m talking about and it give the line of stitches a “layered” look. For a 4 x 5 bath rug it takes about six balls of the fabric and I think it turned out pretty nice.
They’ll be sturdy and wash up nice and last FOREVER! They’re also thick enough that it’ll feel nice to step out of the shower onto it. It took about four nights, an hour at a time to finish the rug. The best part is you can put it down to take phone calls, do some laundry, give some attention to Sassy or most anything and go right back to it without missing a stitch.
All I need to do now is square up the rug which is so easy to do with this fabric. I just stretch the sack out and spray with lukewarm water and as it dries the shape retains itself. I don’t think I”ll dye this one and will make two more in the same design and color to use in the bathroom. I keep a rug in front of the shower, sink and the camode.
I think the next group of three, I’ll make my fabric strips a little more narrow and see if I get the same look and feel. I’d also like to make a couple of aprons from the sacks. There’s so many uses for a good quality fabric to re-purpose.
We’ve had three babies born in the past year in my office. Two girls and one boy and the first two received a baby quilt and I just finished the baby afghan for the last one born. I thought I would share how I made the afghan. I chose a chenille yarn by Bernat yarn in pastel colors, size F crochet hook and four skeins of the yarn. It’s a very simple pattern using a single crochet stitch throughout and I think the chenille yarn will make a really warm blanket for the baby.
I got it almost done and decided to check it for being squared and had to pull 1/2 of it out and start again. It’s going to be such a warm blanket for the baby and just in time for cold weather.
The second time around went much quicker and I hope the baby enjoys it for a long time. She’s four months old but I think it should still cover her on long winter nights.