I’m crocheting a lot at night now. Over the last two years I’ve found and been given some white feed sacks.
Old feed sacks that have been unseamed and washed.
100 % cotton feed sacks. They don’t make these anymore, everything is plastic.
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.
Feed sacks cut into 1″ strips and rolled into balls for easier handling.
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.
Single crochet stitching
On the second row I started hooking in the back look of each single crochet. This gives the rug a layered look.
The sacks were in several shade of white, cream and a peachy tone. This is the results of the first rug I completed and before it was blocked.
Sink and shower finished rugs.
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.
Eddie and I spent an hour in the apple orchard yesterday after lunch picking apples from one tree. They’re huge, sweet/tart, white fruit and beautiful.
We don’t know what kind it is but they have a wonderful taste that is not too sweet but not too tart and they’re crisp. They’re bigger than my hand this year and we picked about two bushel.
The tree is fairly young and still loaded with apples. Unfortunately one main branch broke off due to the weight.
We picked apples and chestnuts yesterday and the deer are really coming after the chestnuts.
Eddie and I peeled two buckets full this morning and I got 28 quarts of apples canned today.
One sack full and two five gallon buckets full.
Peeled, washed and ready to pack in the jars.
We’ll bake them, use them for fried pies, make apple pies, and eat them straight out of the jar.
I peel the apples and slice them. Then I wash them in ice water twice, pack in jars and them pour a light sugar water syrup up to the neck of the jar. I process them in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.
All 28 quarts sealed. When they cool overnight, I’ll take them to the cellar in the morning. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of the bushel I have left.
Aren’t the chestnuts beautiful too!