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Spring cleanup results in new planters

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May 7, 2015

I despise anything that has vines. so we decided to clean out the woods on the side of house where  vines had taken over. They were wrapped around every tree, weed and piece of grass. I was tired of getting tangled up in them every time I mowed or weed wacked the yard. Someone was going to get hurt eventually and it would probably be me.

So the first warm Saturday we began our project. Every time we thought we had cut enough of a vine  to pull it out there were 10 more attached to it. After spending 8 hours on this project we came across three old rubber tires buried under all those vines and not only did I wonder what I was going to do with all that brush but what was I going to do with these tires. I knew I could bring them to the recycling center and pay $5 a piece to get rid of them. Then I remembered seeing a pin on Pinterest of some old tires turned into planters
so I purchased some spray paint and made them into planters. Of course  I spent more than the $5 a piece to get rid of them but now I have some colorful planters in my front yardtires

 

 

 

 

 

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I also planted a tree in memory of my mother this week. It’s a lavender  hibiscus tree and I am hoping it will bloom this year.

 

 

 

 

This week’s crochet project is a runner for a table  It’s a shell  pattern I designed myself. I love the colors because they remind me of the ocean. The yarn is a cotton blend from Valley Yarns at Webs in Northampton,

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Freeform knitting using my yarn stash

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March 18, 2015

I have been knitting for 40+ years so as you can imagine I have accumulated quite the yarn stash. When I first started knitting I used Ugh! Acrylic! And back then the acrylic was kind of like plastic…Acrylic has come a long way. The only other option was scratchy wool.  I didn’t start knitting seriously until I was in my 20s and that’s about the time all the “fun” yarns became available. With that said, I have a collection of 30 years of leftover yarn.  I organized all of my yarn into colors and put them in different baskets. My first stash project was a sweater. I took all of my shades of blue and just started knitting. I mixed, weights, textures and colors. I used a basic cardigan pattern to gauge how many stitches I should cast on and for measurements. It was a fun project because I had no idea how it would come out. I bought the glass buttons at a craft fair. Here is the final sweater.IMG_1305

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second de-stash project is a crocheted afghan. I did have to purchase the main color yarn but then I used up several small balls of leftover yarn, again using different weights and textures. What kind of projects have you made using your stash? I would love to hear about them and see pictures

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