Thursday, 23 March 2017

Still Normal for Sybil!

I've been feeling blocked, so I took a break to see if it would rekindle the spark.  So far so ineffective, but I'm living in hope.  While I was sworn off writing anything I decided that I would catch up with all my half started knitting projects and I could sew up the lucet rug.  The rug is being a challenge as I can't seem to keep it flat.  It keeps working up so I am having to repeatedly undo what becomes a large, shallow, floppy bowl.

I had decided that I would definitely stick to knitting.  I had a couple of projects that just needed sewing up and some nice, easy projects half started.  YouTube has all sorts of interesting stuff on, like videos about dinosaurs by university lecturers and, while I can't keep up with everything, it's a lot better than watching videos about crafts which would start new projects.  So, I could watch these and knit, right?

I swear there's something seriously wrong with me.  Forget knitting, I started making the bag shown in this YouTube video.  I recommend it for anyone needing a stash buster.  I used around half a dozen ties - at least I was losing some of the ties!  I started off making a lucet cord from strips of one of the ties.


 Then I took a selection of ties


 I got a remarkable amount of fabric.  Then I threaded up a piece of card as it said in the video.  The threads go both sides, but the other side of the card has my address on so probably best not to show it.

 In the video they used strong thread.  I used dark invisible thread as I had that handy and I only had the invisible thread or cheap polycotton.  I chose the invisible thread.  Invisible thread is from Satan's armpit, but it is strong.  I used it with a lot of bad language.

I cut the ties into sort of around probably half inch wide strips and wove them in and out of the invisible thread on both sides and occasionally through the lucet handle.  I kept missing the threads because invisible thread is from Satan's own armpit and I got distracted as I was watching Shop Well for Less and the episode had someone who had impulse bought at £26k car.  To be fair, the only difference between them and me on eBay is scale, but I was hooked.  As the video said, I kept pushing the strips down and keeping fabric packed tight.  I wish I had remembered to take pictures.  Eventually I came to the end and had this...


 I didn't even need to sew in the handle as it was woven into the bag fabric and I'm remarkably proud of that idea.  I honestly didn't think it would work out, but it did.  Here's a pic with a normal paperback book in for a size guide...


 I'm sure those who are really crafty will be able to do all sorts with this, especially if they stay away from invisible thread because it is so evil that even evil cat would have rejected it.  I have also knitted a scarf.

Tomorrow I am definitely, absolutely, 100% going to start on the knitting projects.  Or possibly the rug.  Definitely nothing else.  Absolutely guaranteed nothing else.

10 comments:

  1. Yay, you made the bag! Well done! I am wondering if a larger piece of cardboard would work for a tote bag.

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    1. I am really considering this and I have a second hand sari from India (sold as suitable for craft only) which seems to be made for it! If it happens, I'll share! WS x

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  2. I'm exactly the same. I could furnish my house with all the unfinished projects I have and watching anything crafty just spurs me on to make something else. I love your blog btw

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    1. I'm incredibly flattered that you like the blog! I have things in heaps, but I enjoy getting there. WS x

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    2. You're welcome. I've read all your posts but just haven't commented before. You're a brilliant and entertaining writer. X

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    3. Thank you so much for that - you have no idea what a boost that is! I hope you can keep enjoying! WS x

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  3. Glad to see you back! The bag looks interesting - fun make! I think sometimes we all lose our mojo a little. I go through periods of it. In those times I watch too many Youtube videos and end up buying for all sorts of projects that take forever to get to!

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    1. I'm sitting on my hands here! The bag was fun, and it didn't actually take that long. I may try again. Thank you for commenting. WS x

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  4. Well done Sybil. Your posts often give me a much needed kick up the b*m.

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    1. I'm glad that you find my posts 'energising'. I think of them more as an awful warning. Thank you for commenting. WS x

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