Saturday, July 6, 2013

~ Recycling and 'tumbling blocks' baby blankie ~

When the kids had the accident at the campground, I realized that I had absolutely nothing in my car to help them with - no first aid kit - no rags - no nothing.  So when we got home, I put together a first aid kit and cleaned out the back of my car.  I have a large box that I keep the baby blankies in before delivery and a big bag full of reusable grocery bags.  I've kept the store bought ones and decided to recycle the yarn from the crocheted ones.  I have to be honest here - they were too small anyways.  So here is what I started with:


When I unraveled the first one, this is what the yarn looked like - reminds me of a big bowl of spaghetti. 


Thank goodness I have a yarn winder.  It took me 2 evenings to unravel all 7 bags, and jeez, my arms were feeling it too.  Here's my freshly wound yarn to use for future projects:

 
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Finished up the 'tumbling blocks' baby blankie last night.  The square pattern is a newer version on the 'squircle' pattern.  If anyone is interested, I will post the pattern for you.  I used Vanna's Choice Baby in aqua, Bernat Waverly Baby in lavender and Red Heart Super Saver in soft-white along with a 'J' hook.  It measures 19" x 22 1/2"


That's my little Ladybug - when she saw me getting ready to take a picture, she ran over and plopped herself right down.  Maybe she just wanted to show off her new neckerchief I crocheted for her.  :)
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34 comments:

  1. Glad no one was seriously hurt. Thanks for sharing about needing a first aid kit in the car. Good idea! I did think your yarn bags were neat, however, recycling is a great thing too. It will be interesting to see what project you come up with.

    Please, post the pattern for the tumbling block, it's cute. You do a great job. I enjoy your blog. Cute ladybug, too!

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  2. Cute blanket! And lots of yarn ready for brilliance. =)

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  3. Yes, please, on the pattern.

    What kind of ball winder do you use? Do you have tips to share regarding selecting one?

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    1. Hi pogosplace. I have a U-nitt TH7065 yarn winder. I bought it on Ebay a little while back and if I remember correctly, I paid around $40 for it. I like this one because it winds very large cakes of yarn - up to 9 ounces. :)

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    2. Thanks Debi,

      It's an investment I need to make.

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    3. Thanks Debi,

      It's an investment I need to make.

      Helen aka Pogo

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    4. Thanks Debi,

      A winder is an investment I need to make. I value your input.

      Helen aka Pogo

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    5. Thank you Debi. I value your input. A winder is an investment I "really" need to make.

      Helen aka pogosplace when she uses her business profile.

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  4. Here's me crocheting string bags and there's you unravelling them Debi haha never mind you have lots of lovely yarn to play with now. The baby blanket is lovely and yes I would love the pattern too :)

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  5. The pattern for that tumbling block would be awesome. I sew neckerchiefs for my dog but I have never crocheted one, that is too cute! Do you wing it, or do you use a pattern?

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    1. Hi Sandy. Ladybug's neckerchief is just a half granny - triangle shaped with chained strings for the ties. Very easy. :)

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  6. Have fun using your recycled yarn, Debi. :) Love the baby blankie, and Ladybug is adorable wearing her new neckerchief! :)

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  7. I carry a quilt and some First Aid in my car. Hope we never have to use them! Cute afghan.

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  8. The cute Ladybug deserves to be in your snap! She looks so proud in her new neckerchief!

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  9. I love to recycle yarn too, and sure like your bowl idea better than my "lap" one. I always end up with a tangled mess and a couple of hours untangling it all. What kind of yarn winder (I think they are called swifts?) do you have? I usually wind it all in a ball, by hand of course and get sore arms too. Love the baby blanket. You are so creative. That Ladybug, what a little ham for the camera, lol.
    As always, Susanne :)

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    1. Hi Susanne. I have a U-nitt TH7065 yarn winder. I bought it on Ebay a little while back and if I remember correctly, I paid around $40 for it. I like this one because it winds very large cakes of yarn - up to 9 ounces. :)

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    2. Thank you debi for the info. I will check out Ebay and see if someone still offers them. It is kinda nice to be able to stack the yarn because of the shape the yarn winder makes, so much better than chasing a lose ball of yarn under the chair, lol

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  10. Good idea the recycled yarn! I imagine your head full of new ideas!!!
    .....and your dog.....she is adorable in that pose!
    Xxxxx Ale

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  11. What a beautiful blanket! I love the combination of colours :-)

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  12. I just recently put a first aid kit in our car also.... I have a very rowdy 4 year old so you never know when you're gonna need a band aid!

    I need a ball winder.... If I can keep myself from buying anymore yarn, that will be my next purchase haha

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    1. Hi Stephi. You will be happy when you buy a winder - they are fun to play with. :)

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  13. Lovely blanket, Debi!!:) I liked the colors you have used ! Neckerchief looks perfect!!
    You have lot of patience unravelling and winding those yarns but it's very nice to recycle things. Waiting to see what you are going to make from those.
    Also, it is good that you have kept a first aid box in your car. Generally, I keep a little bit of small items in my purse like sterilised hankies, tissue papers, cotton , antiseptic cream, bandaids hand sanitizers and some tablets in addition to my minimal girl stuff. Whenever Raj holds my purse for few seconds, he says " are there stones in it ? It's too heavy ":)

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    1. Thank you Preeti. I remember my Mom's purse being real heavy - we used to tease her that she could knock someone out with it. My purse gets so heavy sometimes that it will start to hurt my shoulder. That's what happens when we have to carry around stuff for everyone. :)

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  14. Oooo...the recycling project is awesome. Takes a lot of time but I imagine it was soothing and satisfying.

    Cute blanket with nice colors, Debi.

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  15. I love the bags. I keep thinking that is what I should do, but then something else sparks my interest. I would really like to see the pattern for the blanket. It looks like a fun one to make.

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  16. The yarn you span anew looks new actually. I am sure the projects you make out of it will be pretty and valued :)
    The blanket is really nice, I like this square pattern, ad it looks solid and at the same time has beautiful flower in center!
    Looking forward to see what you come up with that yarn, Debi.
    Have a nice day!
    Anna

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  17. Making new from the old can be so satisfying! Good idea!

    The blanket is absolutely gorgeous - and your dog as well of course! Adorable! :D

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  18. Very lovely blanket, pattern please :)

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    1. Thanks Stella. The pattern was posted on July 7th. :)

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