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callas



Joined: 20 Jan 2005
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Location: east coast
PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 05 9:01 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I was looking for a pattern or an idea on recycling plastic bags and found this 'how to' on making a bag which I thought looked really nice. I am now collecting plastic bags which are colourful from around the house and will have a go when I finished my hats. If it looks as good as the picture, several people will be getting them next Christmas.



http://www.diynet.com/diy/cr_needle_arts/article/0,2025,DIY_13768_3059465,00.html

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 05 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Womble: do you use sisal for the mits? What size? Do you have a pattern?

My ancient Body Shop mit is on its way to the big shower cubicle in the sky, and if I can make my own, well...

And the plastic bag bag sounds good, too!

alison
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 05 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have just posted about plastic bag patterns on another site. I am looking for a rug or mat one, if anyone has seen anything like that.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I did use sisal for the mitts (although I didn't know it came in sizes, and bought it in my local hardware store!) I do have a pattern, but it looked a bit complicated for what it was, and I just knitted a rectangle in plain knit 10 stitches wide and until i could fold it over my hand comfortabley on 1.0cm needles. If you have normal sized hands that should do fine (I'm going to make mine smaller, as i have child sized hands!)

It is a bit bulky though, so I would go for a finer string if you have a choice. then you just sew up the sides (I just did that with string too) and turn it inside out. I used the short end where I started knitting for the hanging loop. It works just fine, although I suppose it could be prettier. It is hard work to knit though, and I could only do a few rows at a time, cos it made my hands ache!

alison
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have some nice recipies for cookies in a jar, or bean soup in a jar, if anyone is interested. They are really colourful and can be made ages in advance.

sean
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like the idea of the bean soup one.

sean
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm assuming everyone's got their sprouts simmering already. More seriously, the earlier you make your Christmas pudding the better, and they make good presents.

alison
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bean Soup Mix

1/4 cup white kidney beans
1/4 cup kidney beans
1/4 cup split peas
1/4 cup pinto beans
2 TBSP pot barley

Layer these beans in a jar with a lid.

2 TBSP parsley
2 TBSP dried onion
1 bayleaf
2 TBSP powdered beef broth

Wrap these in a little bag or cling film and place on top of the beans.

cooking instructions

Wash and soak beans overnight.
Drain and top with 6 cups of water and simmer until soft. add a can of tomatoes,
do not add any salt until the last 5 minutes as it can double the cooking time and make the beans tough.

sean
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ta.

sugarplumhalle



Joined: 07 Feb 2005
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Location: E. Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 05 6:04 pm    Post subject: have also started xmas pressies Reply with quote    

I have already started but im not as organised as all you by the sounds of it!
Have started knitting a few bags which I will be felting and doing some kind of embroidary on top but thats pretty much it.
Found a really good recipe for Chilli Vodka which I will definetly be using if my own chillies turn out well!!

Halle x

Mrs Fiddlesticks



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 05 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alison wrote:
I have just posted about plastic bag patterns on another site. I am looking for a rug or mat one, if anyone has seen anything like that.


My peg loom will make rugs from plastic bags - I've just made the front of a cushion cover with mine and hope to try cut up bags next.

In fact my peg loom is my new bestest toy and I'm keen to try out different wools and fabrics to see what pressy ideas come to mind.

*Fluffykitten*



Joined: 03 Dec 2004
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Location: Merthyr Tydfil
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 05 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ive almost finished cross stitching my christmas cards for next year. Would love to give home made pressies this year too but havnt thought about that yet cos im preoccupied by all the seeds ive bought Sounds like a great idea to get things sorted early - but i say this every year and always leave it til last minute.
Thanks Alison for the bean soup recipe idea. Its fab!!

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