Monday, November 27, 2006

Birthdays, Gift Cards & Coupons, Oh My!




My birthday fell right on Thanksgiving this year (and, no, that does not make me a turkey!!!). I was gifted with a couple of Joann's gift cards. As I was out running errands Saturday, my car just turned itself right into the Joann's parking lot. Armed with the multitude of coupons they have been running, I purchased these skeins of precut fabric batik strips. Each skein contains 50 yds. As I do not enjoy tearing or rotary-cutting narrow pieces of cloth, I used those coupons (Joann's will take Michaels and Hobby Lobby coupons too--yay) and purchased several skeins--all at either 40% or 50% off. Bolstered by Finn's very helpful tips and encouragement, I decided to start a crocheted rag rug. Because both sons were in town for the weekend, that meant marathon football on TV (college games on Saturday, NFL on Sunday). I didn't want to be totally anti-social so this seemed the perfect hand project while watching mass amounts of bone-crushing, flag-throwing, and general hoopla in the end zones. This is how much I was able to accomplish on Sunday. It is worked on a K hook. The first photo shows 50 yards worth of crocheting (15" x 6"). The last photo shows 150 yards of crocheting (22 1/2 " x 12 1/2"). I will just keep going till I run out of strips--or till I get more Joann's coupons. I wanted a long narrow oval so started out with a chain of about 20 or 22. I can see where I need to improve on when, where, and how much to increase!!! But this "practice" one will go in front of my kitchen sink so perfection is not a requirement.

20 comments:

Linda_J said...

First off, Happy Birthday a few days late!

How pretty your rug is going to be! I saw those strip skeins when we went to the Joann's on the GA side of the line recenly but didn't get any--looked yummy though.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Belated happy birthday wishes to you, Vera!

Your rug is adorable - a skein of fabric strips - great idea!

PamKittyMorning said...

Happy Birthday a few days late! Your rug looks super cute. I haven't seen the fabric strips before but I'm going to keep my eye's open for those.. I have a few crocheted rugs as well as a couple of locker hook rugs, really like them.

Mama Koch said...

Happy Birthday on my anniversary! Nov. 23 is definitely a good day, isn't it?! It was also my Grandmother's b'day and my Aun'ts so it's a well celebrated day.

The rug looks good. I'm going to do mine a little different with a crochet hook but using canvas as well.

Libby said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday. The rug looks great -- I really like the idea of the pre-cut strips. I'll be heading out to JoAnn's soon *s*

Nancy said...

A belated Happy Birthday Vera!!!!
Your rug looks cute, I've seen that done like that before. Nancy in MT

Cynthia said...

what a lovely and colorful rug. I have never heard of skeins of fabric. I must keep an eye out for them.

Belated birthday wishes to you. Hope you had a lovely day

Pam said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you!!! Sounds like it was a fun day and fun shopping afterwards.

Tracey said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for showing us how far these fabric strips actually went. I saw them and considered buying them for a crocheted rug, but was unsure how many packages I'd need to actually make something. N ow I have a better idea. It looks great, by the way!

Patti said...

Looking good Vera! And a very late happy birthday to you. What a great purchase - I didn't know you could get fabric strips that way. All of you are really making me want to crochet a rug. Not before lost more UFO's are finished!

Pam said...

Nice looking rug you're starting there. I'm with you - no way I could cut perfectly good fabric (esp. batiks) up into strips to make a rug. I had no idea that you could buy strips of fabric. In Nova Scotia we saw alot of crocheted rugs like that made from old towels cut into strips. Great bath mats -- I have never done that though - but I thought it was a good idea.

Carol said...

Happy Birthday (a few days late).Having a Thanksgiving birthday is fun...mine is the 24th and last year it was on Thanksgiving. I really thought that was great when I was a kid. Your rug is wonderful!

susan said...

I have been watching Finn's rug progress, it looks like fun. I love the colors in yours, what color is your kitchen? Happy Birthday!

Ann said...

HOpe you had a wonderful birthday! Looks like you got lots done on your rug. It's looking great. I've missed checking in on everyone, so am enjoying a couple of hours of down time to just read and catch up on blogs this morning and glad I stopped in on yours! I also love that "snowball" variation from your last post. Can't wait to see yours in blues and teals.

cher said...

hurray for birthday gift cards that allow shopping - that rug is coming out gorgeous...those colors are yummy looking. plus it looks fun to do. happy belated birthday!

Angie said...

Happy Birthday!!! Hope you had a wonderful day! :) I haven't seen those bundles of strips before...OOOOHHH I want some of those!!! LOL So I'm going online shopping at Joann's ( :( we don't have one here where I live).

Doodlebug Gail said...

How bright and colourful - that is going to be just gorgeous to rest your feet on while you standing in the kitchen.

A belated Happy Birthday and great job on using those coupons along with your gift cards.

Bonnie said...

Wow - I didn't know about those pre-cut fabric strips. What a good idea. Thanks for the info. Your rug looks great!

paula, the quilter said...

The last time I was in our local Hobby Lobby they had the fabric strip kits like that on the end cap clearance section.

Happy belated birthday.

Sandra said...

Happy birthday to you! And what a wonderful buy - the rug is gorgeous and ready made strips is a fabulous idea :-)