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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.