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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Crochet With Sisal

30m roll of sisal rope and 3 balls of wool

It's #FinishItFriday where I share with you a project that needs to be completed. 

Accept it's not Friday, it's Saturday.

Life happened as it does and I spent most of Friday monitoring a sick doggy very closely trying to figure out what was wrong with him. Turns out Freki has a sore tooth and not a sprained leg (he limps every time he hurts himself anywhere) or a bite or any of the other things we were worried about and were able to eliminate based on his his eagerness to run around like an idiot and his good appetite, although I've had to make him soft meals and soak his breakfast biscuits. He has been terribly sooky and needs a lot of attention.


Back to Finish It Friday, on Saturday

The goal of Finish It Friday is to make progress toward finishing UFO's (unfinished objects) by working on it today. 

Perhaps I'll inspire you to pick up your own UFO and make some progress too!

Crochet With Sisal

I had purchased this sisal a couple of years back with a different project in mind but it soon become clear that it would not be suitable for the intended purpose. It sat in my craft drawer for cords and ropes ever since with a vague idea that maybe I'd crochet it into a nice sturdy rug.

When I picked up the blue wool I thought it might be time to give my rug idea a try. I took a quick shot for the blog and got started.

A few dozen stitches in I decided the wool was too nice to use on the sisal, frogged it and reached for some acrylic yarn that I already had two half started projects with (I'll show you those soon). I got a little further with the acrylic, but I wasn't very happy with the results. Sisal is spiky and hairy and difficult to work with even if you trim off all the poky out bits as you. I put it aside in favour of other projects - there's a definite theme to all these UFO's don't you think?

crochet over sisal rope

I frogged it. The sisal has been banished to the shed, 6mm is too thick for a rug, in fact I think it may even be too thick even for an outdoor mat, but I didn't know that until I gave it a try.

frogging the sisal project


Project started:

Early May 2016

Last worked on the project:

The same day I started it.

Still to do:

Nothing.

Verdict: 

 Finish
 Frog
 Throw


#FinishItFriday

Update on Previous Projects


I realise that I forgot to update you all on the sundress last week. The unpicking is complete but that's as far as I've got so far. 

I've been working on the Tunisian crochet sampler this week and the little crochet granny squares.

As for the crochet broomstick lace there's been no progress.

If you've been following along and want to see how the sheet yarn rug turned out I've included the photos in the last sheet yarn rug update, just scroll to the bottom of the page.

At this point in writing I hadn't even dug last weeks entrelac project out of whichever box it was hiding in. And although it's Saturday and this weeks Finish It Friday post is still being written I stopped writing and went and dug through my projects and found it in the fourth box I looked in.

It takes a great deal of patience and care to undo a project made with this sort of fluffy yarn that just wants to knot up on itself. It's extra hard working in black when your eyes aren't so great as they used to be.

Tunisian crochet entrelac square after removing the edging

Was there progress?

YES. I didn't want to face the difficult task of frogging that edging which wasn't working for the project, but now it's done! That means I can forge ahead.

Did I enjoy working on it?

YES. Last time I tried to undo that edging I hated every moment but this time it went far more smoothly and I'm feeling accomplished.

Will I continue to work on it?

YES, I think I'll do another square the same and from there maybe I'll join them into a cushion or a little drawstring pouch like I did with the Minecraft ones.

See previous Finish It Friday projects.

6 comments:

  1. The sisal rug is better left to rest in peace. you made the right decision!
    Make a little bag outta the maroon and black!!
    Now I'll go see how the sheet yarn rug turned out.

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    1. It's been good to try out my ideas that have been hanging around for ages, it's helped me to let them go instead of just wondering how they might go.

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  2. Aw, poor Freki, but it's funny that he limps over a tooth. Hope he feels better soon.

    I had two sisal disasters: A set of coasters for an outdoor setting that promptly rotted once left outside, and an indoor rug that ended up horribly flattened when it was done shedding. Banishing that stuff to the shed was a good idea. I now prefer jute.

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    1. Yeah, he's a strange dog that's for sure. I've worked with jute once before but it's a bit too scratchy. I want to try cotton rope next.

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  3. Are you crocheting sandals? Sisal looks a bit like rope, but then they have different names and probably sisal sounds better :-)

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    1. Sisal is the fibre and this is a fairly thin rope. I was going to make a floor rug but it was a bit of a fail.

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