The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

The best way to bring a sustainable change in the world around me is by bringing the change in myself

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Never give up ... crocheting a rag rug ...

I did it , success atlast with the pumpkin, butternuts work better. Dehydrated them until they were dry enough to crack. The reason I wanted them so dry was so that I could put them through the blender and make pumpkin powder/flour, what ever you want to call it. Well it must be true, Hubby says I am like a dog with a bone when I start something, never give up until I succeed. Now to carry on and prepare the other 6 butternuts I bought..The last of the Japs I will just cook and put in ziplock bags for the freezer, ready to make pumpkin scones or something. Great idea using the oven to dry your pumpkin LeLoup thanks for the comment.

What do you do with all that stale bread, hubby likes Helga wholegrain and I like white toast, and when you buy 2 for $6 , you end up with a lot of bread. I used to dry it for the sheep but they have lost out. I made bread crumbs instead not just ordinary bread crumbs but with a little home dried and ground chilli in it. now that should put a zing into the next crumbed lamb cutlet or fish fillet.

My mission to recycle just about anything I can lay my hands on. A rag rug has given a new lease of life to some old sheets, table cloth, hubby's old Yakka work shirts, old jeans and a hidious pair of green pants. (what was she thinking when she bought those pants)Cut it all into strips, and rolled the balls, and started with the smallest lot first. I thought making a round rug would be the way to go maybe next time I would go for an oval shape. Keeping to 3 rows of one colour has worked out fine, increasing 1 stitch every 14 stitches on every second row. Just keep checking that you don't end up with a wavy row. Then skip that increase row. I am on my last row Atm. The rug is going to the farm after a good wash and dry. It sure is heavy!!

I can see myself going through the linen cupboard soon for more fabric yarn to start that oval rug, a little more colour coordinated. My mate Alby brought a whole bag full of old towels, his wife throw out, they should come in handy for the inside layers for pot holders for the sewing ladies. Yep I am still going with those sewing classes on Thursdays at the community center.


  1. Wow you have been busy. What are you going to use pumpkin powder for? We always keep our bread in the freezer and then take out slices as we use them. No waste!

    1. Bread in the freezer is a good idea only hubby does not like it when it was frozen, but then he would not even know unless He saw it:)) Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin scones list goes on ... just add boilng water and it swells out again.

  2. Hello Rina, what beautiful work you do and I love the way you re-cycle. Also I have never thought to dry pumpkin and make flour. Now that is something many of us can do and there would be no problem for anyone with a GLUTTON problem eating it.. I have learned something today. Good onya.

  3. My wife made one many years ago. After much wear & tear I think it was put in the dog kennel to serve out its time.
    Regards, Keith.

  4. Never giving up is great...your one smart gal..I am not quite that smart anymore I tend to give up to easy these days. I do like to recycle everything I can.

  5. I have yet to try crocheting a rag rug. Someday I will!