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Two New Projects Underway

February 20th, 2017 at 06:07 am

My new project is teaching myself to crochet. I can do the chain stitch (which is easy and I've known how to do since I was a kid) and the crochet stitch so far. It took me a good five hours to get the crochet stitch down. I kept crocheting and unraveling and starting over again. I think I've got it fairly well, so now I have to learn a new stitch.

I got bored with loom knitting and someone in my family kept posting cool crochet projects, so I thought it was time to try again. It's a great thing to do while I'm listening to my internet Bible study. Job is a little hard to get through (although it feels very relevant), so it helps to have something to occupy my hands while I listen. But I digress. I want to eventually make some blankets and then move on to cute toys.

My husband's project is that he is finally building the canning shelves out of all those high quality pallets we scored earlier this fall. He put the prototype shelf together today and tomorrow he (with some help from me) will put together the first unit. The bookcases we are using now are only 3 jars deep and 7 jars wide, so 21 quart jars per shelf.

The new cases will be 5 jars deep and 6 jars wide, so 30 pint jars per shelf. There are five shelves on the old cases, and this will have quite a few more shelves, so I ought to be able to fit a lot more jars on them.

It will also have the shelves spaced so they are the height of the jars, plus one inch. No wasted space. When our living space is so limited as it is, this will make a big difference. And they will have a lip on each shelf to keep the jars in place if there is an earthquake. I am excited to see this finally come to fruition.

Most of the wood in it will be free. We have to buy four 2 x 4's per unit (people don't give away good 2 x 4's) and DH bought a two pound box of screws for $20. We bought the first four 2 x 4's, so that was $10. We are hoping to only put about $15 worth into each set of cases. Since we have a steady supply of pallets, this might be something DH can put together for other people as well and sell them. It would be a nice side income stream if it panned out. We'll have to see how long it takes to put one together and also how long it takes to disassemble all the pallets before deciding on a price.

He can also build spice shelves and regular bookcases, too. You can't find solid wood bookcases for less than $150. Just plywood and press wood with veneers on them. So if we priced them right, they'd probably sell decently. We'll have to see, though. Right now, I want my cases and my spice rack that can hold my gazillion jars of spices.

6 Responses to “Two New Projects Underway”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I want to teach myself to crochet at some point. I figured there must be YouTube videos for instructions. Is that how you learned your new stitch?

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    My grandma (mom) tried to teach me how to knit and crochet when I'd visit her in the summer. I never could quite get it. She made the most beautiful doilies.

    The canning/spice cabinet your DH is making sounds fabulous!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    CCF--Yes, I learned from simplydaisy:

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--I've tried before, but this is the first time it has stuck. It makes a difference watching someone do it on youtube. I tried to learn from books in the past and it didn't work.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the link. I'll put her in my subscriptions, so I don't forget!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Yay you for crocheting! I'm proud of you for doing it. And yes, at first the biggest part is doing it and ripping it out. I'm not the greatest at crocheting, but I can do some simple things. I have been making dishcloths out of leftover yarn. If you made yours a little longer to start with, you could do the same with your single crochet. I have also been making Swiffer covers out of leftover stuff, using both single crochet on some and double crochet on some. I made a bathroom rug, kind of like a rag rug by using two pieces of yarn together of myself out of a bunch of yarn I bought at a thrift store. I just finished making a baby blanket out of double crochet for a gal. None of these were fancy projects, but it feels good to make something with my hands. I do it while watching television. I think your doing it during the Bible study is a great idea too!

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