Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Waiting

Yesterday was one of those days that involved a lot of waiting. Waiting in the car. Teenagers are not in any great hurry. It was one of those days where the sewing machine had a day off.

I like to wrap gifts, swappy fabrics or sold quilts in my own handmade ribbons and tags. These are a great little project for when I am waiting, waiting... I usually carry my crochet hook and a ball of cotton in my handbag, and when the opportunity arises I crochet. I am not a hand sewer, but do enjoy crochet and knitting when I am away from the machine.


These are quite time consuming to make, and as you can see I spent a lot of time waiting in the car yesterday. Just in case you are wondering, I don't have a pattern for these, they come straight out of my head (there is a lot going on up there!).

What do you do while you are waiting, whether it is in the car, or in the dentist waiting room?

32 comments:

  1. These are lovely Rita and such a productive use of time whilst waiting. Generally, the longer I wait the grumpier I get...maybe I need to learn to crochet

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  2. How gorgeous Rita, what a lovely idea to wrap presents and quilts in a handmade crochet 'ribbon'. I love the little curly bits on the end. I usually try and take my socks I am knitting if I have to wait long, or some hexagons. xo

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  3. So gorgeous. There are some pretty lucky gals getting packages with such detail! I love them.

    I'm always waiting, as I take public transport. for a while, I worked on my hexagon quilt until it got too big. Now I sew closed legs on my toys or do a bit of embroidery. I love those little moments when you get something small done but it makes a big impact. Your crocheted ribbons and tags do that!

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  4. I take my yarn with me, too. I love crocheting afghans.

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  5. I do enjoy hand sewing and have a baby quilt in the car/pickup that I am appliquing vines, leaves and coneflowers on. I also work on my redwork dishtowels, knit dishcloths, and a marathon afgan I am crocheting in squares. I get bored easily, lol. Elaine

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  6. what a great little idea...usually when i am waiting i do some hand sewing. I carry a sewing bag prepared with paper piecing hexagons to work on

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  7. What a clever idea!

    When I'm waiting around, I tend to practice my flashcards for my class. Not very interesting, I know, but they need to get memorized.

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  8. Is there anything you can't do, Rita?
    These are gorgeous.
    When I'm waiting around, I like to have some hand sewing to do too. Usually some hand quilting but I am about to start a hand pieced quilt top so that will take over soonish.
    Andi :-)

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  9. If I know I will be waiting, I take my hand quilt with me. I am piecing the last of a 9 block sampler and have about 4 left to quilt. I'd like to get it done though, to move on the paper pieced hexagons!

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  10. like other commenters here --- lots and LOTS of hand quilting! Mini hexagon flowers, for the most part... http://pinsandthimbles.wordpress.com/works-in-progress/

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  11. I knit! I can knit an entire hat in the time it takes the train to get from my town to downtown Chicago! So I'll usually bring 2 balls of yarn with me, and knit 2 hats. I give them to friends, or to charity. I knit in the doctor's office too, and once I worked on the binding of a quilt waiting for Hubby to have a test done at the hospital! ~ Jennie

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  12. I always read and / or listen to my iPod while waiting. I tried knitting in the car once but I get nauseous really easily so that was a bust. Love the twirlies... I used to make those as bookmarks when I was younger!

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  13. When I am waiting I like to crochet too; I usually work on doll hats to go with the clothing I make and sell. It's amazing how many hats can be made while waiting.

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  14. Great stuff! I love your blog! While waiting, I work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts, read, make lists, or play on my phone :o)

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  15. What a great idea for personalizing a gift. I do a variety of things while I'm waiting, from reading a book to working on an applique project. It depends on how much time I think I'm going to be waiting.

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  16. Wow -- you really made great use of your time! I usually drag a book along rather than any handwork, because I am too disorganized to have everything ready to go. Or I forget some vital tool -- like scissors. I need to get some small projects together for waiting, though, because I have a very short attention span! It probably would make waiting easier to feel that I was accomplishing something!

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  17. Those are great, Rita! I always keep a Readers' Digest magazine in my car (it's small in size), but that is not nearly as productive as this is.

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  18. Read, always reading. I keep a book or magazines in the car and one always in my purse.

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  19. How superb are they! We're off to Tassie next week and I'm racking my brain what to take for the car...apart from my text book ....blah! Maybe the crochet hook will also get a trip! Tee hee!

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  20. How Gorgeous are these...they look Great with your Tag..Nice to have your own touch...
    I have just joined Ravelry.
    cheers

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  21. Lovely ribbons you make. Hope people appreciate them! I usually carry a small zipper pocket with a one color stitching project like cross stitch or something like that.

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  22. pelvic floor exercises ... but your crocheting looks like a lot more fun!

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  23. I take my knitting with me to dr apts or any time I have to wait to pick up the kids:)

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  24. I take along little cross stitch projects. With holidays not far away it gives me a chance to whip up a few new tree ornaments.

    Carolyn*

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  25. Very Pretty! I understand waiting! I usally carry a cross stitch project and a book wherever I go. Never know how long I'll be sitting the the car waiting on my 2 kids.

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  26. I actually carry around a journal in my hand bag to jot down ideas for quilts, gifts, and thoughts. I also have a hand-held game system that I carrie and play some games. They aren't just for kids any more... :o)

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  27. Hey! I crochet too! People usually look at me like I'm nuts, but hey, thats their problem! I always have some little crochet blankie in my bag thats half done!

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  28. These are so cute. Usually when I'm waiting I'm chasing my 3 year old around. What a great way to keep yourself busy.

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  29. You should write instructions and sell them! Very good idea and such a cute presentation

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  30. That's such a wonderful 'special touch' to add! I have a tendency to bring things like crochet, knitting, or paper piecing for waiting. But then the sudoku comes out and all is lost...

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  31. I spend lots of time using my iPhone, i can search for fabric or whatever, i can do work email, personal email, you name it. I am on a bus for nearly 2 hours a day, so this phone and me are a package deal.

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