Sunday, 6 October 2013

A Giveaway (and it's not fabric)

Remember this?



Crocheting garden twine to make a bag?

Well I finished it.



My original inspiration came from here  but I decided to add in wooden handles instead and basically just made it a different shape.

Can I just say; as a crocheting newbie who didn't know one end of a crochet hook from the other until this project - it is so completely doable. Find yourself a Youtube video and suddenly all those weird abbreviations will make sense and off you go.

And I also want to say when I next go on holiday, I absolutely will not expect to pay next to nothing for some rustic holiday bag made by a local women's cooperative or such like. Nope, these things take time and skillz are involved. I have a renewed awareness of what it takes to make a bag.

I think it probably needs blocking like you'd block something knitted but I'm still thinking it out in my head: blocking garden twine...would it work?

The bag was made with garden twine from Nutscene. If you are looking for twine in funky colours this is where you should stop by. My local garden centre has garden twine in dark green only. Nutscene twines come in neon shades (like the pink I used) as well as pretty much any shade you can think of. You should read too why they are called Nutscene - very droll.

Fancy crocheting a garden twine bag yourself?

Nutscene have very kindly given me two variety packs of twine to give away. There's enough twine in there to crochet a bag and still have enough left over to tie up your husband toms.


If you'd like a chance to win one of the packs, then please leave a comment letting me know where you live - I always like to know.
And since the demise of Google Reader and because I am even more curious, followers can leave a second comment and tell me which reader they now use to follow blogs.

I'm happy to post anywhere in the world.
Giveaway will stay open until Monday 14 October 20.00 my time , after which Random Number Generator will work its magic.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday

106 comments:

  1. Indianapolis ;) And love this!

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  2. And in spite of (perhaps because of) all your wisecracks, I'm an avid follower via bloglovin.

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  3. I love your twine bag - it is genius! I am a new newbie to crochet too - my fingers are crossed!!!

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  4. I love reading blogs in Blogger (GFC) and I sometimes use Bloglovin for those people who are on Wordpress and they won't go in my Blogger reader.

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  5. I'm from near St. Paul MN :)

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    1. I don't know what happened but I live in Arkansas and would love to win!

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  7. Love your bag! I live in Greenville, Texas.

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  8. Your bag looks great. Crochet beats knitting any day in my book.

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  9. I've got you On my blogger reading list still, and bloglovin. All depends on the day and what I am using to read with which one I choose. (Hate bloglovin on the iPad.)

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  10. How neat , never thought of this, and had not heard of the twine either. How nifty is that!

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  11. Hi from Melbourne Australia :)

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  12. I follow you with bloglovin :) Thanks for the chance to win. I have never crocheted but have always wanted to try.

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  13. This is so cute! I adore crochet. I live in Iowa. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on your finish!

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  14. Hawaii! More specifically, Oahu - another little island!

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  15. And I follow via feedly :)

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  16. Flower Mound, Texas!
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  17. I follow you on Bloglovin'
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  18. Ironic that Nutscene is very much seen now. :) I think all handcrafts are undervalued.
    Iowa.

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  19. I kinda follow on blogluvin'. Mostly though I just have my favorites on my blog side bar and click over from there.

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  20. Western New York, close to Niagara Falls.

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  21. I follow you with Bloglovin'.

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  22. I follow you on bloglovin. Enjoy your blog. I live in Troutdale, OR

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  23. Will you really ship anywhere? I'd be happy to contribute to the cost of postage to Texas if my name gets chosen!

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  24. I'm from West Wales (where the men are men and the sheep are scared ;-)

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  25. I do most of my blog reading on bloglovin but also have some blogs on feedly. I always keep up with bloglovin (within a couple of days) but only dip into feedly when I have the time. I follow you via bloglovin x

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  26. How cool! Near vancouver, bc canada!!!!

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  27. And i follwo you with bloglovin!

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  28. Ha! If I win I shall tie up my husband, just to prove how multi purpose it is. I live in Bothell, WA, thank you for the giveaway!

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  29. I follow people in feedly now, there are a few people I follow in bloglovin but I just dont remember to check it, and try to add people manually to feedly if they dont have an RSS feed button.

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  30. What fun colors! I am from South Carolina

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  31. I follow on feedly. I read blogs on my phone and feedly's app just seemed easier.

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  32. I follow on feedly. I read blogs on my phone and feedly's app just seemed easier.

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  33. I don't crochet (well, yet) so don't pick me but I live in the San Francisco bay area and I follow on feedly.

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  34. Your bag is lovely and I love those colors - I live in West Virginia

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  35. I still love Google Friend Connect and run it down my blog but everyone I follow comes up in Bloglovin

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  36. how good is this, lots of different bright colours, we get boring brown garden twine here. I live in Leeds West Yorkshire.

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  37. I now follow with bloglovin, also seem to have joined google+ but do not understand it, wish things were explained in simple english to those of us who struggle with these modern computers

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  39. Hello from Minnesota! All our garden twine is the dark green too. What a find!

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  40. Lovely job! I am am in West Sussex if you are passing through in disguise xxx

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  41. I just use the Blogger dashboard, and work my way up the list from the last point I read - not sure it would be so easy if you follow millions of blogs though x

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  42. How lovely! Who knew garden twine came in anything other than green?
    I am in North Cornwall

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  43. I follow via GFC, just by scrolling up the list on my dashboard

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  44. I really like that dark red twine. Haven't seen anything like it here in Bavaria, Germany.

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  45. And I follow your blog with Bloglovin.

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  46. Ivana
    thank you for this chance! I´m from The Czech Republic!!!ivana.tvrdonova@post.cz

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  47. I live in Georgia in the Southern US! The Peach State and sure enough we ate tons of peaches all summer.

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  48. I live on Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, FL.

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  49. I follow your blog through Blogger.

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  50. So pretty! I live in fabulous Meridian, ID, which is just Boise, but it sounds so much better!

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  51. I use Sage, a plugin for Firefox to read feeds.

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  52. I live in Shoreline Washington. Just North of Seattle.

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  53. I've never seen gardening twine in so many colors :) great!
    I live in Pawlowice, Poland, where we have a beautiful golden autumn

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  54. I am in Round Rock Texas, just outside Austin.

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  55. I was very sad to lose Google Reader too. I use Bloglovin now.

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  56. Checking in from New York. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  57. Follow on bloglovin. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  58. I am in Rockford, IL about 100 mi. West of Chicago. I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  59. I reside in Walla Walla Washington.

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  60. What a lovely bag, its going to be around for some time. Yeh to your inspiration. I live in Telkwa, British Columbia, Canada.

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  61. I would combine the little bit of hemp twine that I inherited from a garage sale and thanks for the two chances to win.

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  62. Love the twine colors. I only have some brown that I started crocheting a basket with. I am in Hot Springs, South Dakota where we had a blizzard last weekend.

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  63. The Colony, TX , couple miles north of Dallas

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  64. Love the colors of twine, I haven't seen anything like that around here, I guess I'd have to go on line to find it.

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  65. Pinckney, Michigan----just north of Ann Arbor where the great University of Michigan is located!

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  66. I follow you via email, but also follow others via Blogger or Bloglovin

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  67. Well, look at you go! Very nicely done. Yes, this stuff takes forever, but just like hand quilting, slowing things down to stitch by stitch can be very therapeutic.

    And you know where I live! :)

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  68. Oh, fabulous! I live in Idaho, where all the twine is beige.

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  69. I've gone back to using plain old bookmarks to "follow" blogs. The readers are too much trouble.

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  70. Wow beautiful!! Thank you for the chance!

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  71. Your bag is wonderful. I love the colors and the twine. I live in Virginia Beach, VA.

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  72. I am using Bloglovin. It's working out okay. I like the daily email. It's pretty easy.

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  74. Des Moines, Iowa. Cute bag! svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. I just use my email to follow blogs. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. Hi there! I know just what you mean about learning to crochet, My Nanny tried for many years to to teach me crochet but to no avail, then late one night while alone in the house with my 1 year old, I came across an unfinished project of hers and thinking I would take a look I finally 'got it!' strange thing was my darling Nan had died earlier in the year but I could hear her saying 'yarn over hook pull through etc etc' by 3am I had completed the project - Spooky or what????:-0
    Quilting with Nutscene twine hmmm! Interesting ... very interesting!
    Lorraine
    Monkey business & quilts

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  77. Who knew you could get such great coloured twine?! I love the bag. I'm from Queensland, Australia.

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  78. Oh, and I use Bloglovin but I actually prefer to bookmark blogs and click on them in my Favourites list instead.

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  79. I use bloglovin, and the old google reader, too. I live in SE CT USA...love those colorways of the twine...Julierose

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  80. I live in Manhattan, Kansas. I have adequate crochet skills but have never used garden twine. Would love to try a bag.

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  81. I use bookmarks also for my "usuals" but keep up with others thru Crazy Mom Quilts' Finish it up Friday.

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  82. Cool bag, and fabulous twine...too good for tying up the tomatoes!!!

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  83. Love the color of twine and the bag looks to be a good size too. Thanks from Dian in La Crosse, Wisconsin gdavidhoffmanatyahoo.com

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  85. Oswego, IL. Love the bag. I sew but my son crochets so I think I would ask him to make me one of I won. :)

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  86. I don't know if I'm late or not, lol!

    Helen

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  87. Vacaville California. I love to crochet. Your bag is great for a newbie!

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  89. I am not commenting for the giveaway (which is over), but I love the bag! I do follow your blog with feedly, but as you can see I get behind sometimes :)

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