I was stumped for what to make for the Gift Exchange at the Midwest Meetup, so I decided to dig around my stash to see if something sparked a fun idea. When I poked around my yarn drawers I found a skein of Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn from Darn Good Yarn. It’s made from strips of cloth from recycled saris, and the colors are so vibrant and glorious. I decided to show them off, by trying a craft I had been meaning to try for ages, making a rope bowl. I watched several YouTube videos on making the bowls, then dove in.
I started with an oval trivet, to get the hang of it.
After that, I went on to a small/medium bowl. Both of these projects together became my Meetup gift.
Meanwhile, my parents FaceTime often to see my daughter, and dad caught a glimpse of the bowl, and wanted one. I was out of ribbon yarn, and DGY was out of stock too! I decided to check eBay, and found 2 skeins with their tags, for just $20! Score! I created a new bowl for my dad. It came out a bit bigger than I was planning…
So after the first bowl for dad, I decided to make a second smaller one to nest inside it. I wasn’t sure what he’d want to use it for, but possibly something like a place for his wallet and keys. This way he had options, and I got to use up the last of the cotton clotheslinen rope! Win-win, right? Nope. I ran out of rope about 3 rows short of the top. I ran back over to Walmart where I got the first batch of clothesline, only to discover that they are renovating the store, and everything is torn apart, and in different areas! I ended up finding some more at Ace Hardware, though it was a slightly different size, and oval rather than round. Thankfully you can’t tell looking at it.
Here are the two next to each other for size comparison.
After the second bowl, and now that I had a second bundle of rope, and still had some sari silk, I decided to make a set of coasters. @sheepBlue made me some scrappy ones years ago, and we LOVE them. In fact, DH & I were arguing over them, because we both liked to walk away with them, so Em actually made us a second set, AND some trivets. We literally use them every single day, in multiple rooms, so I figured dad would love a set too.
My mom just redid her kitchen, in black and white with touches of purple, so I used a few purple jelly roll strips to make her a trivet too.
Now I just have about 50-70 yards of rope to use up… Guess I’m making more rope items for holiday gifts.