Friday, October 19, 2012

I surely need striped twine


Striped baker's twine is the latest thing I need. A roll of it in every colour, to cover all eventualities. 


From The Twinery, the mothership of twine. It is available in Ireland from here.

I cannot, in fact, think of a single eventuality, but am instinctively convinced that twine will return me to a simpler existence, where our family will live in a sparse yet cosy cabin   a sort of indoor prairie, if you will  in which we will sit on rough-hewn benches, transform outgrown garments into patchwork dishcloths,  and eat bowl upon bowl of hearty porridge.  It will be emblematic, all 18 large rolls of it, of breaking free of the shackles of consumerism. 

One can also buy smaller quantities, but would it be enough?
[Image: The Twinery]

Until the courier arrives with the twine, rough-hewn benches, beginners' patchworking kit and organic hand-selected oatflakes, I have my final fling with clutter by upcycling a bottle.

An empty Bombay Sapphire gin bottle makes a fine lamp.
Blue Daughter added Blue Teddy. 

I drank the gin myself, made the lamp myself, and was briefly self-satisfied until I started fretting about where I would find an incidental-looking vintage metal display unit in which to store the rolls of twine.  The sort of thing that looks as though I spotted it in a chicken-shed and reclaimed it, but without having to go and peer into local chicken-sheds as I am too busy for that, too busy planning my Quaker future with all the lovely, lovely twine.  

55 comments:

  1. Twine is one of the vital components that ties us together, on an individual, family and multinational blogworld level. Just think how things would fall apart if we didn't have any twine! And, naturally, only the best and prettiest twine is appropriate for the best and prettiest bloggers such as ourselves ;)

    I'm in the process of decorating my new plaster cast. I clearly need to add twine. I suspect that a lack of twine was one of the reasons for the sad failure of my metatarsal to hold together. Proof of all I say above!

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    1. This is jolly good rhetoric, Mel; may I vote for you to be something or other?

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    2. Well, I am up for the Best And Prettiest Blogger Award, along with your good self...

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  2. I always thought it was the gin that was blue; I feel a bit conned.

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  3. You might want to get yourself a dvd boxset of Little House on The Prairie to go with that twine, just to save yourself the trouble of actually living in a cabin and making patchworks.

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    1. I'm honoured that an early adopter of twine is commenting on my modest blog. I bought some Christmas glass things from Flora a year ago (perhaps even two!) and still recall opening the package and glimpsing stripey twine in real life for the first time ever.

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  4. Mise I have a guilty confession to make. I bought some twine onlne about a month ago ( the jolly red and white) together with some utilitarian brown luggage labels. Quite what I will do with these is beyond me at the moment, they rest in an Ikea storage basket, looking for all the world like I do crafty things (I don't and probably never will) Do you think I have caught a bloggy virus? By the way, thanks for the idea of what to do with empty gin bottles we with be lit up like Eddystone lighthouse for Christmas if I get a wriggle on.

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    1. Would they be handy, Susan, for when you are sending presents to me?

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  5. Mise, now you have to make one with the dark and elegant Hendriks bottle...it comes in an extra large size in the US...(might have one in Florida) that would be perfect. I never use twine. I just pull a few feet from a ball of wool I have around.

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    1. Perfect, Chania, thank you! That lovely bottle will make a super apothecary-style lamp, once, of course, I have struggled gamely through its contents.

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    2. The connoisseur would have it that you put cucumber in your Hendricks, rather than lemon. Other Half has tried it and swears by it.

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  6. A light bulb moment indeed.
    Especially as our local bottle bank only caters for clear, green and brown.

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    1. So does ours, but extensive consultation with the county council yields that green encompasses blue.

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  7. I love the twine, but have absolutely no idea how I would use it or all those colours! Looking forward to seeing the patchwork dishcloths ;-)

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  8. Oh no!!! You've just created chaos in my Christmas-wrapping plans! I was going to tie up all my brown-paper-wrapped packages with black or cream-colored twine...

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  9. Hello Mise

    My immediate reaction on seeing the twine was visions of bales of hay and straw happily entwined as they dotted the Irish landscape.

    Your lamp is seriously beautiful and Blue Girl is spot on in her adornment.

    Helen xx

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  10. Hi Mise,
    Well, I've 'been there and done that' with the twine !!!! Christmas pressies had a touch of it last year as did varous birthday presents this year so, I'm looking for a new fad for this years Christmas present 'look'...... but, I still love the twine. XXXX

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  11. 'I surely need striped twine' sounds like the first (or, come to think of it, the last) line of an achingly bad country and western song...............

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  12. I bought some red and white twine last year and felt much more at ease with myself until now. I know someone with a nearly empty bottle of sapphire gin so if I ask them to get a shuffle on I might be able to emulate your lamp making and console myself that I've still got it. But did you have to drill a hole for the emerging flex? Please put up a tutorial when you have a twine free moment.

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    1. I used this sort of thing, Lucille, for which you don't need to drill a hole: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bottle-Lamp-Holder-Adaptor-With/dp/B002MFC0XQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350655028&sr=8-2

      You can (less readily) get nice brass versions of them. I thought I shouldn't set to work with a drill after consuming the bottle of gin, for health and safety reasons.

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  13. You do know that rough-hewn yet aesthetically refined people are making their own baker's twine these days with colored markers?

    I'm off to empty a gin bottle

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  14. I don't even know what bakers do with that twine, but I understand how it calls to you.
    I do admire your dedication to the craft. I hope the gin didn't result in too much suffering

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  15. Always could be used for a little crafty bondage, right?

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  16. I fell for the twine too when I saw it pictured so prettily in an Etay shop. The rural hipster propaganda gets me every time.

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  17. I'm full of gin and tearfully pining for twine.

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  18. I have been aching for twine for quite a while now, but couldn't justify buying it as I knew I'd never actually use it. You are way ahead of me in the rationalization game. I bow to your superior skills.

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  19. I fortunately can buy the gorgeous twine in a shop not too far away, so I don't have the agony of waiting for it to arrive in the post. So popular is this twine, that I took large quantities with me on my recent trip to Australia, to give to my friend in Sydney who loves the stuff, but cannot readily buy it down under!! I wonder if you can still buy Dimple whisky - it came in a fancy bottle - I remember my Dad making a lamp many years ago.

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  20. It is just as I thought - I am living a life of total deprivation.
    I have not ever SEEN these beautiful twines - except for the red and white one which I've had in the kitchen drawer for ten years or more - ever since I snaffled it off the butcher, and which I use for all kinds of things from tying up floppy daffodils to suspending muslin jelly bags.
    Baker did you say? What on earth would a baker do with such a yoke?

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  21. I've coveted brightly colored twine ever since Martha said it was de rigueur for the savvy 'lifestyle' maven...but I still haven't purchased any yet! When you think about it, it really is a necessity...from trussing chickens (will the dye come off on the chicken?), to wrapping gifts, to packaging homemake sweets, to hair ties, to...well, a mysterious myriad of other essential uses, truly a must have! And yes, one in every color...we'll be set for the ages!
    xo J~

    (Your comment brought such a smile...thank you!)

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  22. Well Miss Mise, this is the beauty of blogging, as I have not even seen this twine before! So, I guess I may as well being living out on the prairie sweeping my dirt floors!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  23. I've been resisting that twine, Mise. Don't go encouraging me...

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  24. Oh Mise, you are such a dear!

    I do live in a modest house on the prairie, but I eschew the rough-hewn (except for the clothing line of that label which I love). As for the twine, when in doubt...make doilies. Everyone needs a doily or two to put under their gin lamps. Right?

    Are they called doilies in your part of the world?

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  25. Bombay Sapphire bottle lamp is so clever! Love a bit of repurposing. :-)

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  26. I am now feeling desperately inadequate dear Mise ... I have only jute string should I need to entwine anything, and my gin bottles are all white. Thankfully we are blessed with a surfeit of porridge!

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  27. Too funny Mise! I had to share with ex-RAF hubby* and suggested we should replace our blah blah twine! Love this splendid array of colour! Martha's? As in Stewart? Ugh! Still, she comes up with great ideas!
    *(The only thing he commented on was on you imbibing the Gin: "Good Gal! Shouldn't waste such good stuff!).
    Nippy on the island, Autumn is here!
    Blessings to you and yours,

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  28. The question must be asked - did you drink the gin, and make the lamp, all in one err...sitting? I confess that while I am quite taken by the lamp, I would feel the compulsion to pour myself a drink each time I spied it...
    And as for the twine - my dear one can always find a use for these things. Always.

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  29. Haha! You took the words right out of my mouth. When I saw your post I thought "Oh I could do with some of that twine" then I couldn't think what I would use it for.....!!!
    So glad you came up with the lamp idea. I can have a gin while I think about the many uses of coloured string.

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  30. Hello Mise:
    All is lost......

    Couture has now knocked on the door of the Twinery and garden twine is suddenly transformed into the latest fashionable shades. Now, Clematis can be colour co-ordinated with its restraining ties and wayward wisteria can be reined back with toning lavender twine. Gardening dreams were surely made of this.

    But, all is not lost......

    Gin is still the tipple of the day in the Mise household.....we shall be round about 7pm...OK?

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  31. Dear Mise,

    I think you fall into a well-known category of 'colour addicted' people. Join the club. It is much healthier than belonging to the 'regular Bombay bottle gin drinkers' club although, after a day of looking after one's delightful offspring the latter is more appealing perhaps than the first.

    Happy week to you!

    Stephanie

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  32. I love twine. especially the striped kind, but duct tape is really what holds my house together.....

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  33. I thought Quakers were teetotal?

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  34. Of course you'll need more twine to actually make the thing , but think how perfect all those balls-of-twine* will look arranged in a display thingy macramèd out of butcher's twine .

    The asterisk is to encourage you to say this as one word to avoid offending people .

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  35. I have a question, Mise. It's a bit like my airer question, I'm afraid. What does one do with large quantities of twine? Once you've exhausted the washing line idea, and tied a few knots, and tethered a wayward plant... I feel I'm missing something. There's a whole, rather sweet, website. There's an industry. And I'm not part of it... I'm not twining anything! This is where I'm going wrong in life, I'm sure of it.

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  36. It's great that you love Colour this much and it looks adorable in your house! Not everyone knows how to do it and their home is just beige brown((: do z

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  37. Hmm, yes I wouldn't mind all those colours of twine too! The lamp is lovely, the star looks great! X

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  38. that twine is every bit a sexy as the multi - patterned duck tape i took many photo of last week. No use for it but i want it all just the same.
    Hope all is well on your side
    ~ laura

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  39. A flawless plan. Bring on the twine..... I need some too..

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  40. Blue Daughter's touch is the icing on the cake, or the twine on the brown paper parcel. I am worried that you felt compelled to drink the gin in order to upcycle the bottle into the lamp. Worth the headache though. xx

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  41. You actually have me believing I want striped twine. How do you do it?

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  42. Holy Moly!!!! I have spent hours looking at the array of twine on the net just last night thinking it would look striking against the lovely black soap boxes. Spooooooky :)!
    x Hajni

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  43. now i too must have striped twine in every color available...thank you for alerting me to the fact that i was so completely out of it .

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  44. A new idea for twine! Well, new to me... http://www.coyuchi.com/cotton-linen-shower-curtain.html

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  45. Yay! Baker's twine is all different colors!! I am so happy that I checked in here Mise...I usually bring some back from the USA, but this is far easier and such a selection! The whole website is brilliant, thank you for sharing. Happy Autumn xx

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  46. Oh I want to come lead a wholesome patchwork dishtowel making life too! I'll stop by someone's shed and bring the incidental-looking vintage metal display unit that looks as though I spotted it in a chicken-shed and reclaimed it. And gin, we'll need more of that.

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  47. I actually am lacking lamps, so I best start drinking. Thank goodness gin is my favorite. I do however need a clever blue daughter to make the scenario just perfectly so. I do feel like I'm living the Quaker lifestyle and I'm not sure if I'd give it two thumbs way up? I'm missing my things that I don't really need. Perhaps I needed to buy twine first to get in the mood?
    Cheers from Aberdeen!!

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