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101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:44 am
by Thomzo
I can't believe we haven't had this one...

Each week I get a box of organic wonderfulness from Abel & Cole that is tied up with two short pieces of string (about 18 inches long). Of course being the horder that I am, I can't possibly throw them away so they get stored along with all the other miculs (might come in useful laters). I have tried various uses, some more successful than others, but now have a huge sweetie jar full of the stuff so more ideas needed. So far I have tried:

1.Using it to tie up plants in the garden - success, it's soft so doesn't damage the plants, but lasts forever, usually long after the plant has died :flower:

2: knitted bunting - not a success

3: Pom poms
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4: Bag handles
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Any more?

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:28 pm
by happyhippy
Wow those are impressive! My Mum who passed away last year,did a lot of knitting.She always had a lot of off cuts which she would put out regularly for the birds to take,to build their nest lol.Might be worth a shot since we're heading into spring? :dontknow:

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:23 pm
by ojay54
If you wrap several bits tied together it will not only hold up your trousers,but it's readily available,i.e. just cut off a bit as and when you need it.Been doing this with baler twine since I was a kid.

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:36 am
by ina
In the shop we use little bits of string like that for bundling up invoices etc, and also clothes hangers... (yes, it's that kind of shop where lots of miculs lie about - love that word, why have I never come across it before?)

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:38 am
by Green Aura
I remember watching a squirrel carefully removing each piece of string from my grape vines, presumably to build a nest. It took ages and was highly entertaining (for us, possibly not the squirrel! :lol: ). So I'd tie some up where I could sit and enjoy the show.

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:56 pm
by Flo
Bits of string collected on the allotment for repairing green netting.

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:26 pm
by Marc
I do some work for a guy who sells a lot of stuff by mail order. He wraps it all in old bits of paper and cardboard and ties them up with string :)

If you have a garden (or other) tool with a damaged handle, bind it with string soaked in waterproof PVA wood glue - works wonders. I've done a few billhook handles like that.

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:54 pm
by Thomzo
happyhippy wrote:Wow those are impressive! My Mum who passed away last year,did a lot of knitting.She always had a lot of off cuts which she would put out regularly for the birds to take,to build their nest lol.Might be worth a shot since we're heading into spring? :dontknow:


Great idea. I also put out cat fur for the same purpose.

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:55 pm
by Thomzo
ina wrote:In the shop we use little bits of string like that for bundling up invoices etc, and also clothes hangers... (yes, it's that kind of shop where lots of miculs lie about - love that word, why have I never come across it before?)


Lol - cos I made it up. I used it first on this forum a few years ago. I wonder how long before it gets into the Oxford English Dictionary?

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:11 pm
by ina
Thomzo wrote:
ina wrote:In the shop we use little bits of string like that for bundling up invoices etc, and also clothes hangers... (yes, it's that kind of shop where lots of miculs lie about - love that word, why have I never come across it before?)


Lol - cos I made it up. I used it first on this forum a few years ago. I wonder how long before it gets into the Oxford English Dictionary?


We just need to start using it regularly. Miculs - miculs - miculs - miculs..... :mrgreen:

Re: 101 uses for little bits of string

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:58 pm
by Crastney
many a micul makes a mucul