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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Odds-N-Ends

I've been cleaning out my sewing room and I have found that I have lots of yarn left from past projects that is taking up quite a bit of space. I find it is much easier to use up fabric scraps than leftover bits and pieces of yarn. These are all different weights and blends, so they can't really be used together or can they? How do you use up odds-n-ends of leftover yarn?

9 comments:

Anya said...

Give them to you?

shelly said...

I knit or crochet them up into squares, and then join all the squares together for a crazy afghan. It's one I'm not afraid to let the kids drag around!

Doreen Baros said...

What about couching them down as part of a sewing project for a decorative effect? Couching just means you stitch them to the fabric (or quilt) with a zig-zag stitch or other decorative stitch that crosses over the yarn to catch and hold it in place. This is a good project to play with lots of decorative stitches if you own a machine that has some you don't know what to do with. Maybe I'll play with that some today and show you some possibilities. Stop over to my blog in a day or two and see what I come up with: http://sewartfullyminded.blogspot.com/

Diana said...

I've been wondering that myself...

Betty Crocker Ass said...

I sent all my old yarn to my niece. Her school has a loom that they use to make knit hat for kids at the local Children's Hospital...

So donating might be good.

Lizzie said...

I don't have that much yarn, but when I do have leftover, I just crochet/knit wash cloths. I love the look and feel of them and they don't cost anything. Good to slip in with a gift too.
Lizzie
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Vicky said...

I do the same as Shelly, make a crazy Afghan. Or use them for filling in projects.

ktquilts said...

I use my leftover yarn in a ripple afghan that is crazy as far as color goes. It will be big enough for my bed on a cold winter's night. My scrap wool yarn is currently being saved to make rugs. Lets face it. It would be warm and durable, but too expensive to buy for this purpose. Using them this way will take them from scrap to a pampering treat!!! Also, it realy doesn't matter if the weights are the same with a rug, as you hold several strands together at once. You can even it out by choosing carefully which weights you mix!!!

Many blessings,

KT

Kathie said...

I donate them!
although lately have been thinking I would love to make that ripple afghan I have been seeing around blogland!
Kathie

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