Archives for yarn stash

Crafty Ornaments

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ Christmas crafting has begun.  I know it seems early but these ornaments didn’t really seem like Christmas crafting as they are yarn related. I made a couple of easy and quick crafty ornaments for knitting and crochet friends.  They look like just balls of yarn with a hook or needle poked through, but they aren’t. Supplies:  styrofoam ball, button, fishing line, small amount of yarn, crochet hook or knitting needles, label Styrofoam balls don’t usually have a way to hang them so I use a button and fishing line.  This method works for all sorts of things unless they are heavy.  Cut a piece
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A Mini Yarn Basket

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I’m trying to come up with ways of recycling these empty k cups instead of just recycling them.  The ones we buy are recyclable but many of them aren’t and these ideas will keep some of them from going to the landfill. I came up with a mini yarn basket – a great way to use those left over bits and pieces of yarn from other projects. Supplies: k cup, brown paint, twine, small bits of yarn, mini knitting accessories if you can find them, or use two long quilting pins for knitting needles, E6000 glue or similar The
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Knitting Needle Flowers

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Crochet, and Organization.

~ I was inspired by someone I follow on Instagram to make some knitting needle flowers.  On a really hot and humid afternoon when it was far too uncomfortable to be outside I got out my little left over balls of yarn and my 4 mm crochet hook and made 8 little flowers.  Thanks eighbysix for the inspiration. The pattern I used was sort of my own but after looking around I found others had made similar flowers. Start with a chain of 4 and slip stitch to join the chain. Chain 2 and then do 11 hdc in the
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Stash Granny Afghans

Categories: Crochet.

These actually started out as granny stripe afghans but I decided after a few rows of each to change to a granny square pattern.  I decided to change after realizing that I had already done 2 stash afghans in granny stripes and it seemed a square one would work up faster than a stripe one and would keep me warmer while working on it over the winter. The blue/green one had a few balls of variegated yarn and I added in some plain blue and plain green odds and ends.  The other started with a white centre and then used
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Valentine Cup Cozy

Categories: Crochet.

~ Valentine’s Day – is it a day created by card, chocolate and flower companies to guilt trip you into buying something for someone in your life?  I think it is, but that is me.  It’s a day I’ve never really celebrated, except when I was working at school and the kids loved to exchange cards.  But it can be a fun day to brighten up the winter months. While I had the scraps of felt out making some little felt birds and critters I was inspired to make a Valentine cup cozy, or cup sweater as one of my
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Going Round in Circles

Categories: Crochet.

  The idea had been mulling around in my mind for ages, time to think outside of the box (or square) and get into the round. I’ve been making crochet circles of different shapes and I’ve put them all together into my latest ‘purse’onality project. The rest of my crochet bags are either made with granny squares or stripes, so it was time for a change.  My bags are always lined, done at the end of the project.  This time I made the bag backwards, starting with the lining and the crochet strip that would hold it all together. This
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A Crochet Needlecase

Categories: Crochet and Sewing.

Here’s how I made a crochet needle case that resembles a little hat.  I received my original one many years ago as a gift one Christmas from a student.  It has had many years of use. It’s a great little project to use up some odds and ends from the yarn stash.  You also need a small amount of felt and a thimble.  It’s also a great project if you sell at craft sales or bazaars. The original one is about 11 cm. across but the edges are curling after lots of use.  But the curl makes it more like
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Twiddlemuffs

Categories: Crochet.

Have you heard of a twiddle muff?  I had to look it up the first time I heard of it.  It’s a hand muff (either knit or crochet) designed to be a stimulating activity patients for suffering from dementia. It’s a double thickness and the items attached can be joined in right as you are knitting or crocheting or attached when finished.  You use different textures of yarns and different stitches to provide a tactile experience. I used crochet as it worked up very quickly.  I cast on 55 stitches and worked the inside in rows of double crochet until it reached
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Stash Busting Afghans

Categories: Crochet.

Such a dilemma! What to do with all the odds and ends of leftover yarn?  They usually turn out to be all different weights/thickness and different colour groups.  If you are like me you do lots of stash busting projects. A few years ago I took all the baby weight yarns that I had left from knitting things for the grandkids and used it up making a couple of granny stripe afghans.  These became favourite afghans at home for draping over things to make tents, for spreading out for picnics and for wrapping up baby dolls in. One day I mentioned
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Little Pot Handle Hats

Categories: Crochet.

Quite awhile ago a friend asked me to make some little hats, the kind that fit over the handle of a pot or a casserole.  She gave me one from her mom from years ago and I fiddled with it and came up with a pattern.  These make great little stocking stuffers, novelty gifts, or bazaar items. This is a great little stash busting project and you can use worsted weight or cotton weight yarn. 4 mm crochet hook.  I’ve found that cotton yarn makes up tighter than worsted weight yarn.  For a slightly bigger pot hat you could increase the
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