Knitidote of the Day 2013-01-17
Hello. My name is twig and I'm a yarnaholic. So I'm experimenting with Knitidotes, to see if anyone else shares my addiction. If you do, you know that chronic yarn users end up with lots of leftovers, in the form of small balls of yarn. And you also know that most yarn is not cheap. So it's good to have some patterns handy that only require a little yarn or that combine a lot of small balls in one project.
The neck warmer above (click on the images to enlarge) was made from the tail end of an Ozark Handspun skein. Ozark Handspun is expensive -- worth every penny, but you don't want to waste it, either. So I used whatever was left -- maybe 15 yards or so (sorry, I didn't measure, but will next time) -- to make a simple "collar" type thing. The mismatched buttons go with the multi-colored, varying textures of the yarn, imo. You could also make a headband by simply sewing the ends of the finished strip together. I like simple projects like this that don't require a lot of charts and graphs and thinking.
Here's another thing you can make with leftovers -- a striped hat. Just use your favorite hat pattern, inserting a row or so of color whenever you feel like it.
If you've got a box full of bits and pieces, you can make a wrap like this one:
I've made quite a few of these, mostly in color themes, like this one. There are dozens of wrap and shawl patterns online. This one is a good example, and here's another. Once you get the basic idea down, you can free-style and combine things like fabric strips, ribbon, lace and who knows what all. Or, with some simple math, you can create your own patterns, which is a lot more fun than it probably sounds like. I'm saving that topic for next week!
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