In honor of fall I made a desk set using patterns from my Looming with Leftovers book. The colors are pleasant and brighten the windowsill they sit in.
I made four and five petaled pencil toppers, a cover for the jar they’re in, and a rose magnet all from the same yarn. Talk about using up leftovers! I’m contemplating using holiday covers to make sets for my office group at work. They’d have something practical and pretty.
Once nice feature about the five petaled flowers is that they also make up great snowflakes! I’m going to post them next. Or spider webs…. Hmm. Maybe I’ll experiment a bit.
Check out my yarn gallery for pics as I add them.
Week 4 – the results of the yard sale yarn challenge were a sizzle in the hot days of August. I made 6 small bags and worked on, but did not finish a hat. So, the answer to how much yarn did I use up in a month is – not much.
This was all on a spur of moment – without a plan – in the busy days of summer. My confidence hasn’t diminished even though my yarn supply didn’t decrease by much. Instead, I believe I know how I failed so I can improve next time.
I still have 2 large bags of yarn to use up. I plan to inventory it. Then I plan to make a list of projects I can use it in, with timeframes for completing the projects. How long do I think it will take? We’ll see when I have my plan in action.
It was fun and sporadic, but not productive. Now I want fun and productive. Give me a week. I’ll come back with a new challenge!
Here is an update to week 3 of the yard sale yarn challenge. No hats this time. In week 3 I started a hat but did not finish it. I made a baby book, what some people call a quiet book. I made this one just 3 pages and I made it on a 24 peg loom pay. I'd like to expand on this idea. It might be nice as a gift for a baby in the Samaritans purse operation shoebox.
After the baby book, I started to make an advent calendar. So far, it is composed of 18 pockets maid on a 12 peg loom. I'm going to make several of these for this upcoming holiday for my nieces and nephews.
I always feel more satisfied with small loom projects. They work up quickly and make me believe I did more work with them.
There were 4 white crochet squares in my stash from the yarn sale. I’m folding them, sewing them, and adding ornaments for gift bags. I got 2 done this week.
One more week for my challenge. I sure hope I can get some stuff done this last 7 days!
Well, week 2 was not my week to work yarn projects. Summer, work, and life sucked up all my time. I made – a hat. One hat. But I enjoyed doing it. Crocheting is relaxing. I use it to supplement my exercises for the hand that I broke earlier this year.
I crocheted this hat for my niece, one of them. She likes anything purple. I hope she likes this. Now I have 2 hats made. There are 10 nieces and nephews and 4 great nieces and nephews (I think I forgot one of them last count) with another on the way. It is mid-July. Odds are against me making all of them hats. But I’m still determined to try.
I used a small ball and a partial skein of yarn this week. My bags are still quite full. I find ideas every day. If I only had more time to make some of them!
It started out as a hat. Then I decided to make a gardener’s sack. I was working on a 72 peg loom. The hat seemed to be taking forever. So I made the bag. Have you ever changed a project mid pattern? I’m so pleased I think I’ll make one in purple for my niece for Christmas. I’ll put in a set of 2 inch starter pots, hangers for the pots, seeds, sunscreen, maybe even a set of fingerless mitts.
I made a handful of things this week with my yard sale yarn. Of course I work, have other things to do. But I enjoy my yarn habit and want to make pretty and useful things. This week I made a Smurfette, a dog collar, an American heart, and the bag. All of these projects were off the loom. I used 2 small balls of about 2 inches each. I also used a tiny ball of dark blue, a tad of white yarn, and a skein of multicolored yarn.
So week 1 was a success, I think. I have plans for next week – the new garden bag, more hats, a C3P0 to go with my R2D2. Three more weeks to clear some of my yarn stash! How many of those hats can I make? Check out my growing gallery of projects and download pages.
I’m a fan of yard sales. They are great places to find things cheap. This weekend I found yarn – a lot of it. What’s more is that I bought a lot of that yarn. Look at my find. Two bags – one of 10 skeins of yarn and one with 5 large bags of partial balls. What a haul.
The question now is – what do I do with it all? I decided to do a self-challenge. How many yarn projects can I complete in 4 weeks? How much yarn can I use up in that time? The games are on.
I started with 3 projects in 2 days. I made an R2D2 from Star Warson a 12 peg loom. Just on a whim, for decoration. Then I crocheted a hat and bag. It is for a 7 year old great niece. I plan to put a book, a small notebook and a pack of gum inside. Of course ,it is June but even summer can have a chilly d ay or evening. Also, I have 10 nieces and nephews and 3 great nieces and nephews with another on the way. So I want to make hats for each one for this coming fall. That is 14 winter sets… Maybe I didn’t buy enough yarn! Maybe I should quit work.
What’s next in my race against time and a couple of big bags of yarn? Check out my new yarn gallery to see photos and my Yarn Crafts page for patterns!
Lately, I have been having trouble saying I love you. No it's not an emotional thing. With my broken arm out of the cast I have been re learning how to do my basic ASL sign language. That includes I love you. My fingers work better everyday end my hand is improving as well. But my I love you still needs work.
As you may know I wrote a book on loom knitting ASL letters. Now I decided that I need a hand so I made 1 with a little 12 peg loom, loom hook, small amounts of two colors scrap yarn, and yarn needle. I made a 5 hand sign so I could make it be anything I needed.
I had wanted to put snaps on the palm and fingers. But my mobility doesn't extend yet to small needles and snaps. So I am using a safety pin to shape my hand. Wish my real hand was as flexible! Sigh.
It was recently requested that I complete a video of my ASL on the loom. I'm going to try - though my videography is not expert. Give me a few weeks to try to complete a decent film.
I finally got my cast off - the big 1. Now I'm down to a little splint that I don't have to wear all the time. Before the cast was removed I decided to try something simple but pretty on a loom. So I made this case for my camera.
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