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15471  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Use Your Leftovers- Scrappy Projects (not afghans!) Crochet-along on: October 30, 2011 04:44:45 PM
I visited a favorite yarn store along with fellow crocheter and craftster member indigo_roses.  They had a basket that contained three different yarns to make a scarf...I picked one group that I would never have put together myself to see if i would like it...I DID!! Cheesy

When I finished the scarf, I thought:  I could put together my own mixes!!

If you guys are like me, you have plenty of leftover yarns from projects you made for swaps, friends, co-workers, family, etc.  And, you probably have yarns that you bought that you have no idea what you were thinking...or a special skein that you can't think what to make with it...and, finally, you probably have tiny balls of a lot of unrelated yarns...

How about using up some of your "forgotten" yarn? Cheesy  Destash that yarn that you have been storing...You can experiment with mixing things and be quite surprised how an ugly yarn can be made "beautiful"!

You can make a scarf, a hat, a shawl, a bag...anything except an afghan (there are plenty of craftalongs for those!)...

Here is the basic idea:

Find a yarn that reads "solid"
Add a textured yarn, like ribbon, mohair, etc.
Add another yarn that goes with the above

I am going to try to keep my projects to three to five yarns...I don't want it super scrappy...

You can make all even rows or you can just keep adding your yarns when they run out...I plan on doing it both ways...

Anyone want to join it?  Share mixes, stitches, projects?

Here is a start on what I have done so far:

The scarf is single crochet using a J hook.  It is about 100 inches long (definitely use a foundation stitch for this one!)...and I did uneven rows for each of the three yarns (Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light-my "solid", Knit One Crochet Too Doceur et Soie-baby mohair and silk, St, Charles Venus -rayon twist)...these are fun and easy even for beginners...and you can watch tv while doing them! Cheesy

15472  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Scrap Happy Swap; sign up until 11/02 at noon EST; send out by 11/30/11 on: October 30, 2011 04:16:04 PM
It is good to see old and new names!!  I have had such positive experiences swapping with both old and new swappers!

I love that you test drove the technique susanab!  What a lovely pouch!

I also love that very simple tutorial for a lined purse...I can see making the outside frabric scrappy and using a beautiful lining!

Crafting has helped me through a lot...it is so true--keeping busy and creative is good for you!
15473  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8--GALLERY!--Mail by 11/14/11 on: October 30, 2011 04:04:54 PM
The pac man eyes on Mr. Fluffy are cute!  Also, definitely a tiny nessie!! Glad you showed it in your hand...
15474  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: October 30, 2011 03:36:02 PM

The mantels are actually leftover mouldings from our house...

When I do the final room, I will splash paint on the floor to make it look more like my real crafting area! Cheesy And add paint to the paper towels on the floor and lots of dried up paint brushes!  True to life... Cheesy
15475  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: October 30, 2011 03:18:29 PM
Silvermoon--I absolutely LOVE the sleeved scarf!!  I am running out of ideas to make for myself that I will wear, besides hats and scarves...

I have mostly been crocheting and working on my wee house, but most of the items are for swaps, so I can't post yet!

Meleriffic...too bad about the pictures!  I love seeing the items you make!
15476  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: October 30, 2011 03:05:28 PM
Such interesting links and blogs!

I love how the rooms are beginning to come together with furniture and accessories!

Phizzy--love your wall treatments!

Morgan--your stove/fireplace turned out wonderful!  I also love your study...

I really was trying to figure out how to do a sink in my kitchen...thanks for the faucet link, CLM!

Here are some in progress shots of my leaf painter's room:

And, I made little valances for my windows by making sort of a tube of fabric, gathering it and gluing it in place. I also added firewood to my living room...and yeah, I put things in the rooms, take them out to look at them... Cheesy

The kitchen table was made with a scrap piece of wood and mini thread spools--I left the thread on since I liked the colors. The rug was crocheted using sock yarn:
15477  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: October 30, 2011 02:35:06 PM
I also appreciate the background...I am not big on fleece clothing, but I love making stuffies and lap blankets and really want to make dust mitts! Nice to know about the difference in types!  Thanks RLB!

The cake looks yummy and pretty--I can't even frost a cake let alone make swirlies!!

Love the washcloths--the Finnish one is very personal for your swap partner!

I destashed most of my cotton yarns making market bags! I use these for holding rags, afghan projects, and shopping at the market.

This one was suppose to hold my cotton yarn, but it is too small...it only holds the leftovers that I keep to make random washcloths...as you can see--only two skeins left to use up! Cheesy
15478  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: October 28, 2011 08:22:46 AM
I am actually getting things for my next house--which I hope is a scary one...but I also want to do some glitterhouses for Christmas, so I saw some things I could use as well...yeah--you warned me but you know I am a bad child that has to do what I am told not to do! Cheesy
15479  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 on: October 28, 2011 08:13:24 AM
...I should not have looked... Sad Cheesy
15480  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2011 Costume-Along on: October 28, 2011 08:09:38 AM
Necessity is truly the mother of invention...this is such a creative use of things you already had...your imagination and crafting skills were put to good use...I can't wait to see the whole thing...I absolutely love the details on your blog about how you did the shoes/hooves!

And, the horn--I am glad you explained that and showed a picture!  From minnow to horn--genius!!
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