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« on: November 20, 2010 08:03:42 PM »

What do you guys do with your leftover bits? I always end up with a couple feet/a small ball of yarn that I can't integrate into my project and they just sit around gathering dust. Does anyone have any good ideas for the leftover pieces? Done any good projects? I wish I had kids because they would just become craft projects for them but alas..
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010 07:11:21 AM »

You can tie them together and make a variegated scarf, some people like making toys which don't need a lot of yardage or you can use them to stuff toys, you can use them for stitch markers or holders, and if they're a few yards then you can try out new patterns or techniques instead of your project yarn.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2010 04:49:18 PM »

I've used leftovers for scarves, stripe on a blanket, stripe on a hat, granny squares and the rest just sit in a box until I can come up with something to use them for.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010 10:55:48 AM »

I use my scraps for a couple of things like stitch markers, life lines, stuffing, etc.  I also think scraps work great to make things like coasters.  You could also start a scrap blanket (I'm going to be using my sock yarn leftovers for this) and use your scraps that way.
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2010 06:37:10 PM »

headbands...lots and lots of headbands. Quick, easy and useful.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010 02:14:27 AM »

yuppers to all the above! =] 
I save mine as well, even the small ones.  I'd like to do a fat fiber book and zig zag them together into collage pages w/other embellishments and embroidery.  A bit of a diary of yarns I've used.
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010 12:19:45 PM »

I make a lot of toys, so my scraps tend to get used.  If you crochet, too, then a cute little amigurumi will use up those scraps.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2010 12:57:32 PM »

Cut your small pieces into lengths between 1 and 2 inches.
And then wait for spring. (You will probably want a bag of some sort to store the pieces in - they accumulate rather quickly.)

When the birds around you (or in a nearby park or green area) are busy looking for building blocks for their nests ... you have just the thing for them!

Scatter the pieces around and in a few day's/week's time, be on the look-out for wildly coloured nests.

Pieces of yarn that are two inches in length or longer than two inches are dangerous for the birds' health. So I make a habit of cutting the pieces at around the inch mark. That way I get - the birds get! - two pieces, instead of one.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010 03:43:35 PM »

yuppers to all the above! =] 
I save mine as well, even the small ones.  I'd like to do a fat fiber book and zig zag them together into collage pages w/other embellishments and embroidery.  A bit of a diary of yarns I've used.

This is such a beautiful idea! I would love to see this completed.
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2010 08:47:17 AM »

you can use them to decorate -  fill the clear Christmas tree ornament balls with them, or put them in a glass vase on a shelf. I have 3 vases in my china cabinet full with unspun roving because it needed some color.
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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2010 06:39:43 AM »

I keep all my leftover bits in a ziptop bag. My sister in law recently requested kitchen towels with a knit top to hang from her fridge, so I had a plethora of leftovers to choose from. I also am fond of making coffee mug sleeves or cozies, often the leftovers are just enough.  Sometimes if making poms for hats I like to put different colors in there too. If you have space to keep them, you can always find a use. My post Christmas task is to make booties for my barstools so they dont scratch my floors, and I'll probably use leftovers for that as well. The possibilities are endless!!
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