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Topic: Using up a bunch of acrylic (What would you do?)  (Read 1584 times)
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« on: April 14, 2008 07:24:06 PM »

So I started knitting six months or so ago, and in my noobie fervor I bought about 15 skeins of Simply Soft. Now, as acrylics go it's nice and all, but really it doesn't behave like natural fiber at all. So, I have a ton of it on my shelf now and am wanting to be rid of it. The question is, how to do it?

I figure my options are as follows:
  • Donate it to charity. (not my favorite since I doubt much will come of it)
  • Knit a blanket
  • Stash it away and knit squares for Warm up America slowly.

I would like to knit a blanket but have a severe allergy to a million rows of stockinette. Alternatively, stashing for later charity knits isn't a terrible idea since I want to start a charity knitting group for students next year, but storage space is limited. Any ideas on a way to use up a ton of yarn easily? (or at least interestingly?)

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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008 07:29:20 PM »

Knit a tardis. A rainbow acrylic Tardis.

I reckon knit squares, do a few between each project.
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008 07:57:57 PM »

Knit a tardis. A rainbow acrylic Tardis.

I love you're thinking!! Though I think it might pain me on some level to have the TARDIS be anything but it's own glorious blue self. Sigh... Dr. Who is coming back on in a week and I don't have TV.  Angry

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2008 01:19:13 AM »

That's the saddest story I've ever heard.

The eps are really good too.
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2008 11:02:24 AM »


Possibly make a few afghan/throws from the Lion Brand "Six Hour Throw" pattern.  I've done two in Jiffy acrylic yarn.  Granted, the size 50 Lion needles are a bit of a struggle--but I really didn't mind them too much.  And you can work up a nice throw in a quick amount of time. You could donate the throws or give them as gifts to anyone who wouldn't mind acrylic yarn.  I've got friends and family with small kids and they're actually afraid of most stuff I knit with nice yarn--they appreciate the cheap stuff more becuase they can use it and wash it, if need be.

Here's the pattern, though you may have to log in to access it:  http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60536.html
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2008 12:49:10 PM »

I'd go for a blanket as well. I Love doing blankets. You don't have to worry quite much about size and gauge (unlike a garment) and they are always useful or appreciated as gifts. You could put 2 or more strands together as 'whistlepig' suggested, to do it bulkier and quicker, if necessary.
there are loads of blanket pattens about. here's some others.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2008 01:22:54 PM »

I have a pair of armwarmers that I made with acrylic yarn (Super Saver even lol) I wear them all the time and get compliments on them.  Non-knitters don't know the difference between 'cheap' yarn and the $30 a hank stuff for the most part.
To that end, I reccomend knitting up small stuff and/or stuff that you can knit up quickly and either giving them away or going to a local craft fair type thing (or having a yard sale if you can) and selling them for not a whole lot.  Another good idea would be dog or cat garments.  It would give you the chance to try out techniques and patterns without the horrible commitment (however you spell that) of a 'human' sized item.  AND acrylic is ideal of animal wear since it is washable and can take a LOT of punishment.  Cheesy
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2008 01:48:48 PM »

AND acrylic is ideal of animal wear since it is washable and can take a LOT of punishment. 
Great idea 'HandsyMalone'. I'm sure the local animal shelter would appreciate some animal blankets.
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2008 02:22:24 PM »

You can knit toys and donate them to your local childrens hospital

Blanketwise you could just knit up squares from dishcloth patterns (like from Purple Ducky since most of her dishcloth patterns all have the same CO number, Needle size, and yarn weight req) and piece them together to make little patchwork blankets.

either way its not endless miles of plain old stockinette. Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2008 05:18:47 PM »

I would actually suggest crocheting a blanket.
There's a crochet-along that I'm in for a giant granny square blanket (it's all in once piece, no pesky finishing).
It's really quick to make, and depending on how many skeins you have, you could make a nice-sized blanket Smiley
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