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misfitknits
« on: February 27, 2009 05:39:26 PM »

what do you like to do with your handspun yarn scraps?? you know, those last few yards left on the bobbin after you ply? i've been trying to think of clever uses or applications for it!!

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009 08:15:16 PM »

I got sick of having extras at all, so instead of plying 2 separate yarns together, I wind my one handspun into a center-pull ball and ply it beginning-to-end.

I still don't know what to do with my old scraps other than save them for a rainy day. I'm looking forward to seeing the suggestions.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009 08:50:27 PM »

I not only have single plies waiting to be used, but yarn left over from projects I've knitted or crocheted.

What I did with a bunch of them, was offer them in my Shop The Swap shop (see siggie) line.  I figured if I couldn't use them, some other craftster might be able to.

I can't wait to see wait these talented ladies do with these!!

Ifn' you want to keep them, make a 'crazy shawl'.  Pick a pattern and when you have extra singles or yarn, knit or crochet it into your crazy shawl.

And tghere is always Granny Square crocheted afghans.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009 06:19:04 AM »

 Smiley ............I am an avid quilter and I sew.............and I have a use for what quilters call "crumbs"...........(the tiniest speck of fabric too small to sew)..........I place them all in a large garbage bag..............and when I have enough...........I sew a small,  medium,  or large pet bed.  (Simple bean bag type).............The crumbs become my stuffing................vets offices (they take in strays for treatment from time to time) or any animal shelter is very happy to take the donation................ Smiley

I have plans to throw my unusable left overs in my crumb stash...........who knows...............I may find a way to incorporate it in my quilting!................ Wink

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009 10:02:51 AM »

When I have those little bits left on my bobbin, I just use them as leaders until it is really impeding the amount of yarn I can get on my bobbin, and then I crochet little granny squares.  I can't stand to just throw away something I have worked hard on.  Because I wait till I have a lot of them, I can crochet squares that have coordinating color combos.  I will try to take pictures later and post them so you can see.

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All the squares I have made so far.


Two squares with flash (it shows the colors a little better).


Four squares up close.  The red is dyed with some natural dye, I did it so long ago I can't remember what I dyed it with.


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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2009 07:45:07 AM »

Awesome granny squares!!

I wind off all my leftover singles into tiny center-pull balls and then, when there are enough of them, I ply them into a two-ply scrap yarn.  I'm wearing a scrap yarn on my head in my avatar.   Cheesy 
Eventually my husband and I will have a scrap yarn afghan.  The color changes are always interesting!
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2009 02:55:56 AM »

the longer bits get turned into squares and the shorter ones go into a plastic bag and are later used as stuffing. Same goes to stray fiber pieces and etc. :]
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2009 09:00:28 AM »

these are good ideas....i use mine for tying tags to my yarns, but i have way too much for just that. so i also have a plan to knit wrist cuffs with it.
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2009 05:37:56 AM »

If the handspun is thin enough, you could save it on an empty sewing spool and use it for hand embroidery.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2009 05:59:41 AM »

If the handspun is thin enough, you could save it on an empty sewing spool and use it for hand embroidery.

 Roll Eyes ............Hmmmmmmmmmmmm............right fabulous idea..............*note to self:  Self,  it's time to learn embroidery!*................... Grin


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